Ginkgo Hostel

Szep u. 5, Budapest, 1053, Hungary
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Free Travel in Budapest

by macthebike

Budapest Travel(BKV)sites say that over 65s from any EU member country can travel free in Budapest. Sounds wonderful, but has anyone tried it ? If so, please let me know.

Re: Free Travel in Budapest

by fischert

Hello macthebike!

It was a question also few month ago here.
Now I wanted to be 100% sure in my answer so I called BKV customer service office. The told me that EU citizens abouve 65 years can use BKV for free. When ticket controllers come you have to show one of your ID which has picture in it and your date of birth is shown. Practically ticket controllers don't ask for any ticket if you look like older than 65.

Budapestien, Tamás

Re: Free Travel in Budapest

by hawkhead

How about those from the UK, which doesn't have a photo ID card? Would a local travel card suffice - one of those cards that allows all those over 60 to travel on public transport free or at reduced cost? It has a photo.

Re: Free Travel in Budapest

by fischert

If it seems official enough and you exact birth date is written it could be enough but I doubt that ticket controllers will accept it.
I think this system is not prepared for such cases. You'd better to show any foreign language official(look alike) card with photo and birth date.

Re: Free Travel in Budapest

by fischert

Just to understand it I write the background of this system.

It was introduced for hungarian pensioners/old people. After Hugnary joined the EU we had to expand this system to all EU citizens because of equal treatment.
That's why it is not so regulated in terms of foreign citizens and not realy prepared to notice foreign ID cards.


Re: Free Travel in Budapest

by HansDK

I thought UK citízens need a passport to enter Hungary. Passports have photos and bithdates.

Re: Free Travel in Budapest

by hawkhead

Yup BUT and it's a big one, my husband, who has lived here for 30 years and has paid taxes and everything else, holds a Canadian passport - and even though he has lived here for ages, it still doesn't entitle him to gain entry as an EU resident - to all intents and purposes he is a "tourist". He does have a UK travel card.......

Re: Free Travel in Budapest

by johnmperry

Well it does say EU citizens, which he isn't one of. On the other hand, if they don't speak English, they won't necessarily know what a Canadian passport is. How about a driving licence - mine has a photo?

Re: Free Travel in Budapest

by hawkhead

I'm not complaining, I'm just making an observation that it isn't a one size fits all scenario!

Re: Free Travel in Budapest

by macthebike

Hi HansDK,
I`m sure a passport is fine, but so many hotels hold these during your stay. So maybe a UK over 65 bus pass would be ok as a substitute. It has a photo and date of birth. Thanks for your response. Macthebike

Re: Free Travel in Budapest

by danbp

This free travel for elderly people makes me crazy as the situation would be much clearer if everyone was obliged to buy a ticket. A 90%-discount-ticket for ALL pensioners/elderly people, regardless their nationality would also provide data to transport companies about their actual passenger flow (now they have no clue about how many elderly passengers they have) and wouldn't anger citizens paying hard for their monthly passes (now it does). Neither would there be a problem with elderly Hungarian residents holding passports of countries that are not members of the EU.

Travel Tips for Budapest

See the castle and other...

by zamana

See the castle and other famous statues and stuff... When me and my friends ate at a restaurant near Vaci utca...One dish was enought for three people!!!
The morning after we did´nt have to eat breakfast...

And they say English is tough! ;-)

by tiganeasca

Take a really good, compact, thorough Hungarian (Magyar) dictionary.

One of the most unhappy experiences I had in Budapest was the language problem. I am not referring to the difficulty of the Hungarian (Magyar) language. Rather, I am writing about the extreme pride (ethnocentrism) I found on display throughout the city. I am not one of those Americans who expect everyone in the world to speak English. I speak French and some German and I do not think it is unreasonable to expect a major city--a world capital--to make at least a few accommodations to foreign tourists.

Except for the hotel and the Vaci utca (main shopping street), it was very difficult to find people who either spoke a language besides Hungarian or who even seemed to care. At one bank, the foreign exchange window had a sign in Hungarian. Only. No translation whatsoever. At the puppet theater (which has an excellent reputation): lots of signs, schedules, descriptions, etc. All in Hungarian. No translations into ANY other language. Even when I found someone inside to ask for help--no other language and not even the slightest effort to find someone to help.

Now: I know a number of Hungarians and I know that this may not be representative. Still...I cannot deny what happened to us and hope that others go forewarned.

Walking around the Belvaros (Inner city)

by edvin_br

By night, when most of Budapests streets are pretty empty of people and there are even places where you cant hear any sounds you should go to city Center. The area of Vaci utca and the Promanade along the Danube never rests, there are always many people who walking along the pedestrians, many resturants, cafes, stands that sell many stuff (books, postcards, small toys, gifts and more...) and of course many tourists who go there to have some fun.
One of my memories from there was in Vorosmarty ter thats in the center of Vaci utca. There was an old man who was walking around and selling ballons which you can throw up to the air and suprisingly they are coming back to you, at least most of the times... it can also fall into a cafe house or a tree.... i also bought one, it costs only 100 Forint.

Packing List

by marktynernyc

Bring a small tote bag to carry your sandals, bathing suit, etc. when you go to the baths. Be sure to bring a pair of water proof sandals to wear at the baths. In the co-ed bath you'll need to wear a bathing suit. Bring body lotion to moisturize your skin after visiting the baths.

The Flying Russian :)

by MedioLatino

This is something you just have to try, when you are walking on Váci utca near Vörösmarty square.

On the corner of Váci utca and Kristóf tér you will find the office of the Russian Airlines (Aeroflot) with black glasses.

Just hide half of yourself behind the corner (see picture! :) and lift your legs and arms to show your fellow travellers and to others (don't be shy, they will like it! :) the "Flying Russian", which is a very rare thing to see!! (I can surprise my hungarian friends with it as well! :)


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