Train, Metro, Bus and Ferry Services in Budapest
Information about the city public transport system, including details on where to buy tickets and how to use the Budapest Card and other travel cards...
Public transport services in Budapest are run by BKV Zrt, which operates buses, trams, suburban rail lines, the metro and a boat service.
- Customer call centre, Tel: (1) 258 4636
Train services are provided by Máv-Start.
The Budapest Card
Budapest Card is the only official city card of the capital and is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. It offers free public transportation, guided walking tours, entry to Budapest Zoo, Pocket Guide mobile app and discounts on baths, restaurants, sightseeing tours and museums.
- For information on where and how to buy a Budapest Card: Click here
Budapest has direct rail connections with 25 other capital cities and Intercity lines connect it to the larger cities and towns of Hungary. Three large international train stations operate in Budapest: Budapest East Railway Station, Budapest Western Railway Station, and Budapest South Railway Station.
- Further information about train services can be found on the Máv-Start website
The Budapest Metro has three lines, with a fourth currently under construction. Tickets can be purchased at metro station ticket offices, vending machines, and in some shops and post offices.
- For timetable and route information for all three metro lines: Click here
- For a map of the metro: Click here
As well as the metro system, BKV Zrt also runs a suburban railway system in Budapest, the Budapest HÉV. All tickets and passes are only valid for travel within Budapest. Separate tickets are needed to continue beyond the city.
- For timetable and route information: Click here
There are over 30 tram lines operating in Budapest. In most areas the tracks are separated from the rest of the road, therefore travelling by tram is relatively free of congestion.
- For timetable and route information for tram services in Budapest: Click here
The buses in Budapest are frequent and fast. There is an express service on some routes, signified by red numbering, and an extensive night bus system operates through the city's main streets.
- For information about night buses, including timetables and maps: Click here
- For general information about bus timetables on all routes: Click here
- For information on transport from the airport to Budapest city centre: Click here
Tickets and passes for all forms of BKV Zrt public transport are available from tobacconists and newsagents, vending machines at many bus and tram stops in the city centre and at metro stations. They must be bought before boarding and cannot be bought from the driver, except on night buses.
Individual tickets are validated in the hand- or electronic puncher on board the bus, or daily, weekly or monthly passes shown to the driver. Ticket inspectors are commonplace on buses and on the metro so tickets should be retained after validation.
Hungarian or EU citizens over the age of 65 travel free of charge on Budapest's public transport system.
Discount passes are available which offer the holder reduced prices on all transport services run by BKV Zrt: the tram, trolleybus, underground, metro, buses, the HÉV suburban railway, and some railway services run by Máv Start.
Passes are available for 14 days, one month, three months or one year, and there are special passes for students, pensioners, and parents of young children. Passes can be bought in stations, some shops, and post offices. There are also 24-hour, 72-hour and seven-day travel passes aimed specifically at tourists.
- For more information on tourist tickets: Click here
Passengers with Disabilities
A small number of BKV Zrt buses are designed with floor level ramp access to accommodate wheelchair access. BKV Zrt also offers a door-to-door minibus service for passengers with disabilities, which is operated in a taxi-like system. To use the service, contact the Budapest Transport Centre (Budapesti Közlekedési Központ - BKK).
Disabled access to metro stations is limited, although stair lifts are available at Deák Ferenc Tér and Mexikói Út stations.
Travelling with Pets
All domestic animals are allowed on Budapest buses, metro, tram and suburb railway, as long as they are not dangerous and are kept under control. A full-price ticket or pass must be purchased for dogs (regardless of size). Police dogs, help dogs for the disabled and guide dogs for the blind may travel free of charge. Only one dog may be transported in each vehicle (car) and must be on a lead, wear a muzzle and be clean.
Boats and Ferries
There are a number of operators providing boat services on the Danube, mostly for sightseeing purposes. The public transport company BKV also provides a ferry service between Újpest and Millenniumi Városközpont, aimed primarily at commuters, and a riverboat service between Boráros tér and Pünkösdfürd? from May to September.
BKV passes and tickets can be used on their boat services.
- For information about BKV boat services, including timetables and maps: Click here
All authorised taxi vehicles must have a yellow registration plate, as opposed to the white background on regular car plates. All taxis are equipped with a receipt-printing function, and display the fares charged and identification of the driver.
Taxis can be hailed on the street or taken at designated places such as train stations, tourist destinations, the metro and bus stations. Taxis for hire are recognisable by the illuminated yellow sign above the front windscreen.
Most of the taxi companies have an English-speaking telephone operator, and it is possible to request a driver that speaks at least basic English. It is usually cheaper to order a taxi by telephone than hailing one on the street.
Fares and tips
All trips are measured on the taxi's meter, which is visible from the passenger cabin of the taxi. There is no additional charge for extra passengers or luggage. Charges may vary depending on the period of the day and the districts.
Many Budapest taxis accept credit or debit cards, but this should be checked with the driver before starting a journey. Tips are a matter of personal discretion.