Budapest Card

Types of Budapest Passes, Price, Buying Info

Liberty bridge on the 48 h Budapest cardThe Budapest Card can come handy when you are visiting the city for a couple of days and will be doing lots of sightseeing, and museum hopping .

The included free use of the public transport network makes that easier and more budget friendly.

You’ll also get a free sightseeing application for mobiles and tablets that covers 13 thematic tours.

What is a Budapest Card?

The Budapest Card can save you a lot of money. This small plastic card entitles the card holder to benefit from its included services:

  • unlimited travel on public transport,
  • free and discounted sightseeing tours,
  • discounts in certain restaurants, spas, shops, car rental, and numerous other places,
  • free or discounted entry to many museums and sights,
  • free mobile application with 13 thematic routes and audio guiding.

The card also comes with a pocket-sized brochure with maps of Buda and Pest, and the Budapest metro system. The brochure tells you in details how to use the card and includes all the benefits you’re entitled to.

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Price - Choose from 3 CardsWhen to Buy?Validity - Where to Buy?Discounts with the Card

How Much Does a Budapest Card cost?

You can buy your Budapest pass for 3 different durations with the same services and discounts.

Choose a Card That Most Suits Your Travel Needs & Buy it Online

with Free Delivery to Your Hotel in Budapest

Cards in 2015 (New Cards from 01. April)

Each card includes a free entry to the Lukács Thermal Bath, and free travel on public transportation in Budapest, free admission to 8 museums.

Elizabeth bridge on the 24h Budapest Card

24-Hour Budapest Card

The 24-hour Pass costs 17 EUR

Buy a 24-Hour Card Online

48-Hour Card

Price: 27 EUR

Buy a 48-Hour Card Online

the Chain bridge on the 72h Bp City card
72-Hour Budapest Card

Price: 33 EUR
Buy a 72-Hour Card Online

Most Important Discounts:

  • Public Transportation: Combino tramUnlimited travel on the Public Transport Services.
  • Hungarian National Gallery, Szent György tér 2., Buda Royal Palace A-B-C-D buildings
  • Budapest Museum of History, Buda Royal Palace, district I.
  • New Budapest Gallery in the Whale, Fővám tér 10-12., district IX.,
  • Kiscelli Museum, Kiscelli utca 108. Óbuda, district III.
  • Vasarely Museum, Szent Lélek tér 6. Óbuda, district III.
  • Hopp Ferenc East-Asian Museum, Andrássy út 103. district VI.
  • Aquincum Museum and Archaeological Park,Szentendrei út 135. Óbuda, district III.
  • Two Guided Walking Tours for Free (one in Buda the other in Pest)- Tours depart:
    every odd days at 10:30 at the Holy Trinity statue (Szentháromság szobor) in Buda Castle.
  • every even days at Deák Ferenc Square in the Pest side, in front of the Tourist Information Center at 10:30 (Sütő street)
    Tours last about 2 hours.
  • 10% – 50% discounts to many museums, sights, cafes and restaurants.
  • You also get a 100-page guide in Hungarian, English, German and Italian languages listing where the Budapest Card is accepted, as well as giving you tips on what to visit in Budapest!

When is it Worth Buying a Budapest Card?

If you come for 2-3  or more days and plan to see lots of attractions, travel a lot on public transport services, the City Card is good value for you.

Buy Your Card Online – Free Delivery To Your Hotel in Budapest!

The simplest way is to buy it online here. Just select which type of card you need (24-hour: 17 EUR, 48-hour : 27 EUR, or 72-hour: 33 EUR).

You can use all major credit cards for paying through the secure online system. Your city card will be delivered to your hotel. It will be handed to you at the hotel reception upon your arrival.

TIP: Get the following programs at discount student price when buying a Budapest card.

The City Card is also available at many places in the city:

  • at major metro ticket offices, (e.g. Nyugati Train Station, Keleti Train Station, Déli Train Station),
  • at the airport
  • at tourist information offices (Tourinform: Sütő utca 2., district V., Tourinform Oktogon :Liszt Ferenc tér 9-11., district VI.),
  • at travel agencies, and
  • in hotels.

Validity of the Cards

The card expires after 24, 48 or 72 hours from the precise time you validated the card.

Only cards with the date of purchase and the owner’s signature are valid. Please sign the card!

The current cards are valid from 1st April 2014.

TIP: In case of discounts to restaurants and cafes that are part of the card’s current discount system, not only the card holder but other guests (family members, friends) in her/his company are entitled to the lower prices. Please show your card to the waiter when you select form the menu and make your order.

Where Can You Buy a Budapest Card?

Although you can buy your Budapest passes at main metro ticket offices, tourist information bureaus, travel agencies, and hotels, the most convenient way of getting your card is buying it online. It will be delivered to your hotel where you will receive it at the reception.

Where Can You Get Discounts With Your Card?

Note: the list isn’t complete – for the most up-to-date information on discounts please visit the card’s official website.

Public Transport

You can travel on all public transport services free of charge within the boundaries of Budapest. (traveling on the Funicular up and down to Buda Castle, or the Chairlift-Libegő on János Hill are not included in this discount).

When an inspector asks you to show your ticket, present her/him your Card.

Note: citizens of European Union countries aged 65 and up can use all public transport lines for free in Budapest (they have to show a valid ID to verify age and EU member nationality if asked by a ticket inspector.

Find out more about how to Travel in Budapest.

Sightseeing and Sights- Budapest Pass Discounts

Walking Tour in Buda (Szentháromság tér 6., Buda Castle, district I.)
100 %
Walking Tour in Pest (, Andrássy út 3., district V.)
100 %
the Labyrinth in Castle District
25 %
guided tour in the Opera House ( Andrássy út 22, district VI.)
20 %
Riverride Budapest Sightseeing on Land & Water (Széchenyi István tér 7/8., district V.)
10 %
Legenda Sightseeing Cruise (Vigadó tér dock 7.)
20 %
Legenda Dinner Cruise with sightseeing (Vigadó tér dock 7.)
10 %
Big Bus Hop on Hop off Bus Tours
30 %
City Tour Hop on Hop Bus Tours
20 %
Programcentrum Hop on Hop off Bus Tours
20 %
Yellow Zebra Segway and bike tours & rentals (Lázár u. 16., district VI.)
10-30 %
Absolute Walking Tours (Lázár u. 16., district VI.)
10-30 %
City Segway Tours
30 %
Synagogue in Dohány Street
14-27 %
Memento Park-Red Star Tour and Direct Transfer & Guiding
20 %
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
25 %
Tropicarium in Campona Shopping Mall
30 %

Other Attractions, Special Experiences

Children’s Railway (a unique sightseeing on rail in the Buda Hills)
50 %
Offroad Segway Tours at Normafa (Eötvös u. 59., district 12.)
20 %
Sweet Escape-Live Escape Game ( Szinyei Merse utca 30., district VI.)
20 %
Bringóhintó (family cycle) on Margaret Island
30 %

 

TIP: see an overview of top attractions and browse recommended Budapest City Tours.

Programs, Concerts, Events in Budapest

Budapest Park summer concerts (SoroksárI út 60., district IX.)
20-100%
Budapest Summer Festival
20 %
Center of Scientific Wonders (Csodák Palotája, inside Campona Mall: Nagytétényi út 37-43.)
30 %
Tropicarium (Csodák Palotája, inside Campona Mall: Nagytétényi út 37-43.)
30 %
Danube Symphonic Concert with Cimbalom Show
10 %
Organ Concerts in St. Stephen’s Basilica
10 %
Water Tower (Margaret Island)
20 %
RAM Colosseum (Kárpát u. 23. district XII.)
30 %
Opera performances in the Hungarian State Opera (Andrássy út 22. district VI.)
10 %
Hungária Orchestra & Folk Ensemble
10 %

 

TIP: Find out more about Budapest Concerts, and find other interesting programs throughout the year on our Events calendar page.

Museums (see complete list on the seller’s site when you buy the card)

Hungarian National Gallery (Royal Palace, Buda A-B-C-D buildings)
100 %
New Budapest Gallery in the Whale, Fővám tér 10-12.
100 %
Budapest History Museum-Castle Museum (Buda Castle, Wings E)
100 %
Aquincum Museum and Archaeological Park,Szentendrei út 135. Óbuda, district III.
100 %
Hopp Ferenc East-Asian Museum, Andrássy út 103. district VI.
100 %
Vasarely Museum, Szent Lélek tér 6. Óbuda, district III.
100 %
Kiscelli Museum, Kiscelli utca 108. Óbuda, district III.
100 %
Art Hall (Műcsarnok)
20 %
Hungarian National Museum ( Múzeum krt. 14-16., district VIII.)
20 %
Museum of Applied Arts (Üllői út 33-37., district IX.)
20 %
Hungarian Heritage House – Museum of Applied Hungarian Folk Art (Fő utca 6., district I.)
50 %
Hungarian Jewish Museum & Archives Dohány u. 2., district VII.)
14-27 %
Holocaust Memorial Center (Páva u. 39., district IX.)
50 %
House of Terror Museum
20 %
Memento Park-Statue Park Museum
20 %
Petőfi Literary Museum ( Károlyi u. 16., district V.)
50 %
Hospital in the Rock ( Lovas út 4/c., district I.) 30 %

Thermal Baths, Swimming Pools, Outdoor Baths & Lidos*

Gellért Thermal Bath & Swimming Pool
10 %
Széchenyi Thermal bath & Swimming Pool
10 %
Lukács Bath
100 %
Király Bath
20 %
Veli Bej Bath
30%
Rudas Bath
20 %
20%
Palatinus Beach
20%
Római Lido
20 %
Aquaworld (Íves út 16. , district IV.)
30 %

* The discount is always on the full-price ticket with cabin rental.

TIP: You’ll find information about Spas on this page.

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Restaurants – Eat and drink for 10 % -30 % less with your BP Card in the following places

Cafe Dorottya (Dorottya utca 1., district V.)
30 %
Colombus Ship Jazz Club (Vigadó tér Pier 4)
20 %
Gellért Espresso
30 %
Gellért Panorama Restaurant & Brasserie (Szent Gellért tér 1., Danubius Hotel Gellért)
30 %
Halászbástya Restaurant ( Fishermen’s Bastion, northern tower)
20 %
Kispipa Restaurant (Akácfa u. 38., district VII.)
30 %
Spoon Cafe & Lounge ( Vigadó tér dock 3., district V.)
20 %
Matthias Cellar Restaurant (Március 15. tér 7., Pest Danube bank)
20 %
Karpatia Restaurant, Brasserie and Terrace (Ferenciek tere 7-8., district V.)
20 %
Kürtőskalács Cafe (Váci utca 31., district V.)
20 %
Városliget Cafe && Bar (Olof Palme sétány 5., district XIV.)
10 %
Vénhajó Restaurant (Dock 2. near Chain Bridge Pest side)
20 %

 

TIP: Find out more about Budapest Restaurants in general, see our selection of Best Restaurants in Budapest and browse our hand-picked Hungarian Restaurants in Budapest.
See also recommended places for Wine Tasting in Budapest.

3 comments

  1. Hi, I'd just like to say this site is so helpful!! I want to visit Budapest for a week this summer as I'm going to be studying at the Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem and so want to find out what it's like before I move there officially. If I buy a 72 hour card now, will it start working the moment I've bought it or can I start using it the day I arrive in budapest for the 3 days its valid for.

    Thank You
    I hope this makes sense

    • Hello Emma, Thanks for the kind words. You can buy the card now online and it will be delivered to your hotel in Budapest and wait for you at the reception (or you can get it personally at the office in Duna Palota /Zrinyi Street 5., district V: city centre/). make sure you feel in the date you want to use the card from and sign the card at the back. All the best: Erzsébet

  2. Hello Emma, Thanks for the kind words. You can buy the card now online and it will be delivered to your hotel in Budapest and wait for you at the reception (or you can get it personally at the office in Duna Palota /Zrinyi Street 5., district V: city centre/). make sure you feel in the date you want to use the card from and sign the card at the back. All the best: Erzsebet Dobos