Moving around Budapest

General information

The website of BBK (Budapest Transportation Company) is relatively clear and tourist-friendly. A detailed map can be found on the link: https://bkk.hu/apps/docs/terkep/turisztikai_tkp.pdf

When planning a trip you can rely on GoogleMaps, it normally gives good options to travel around. For the schedules you can visit https://bkk.hu/en/timetables/, listing all the lines by their final stations (you will have to click on the station you plan to get on the bus/tram, so you can download the schedule in pdf format).

For further information about Budapest public transport visit https://bkk.hu/en/news/

Within Budapest there are different types of public transportation

  • Metro
  • Bus/trolley bus
  • Tram
  • Boat

Tickets and passes

You can use the BBK (Budapest Transportation Company) machines, where single tickets can be bought (350 Ft) or if more transportation is needed there is also the possibility of buying 10 tickets (3000 Ft). It is important to remember that you should validate your ticket every time when you are getting on a public transport vehicle. There is also the possibility of buying a 24-hours (1600 Ft), 72-hours (4150 Ft) or weekly (4950 Ft) passes if you are planning to move around with public transport very often.

For more information visit https://bkk.hu/en/tickets-and-passes/prices/.

Metro

Budapest metro is very efficient and easy to use. It consists of 4 lines which cover the whole city centre and the most touristic areas. It is open from 04.30h a.m. to 23.00h p.m. https://bkk.hu/apps/docs/terkep/metro.pdf

  • M1 (yellow metro line) – from Vörösmarty tér to Mexikói út 
  • M2 (red metro line) – from Déli pályaudvar to Örs vezér tere
  • M3 (blue metro line) – from Kőbánya-Kispest to Újpest-központ
  • M4 (green metro line) – from Kelenföld pályaudvar to Keleti pályaudvar

Bus/trolley bus and tram

Moving around Budapest by bus is also an option, there are plenty of buses and some trolley buses, which will take you to almost everywhere in the city. During the night shift it is also possible to travel around with night buses. 

Budapest is famous also for its trams. Tram 4-6 crosses the whole inner-city forming a big circle, and tram 6 runs for 24 hours. It has a stop (Petőfi híd, budai hídfő) very close the ELTE campus, where the conference is held.

Boat

The public transport system offers also the possibility to travel by boat across the Danube, and it counts different boat lines. During weekdays it is possible to use the normal transport ticket but during the weekend a special ticket is needed (750 Ft).