map of Hungarian rail network
Note some branch lines like Kazinbarca to Rudabanya (#95 on the map) have been discontinued by MAV on 4 March 2007. Wikipedia says, however, that many of these closure decisions have since been reversed. Does not appear to be the case with the Rudabanya one, though, sadly.
What a great travel experience!
The greatest charm in traveling is what happened with all kinds of people, other people's stories to take home, to enrich our lives...
Met Uncle Thomas in transit, began with a greeting and some weather chat.
We were so embarrassed that we could not get cash from the only ATM in Budapest Airport! Uncle Thomas came to rescue, invited us to share a taxi ride. In the end we paid the full fare with our credit card but uncle Thomas insisted on giving us the majority portion back! Hey uncle Thomas, we wish you the best, doing well somewhere
— in Budapest, Hungary.
Bus from the Airport to Budapest
The quite frequent bus 200 E takes you to the blue metro line last station Kõbánya-Kispest, there is a ticket machine at the bus stop just outside the terminal or if it doesn´t work get the ticket from the bus driver for 450 Forint, exact change prefered, better get more tickets as you might not find the ticket office at the metro station. Normal price for a ticket at the ticket office would be 350 Forint, you can change with it in the metro but you need a separate ticket for every bus or tram, a day ticket is 1650 Forint.
Don´t forget to validate your ticket in the bus or tram and at the entrance of the metro!
- Castles and Palaces
- Budget Travel
TAKE A TRAM!
Budapest has a good choice of public transport. We used every kind, but Trams were what we used the most.
For us, the 24 hour pass was the best option, but for you, it may not be!
There are heaps of choices to scroll through before making your decision.
2014 PRICES ARE
Single ticket HUF 350
Single ticket bought from the Bus or Tram driver HUF 450
Block of 10 tickets HUF 3 000
Budapest 24-hour travelcard HUF 1 650
Budapest 24-hour group travelcard HUF 3 300
Budapest 72-hour travelcard HUF 4 150
Budapest 7-day travelcard HUF 4 950
At the Airport, English speaking attendants can help you with your choice.
Almost all types of tickets and passes are available for purchase at the airport including the 24- or 72-hour travelcards especially designed for tourists.
We found the Trams to be efficient, fast and comfortable. There are not a lot of seats, more standing room only.
- Budget Travel
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.
- Budget Travel
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
- Road Trip
- Luxury Travel
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.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
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.