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 12 thematic tours.

Quick Links: Price Choose from 3 CardsWhen to Buy?Validity Where to Buy?Discounts with the Card

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 12 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.

How Much Does a Budapest Card cost?

You can buy your Budapest pass for 3 different durations with the same services and discounts. Each card is valid for one adult.

For Children

There’s  no discount on the price of the card for children.

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

with Free Delivery to Your Hotel/Apartment in Budapest

Cards in 2016/2017

Each card includes a free entry to the Lukács Thermal Bath, free travel on public transportation in Budapest, free admission to 9 museums and art galleries, two free guided walk tours, and discounts on admission to many more sights, attractions, services.

Most Important Discounts/Free Services:

  • two yellow Combino tramsFree, unlimited travel on the Public Transport Services

Free Entry to the following Budapest Museums and Art Galleries

  • Hungarian National Gallery, Szent György tér 2., Buda Royal Palace A-B-C-D buildings
  • Museum of Budapest 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. (closed due to renovation till spring 2017).
  • Hopp Ferenc East-Asian Museum, Andrássy út 103. district VI.
  • Aquincum Museum and Archaeological Park,Szentendrei út 135. Óbuda, district III.
  • Mai Manó House – Photo Gallery, Nagymező utca 20., District VI.
  • Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Nagymező utca 8., District VI.

Note: Please keep in mind that museums are closed on Monday.

  • Two Guided Walking Tours for Free (one in Buda the other in Pest)- Buda side tour depart: every day at 14:00 at the Holy Trinity statue (Szentháromság szobor) in Buda Castle.
  • Pest side tour: every day at 10.00, at Molnár’s Kürtöskalács Cafe, Váci Street 31. 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.

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.

Buy Online – Free Delivery To Your Hotel/Apartment 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.

Offline Purchase Options:

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 Liszt Ferenc Airport: at the Budapestinfo Points in terminal 2A: opening hours: every day: 8.00-20.00, terminal 2B: open: every day: 10.00-22.00
  • at other Tourist Info Points in the city:  Sütő utca 2., district V., (M1, M2, M3 metros), Open: every day: 8.00-20.00, City Park Ice Rink Building: Olof palme sétány 5., district XIV., Open: every day: 9.00-19.00
  • at travel agencies, and
  • in hotels.

How to Use? – Validity of the Cards

Please write the starting date on the back of the card: month, day and hour. Please sign the card!

Only cards with the starting date and the owner’s signature are valid.

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

The current cards are valid till 1st April 2016.

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.

Discounts/Free Services With the Card (Updated for 2016)

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 Getting Around Budapest.

Sightseeing and Sights- Budapest Card Discounts

Walking Tours
Walking Tour in Buda (Szentháromság tér 6., Buda Castle, district I.), every day at 14.00
– 100 %
Walking Tour in Pest ( at Molnár’s Kürtöskalács Cafe, Váci Street 31., district V.): every day at 10.00
– 100 %
Guided tour in the Opera House ( Andrássy út 22, district VI.)
– 20 %
Jewish Heritage Tours (incl. a visit to the Great Synagogue) – 10 %
Danube Cruises in Budapest
Riverride Budapest Sightseeing on Land & Water (Széchenyi István tér 7/8., district V.)
– 10 %
Cruise with Lunch every day at 14.00.(1.5 hour tour, meeting: Duna Palota, Zríny Str. 5. distr. V.) – 10 %
Evening Cruise with Dinner/Live Music Fridays/Saturdays 19.00-22.00 (Mahart) – 20 %
Legenda Sightseeing Cruise (Vigadó tér dock 7.)
– 20 %
Legenda Dinner Cruise with sightseeing (Vigadó tér dock 7.) – 10 %
Silverline River Cruises (depart from Erzsébet Bridge, pier No. 11) – 20 %
Duna Corso Boat Tour (Mahart) – 20 %
Nostalgia Boat Tour with Music & Dance (Mahart), 25. Apr-25. Sept, on Sundays. at 19.00)
– 20 %
Danube Cruises Out of Budapest
Boat Excursion to Szentendre-Visegrád – 20 %
Boat Excursion to Szentendre – 20 %
Boat Excursion to Vác-Visegrád-Esztergom – 20 %
Danube Bend Tour (Cityrama agency) live guiding, by bus to and by boat back to BP (the boat service is avail. between may-Sept): tour dates: Apr – Oct: Daily (Except Mon.): 9:00
Nov – March: Thursday, Saturday: 9.00, duratinon: 8-9 hrs
– 20 %
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours
Big Bus Hop on Hop off Bus Tours
– 30 %
City Tour Hop on Hop Bus Tours
– 20 %
Hop on Hop off Bus Tours
– 20 %
Other Bus Tours
4-Hour Bus Tour by Cityrama agency (free pick-up at your hotel)
– 10 %
Bike Tours, Bike Rental
Bike Rental (Cityrama Agency) half or full day rental (helmets, locker, visibility vest are incl.) – 20 %
Bike Tour (Cityrama Agency), daily at 11.00, 3 hours duration – 20 %
Szentendre Bike & Boat Tour (Cityrama Agency), duration: 7 hrs, guided walk tour of Szentendre, 1 hour boat tour back to BP, May – Sept: Thursday, Sunday: 10.30 – 20 %

Find out more about Biking, Bike Tours in Budapest.

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. (closed till 2017 spring due to renovation)
– 100 %
Kiscelli Museum, Kiscelli utca 108. Óbuda, district III.
– 100 %
Art Hall (Műcsarnok)
– 20 %
Hungarian National Museum ( Múzeum krt. 14-16., district VIII.)
– 100 %
Dorottya Diamond Palace (Dorottya utca 6., distr. V.) – Free entry & 10 % discount on purchase – 100 %
Museum of Applied Arts (Üllői út 33-37., district IX.)
– 20 %
Great Synagogue in Dohány Street – 10 %
Hungarian Jewish Museum & Archives Dohány u. 2., district VII.)
– 10 %
Center of Scientific Wonders (Csodák Palotája inside Campona Shopping Mall)
– 50 %
House of Terror Museum
– 20 %
Memento Park-Statue Park Museum
– 100 %
Nagytétény Castle Museum
– 20 %
Hospital in the Rock ( Lovas út 4/c., district I.) – 30 %

Thermal Baths, Swimming Pools, Outdoor Baths & Lidos*

Gellért Thermal Bath & Swimming Pool
20 %
Széchenyi Thermal bath & Swimming Pool
20 %
Lukács Bath
100 %
Király Bath
20 %
Veli Bej Bath
Rudas Bath
20 %
Palatinus Beach
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.

Other Attractions, Programs, Special Experiences

Pesti Vigadó: Admission with Budapest Card: 2,000 HUF/ guided tours (groups): 1,450 HUF
– 20-50 %
Budapest Summer Festival: concerts, musicals, ballet, opera – 20 %
Cooking Courses in Chefparade Cooking School
– 30 %
the Miniversum (interactive train tables, Andrássy Av.) – 30 %
Fishermen’s Bastion Upper Lookout – 10 %
Tropicarium Aquarium Campona Shopping Centre (Nagytétényi út 37-45., XXII. district) – 20 %
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
– 25 %
TimeTrap Exit Game (escape from 3 special traps) – 30 %
Segway Tours in the city centre, the Castle, Heroes’ sqr., Gellért Hill-Citadel, and more – 10 %
Memento Park-Balatoni út-Szabadkai utca, distr. XXII:, bus 150, open: every day: 10.00-till dusk – 100 %
Ice Rink/Boating Lake in City Park – 10 %
Korda Fillmpark-Visitor Centre (Etyek)
– 20 %

Other Pages Related to Entertainment in Budapest:

Restaurants – Eat and drink for 10 % – 40 % less with your BP Card in the following places

Cafe Dorottya (Dorottya utca 1., district V.)
– 20 %
Columbus Ship Jazz Club (Vigadó tér Pier 4)
– 20 %
Gellért Panorama Restaurant & Brasserie, Gellért Espresso (Szent Gellért tér 1., Danubius Hotel Gellért)
– 30 %
Terminal Restaurant (Erzsébet tér 11., district V.) – 20 %
Cafe Astoria Restaurant (Kossuth Lajos u. 19-21., distr. V.) – 30 %
Halászbástya Restaurant ( Fishermen’s Bastion, northern tower)
– 20 %
Molnár’s Kürtőskalács Cafe (Váci utca 31., district V.)
– 30 %
Spoon Cafe & Lounge ( Vigadó tér dock 3., district V.)
– 20 %
Matthias Cellar Restaurant (Március 15. tér 7., Pest Danube bank)
– 20 %
Kárpátia Restaurant, Brasserie and Terrace (Ferenciek tere 7-8., district V.)
– 20 %
Rhapsody Restaurant & Bar (Liszt Ferenc tér 10.,distr. VI.) – 40 %
Seasons Stek Bistro (Liszt Ferenc tér 7, near the Opera. distr. VI.)
– 10 %
Gundel Restaurant (City Park Gundel Károly út 4.., district XIV.)
-10 %
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.


  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

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