Budapest Card

Types of Budapest Passes, Price, Buying Info

The Budapest Card is a nifty little travel pass available for 5 durations that can make your exploration of this stunning city a whole lot easier and more cost-effective.

With the Budapest Card in your pocket, you’ll have unlimited access to public transportation, like buses, trams, and the 4 metro lines. But that’s not all! It also grants you free or discounted entry to a wide range of museums, thermal baths, and attractions across the city.

TIP: Buy the card online so that you’ll be well-prepared to begin your visit to Budapest! You can pick up your Card at Budapest Airport at the reception of Ibis Style Airport Hotel Budapest, all throughut the day, 0 – 24 h no matter what time your plane lands.

The city pass can come handy when you are visiting for a couple of days and will be doing lots of sightseeing, and museum hopping (free entry to 52 museums & galleries).

Included Are

  • Free use of the public transport network,
  • Free entry to 52 museums/galleries
  • + 2 free walking tours – one in Buda and the other in the Pest side, and
  • Many discounts make that easier and more budget friendly.
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Each card is valid for one person for 24-, 48-, 72-, 96- or 120 hours, starting from the time of first use. There’s also a 72-h Plus Card for

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, including the Chairlift in Zugliget/Buda Hills (excl: Funicular in the Castle),
  • 2 free walking tours and numerous 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 5 different durations with the same services and discounts. Each card is valid for one person, regardles sof age.

There’s also a 72-Hour Plus card with extended discounts, free Danube river cruise

Buy Online – Choose a Budapest Card That Most Suits Your Travel Needs

Current Prices 2023:

  • 24-Hour Card: 33 EUR
  • 48-Hour Card: 49 EUR
  • 72-Hour Card: 63 EUR
  • 72-Hour Plus Card: 96 EUR
  • 96-Hour Card: 77 EUR
  • 120-Hour Card: 92 EUR
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Free Services, Main Discounts with Each Card

  • Free entry to the Lukács Thermal Bath, located in the Buda side in Frankel Leó utca.
  • Free travel on public transportation in Budapest including the Chairlift/Libegő in Zugliget in the Buda Hills (excluding the Funicular in Buda Castle),
  • no-entry fee to the Folk Arts Festival in Buda Castle (17-20. August)
  • Two free guided walk tours in English: one in Buda the other in Pest. Tours depart daily rain or shine. See details below.
  • Discounts on admission to many more sights, attractions, services.
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Free Entry to the permanent exhibitions of 52 Budapest Museums and Art Galleries

Museums and Galleries

  • HUNGARIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM   – FREE         
  • HUNGARIAN NATIONAL GALLERY – FREE
  • MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS – FREE
  • KUNSTHALLE BUDAPEST (MÜCSARNOK) – FREE
  • BUDAPEST HISTORY MUSEUM — CASTLE MUSEUM – FREE
  • BUDAPEST HISTORY MUSEUM — AQUINCUM MUSEUMFREE
  • BUDAPEST HISTORY MUSEUM — KISCELL MUSEUN – FREE
  • BUDAPEST HISTORY MUSEUM — BUDAPEST GALLERY     – FREE
  • BUDAPEST HISTORY MUSEUM MEDIEVAL JEWISH PRAYER HOUSE – FREE
  • BUDATOWER — THE MARY MAGDALENE TOWER – FREE
  • LUDWIG MUSEUM — MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART  – FREE
  • ROBERT CAPA CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER – FREE
  • HOUSE OF THE HUNGARIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS – MAI MANO HOUSE – FREE
  • VASARELY MUSEUM BUDAPEST – FREE
  • MEMENTO PARK – STATUE PARK MUSEUMFREE
  • MARGARET ISLAND OPEN -AIR THEATRE WATER TOWER AND PANORAMIC LOOKOUT TOWER – FREE
  • HUNGARIAN MUSEUM OF TRADE AND TOURISM   – FREE
  • FERENC HOPP NUSEUM OF ASIATIC ARTS – FREE
  • LIGET BUDAPEST VISITOR CENTER – FREE
  • UNDERGROUND RAILWAY MUSEUM – FREE
  • MUSEUM OF ÓBUDA – FREE
  • GOLDBERGER TEXTILE INDUSTRY COLLECTION – FREE
  • ST. STEPHEN’S HALL – FREE
  • SZANOS CHOCOLATE MUSEUM – GIFT
  • GUIDED TOURS AT THE PESTI VIGADÓ – 50%
  • “AMONG THE FIRST ONES…” THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION OF THE POSTAL MUSEUM – 50%
  • HOSPITAL IN THE ROCK — NUCLEAR BUNKER MUSEUM – 25%
  • MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY – 20%
  • ST. STEPHEN’SBASILICA – 20%
  • THE MAIN PARISH CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION IN DOWNTOWN – 20%
  • GÖDÖLLÖ ROYAL PALACE – 15%
  • HOUSEOF HUNGARIAN MUSIC – 10%
  • MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS – 10%
  • SYNAGOGUE IN KAZINCZY UTCA – 10%
  • DOHÁNY STREET SYNAGOGUE – 10%
  • HUNGARIAN JEWISH MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES – 10%
  • HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE – 10%

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

When Is It Worth Buying a Budapest Card?

If you come for 2-3  or more days and plan to

  • see lots of attractions,
  • enjoy the thermal baths,
  • travel a lot on public transport services, the City Card is good value for you.

Where Can You Buy a Budapest Card?

The most convenient way is to get it online through our secure webshop. Just select which type of card you need.

You can use all major credit cards for paying through the secure online system. Your city card will be delivered to your hotel or apartment for free.

Offline Purchase Options:

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

  • at major metro’s BKK Custmer Service Center , (e.g. Keleti Train Station – M4 Underground, Kelenföld M station – Őrmező exit, Déli Train Station – M station),
  •  Liszt Ferenc Airport: at the BKK Customer centers in terminal 2A: opening hours: every day: 8.00-20.00, terminal 2B: open: every day: 10.00-22.00
  • Budapestinfo Tourist Information Centre – Városháza Park Hütte
  • BKK Customer Service Centre, Deák Ferenc tér M

How to Use? – Validity of the Budapest 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.

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 Budapest Card

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

21 Free Services, and further 10 – 50% discounts on tickets to museums, baths, sightseeing, activities, and restaurants.

Public Transport

You can travel on all public transport services free of charge within the boundaries of Budapest.

Note: Traveling on the Funicular up and down to Buda Castle is 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

  • BKK PUBLIC TRANSPORT   – FREE                          
  • FREE ZUGLIGETCHAIRLIFT(LIBEGÖ)    – FREE
  • OFFICIAL BUDAPEST CASTLE BUS      – FREE
  • WALKING TOUR BUDA    – FREE
  • WALKING TOUR PEST – FREE
  • UNIVERSAL AIRPORTHUB LUGGAGE STORAGE     – 50%
  • LEGENDA CITY CRUISES   – 25%
  • BUDGET RENT A CAR  – 25%
  • DOOR-TO-DOOR AIRPORT TRANSFER – BUD AIRPORT, MINIBUD – 20%
  • BIKE & RELAX BUDAPEST BICYCLE TOURS – 20%
  • CITY SIGHTSEEING BUDAPEST – HOP ON HOP OFF      – 20%
  • „DINNER & CRUISE” WITH FOLKLOR SHOW             – 20%
  • BIKE CARRIAGE (BRINGOHINTO)                              – 20%
  • LUNCH&CRUISE – 10%
  • RIVERRIDE – 10%
  • EURAMASIGHTSEEING TOURS  – 10%
  • ROYAL CAR — SIGHTSEEING TOUR – 10%
  • JEWISH HERITAGE TOURS – 10%

More Resoureces To Plan Your Trip

See a roundup of top Budapest attractions and browse recommended Budapest City Tours.

Learn more about Biking in Budapest.

Find what concerts are on in Budapest, and browse our Events calendar page for other interesting programs throughout the year!

Thermal Baths, Swimming Pools, Outdoor Baths & Lidos*

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

TIP: Here’s more information about Budapest Baths & Spas, including entry fees, opening hours, what to bring etc.

Other Attractions, Programs, Special Budapest Experiences

  • Pálinka Experience Museum – FREE
  • PÁL-VÕLGYI CAVE – FREE                              
  • URBAN BETYÁR RESTAURANT & VISITOR CENTER       – FREE
  • MADAME TUSSAUDS BUDAPEST       GIFT
  • BUDAPEST ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS     – 25%
  • HOUSEOF UNICUM        – 20%
  • EXHIBITIONS AT THE PESTI VIGADÓ – 20%
  • TIMETRAP EXIT GAME    – 20%
  • FERRIS WHEEL OF BUDAPEST WITH CHAMPAGNE  – 20%
  • TROPICARIUM — THE SHARK ZOO  – 15%
  • SZAMOS CHOCOLATE TOUR  – 10%
  • ORGAN CONCERT IN ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA – 10%
  • RAJKÓ FOLK ENSEMBLE & ORCHESTRA  – 10%
  • PREMIER OUTLET BUDAPEST       – 10%
  • BUDAPEST PINBALL MUSEUM       – 10%   
  • ARCADIASAVOYA – 10%

Restaurants – Eat & Drink For 10 % – 50 % Less With Your Budapest Card At The following Places

  • BUCKETLIST COLLECTION — GRATIS PROSECCO TOUR – FREE
  • CHAMPION WINE VINARIUM & GASTRO BOUTIQUE – 50%
  • PÁRISI PASSAGE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE – 20%
  • ZSOLNAY CAFÉ       – 20%
  • HALÁSZBÁSTYA RESTAURANT ( Fishermen’s Bastion, northern tower) – 20%
  • MOLNÁR’S KÜRTOSKALÁCS (Váci utca 31., district V.) – 20%
  • VÉN HAJÓ RESTAURANT – 20%
  • LÁNGOS IN THE HEART OF THE CITY! – 20%
  • MADHOUSE BUDAPEST BISTRO & CRAFT BEER BAR – 20%
  • MAD GARDEN BUDA – 20%
  • BONNIE RESTRO COMICS – 20%
  • YELLOW BISTRO & BAR – 20%
  • HARD ROCK CAFE (Deák Ferenc utca 3-5.,distr. V.) – 10%
  • LÁNG BISTRO & GRILL RESTAURANT – 10%
  • OLD STREET CAFÉ – 10%
  • CAFÉ ASTORIA RESTAURANT (Kossuth Lajos u. 19-21., distr. V.) – 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.

72 Plus Budapest Card Discounts

  • Free DOOR-TO-DOOR AIRPORT TRANSFER BUD AIRPORT, NINIBUD – FREE
  • Funicular up to Buda Castle – 1 FREE Ride
  • Danube sightseeing cruise by Legenda – FREE
  • Matthias Church (Church of Our Lady) in Buda Castle – FREE Entry
  • Molnár’s Kürtöskalács – FREE