Budapest by Bus, Metro & Tram
Whether its your first time in Budapest or you are a returning visitor, it is very important to be aware about public transportation system of a foreign city. We have gathered the most important information on how to use transportation tickets, what kind of passes you should purchase and where to buy them.
Budapest is provided with excellent infrastructure and extensive public transportation system with 4 metro lines, several bus and tram network. You can access your favourite sight within just a few minutes. The official organisation responsible for Budapest’s public transportation system is BKK which is short for Budapest Közlekedési Központ. They provide all valid information about Budapest’s transportation system. For detailed information on how to use public transportation, download BKK’s Practical Guide to Budapest Transport.
What types of Passes are available?
Passengers using BKK’s public transportation are required to travel with valid ticket or travelcard otherwise you could be fined. For getting around in Budapest by public transportation we recommend to use Tickets or Short-term Travelcards.
1. Traveling with Tickets
What type of tickets you can choose to travel in Budapest?
- Single Ticket: valid only for a single trip on the whole length of bus – metro-and tram lines. During the period of validity, transfers are allowed between metro lines M1, M2, M3 and M4 only. Transferring between other lines requires another single ticket.
- Block of 10 Tickets: contains 10 individual single tickets which are valid for a single trip and the whole length of bus-metro-and tram lines. During the period of validity, transfers are allowed between metro lines M1, M2, M3 and M4 only. Transferring between other lines requires another single ticket.
- Transfer Ticket: valid for a single trip including one transfer on the whole length of bus, metro and tram lines. Trip interruptions and return trips are not allowed.
- Short Section Metro Ticket: valid on metro lines M1, M2, M3, M4 only for a single short trip up to 3 stops for a period of 30 minutes after validation. Trip interruptions and return trips are not allowed.
- Airport Shuttlebus Single Ticket: valid only for the 100E bus line departing from Liszt Ferenc Airport
Please note, that all tickets need to be validated right before boarding a vehicle or when starting your travel.
2. Traveling with Short-Term Travelcards
What kind of Travelcards are available?
- 24-hour Travelcard: valid for 24 hours from the indicated date and time allowing visitors unlimited number of travels and transportations on the whole length of bus-metro-and tram lines in Budapest.
- 24-hour Group Travelcard: to be used by up to 5 passengers traveling at the same time on the same vehicle. Valid for 24 hours from the indicated date and time allowing visitors unlimited number of travels and transportations on the whole length of bus-metro-and tram lines in Budapest.
- 72-hour Travelcard: valid for 72 hours from the indicated date and time allowing visitors unlimited number of travels and transportations on the whole length of bus-metro-and tram lines.
- 7-day Travelcard: Valid from 00:00 on the indicated starting day until 02:00 on the seventh day following for unlimited number of travels and transportations on the whole length of bus-metro-and tram lines.
Where to buy Tickets and Travelcards?
You can purchase your tickets or travelcards at
- Ticket vending machines
- BKK customer service centre
- On board.
1. Ticket Vending Machines
Ticket vending machines are well-programmed computer devices which are located on several spots in Budapest. From these machines you can purchase all kinds of tickets and travelcards for your trip at any time of the day. Vending machines accept cash as well as credit cards. The computer programme will show you the exact steps on how to properly buy your tickets. For further information you can check the instructional video by BKK to see the exact steps of buying your passes.
2. BKK's Customer Service
Look for the Customer Service Points of BKK in Budapest where you can also purchase your tickets and travelcards. The customer service points help visitors with providing information about Budapest’s public transportation and provides brochures of public transport. At the customer service points you can purchase any kind of ticket, pass or travelcard. The service points operates at Liszt Ferenc International Airport’s at Terminal 2A on a daily basis from 8:00-22:00 and at Terminal 2B on a daily basis from 9:00-21:00. English-speaking operations are gladly at your service with useful information and advices on transportation.
3. On Board
Only Single tickets are available on spot from the driver at a higher price of 450 HUF.
How to validate your ticket?
Passengers whishing to use public transportation are required to use valid tickets. Always make sure you have validated your ticket before boarding a vehicle, otherwise you could be fined. Please note, that travelcards do not need validation.
1. On Metro
On Metro lines tickets need to be validated with stamping or punching right before you board on the vehicle. Validating machines are located at the entrance of the metro stations. Insert the number grid end to the machine for validation.
2. On Trams & Buses
On Tram and Bus lines tickets need to be validated by stamping or punching them immediately after you board on the vehicle. The validators are located on the transportation handrails. Insert the number grid end of your ticket into the opening for validation.
For further information watch this video on how to validate your ticket