Top 10 Ways to Discover Budapest Using Public Transportation
Top 10 Ways to Discover Budapest Using Public Transportation

Top 10 Ways to Discover Budapest Using Public Transportation

Experience Budapest and its Surroundings like a Local: Sightseeing with Public Transportation

Budapest has an extensive and well-connected public transportation system operated by the Budapest Transport Center (BKK). This efficient network boasts numerous lines of buses, trams, trolleybuses, and suburban railways, as well as four metro lines, including the second-oldest electrified underground railway system in the world. Getting around Budapest is easy and affordable. In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through the city’s public transportation options, that will help you discover Budapest in a whole new way.


Exploring Budapest’s Iconic Boulevard: Riding Tram 4 or 6 on Nagykörút

Tram line 6 on Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút) in Budapest
  • Tram 4 and 6 run along the Grand Boulevard, also known as Nagykörút in Hungarian, which is one of the busiest and most vibrant streets in the city
  • Considered to be the busiest tram line in the world, serves approximately 200,000 passengers every day
  • The longest tram line in Budapest, running over 11 kilometers, operates 24 hours a day
  • Passes by many of Budapest’s major landmarks and attractions, including Margaret Island, New York Café, and Nyugati Railway Station
  • Budapest Transport Center (BKK) official timetables
  • Tram 4 and 6 live map


Discover the Charming Towns of Szentendre and Gödöllő by Suburban Train (HÉV)

Suburban railway (HÉV) connects small towns around Budapest such as Szentendre and Gödöllő with the capital
  • Explore the charming town of Szentendre, known for its art galleries, museums, and historic architecture
  • Great place to try the local Hungarian cuisine, including traditional dishes like goulash soup, stuffed cabbage, and chimney cake
  • The HÉV suburban railway can be taken from Budapest’s Batthyány tér station. From there, the H5 line runs to Szentendre, the journey takes about 40 minutes
  • Visit the stunning Gödöllő Palace, a former summer residence of the Habsburg royal family
  • Explore the palace gardens and park, which are open to the public and offer scenic views and recreational activities
  • You can take the HÉV from Örs vezér tere station in eastern Budapest. From there, the H8 line runs to Gödöllő, the journey takes around 45-50 minutes
  • Budapest Transport Center (BKK) official timetables
  • Suburban Railway (HÉV) H5 to Szentendre live map
  • Suburban Railway (HÉV) H8 to Gödöllő live map


Buda Castle Hill: A Scenic Ascent with Funicular or Castle Bus

Castle Bus in Budapest at the Matthias Church in the Buda Castle District
  • The Buda Castle Funicular is a historical cable railway that takes you up to the hill in just a few minutes. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the city as you ascend to Buda Castle
  • The Castle Bus is a convenient and cost-effective option for getting to Buda Castle Hill. It departs either from Széll Kálmán Square, or Clark Adam Square, also from Deák Ferenc Square, and drops you off just a short walk from the castle entrance
  • Buda Castle: UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular attractions in Budapest. The castle complex includes several museums, galleries, and exhibitions, as well as beautiful gardens and courtyards
  • Castle Hill: historic heart of Buda and home many other must-see sights, including the Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, and the stunning views of the Danube River and the Pest side


Discover the Beauty of Budapest’s Buda Hills: A Ride on the Zugliget Chairlift and Children’s Railway

Zugliget Chairlift takes its passengers up into Buda Hills
  • Zugliget Chairlift: Located in the Buda Hills, the Zugliget Chairlift offers breathtaking views of Budapest and the surrounding area as it ascends to the highest point of the hills
  • Great option for nature lovers and those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Budapest for a while
  • You’ll see the city from a unique vantage point as you glide along the chairlift’s 1040-meter-long cable
  • Children’s Railway: This narrow-gauge railway is operated entirely by children aged 10 to 14, under the supervision of adult staff
  • The train runs through the Buda Hills, passing through beautiful forests and offering panoramic views of the city
  • You can purchase tickets for the Children’s Railway at several stations along the line
  • The train stops at several points of interest along the way, including the János Hill Lookout Tower


Convenient Airport Transportation: Bus Lines 100E and 200E

Airport shuttle 100E terminal at Deák Ferenc tér in Budapest
  • Fast and convenient transportation: The 100E Airport Express bus provides a direct and affordable option between Budapest’s city center and Liszt Ferenc International Airport
  • Runs frequently: The bus runs 24 hours, 365 days, every 10-30 minutes
  • Several stops in the city center, including Kálvin tér, Astoria, and Deák Ferenc tér, easy access to popular tourist areas
  • Alternatively, if you’re not in a rush, you can take bus line 200E, which runs from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport to Kőbánya-Kispest metro terminal, where passengers can transfer to metro line M3 toward downtown Budapest


Sail on the Danube: Take a Ship from Budapest to Szentendre, the Danube Bend, Visegrád, or Esztergom

A boat leaves Budapest heading north toward the Danube Bend
  • Take a Danube Bend ship tour for a guided tour of Visegrád and Esztergom, departing from the Danube Palace or Vigadó tér in Budapest.
  • Alternatively, take a ship operating on a regular schedule from the Mahart International Ship Station in Budapest to various towns and cities along the Danube River, including Szentendre, Visegrád and Esztergom.
  • Both options offer stunning views of the Danube Bend region, making a boat ride a must-do experience for visitors to Budapest.


Take a Scenic Tram Ride Along Budapest’s Danube Promenade on Tram Line 2

Tram line 2 in Budapest runs on Kossuth Lajos Square at the Parliament
  • Tram line 2 is a historic tram route that takes you along the Danube promenade in Pest, providing breathtaking views of Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge
  • Also known as the “sightseeing tram” because of the stunning panoramic views of the Danube River and Buda Castle
  • The route runs through some of the most iconic landmarks in Budapest, including the Hungarian Parliament Building and the Chain Bridge
  • A great way to experience Budapest’s beauty and it costs no more than a regular tram ticket.
  • Budapest Transport Center (BKK) official timetables
  • Tram 2 live map


Step Back in Time with Budapest’s Oldest Metro Line – M1

Millennium Underground Railway (M1) station in Budapest
  • Ride the historic M1 metro line, the oldest on the continent, for a glimpse of Budapest’s past
  • See famous landmarks such as Heroes’ Square, City Park, and the Hungarian State Opera House
  • Learn about the history of the M1 line at the Underground Railway Museum, located in the Deák Ferenc tér station


Budapest Sightseeing on a Public Bus: Line 70 from City Park to Parliament

Bus line 70 in Budapest runs between Parliament and City Park
  • Ride the Historic Bus Line 70: From City Park to Parliament, introduced for Stalin’s 70th Birthday Celebration, on December 21, 1949
  • Bus line 70 starts its journey from City Park, which is the largest park in Budapest. You can enjoy the beautiful greenery, Vajdahunyad Castle, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, and the picturesque City Park Lake
  • Ends at the Hungarian Parliament, one of the most iconic and impressive buildings in Budapest. You can take a tour inside the building or just admire its stunning architecture from the outside
  • Buses run frequently, and you can use your regular public transport ticket to ride it. While riding bus line 70, you can also get a glimpse of local life in Budapest. You can see how people go about their daily routines, including commuting to work, shopping, and socializing
  • Budapest Transport Center (BKK) official timetables
  • Bus 70 live map


Scenic Tram Ride Along the Danube on the Buda Side: Tram Line 19 or 41

Scenic tram ride along the Danube on the Buda side: tram line 19 or 41
  • The tram passes right by the foot of Buda Castle Hill, offering a stunning view of the castle and its surroundings
  • As the tram makes its way, you’ll catch a glimpse of the iconic Hungarian Parliament building, one of Budapest’s most famous landmarks.
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Pest Danube bank
  • Budapest Transport Center (BKK) official timetables
  • Tram 19 and 41 live map


A Quick Getaway: Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 Hours by Train

ÖBB Railjet train at Keleti Railway Station in Budapest
  • With a short travel time of only 2.5 hours, the Budapest-Vienna train is a great option for a day trip to the Austrian capital, allowing you to explore Vienna’s attractions and return to Budapest in the evening
  • 3 different railway companies operate trains between Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary: MÁV (Hungarian State Railways), ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways), and RegioJet (a private Czech provider of passenger rail transport)
  • Railjet trains operated by Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) on this route are known for their speed and comfort, making the journey from Budapest to Vienna a breeze, with free Wi-Fi and a bistro car for refreshments
  • ÖBB Railjet and MÁV trains to Vienna depart from Budapest’s Keleti Railway Station, where you can enjoy the station’s historic architecture and bustling atmosphere. RegioJet trains depart from Déli Railway Station. All trains also stop at Kelenföld Railway Station in Southwestern Budapest


Discover the Stunning Architecture of Budapest’s M4 Metro Stations

M4 metro line Szent Gellért tér station, Budapest
  • M4 metro line has stunning stations, each designed by a different contemporary artist
  • Fővám tér station features a stunning canopy of metal and glass that illuminates the entire station
  • Kálvin tér station features a dazzling array of geometric shapes and vibrant colors that reflect the energy of the city
  • Rákóczi tér station boasts a giant glass dome that lets natural light flood the platform and showcases a colorful mosaic mural
  • Szent Gellért tér station is one of the most unique stations in the world, with its striking blue and green hues and cavernous spaces
  • Budapest Transport Center (BKK) official timetables
  • Metro Line M4 live map


Explore Esztergom by Train: A Perfect Day Trip from Budapest

Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) train to Esztergom
  • The train departs from Nyugati Railway Station every 30 minutes and takes about 1 hour to reach Esztergom
  • Home to Hungary’s largest basilica, which offers panoramic views of the Danube and the Slovakian hills on the other side of the river
  • Former capital of Hungary, which features narrow cobblestone streets, ancient walls and ruins, and plenty of traditional Hungarian restaurants and cafés


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