When traveling to Budapest you already have thousands of choices on what to see, where to eat and what to do during your stay in the capital of Hungary. The Budapest Card gives you very good discounts on several activities you can do in Budapest (see a full list below) and therefore narrows your choices down a bit, which doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything what is not featured in the Budapest Card.

Benefits of the Budapest Card

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Use the public transportation system of Budapest unlimited and all the time for the duration of your Budapest Card!

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Enter several locations such as museums, famous sights or even the Lukács Bath free of charge!

check10% Bath discount

Get 10% discount on the entrance fees of all the famous thermal baths in Budapest (Lákacs is fully free!)

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Experience many different events, concerts and festivals in Budapest with up to 25% discount on the entrance fees.


Enjoy great dinners with discounts up to 20% in 26 restaurants in Budapest with the Budapest Card

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discounts for your trip to Budapest to enjoy the city and save cash literally on any corner.

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The Budapest Card gives you discount for more than 100 services within the city such as free or discounted museum entrance and other cultural programs, reduced price on selected Budapest Sightseeing Tours, discount for restaurants, car rentals, spas and baths in Budapest and on top of all that a travel insurance for the time.

How to activate Budapest Card?

Once you have purchased the Budapest Card online it will be waiting for you in your hotel and is ready to use. On the backside of the Budapest Card you will need to fill out a few fields which “activates” the card and is ready to be used. The information needed are the month, the day and the time of your activation as well as a signature from you. The time on the card is the hour rounded back so if you go to a museum at 16.25 you fill in 16 and get your first discount and the card is valid for the duration of the purchased version (24h, 48h or 72h).
But be careful to write legible letters and numbers and avoid by any chance corrections as this will be seen as fraud and your card is not valid anymore. Do all this only with a blue ink ball point pen to be on the safe side. The Budapest card is not transferable so only the person who signs it is allowed to use it.

Overview of reduced services with the Budapest Card:

Below you can have a look at the full list of discounts, it is long but have a look what services you actually save money on before you come, I bet there are several services which are on your to do list.

BKK Public TransportFREE
AirportShuttle helyett MiniBUD airport shuttle servicesLiszt Ferenc International Airport10%
Walking Tour Budadistrict 1. Szentháromság tér 6.FREE
Walking Tour Pestdistrict 5. Departure: 10:00, Váci u. 31. Molnár's KürtőskalácsFREE
CRB Cityrama Ideal Tourdistrict 5. Budapest, Báthory u. 22.10%
Big Bus Tours Hop on/Hop offdistrict 5. Sas u. 7.30%
City Tour Hop on/Hop offdistrict 6. Andrássy u. 2.20%
Mr Nils Hop on Hop offdistrict 5. Szent István tér30%
Programcentrum Hop on/Hop offdistrict 5. Erzsébet tér 9-10.20%
RiverRide Sightseeingdistrict 5. Széchenyi István tér 7-8.10%
Legenda Sightseeing Cruisedistrict 5. Vigadó tér dock 720%
Legenda Dinner Cruisedistrict 5.  Vigadó tér dock 710%
Budapest TUK-TUKdistrict 5, Erzsébet tér 1.20%
Red Star tour to the Memento Parkdistrict 5. Erzsébet tér20%
Operavisitdistrict 6. Andrássy út 22.20%
Best Way Segway1052 Budapest, Régiposta u. 7-9.20%
Budapest sightseeing tour by boat1052 Budapest, Jane H. Rakpart, dock 11.20%
CITYRAMA - Danube Bend Tour1054 Budapest, Báthory u. 22.10%
CITYRAMA - Magic Hungary1054 Budapest, Báthory u. 22.10%
CITYRAMA - Sissi Tour1054 Budapest, Báthory u. 22.10%
CITYRAMA - Szentendre Artist's Village1054 Budapest, Báthory u. 22.20%
CITYRAMA - Szentendre Bike & Boat1054 Budapest, Báthory u. 22.20%
Italian live guided tours in Budapest and surrounding1137 Budapest, Radnóti Miklós u. 950%
Jewish Heritage ToursBudapest, Zrínyi u. 5, 105110%
Lunch & CruiseBudapest, Zrínyi u. 5, 105110%
MAHART - Danube Bend cruise1056 Budapest, Jane H. rakpart30%
HOT DEAL! - Sightseeing flight above Budapest and Gödöllő2100 Gödöllő, Állomás tér 1-250%
Upper LookoutFisherman's Bastion10%
Budapest History Museumdistrict 1. Royal Palace E buildingFREE
Hungarian National Galerydistrict 1. Szent György tér 2., Royal Palace A-B-C-D buildingsFREE
Hungarian National Musemdistrict 8. Múzeum krt. 14-16.FREE
Aquincum Museum and Archeological Parkdistrict 3. Szentendrei út 135.FREE
Kiscelli Museumdistrict 3. Kiscelli utca 108.FREE
New Budapest Gallerydistrict 9. Fővám tér 10-12.FREE
Vasarely Museumdistrict 3. Szent Lélek tér 6.FREE
Mai Manó House - Photo Gallerydistrict 6., Nagymező utca 20.FREE
Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centerdistrict 6  Nagymező utca 8.FREE
Hopp Ferenc East-Asian Art Museumdistrict 6. Andrássy út 103.FREE
Bartók Béla EmlékházCsalán út 29, 1025 BudapestFREE
Memento Park - Memento ParkBalatoni út - Szabadkai utca corner, 1223FREE
Memento Park-Statue Park Museumdistrict 22.  Balatoni út-Szabadkai utca20%
Hospital in the Rockdistrict 1. Lovas út 4/c.30%
Műcsarnok (Art Hall)district 14. Hősök tere20%
Dohany street Synagoguedistrict 7. Dohány utca 2.10%
Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archivesdistrict 7. Dohány utca 2.10%
Urban Public Transport Museum2000 Szentendre, Dózsa György út 3.10-20%
Museum of Applied Artsdistrict 9. Üllői út 33-37.20%
Castle MuseumNagytétény disctrict 22. Kastélypark u. 9-11.20%
Underground Railway Museum1052 Budapest, Deák tér10-20%
Budapest Summer Festival 2015district 6.  Nagymező u. 68.20%
Budapest Gala Concertdistrict 5. Zrínyi utca 5.10%
Hungária Orchestra & Folk Ensembledistrict 5. Zrínyi utca 5.10%
Organ Concert in the St.Stephen's Basilicadistrict 5.  Szent István tér10%
Water Tower on Margaret Islanddistrict 13. Margitsziget20%
Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardendistrict 14. Állatkerti krt. 6-12.25%
Tropicariumdistrict 22. Nagytétényi út 37-43.30%
MINIVERSUMdistrict 6. Andrássy út 12.30%
Center of Scientific Wondersdistrict 22. Nagytétényi út 37-43.50%
Cityrama City Tour by bikedistrict 6. Andrássy út 3.20%
Budapest Gala ConcertBudapest, Zrínyi u. 5, 105110%
Budapest Pinball Museum1137 Budapest, Radnóti Miklós u. 1810%
Bunkergame! - Europe's largest exit game1183 Budapest, Gyömrői út 91.20%
Castle Garden BazaarGuard's Palace, 1013 Budapest, Ybl Miklós tér 2-6.30%
Castle Garden Bazaar temporary exhibitions and own programmes1013 Budapest, Ybl Miklós tér 2-30%
City Park Ice Rick, Boating Lake1145 Budapest, Olof Palme sétány 5.10%
Dorottya Diamond Palace - Caprice1051 Budapest, Dorottya u. 6.FREE
Gödöllő Royal Palace2100 Gödöllő, Grassalkovich Kastély50%
Korda Filmpark - Visitor Centre2091 Etyek, Korda út. 120%
MiniPolisz1061 Budapest, Király u. 8-10.30%
Palm House Garden Centre and Herbarium2100 Gödöllő, Martinovics I. u. 2/A50%
Pesti VigadóBudapest, Vigadó tér 2, 105120-50%
TimeTrap Exit game1075 Budapest, Kazinczy u. 10.30%
Traditionalist riding display at the Lázár Equestrian Park2182 Domony-Domonyvölgy, Fenyő u. 4750%
St. Lukács Thermal Bathdistrict 2. Frankel Leó út 25-29.FREE
Széchenyi Thermal Bathdistrict 14. Állatkerti krt.11.20%
Rudas Thermal Bathdistrict 1. Döbrentei tér 9.20%
St. Gellért Thermal Bathdistrict 11. Kelenhegyi út 4.20%
Király Thermal Bathdistrict 2. Fő u. 84.20%
Római Lidodistrict 3. Rozgonyi Piroska út 2.20%
Palatinus Lidodistrict 13. Margitsziget20%
Aquaworlddistrict 4. Íves út 16.30%
Chefparade Cooking Budapest1094 Budapest, Páva u. 1330%
Gellért Brasserie and Restaurantdistrict 11. Szent Gellért tér 1.30%
Gellért Panorama Restaurantdistrict 11. Szent Gellért tér 1.30%
Gellért Espressodistrict 11. Szent Gellért tér 1.30%
Kispipa Restaurantdistrict 7. Akácfa u. 38.30%
Cafe Astoriadistrict5. Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21.30%
Café Dorottyadistrict 5. Dorottya u.1.20%
Halászbástya Restaurantdistrict1. Fishermen's Bastian - North tower20%
Spoon Cafe&Loungedistrict 5. Vigadó tér dock 310%
Mátyás Pince Restaurantdistrict 5. Március 15.tér 7.20%
Karpatia Restaurant, Brasserie and Terracedistrict 5. Ferenciek tere 7-8.20%
Columbus Boatdistrict 5. Vigadó tér dock 420%
Vén Hajó Restaurantdistrict 5. Vigadó tér dock 220%
Terminal Restaurant and Bardistrict 5. Erzsébet tér 11.20%
Molnár's Kürtőskalácsdistrict 5. Váci u. 31.20%
Rhapsody Restaurant & Bar1065 Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 1040%
Seasons Steak Bistro1061 Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 710%
Pocket Guide Mobile Appbudapestcard.pocketguideapp.comFREE
Budapest Operetta and Musical TheatreBudapest, Nagymező u. 17, 10655-10%
Erkel TheatreBudapest, II. János Pál pápa tér 30, 108710%
Hungarian State OperaBudapest, Andrássy út 22, 106110%
Trafó House of Contemporary ArtsBudapest, Liliom u. 41, 109420%

The Budapest Card is a product of the Budapest tourist office and was invented in 1997. The card offers more than 100 reduced services. The validation of the Budapest Card is either 24, 48 or 72 hours. For more information please visit the official Budapest Card Website!


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    29th July 2015


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    21st January 2017


    I have recently bought the Budapest Card. I want to use the FREE POCKET GUIDE throughout my holidays in Budapest. How can I do that without paying?


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    14th March 2017

    Does the time on your Travel Card run even at night while you’re sleeping? Please email the answer to the e-address above. Thank you,

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    31st October 2018

    In the description above it says that the 72 hour card would cost approx 16 Euro. When you fill in the ordering form though it’s 44 Euro ???????

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      BPA Author
      8th November 2018

      Sorry this has been an update mistake. Unfortunately the prices have gone up and I did not replace the old prices with the new. The prices in the order form are correct.

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