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Transportation within Budapest
Even though Budapest is a big city with 23 districts, it is easy to get around.
And nothing beats a stroll among the beautiful architecture that you find here. There is always something interesting to see in Budapest!
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN BUDAPEST
As far as public transport options you will find in Budapest, they are valuable both for visitors and locals. Here the public transport segment is of Western European Standard. So, you can expect the same sort of quality and coverage during your journey. The good news is that this transportation mean is always cheap, convenient and reliable. As far as the cost of a single ticket is concerned, it’s just 350 HUF. The block of 10 tickets will cost you 3.000 HUF. You must have in hand a ticket before boarding or, on certain services, you can buy it from the driver. However if you buy the ticket on-board from the driver the cost is 450 HUF. You must validate your ticket before entering the underground or after boarding bus/trams/trolleys. There is a ticket option called transfer ticket (costs 530 HUF) that is valid for one trip with one change on the bus/metro/tram/trolley lines. Trip interruptions, other than changes, and return trips are not permitted. However, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration while opting for such tickets. Due to the constant skulking, the ticket checking task is performed by the help of personnel and high fines may be implemented. These tickets are always available at the metro stations, shopping centres and at hotels.
Beside the single tickets, to avoid constant validating, you can opt for different daily or season tickets depending on the length of your visit. Daily tickets are available for 24 hours (1.650 HUF), 72 hrs (4.150 HUF), 7-days (4.950 HUF) or you can buy a Budapest card for 24 hrs (4.500 HUF), 48 hrs (7.500 HUF) or 72 hrs (8.900 HUF). With a Budapest Card, besides travelling on public transport, you can get 10-50% discount to baths, museums, sights, restaurants and for programs.
The four different metro subways lines are M1 (yellow), M2 (red), M3 (blue) and M4 (green). It’s the yellow line that has been built for the millennium and it was the first one on the continental Europe. The red line will allow you to travel under the river Danube and from here you can move for the castle district easily. The blue line runs along the whole length of Pest. All these three lines meet at the Deak Square and they operate from 4:30 am to 11:30 pm. The new M4 (green) line meets M2 (red) line at Keleti Railway station, and M3 (blue) line at Kálvin tér. During the time of validity changes are allowed between lines on the metro and underground network (M1, M2, M3 and M4). Validity period (for metro/bus/trolley/tram services as well) is 60 minutes after stamping; it is 120 minutes on night services. Most of the bus, trolley and tram services operate till 11pm. However, there are certain major lines that run throughout the evening. At Budapest you will also come across suburban trains that are also known as the HEV and you can use these transit trains to visit long distances and explore several tourist attractions. These tourist destinations are located outside of Budapest.
TAXI IN BUDAPEST
The Budapest taxis have a bad reputation but if you stick to the bigger and established companies, you should be fine. It is recommended to order a taxi by phone rather than hail one on the street.
We recommend Tele5 taxi (0036 555 5555). We also offer to book taxis for our guests to pre-booked activities, such as restaurants, opera performances or river cruises. Another option is to have the hotel or restaurant to call a taxi for you. Make sure that you insist on one of the bigger taxi companies.