NYUGATI PALYAUDVAR TRAIN STATION
Budapest has three main railway stations, the one I saw was Nyugati Pályaudvar (West Station).
We weren't catching a Train but were in the area and l liked what I saw of the buildings.
This Station was completed in 1877.
Interesting the name of each of the Train stations do not indicate their location in Budapest, but instead refer to the direction of the trains' destinations.
This Station caused quite a stir when an iron-framed hall was built in the late 1800s.
is considered to be one of the best examples of the company's ironwork, typical of the late 1800s. At that time, the Station was the fifth largest train station in the world. For many years, it was also Europe's most modern railway station.
Underground the station is connected to one of Budapest's largest shopping malls, WestEnd, this is where we went to next.
Take Subway (M3) or Streetcar 4 or 6 to Nyugati station.
CHOOSING A CRUISE
As the Danube River runs through the centre of Budapest, a cruise along the river is a great way to see the sights.
We happened to see a cruise that was departing in a few minutes time, so chose that one for convenience, not a really good idea because of the sickening diesel fumes!
Other points to remember, especially if you enjoy taking a photo or two, is whether the boat has plenty of outside seating area. We some some with heaps, then another smaller boat was crowded, as everybody wanted to be outside!
If your stuck indoors, and you want to take photos, make sure you sit beside the window YOU can open. I say this as some people will not oblige and open a window. Do the right thing, and close the window if a cool day, don't want people getting colds or being blown away.
There are heaps of different Cruise Boats to choose from, so have a look at what they offer.
Most are a 1 hour - 1.5 hours cruise to Margaret Island and back, some are 2 -3 hour cruises.
All offer drinks and snacks on board, must pay for them, NOT FREE.
Others are a cruise and morning tea, or cruise and lunch or dinner.
Prices vary, so see what you get for the price!
Lastly, go for a cruise and enjoy the views of Budapest from the river Danube.
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RIDE IN A HISTORIC LIMOUSINE
An historic Limousine, what a way to see the sights of Budapest!
It happened to be a lovely sunny day when I saw several of these old cars taking tourists around the city. The roof was down, the car was polished and looked fantastic and of course there was a chauffer to drive them.
I didn't do this myself - I just saw the cars and liked them
I checked the prices and found.
Budapest sightseeing with guide min of 2 people 1.5hours
7.500-Huf/30 € per person
Programme In Budapest with driver:
Outside of Budapest: plus 200 Huf+Taxes/km
The above prices include the fees also the fuel charges
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HOP ON / OFF BUS TOURS
I have never seen so many different firms in one city running Hop on/off bus tours!
For people with mobility issues, these usually are a good choice. I have often used them for this reason, and always go to the OPEN TOP BUS FOR GOOD PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES. You get too many reflections behind glass. The weather can play a big part in which Bus to choose.
These are who you can choose from [ in no particular order]
Giraffe Hop on/off bus tour - http://www.citytour.hu/en/index.html
This is a bright red, open top double decker bus that takes you around a red & yellow line and a blue boat line. You have an audio guide in 20 languages. The ticket is valid for 48 hours.
Further information at their website or office, H-1061, Budapest, Andrássy út 2. or phone. +36 1 374-7050.
•Adult Price: 5000 HUF •Student Price: 4500 HUF •Children: Up to 6 years free
Big Bus Tour - http://eng.bigbustours.com/budapest/home.html
Another open top double decker bus with audio guide. Stops at 21 stops, has included a River cruise and free night tour.
Check this website for prices as there are many variations. http://eng.bigbustours.com/budapest/tickets-and-prices.html
Budapest sightseeing hop on/off bus http://www.programcentrum.hu/en_US/main
This bright green bus, is NOT a double decker, but can be open top or a fully enclosed bus. Audio guide in 23 languages, two routes & cruise + 48 hour ticket.
Adults 22.00 EUR Children 10.00 EUR Student ticket ( 12-18 years ) 16.00 EUR
Plenty to choose from, so look at the map, the deals and what suits you best!
Red, Green or Yellow tour buses
We paid £15 each for a 48 hour pass that we could hop on and off on at any time. Each bus covers a different section of the city and also includes a river cruise as well. The tours visit all the historic places around the city with commentary in every modern language you would require. I would recommend getting off at heroes square and visiting City park and see the beautiful views of the ice rink with a gothic castle in the background.
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Segway – Guided Tours
This guided tour offers the chance to share the experience of riding around the city on these self-balancing, personal transportation devices without getting tired of walking, or without being closed behind the windows of a sightseeing bus. All tours start with approx. a 20-30 minute orientation session in front of the Segway Tours office.
55.00 Euros / 2 Hours
1052 Budapest, Aranykéz útca 1.
The Budapest tramway network is a convenient way to travel around the city, it is one of world's largest tram networks, operating on 156.85 kilometres (97.46 miles) of total route. The system has been in operation since 1866 and currently is operated by the BKV (Budapesti Közlekedési Válalat.
Citizens of European Union countries aged 65 and up can use all public transport lines for free in Budapest.
Adults: 350 HUF per trip
Airport – Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt Airport is located approximately 10 miles east-southeast of the city and is the largest of the country’s four commercial airports.
Terminal 2A was built in the 1980’s and refurbished 20 years later, Terminal 2B was opened in 1998, both terminals were brought up to date with the addition of the Sky Court which enable passengers to walk from one terminal to the other and include a Duty Free Shop, Hungarian wine and food shop, Herend porcelain shop, Frey Wille, Caprice, Costa Café, Burger King, KFC, Hippopotamus restaurant and a Gundel Bistro to name but a few.
BUD Nemzetközi Repülőtér
Danube – River Cruises
There are a large variety of cruises available that can include, cocktails, coffee, dinner with live music to name but a few. There are several cruises every day of 1-2 hours available on a daily basis The ones detailed here leave at 12:30pm, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm,8pm, 10pm, and the Budapest boat party cruise leaves at 11pm.
From 11.15 Euros to 75.00 for the VIP cruises.
About bus 200E
About bus 200E .This bus start to operate from 4 am till 11pm.The first pic is the time table operate from - Airport to Kobanya kispest.Here is some details :
At 4 hr. time.. there’s only 2 buses at 4.15 and 4.45 ./ 5hr. at 5.15,5.35,5.45,5.55 /.. During peak time there are buses about 8 times per hour ,leave at minutes 00,08,15,23,30,38,45,53. There are less frequent bus at late night after 10pm . These are time table on the weekday .On weekend and special holiday ,there are little bit less frequent bus from 5 to 10 am.
- from Kobanya kispest to Aitport
At 4hr. bus at 4.05 ,4.35 / 5hr and 6hr... at minutes 06,16,26,36,46,56 / the rest.. bus at minutes 02,10,17,25,32,40,47,55
There are about 11 bus stops along the way ,but most of the time bus didn’t stop at every stops ,mostly passengers on this bus travel through from beginning to end station .
If you notice well on the sign,there’s yellow corner with word “FIGYELEM” meaning something like “attention ” and see above of it ,is ..bus picture with 2 red stop sign and 1 green sign..that mean this bus ..we have to enter only at the front door,the rest are for exit.
Public transport from airport to town.
My flight landed in Airport Liszt Ferenc terminal 2 B.From Liszt Ferenc airport terminal 2 (termonal2A and 2B are attached to each other)to town ,it’s very easy to get to town by public transport.It’s combination of bus and metro.(There ‘s information counter on the ground floor in case you need to ask anything,including how to get to town .)You can buy the ticket from airport at magazine store or from the public transport office in front of a café or pay to driver when get on the bus, if pay on the bus it will be 450 F. otherwise it’ll be only 350 F for each ticket.When buying ,just tell them that you need ticket to downtown,they’ll tell you that you need 2 tickets ,one for bus and one for the metro.So total will be 700 F. for one person .I bought them from magazine store which is on the ground floor ,you ‘ll see it easily and not far from building exit and the bus stop.The bus number is 200E and bus stop is on the right side after you walk out of terminal exit.There is clear sign to tell where is the bus stop to town.It’s only few meters from exit,and bus run regularly about every 7-8 minutes.I heard that we can also buy single tickets, travel cards and monthly passes at the Post Office at Terminal 2A (open Monday to Friday 8 am to 3:30 pm). Single tickets and ten-trip coupon books are also available at the Relay newsstands located at the arrivals-level at Terminal 2A and 2B (open daily 6:30 am to 11 pm). But I didn't check if it still available,I just bought from the magazine shop as shown in the picture.....If you have Budapest card ,then it’ll be free for this ride to town.
There’s signpost at bus stop indicate bus timetable.Take this bus until the end station which is Kobanya Kispest.When get in the bus ,show ticket to bus driver ,don’t forget to issue the ticket at the machine,the chance to be checked if you stamp ticket or not is 99.99% .On each bus there are more than one punching machines to stamp the ticket.At Kobanya Kispest ,after get off the bus,walk up stairway (same side of bus stop that you get off ) to the platform of metro M3(blue line) .There’s a staff checking everybody’s tickets on that stairway,we have to show the ticket of the bus 200E to him if we already stamped or not ,otherwise we’ll be fined with very high amount.Then he asked everybody to stamp new ticket for metro right away at the machine next to him.Luckily I was the first to get off the bus so I could finished these process first and just be in time to get on the M3 that about to close door and leave .Time spent on the bus was about 15 minutes and about 20 minutes on M3.
The first 200E bus from Liszt Ferenc terminal 2 airport starts at 04:52, the last at 00:16.
The first 200E bus starts from Kõbánya-Kispest to terminal 2 at 04:38, the last at 23:45.
And The very last metro leaves the metro station at 23:15.
About M3 and Transfer ticket
A little bit about metro M3 blue line....It’s the “ north –south “ line which is longest line of Budapest metro, cover 20 stations (17.4 km.) from Ujpest Varoskozpont from north part of city ,down to Kobanya kispest(industrial district).Deak Fenrec Ter in downtown is at the 10th station from beginning and end station.At Deak Fenrec Ter ,we can have joint connection with M1 and M2 and many other buses.One important tip ,if you get off from some metro or bus here at Deak Fenrec Ter and need to take another metro or bus from this station you must use another ticket unless you have transfer ticket.You need Transfer ticket when you travel one journey with one change( or transfer) of buses, trams, undergrounds, trolleys, cogwheel railway and local trains within the boundaries of Budapest. The ticket has to be validated twice when you start your trip at one end and when you change at the other end.For me I use transfer ticket once when going back from Town to airport .I just told the ticket seller that I need ticket to airport,she know what I need so she gave me a transfer ticket which cost 530 F (cheaper than you buy 2 single tickets 350+350F,one for bus 200Eone for M3) One thing I still in doubt about what some said that “with the exception of change between metro lines is 450 F” This one I didn’t try myself yet ,so please check with the ticket booth again. By the way.. remember well that using transfer ticket you have to validate twice
In the 3rd picture ,you’ll see transfer ticket ,I already stamped one end when using M3 ,and need to stamp again at the other end of ticket before get in bus 200E or can do it on the bus.
Airplane ticket o Budapest
I got the very cheap airplane ticket to Budapest from Wizz air.Luckily the week I wanted to fly they have cheap one shown on the website .It’s Sunday so I guess that’s why it’s cheap,only 9 Euro to go from Brussels Chaleroi( normally price range from 19.99 -69.99 euro one way),and on the way back also 9 euro on Wednesday but I hesitate a little bit,didn’t book immediately ,so the next day the price on the way back on Wednesday has been changed to be 19 euro!! ..I booked them anyway, the total price still very cheap =28 euro for return ticket.
But…but.. my flight on Sunday has been delayed .After boarding completed ,push back already but captain announced one engine couldn’t be started even after tried so many times,mechanic came and still couldn’t solve the problem.Yes,all passenger had to go back to terminal and waited for 8 hours!!!!! Everybody was upset but seem to accepted that without complaining ,including myself.Yeah..it’s cheap flight ,that’s why.. There’s only few passenger asked questions about their miss connecting flights .The staff seemed to be helpful,but one passenger did complain to the ground staff a lot about the compensation.The airline had announced that our flight will depart again at 16.30 (original was 08.45) and they gave all pax voucher for food =16 euro each,which was ok for me.I kill time reading books and there’s a piano in departure hall said “play me” so I killed time by playing it too.
Cog Wheel Train
Budapest's only cog wheel train will take you from Varosmajor station near Moscow Square to the top of Szechenyi Hill where the red and white flash of Budapest's most prominent TV tower looks down upon the city for all to see. Despite its odd look and limited use, it's very much a part of the Budapest transport system, and you can use all the same tickets you use for the trams and metro for this too.
The train is numbered #60 and takes about 20 minutes to run the clunky route to the top of Szechenyi Hill.
The Easiest Way: Buses
BKK Budapest Transport Centre organises all city bus lines in Budapest, as well as some suburban bus lines. The vast majority of BKK buses are dark or light blue in colour and are therefore easily distinguished from other operators' suburban buses which are yellow or white. The lines cover the whole territory of Budapest and the network also extends to the nearest suburban townships.
Bus stops are clearly signposted (including stop name) and normally display a detailed schedule of the routes calling there, including exact departure times, routing, stops and average journey times. Most services run on schedule, but delays do occur in peak hours and in case of unexpected traffic conditions or planned road works. If you're lost, just look at a bus schedule: where a letter M is displayed in the stop list, you'll find a subway (metro) connection. Low floor bus departures are displayed in a frame, while letters a, b, etc. denote departures nit travelling along the whole route.
Route numbers are clearly displayed either electronically above the windshield or on a plastic board above or behind the windshield (sometimes in the lower corners, though). Most buses display route numbers at least on one side and at the back, too. Electronic displays also show the exact destination. Letter E stands for Express routes, letters A, B and G are referring to buses running on a shortened route. V, M, H and T are tram, metro, suburban rail and trolley replacement buses.
Some routes are front-door-boarding-only. These are designated by a bus silhouette on a yellow background in the schedules: on the vehicles you will not always find a reference to that. On such routes, validate your ticket as you get on or show your pass to the driver or the security staff on board. You can buy your ticket at a higher price from drivers/security personnel. On other routes, you can board through any of the doors. Your ticket will only be checked on these routes occassionally, but please don't cheat: controllers are not the nicest folks around and the fines are rather high, especially if you take the fares and the rather high probability of getting caught into consideration.
Inside the bus, electronic displays or plastic boards will help your orientation, as well as automatic (and now accurate) stop announcements. If you wish to get off, press the stop request button (Leszállásjelző). Some buses close their doors automatically after a few seconds, use the buttons nearest to the doors to reopen them.
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