Budapest Public Transport

How to Travel in the City? (Updated For 2022)

the yellow Combino Tram on Grand Boulevard

Use public transport services to travel in Budapest, especially if you stay in one of the outer districts.

Although attractions in the central districts (V., VI., parts of I., II., VII. and VIII.) are easy to explore on foot you might want to rest your legs after a while and hop on a metro/tram/bus.

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Best Public Transport Lines For Tourists

In case it’s cold or a summer shower catches you, take one of the four metro lines (M1, M2, M3 and M4), or trams No. 2, 4 or 6! Trams 47 and 49 are also useful especially if you want to get from Pest to Buda or vica versa.

Tram 19 is great for sightseeing in Buda, it connects Kelenföld Train Station with Óbuda (the Northern part of Buda).

It travels along the Danube between Liberty Bridge and Margaret Bridge offering a scenic view of the river and some famous attractions in Pest.

These transport services will take you to most of the places of interest.

You will easily get to any sight and attraction by travelling on one of the four metro lines or the major tram lines (No. 4, 6 and 2).

The bus and trolley bus service are quite extensive too.

There’s also a scheduled boat service on the Danube from spring till autumn.

Below you find information on Budapest public transport: types of tickets and passes, buying, and validating them.

Christmas Light Tram

TIP: Take a ride on one of the 12 Christmas tram lines operating between 04. December – 06. January 2023., on select days after 17.00

M3/Blue Metro Reconstruction

Note: The northern section of the M3 metro (blue line) is under construction. It runs between Újpest-központ and Göncz Árpád városközpont stttions.

Air-conditioned, low-floor M3 Replacement Buses carry passengers between Kőbánya-Kispest – Göncz Árpád városközpont stations. Buses run quite frequently during rush hours (1-2 minute).

Also note that tickets are not available from the driver of replacement buses. You have to buy your ticket/pass in advance or use the BudapestGO App’s digital tickets.

See more at the Public Transport Company’s (BKK) website.

Tickets, Travel Cards, Prices and Fines

Budapest has a fairly extensive and efficient public transport system. It is also cheaper than in most Western European cities.

A wide variety of trams, buses, trolleys and metro trains run in the city.

Night service is quite reliable, too.

Be prepared for typical rush hours: vehicles are crowded and traffic can be rather slow. This would be expected in any large city.

Children’s Fares

Children up to the age of 6 travel free of charge. Pupils, students can buy discount monthly/yearly passes with a valid student ID card.

No discount on tickets though.

Families visiting Budapest with kids can buy a 72-Hour Junior City Card for children 6 -18 years old.

Free Travel on Public Transport with Budapest Card

TIP: If you don’t want to bother with buying and validating tickets, purchase a City Card.

Besides unlimited free travel on public transport, the card offers a range of discounts on tours/services, free entry to the permanent exhibitions of many museums, entry to the Lukács Bath etc.

Read more about the Budapest Card!

Public Transport Tickets and Passes

(Prices Updated For 2022)

Free Travel For Seniors 65 + – EU Citizens Only

TIP: Citizens of the European Union countries and Switzerland 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 nationality if asked by a ticket inspector).

The current tickets and passes are of pale purple colour.

Tickets, Transfer Tickets

  • a sample single ticket, purple coloredSingle ticket (vonaljegy or just jegy) 350 HUF, (450 HUF if purchased from the driver on board the vehicle): valid on all public transport vehicles for one uninterrupted trip. If you

Note: If you carry a bike with you (permitted only on a few vehicle types) you have to validate a single ticket for it.

  • Single transfer ticket (átszállójegy): 530 HUF
  • Metro Section Ticket (for up to 3 stops): 300 HUF: valid for one uninterrupted trip without change on all 3 metro lines for 3 stops for 30 minutes. It does not entitle you for interruption of the trip or for return trip. Within its validity you can change lines within the metro network, but it is valid only for 3 stops altogether (i.e. 3, 2+1 or 1+2 stations).
  • Block of 10 single tickets (tíz darabos gyűjtőjegy: 3 000 HUF). Costs less than 10 single tickets purchased individually.

Travel Cards

24-Hour Travel Card

  • Price: : 1 650 HUF – Please note that is not the same as the 24-hour Budapest Card
  • Valid on all public transport vehicles except for the boat service on the Danube.
  • For an unlimited number of trips from 0:00 to 24:00 of the day indicated on the ticket (you decide on the starting time).

24-Hour Group Travel Card, For Max. 5 Persons

  • Price: 3 300 HUF – Recommended also for families
  • Valid on all public transport vehicles – except for the boat service.
  • For an unlimited number of trips from 0:00 to 24:00 of the day indicated on the ticket (you decide on the starting time).

72-Hour Travel Card

  • Price: 4 150 HUF) – not the same as the 24-hour Budapest Card
  • Valid on all public transport vehicles – except for the boat service- for an unlimited number of trips for 72 hours starting from the time and date you purchased it.

7-Day Travel-Card

  • Price: 4 950 HUF
  • Vaild on all public transport vehicles – except for the boat service- from 0:00 to 24:00 till the sixth day following purchase of the card for an unlimited number of trips.

Public Boat Service Tickets

TIP: If you visit the Hungarian capital for 2-3 days and you stay in a city center hotel, we recommend that you use

  • Single tickets or the
  • Discounted block of 10 tickets to make travelling on public transport lines hassle-free.

Where To Buy Tickets And Passes?

2 ticket vending machines side by side in a metro station

If you don’t have or don’t want to use the BudapestGO App You have to buy your tickets/pass in advance.

You can get them from ticket vending machines (TVM) or at many newspaper kiosks.

Around 300 new ticket vending machines have been placed throughout the city where you can get tickets and passes 24/7 by paying with cash or bank card.

I often use them and found them are quite reliable.

Most ticket offices have closed down though. You will find Ticket Offices (Jegypénztár) in some metro stations near the entrance:

  • Corvin negyed M3/blue line,
  • Népliget M3/blue line,
  • Nyugati tér M3/blue line,
  • Blaha Lujza tér M2/red line,
  • Széll Kálmán tér M2/red line.

Most cashiers speak only Hungarian so it’s best to go to the cashier with a piece of paper on which you’ve written down in Hungarian what type of ticket you want to buy.

TIP: Here is a map of the Public Transport Company showing all the operating ticket sellers.

How To Use The Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs)?

touch screen of a ticket vending machine

Using the machines is pretty straightforward, just read the instructions displayed on the monitor.

First choose language by touching the appropriate flag symbol on the bottom of the screen on the right hand side of the TVM.

A list of the most popular ticket types and passes will appear

  • Single ticket-350 HUF,
  • Block of 10 tickets – 3000 HUF,
  • 24-hour travel card,
  • 24-hour group travel card,
  • Various monthly passes.

I only give you the steps on buying tickets/travel card because these are the ones most suited to tourists visiting Budapest for a couple of days.

Buying Ticket/Travel Card From The TVM:

  • Select the ticket/travel card you want to buy.
  • Decide whether you want the machine to print an invoice, if not then press payment without VAT invoice.
  • Choose payment method: you can pay by cash, bank card (PayPass/contactless cards). I prefer using bank card, and recommend this payment method for tourists as well.

Paying By Bank Card/Contactless Card – Recommended For Tourists

The simplest and fastest way is to pay with a bankcard/contactless card.

Just follow the steps shown on the card terminal screen. After payment collect the purchased ticket or travel card.

Paying By Cash:

The machine accepts all current Hungarian coins from 5 HUF to 200 HUF.

You can use banknotes too: 500 HUF, 1 000 HUF, 2 000 HUF, 5 000 HUF, 10 000 HUF, 20 000 HUF. Based on the total value of the purchase the TVM defines the banknotes to be accepted.

If the purchase is of a small amount (e.g. a 350 HUF single ticket) 2000 HUF or smaller notes are accepted. In case of a bigger purchase larger notes can also be used.

The machine accepts 35 coins and 15 banknotes per transaction. It gives back changes in coins and notes.

Make sure you don’t leave your bank card or other belongings at the machine.

You can also view an instructional video on how to buy monthly passes and use the vending machines on the transport company’s (BKK) website.

How To Validate Tickets?

a hand inserting a ticket into an orange ticket validation machine

You must validate your ticket at the start of your journey.

Metro Stations

In case of metro tickets you have to put the ticket in the ticket validation machine (orange coloured box on a metal pole) that’ll stamp a time and date on the ticket.

A short musical tone and the tiny green light confirm that the ticket has been validated.

Once you validated the metro ticket you head for the escalator that’ll take you to the metro platform where you wait for the metro car.

At the top of the escalator ticket inspectors will most likely stop you to check whether you’ve validated your ticket.

Other Vehicles

On other vehicles (trams, buses, trolley) there’ s

  • Either the orange or yellow box similar to the ones in metro stations, or
  • A smaller red box in which you insert the ticket then pull the black part on the top towards you to punch the ticket (a pattern of holes appear on the validated ticket).

Note: The slot on some ticket validation machines is clogged with chewing gum or paper (deliberately done by prank makers) so you won’t be able to insert the ticket. Try another machine on the vehicle to validate your ticket.[

Inspectors check passengers’ tickets throughout the day.

An inspector usually wears dark blue uniform and a blue with a red armband. Nowadays, however they are in plain clothes (but still must put on the armband when checking tickets) in order to disguise themselves.

To avoid problems, buy the type of ticket or pass that are most suitable for your visit and your budget, and remember to validate it. Keep your ticket until the end of your journey.

Fines are high (if caught travelling without a valid ticket or pass you’ll be fined to pay 16.000 HUF, 8.000 HUF if you pay it on the spot or within 2 days of being fined)

It’s not worth ruining your stay with constant watching out for the inspectors. If you forgot to buy a ticket or validate it, and you’re fined the ticket inspector must give you a receipt about the payment.

Fines For Travelling Without A Valid Ticket/Pass

If you’re caught without a valid ticket by a ticket inspector, you are to pay a fine which is currently 8 000 HUF paid on the spot or in BKK’s Surcharge Office within 2 work days from the date of the fining.

If you don’ pay the fine on the spot or within 2 work days, the amount of the fine is 16 000 HUF. The inspector must give you a receipt of the payment when you pay on the spot.

If you don’t pay the fine on the spot, the ticket inspector initiates a fining procedure (ensuring the opportunity of deferred payment).

In this case he/she is entitled to ask the required personal data (name, mother’s name, date and place of birth) and also the address of the passenger. On the basis of these data, the ticket inspector fills in a so-called “Surcharging procedure report”.

If the passenger refuses to give his/her personal data, the ticket inspector can ask for police assistance on the spot.

The ticket inspector gives a cheque about the amount of the fine and a leaflet about the opportunities of payment.

The passenger shall sign that he/she accepts the surcharging and confirms that he/she has given the required personal data. The denial of signature doesn’t acquit the passenger of the consequences of the fining.

You’ll find the most up-to-date information about tickets, prices and fining on the Public Transport Company’s website (BKK).

Public Transport Services From Airport To The City Centre

NEW Direct Bus Line No. 100E: Airport – City Center/Deák Ferenc Square

The new service that starts connects the Airport and the City Centre. Buses – low-floor, air-conditioned vehicles – run every 20 minutes between

  • Ferenc Liszt Airport and
  • Deák Ferenc tér metro hub (where 3 metro lines meet) in district V, downtown Budapest

The bus also stops at Kálvin tér (M3 metro) and Astoria (M2 metro). See the schedule on BKK’s website.

The first bus departs at 03:40 AM the last one at 01.20 AM (runs every 20 min).

Ticket: the new bus service can be used with a special ticket that is valid only for this line. It costs 1 500 HUF (cc. 4 EUR).

Note: The Airport Shuttle bus ticket can be bought

> at the BKK Customer Service Points at the Airport or

> from Ticket vending machines located next to the Customer Service (accepts credit card/bank card).

See where to buy tickets at the airport!

Other Ways To Get To the City Center/Airport

You can choose from several ways to travel to the centre from Budapest Airport:

  • Train service from Ferihegy Train Station (accessible by bus 200E during the day, and by bus 900 at night from Liszt Ferenc Airport Terminal 2, the trip is 5 stops, around 10 minutes) to Western Train Station (Nyugati Pályaudvar): this is the simplest way to get to the city centre.
  • You can get to the city center by the M3 (blue) metro line or trams 4 and 6 from the train station. The train journey takes less than half an hour (cc. 22-25 minutes).
  • Train tickets (costs cc. 400 HUF) can be purchased at the ticket office at Ferihegy train station (open: 6.00-18.00 every day) or from ticket vending machines.
  • Travel cards (24-hour, 72-hour and 7-day) are also valid for the train trip between Ferihegy and Nyugati Train Stations (and for buses 200 E/900). If you don’t have a travel card or don’t want to buy it then you’ll need a single ticket (costs 350 HUF, 450 HUF if bought on board the bus) for the bus trip from Terminal 2 to Ferihegy Train Station.
  • Bus 200E takes you from Terminal 2 to the M3 (blue) metro terminal called Kőbánya-Kispest Metro Station. The bus operates from 4.00 till 23.00 daily. The journey is about 30 minutes. From there you can travel on by metro. See timetable of Bus200E.

A one-way public transport ticket (single ticket) costs 350 HUF (450 HUF when you buy it from the driver onboard the bus).

Buying Public Transport Tickets/Passes at Budapest Airport

You can buy

  • Airport shuttle bus ticket (Bus No. 100E)
  • single tickets (350 HUF),
  • pack of 10 single tickets (3 000 HUF),
  • travel cards (24-hour, 72-hour, 7-day),
  • monthly, yearly etc. passes 

at the BKK Customer Points/BKK Ügyfélpont at Terminal 2A and 2B. (BKK is an abbreviation for the Budapest Publc Transport Company in Hungarian).

You can also use the Ticket Vending Machines palced next to the customer service point.

travellers queueing at the BKK customer point at the BP airport
BKK Customer Service Point at the Airport

BKK Customer Service at the Airport – Opening Hours

  • Terminal 2A, Arrivals, Opening Hours: every day: 08.00 – 22.00, on 31. December: 08.00-20.00, on 01. January: 08.00 – 22.00
  • Terminal 2B, Arrivals, Opening Hours: every day: 09.00 – 21.00, on 31. December: 08.00 – 21.00, on 01. January: 09.00 – 21.00

Ticket Vending Machines  – Next to the Customer Service Point

You can buy

  • tickets,
  • travel cards and
  • the airport bus ticket (Bus No. 100E, 900 HUF) from 3 ticket vending machines next to the customer service center (accepts bank card/credit card).

News Agent, Post Office

You can also buy single tickets and pack of 10 single tickets at

  • the Relay News Agents
  • and at the post office (closed on weekends and holidays) on the mezzanine level at Terminal 2A. Opening Hours of the Post Office: Monday – Friday: 8.00 – 12.00 and 12.30 – 15.30, closed on weekends and public holidays. 24-hour, 72-hour and 7-day travel cards are also sold at the post office at Terminal 2A.

Relay Newsstands (sell only single tickets/pack of 10 single tickets):

  • Terminal 2A Arrivals, Relay Newsstand: 08.30 – 00.30 every day
  • Terminal 2A Departures, Relay Newsstand: 04.15 – 21.00 every day
  • Terminal 2B Arrivals, Relay Newsstand: 08.00 – 21.30 every day
  • Terminal 2B Departures, Relay Newsstand: 04.30-21.00 every day
  • Skycourt, Relay: Mon-Fri: 04.15 – 21.00 every day, Sat: 04.15 – 20.00 

Opening hours of the ticket office at the Kőbánya Kispest Metro Termini: every day: 6.00-21.30.

Ticket Vending Machine (Bus 200E Stop)

There’s also a ticket vending machine at the stop of Bus 200E. You can buy tickets (all types), travel cards and passes here with cash or bank card.

Remember to validate your ticket, travel cards don’t require validation, you just have to show them to the inspector if asked.

Read about other ways of getting to the city centre from Liszt Ferenc Airport.

Budapest Metro Lines

a white metro pulling in one of the stations of the red metro line

The 4-line metro system is efficient and clean. Trains run from 4.30 am
to 11.10 pm.

The newest, 4th line started operation at end of March in 2014 with automated trains running between Kelenföld Pályaudvar in Buda and Keleti Train Station in Pest with 10 stations along the way.

They run quite often (2-5 minutes) during rush hours.

The older three lines (M1 underground, M2-red line, M3 blue line) meet at Deák Ferenc tér in the city centre.

Note: M3 metro is under construction so please check the BKK website (Public Transport Company of Budapest) for up to date information on replacement bus services.

Read more about Budapest Metro

Trams

Budapest has more than 30 tram lines, you can recognize them by their bright-yellow colour.

The Most Important Tram Lines:

  • Trams No. 4 (between Újbuda Központ-Széll Kálmán tér) and No. 6, (between Móricz Zsigmond körtér and Széll Kálmán tér) the busiest line in Europe: runs along Grand Boulevard, it has stop at Margaret Island (Margitsziget).

TIP: The two trams run at around 5-6 minute frequency from 07.00 till 20. 00. Tram 6 operates all night: you can expect a tram car every 10 minute between 21.00 and 24.00.

Tram No. 2: Runs along the Danube, between Jászai Mari tér (at Margaret Bridge) and Közvágóhíd in IX. district. Tram 2 runs at every 3 – 5 minutes from 06.00 till 19.00 on weekdays, then every 9-10 minutes till 23.45 – 24.00. It operates silghtly less frequently on Sunday and bank holidays.

Trams No. 47 and 49

, two major lines connecting Pest with Buda:

  • Tram 47 runs between Deák tér-Budafok Városháza tér,
  • Tram 49 travels between Deák tér Kelenföldi Train Station.
Tram 2 along the Danube in Pest

Travelling by tram is slower but more spectacular than by metro, especially if you take tram No. 2.

It travels along one of the city’s most scenic routes, the Danube Promenade.

A sightseeing tour by bus doesn’t come up to a ride on tram No. 2. You get a very good view of the Gellert Hill, Castle Hill, the Parliament, not to mention the Danube and the graceful bridges (Liberty, Erzsébet and Cain bridges) over it.

You have to buy your ticket in advance and validate it onboard at the start of your journey.

You either find red punch-machines or orange automated machines.

Trams run between 04.30 am until around 22.45 on weekdays. You’d better check the timetables at the stops. You’ll also see the route of the tram line there.

Bus Services

a blue Bus on the Chain Bridge Budapest

Budapest has a very extensive bus route system. I personally don’t like to travel by bus, but some parts of the city (e.g. Buda Hills) can only be reached by bus.

During rush hours buses are crowded and they often get stuck in traffic jams.

Night Buses

The night services are marked with a three digit number between 900-999, e.g. 906. You can get on a night bus at stops marked with the black-and-white owl symbol.

TIP: Tram 6 (between Móricz Zsigmond körtér and Széll Kálmán tér) also operates all night at around 10-minute frequency.

You can buy tickets from the driver but you have to pay a bit more (costs 450 HUF instead of 350 HUF of the single ticket’s price).

You have to press a button above the doors to signal that you want to get off at the next stop.

You’ll find the stops posted inside the buses, but if no one gets off or on, the vehicle won’t stop, so you may lose track of stops.

Your best bet is to ask locals travelling on the bus; they’ll be happy to tell you where to get off.

Unfortunately you don’t have to queue at the stops, so be prepared that particularly locals tend to thrust, in order to get on the vehicle. (Actually it’s true for all kinds of transportation in Hungary.)

See timetable for night services.

Trolley Lines

a red Trolley Bus

There are 14 trolley bus lines in Budapest. Trolleys are red coloured.

It’s interesting that their numbers start from 70, according to the story the first line started operating on Stalin’s 70th birthday.

Trolley buses operate until somewhere between 11-12 pm.

You can check the timetables at the stops, they’ll provide reliable information. Ticket validation is the same as on buses.

Suburban Railway (HÉV)

You can travel by HÉV (green trains) to the outskirts of Budapest.

a green Suburban Railway on a flyover

The Szentendre line might be interesting for tourists. It runs between Batthyány tér (it’s also on the red metro line) and Szentendre.

Szentendre is a small, charming town right on the Danube bank. Don’t miss visiting it if you come to Budapest for a couple of days!

Tickets within the boundary of the city cost the same as discussed above. Outside Budapest you pay according to the distance you’ll cover during your trip.

A ticket to Szentendre is about 400 HUF. You can buy it at the station. HÉV trains run every 10 to 30 minutes.

Travelling By Public Boat (2022)

a public boat on the Danube at the Castle Bazaar port

There used to be several scheduled boat services on the Danube between Boráros tér and Római fürdő from mid-March till the winter weather sets in.

In 2022 only one boat line operates – the rest is temporarily out of service.

Public Boat Lines (Before 2022):

  • D11 (Haller utca in district IX.-Újpest Árpád út),
  • D12 (Haller utca in district IX.- Római Fürdő/Lido,
  • D13 ((Haller utca in district IX.-Római Fürdő), and
  • D14 (Csepel-Királyerdő/district XXI. – Soroksár Molnár-sziget).

You need to purchase a single ticket for public boat travel –

Public Boat Service Tickets:

The full price of the boat ticket:

  • 1 500 HUF,
  • Free for children under 7 yrs of age.

You can buy the tickets on board the boats or at major ticket offices in the city.

See the timetables

Try The Special Vehicles!

the 3-car funicular descending down from Castle Hill
Funicular-Buda Castle

Budapest offers several unique means of transportation some of them dating back to the 19th century.

Funicular (Budavári Sikló)

Takes you up to Buda Castle from Clark Adam Square at the Buda end of Chain Bridge.

Location

  • Lower Station: Clark Adam tér- , Budapest 1013 Buda end of the Chain Bridge, next to the tunnel
  • Upper Station: Szent György tér, between Buda Castle and Sándor Palace

Getting to the Lower Station: use bus 16, 105, trams 19, 41, Upper Sttaion: bus 16, 16A, 116 will take you there.

The funicular – that is a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site along with the whole Castle area – has been operating since 1870.

It connects the riverbank with Buda Castle.

You can enjoy the amazing view during the 95 m long ride, the grade of ascension is 50 m.

Operating Hours

  • The funicular rides all year long, every day between 08.00 – 22.00 (with the exception of maintenance on every odd week’s Monday until the works last.
  • Frequency: every 5 – 10 minutes
  • Last ticket sold: 21.50

Tickets For The Funicular (Return Tickets Only):

  • Adults and kids from age 15: 3 000 HUF,
  • Children ages 3 – 14: 2 000 HUF
  • Free for children under the age of 3 (Only max. two children under 3 per adult are allowed)
  • The ticket office closes at 21.50

Please validate your ticket before boarding and also make sure you keep your receipt of the ticket purchase until the end of the journey and you till you leave the station.

Chairlift (Libegő)

Address (Lower Station): Zugligeti út 97., Budapest 1121, Distr. XII.

photo of the chairlift traveling up to Janos Hill in Budapest in spring, people are seating in 4 of the chairs hanging from the steel cable
Chairlift (Buda Hills)

Getting to Zugliget: Take bus 291 from Nyugati Train Station, get off at the termini

Getting To The Upper Station (János Hill): Take bus 21 or 21A from Széll Kálmán tér (trams 4, 6, M2 metro) then walk on the footpath (20-30 minutes)

Travelling on the chairlift lets you admire the wonderful panorama of the Buda Hills.

It will take you from Zugliget up to János Hill – the highest peak of Budapest – or back down.

he 12-minute journey is slightly longer than 1 km (1040 m) while the elevation difference is 261 m. The 2 600 m long cable has 102 double seat chairs hanging from it.

Not recommended if you’re scared of heights!

TIP: Climb up the Erzsébet Lookout Tower to get an even more panoramic view.

Operating Hours (Every Day, Exc. Maintenance On Every Even Week’s Monday)

  • January: 10.00 – 15.30
  • February: 10.00 – 16.00
  • March: 10.00 – 17.00
  • April: 10.00 – 18.00
  • May: 10.00 – 19.00
  • June: 10.00 – 19.00
  • July: 10.00 – 19.00
  • August: 10.00 – 19.00
  • September: 10.00 – 18.00
  • October 01 – 30: 10.00 – 17.00 (Oct 31: 10.00 – 17.00
  • November: 10.00 – 15.30
  • December: 10.00 – 15.30

Tickets For The Chairlift (Return Tickets Only)

  • Adults from the age of 19: 2 000 HUF
  • Children/Young Adult Up To 19 yrs of age: 1 000 HUF.

Children’s Railway (Gyermekvasút) – Between Hűvösvölgy – Széchenyi Hegy

Schedule – Operating Hours

  • The Children’s Railway operates all year round. From May till September: every day, September – May: Tuesday – Sunday
  • Departure times: Hüvősvölgy station: 1st train departs at 08.45, last train: 17.22, Széchenyi Hill station: first train departs at 09.45, last one at. 18.45
  • Frequency: every 40-45 minutes

Great for excursions in the Buda Hills especially if you are visiting Budapest with kids.

The train journey take 40 – 50 minutes between the 2 terminis, but you can get off at any station t go for hiking and exploring the hills.

Tickets For The Children Railway

  • Adult single trip ticket (no stopover): 800 HUF, transfer ticket (rebound trip with no stopover or one-way trip with one stopover: 1 400 HUF
  • Children ages 6 – 18: single trip ticket: 400 HUF, transfer ticket: 700 HUF
  • Families with kids (2 adults max. 3 children): 4 000 HUF – unlimited number of trips
  • Free for children under age of 6

TIP: With a Budapest City Card you’ll get 50 % discount on the ticket price).

Try riding at least on one of them during your stay especially if you’re with kids!

Cogwheel Railway (Fogaskerekű)

Transporting A Bike

If you’re adventurous enough you can also go biking in Budapest. You can carry your bike with you on the on several public transport services:

  • Suburban trains – in the back of a carriage (HÉV)
  • Tram 60 (cogwheel railway),
  • Buses 65, 65A and 165,
  • trams 59 and 59A
  • public boat

You need to buy and validate a single ticket (350 HUF) for the bicycle if you don’t have a bike pass which is 540 HUF (you can buy it as a supplement for most seasonal passes).

Travelling Information For People With Physical Disability

There are low floor buses and trolleybuses on several routes in Budapest, low floor trams on the Nagykörút and the Public Transport Company (BKK) offers a special door-to-door bus service, which they operate in a taxi-like system.

They launched this service on 12th April 2010 with 5 minibuses, type Renault Master 2,5 dCl, which were specially designed to help passengers with reduced mobility to reach one part of the city from the other part.

To make transport for physically challenged passengers as simple and easy as possible, one of the minibuses is equipped with a ramp, and four with hydraulic lifts and there are also special hand-holds in the passenger compartment.

All five vehicles are air-conditioned. The seats are moveable on a so-called rail system, so the passenger compartment can be re-arranged to meet every requirement. There is convenient room for 14 people or for 4 wheelchairs, and 4 or 5 attendants besides them.

People who want to use this service has to call the National Federation of Disabled Persons’ Associations (MEOSZ), phone numbers: +36 1 388-55-29, +36 1 388-23-87 or +36 1 388-23-88.

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