Getting around

Public transports

Trams, buses, trolleys, undergrounds, maps, schedule, sub-urban railway lines.

Budapest takes pride in its well-developed public transportation network. To get around the city ride a bus, a tram or the subway. Services are reliable and cheap, however, some precautions are recommended if you are travelling on a crowded vehicle, as these are often frequented by pickpockets.

Public transport in the city of Budapest is provided by Budapest Transport Limited (known to all Hungarians simply as BKV). It operates a network of several bus-, tram- and trolleybus routes, as well as three Underground lines. There are also five suburban railway lines (HÉV) serving the outskirts of the city. Most services operate from around 5 o'clock in the morning until about 11 o'clock at night.
Transportation tickets should be purchased before boarding the bus or entering the subway and need to be validated upon entry. Machines either punch the ticket or validate it by cutting the corner and stamping the date and time of travel.
Tickets are often checked while riding the vehicles or at the subway exits by controllers wearing arm-band and a photo-ID. You should always keep your ticket at all times till you exit the station or leave the vehicle.
Those travelling without a valid ticket will need to pay a penalty.
Tickets are available at Underground stations, Tobacconists, Newsagents, Tourinform offices, Automated ticket machines at some bus and tram stops.
Schedules, services, ticket prices, route planner, conditions of travel.

It is worth investing in Budapest Card which offers unlimited travel on all forms of public transports, free or reduced admission to museums and other sights and discounts on organized tours, car rental, at thermal baths and at selected shops and restaurants. It is sold at Tourinform offices, travel agencies, hotels and main metro stations.

Pay Car Parks in Budapest
Drivers have got to pay for parking in the inner districts of Budapest. Tickets can be bought for a maximum of 2 hours in the slot-machines (ticket machines) on the streets. Cars aren't guarded in these parking places.
Parking fees: 160-640 HUF/hour (based on the zone). Given that the machines take coins, it is worth keeping 50 and 100 HUF coins for this purpose.
Cars will be clamped if no parking fee has been paid or the period paid for has expired.
During sightseeing excursions, passenger cars and buses are allowed to park free of charge in the major tourist centres (e.g., the Citadel, Heroes Square, Városliget (City Park). There are parking lots for buses at Belgrád rakpart (lower rakpart, wharf), in Duna Street near Erzsébet Square.
Car Rental
The well-known multinational car-rental companies have agencies and offices in Budapest. The following home-pages provide information on price, availability and rental conditions: ABLE Rent-A-Car | AutoGlobalRent | Avalon Rent | Avis | Bér-Lett Rent | Budapest Limousine Service | Budget | Capitol City | Europcar | HertzISA Rent a Car | Limousine Service Hungary | Regina Rent-a-car | Sixt | Toyota Strasszer | Yes Autorent
If you are not familiar with the city, it is easiest to get around by a taxi cab. In Budapest these vehicles are equipped with yellow number plates and usually have a yellow "TAXI" sign on the roof. All cabs must be equipped with a meter. The meter should be turned on while travelling and the driver should provide you with a receipt showing the exact fare upon arrival to your destination. Főtaxi offers transfer services from Budapest Airport on a zone-based fare to the city. +36-1-2-22-2222 Pre-ordered cabs offer lower rates than those hailed on the street. The taxi companies assume full responsibility for their employees. Phone orders are handled 24 hours a day by call-centre attendants speaking foreign languages. Never hail a cab on the street! Call one of the following numbers to order one!
Budapest Taxi +36-1-4-333-333
City Taxi +36-1-2-111-111
Mobil Taxi +36-1-333-2222
Radio Taxi +36-1-7-777-777
Taxi +36-1-2-000-000
Zóna Taxi +36-1-365-55-55