Budapest public transport

Budapest’s network of public transport services includes buses, trolleybuses, trams, underground trains (Metró) and over ground suburban trains (HÉV). Buses, trams and trolleybuses run daily from 4.30 a.m. until 11.0 p.m. All three Underground lines connect at Deák tér Station, and service frequencies range from 15 minutes late in the evening to every two minutes at peak times. The HÉV runs to and from Csepel Island and Ráckeve in the south, Szentendre in the north, and Gödöllő in the east.

Tickets have to be bought before boarding; you cannot usually buy them from the driver and there are no conductors. They are available at Underground stations, tobacconists and newsagents, and from vending machines at many bus and tram stops in the city centre. They are valid for one single journey of any length (without changing) on all routes (including the Cogwheel Railway, but excluding those parts of the HÉV that lie outside the metropolitan boundary of Budapest). Special tickets can be purchased that allow a change of route, and that cover the HÉV outside Budapest. There is also a range of pre-paid books of tickets and value-for-money passes (e.g. 1-day and 3-day) - further details. A new ticket has to be validated at the beginning of each journey, and this is done by inserting it into the slot in the small red box situated at waist height near the doors of buses, trolleybuses, trams and HÉV trains. Please note, on the Underground system these boxes are in the stations at the escalator. There are lots of ticket inspectors: some are uniformed and others plain-clothed, but they always wear a red armband and carry a photographic identification badge. They can ask to see tickets and passes on any vehicle and anywhere on the Underground system, including after you have got off – so please remember to validate your ticket and keep hold of it!

Hungarian citizens as well as citizens of other Member States of the European Union over the age of 65 years can travel free of charge on BKV Budapest public transport services.

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Taxis have the word “Taxi” written on them and have yellow registration number plates. It is compulsory for them to use a taximeter that can also give a receipt. The price chargeable is calculated according to the distance travelled but will also include a fixed booking fee and (if appropriate) a waiting fee. It is customary to give a tip of ten per cent, depending on the level of satisfaction.

The total charge that has to be paid by the passenger is made up of 3 seperate parts: the basic charge which is irrespective of how far the journey is (maximum 300 HUF during the day, maximum 420 HUF at night), a per kilometre charge which depends on how many kilometres are covered during the journey (maximum 240 HUF per kilometre during the day, maximum 336 HUF at night), and the waiting charge. The larger taxi companies work with rates far lower than the maximum charges listed above.
It is well worth noting down their telephone numbers, and then calling them, because a taxi ordered by phone is cheaper than one called on the street. Some taxis go out of their way to overcharge tourists. Avoid haling cabs in the street, ask your hotel to order you a taxi from a reliable company, or call them by phone instead.

Budataxi:                +36-1-233-3333
Budapest Taxi:      +36-1-433-3333
Citytaxi:                  +36-1-211-1111
Főtaxi:                     +36-1-222-2222
Taxi2000:                +36-1-200-0000
Tele5 Taxi:             +36-1-355-5555
Rádiótaxi:               +36-1-377-7777
6x6Taxi:                  +36-1-266-6666