If you decide to travel by public transportation in Budapest during your stay the first thing you should do is to get a map of the bus, tram, metro, HÉV network. These are the four major transportation ways in Budapest. Usually you get the maps on any big square like Deak Ferenc tér, Oktogon, Moskva tér and so on. But also on the train stations and at the Budapest airport. There you get tickets as well. You can choose between single tickets and weekend tickets or if you stay longer it would be good to get ticket for a complete month.
The Metro in Budapest is the fastest way to travel through the city. There are three different Metro lines going through Budapest.
M1 (yellow line) is going from Mexikói ut in the north east of Budapest to Vörösmarty tér in the center of the City.
M2 (red line) is going from Déli pu (Southern train station) on the Buda side to Örs vezér tér in the eastern part of Budapest.
M3 (blue line) is going from Újpest központ in northern Budapest to Köbánya Kispest in the south of Budapest.
M4 (green line) is going from Kelenföld Vásútállomás in Southern Buda to Keleti Pályaudvar in the East of Pest.
All Metros are running between 4.30 and 23.30 o’clock
Bus and Tram
The bus and tram network in Budapest is very big so there is no chance to describe it like the metro net. We give you some good links you can use.
The tickets are most of the time sol in metro stations. There you can buy one way tickets, weekend tickets or tickets for a month. Here you can find all ticket offices by district.
If you are at a ticket office ask for a bus and tram map.
The Budapest Hév is a train going from different places at the center to the suburbs of the city. In total there are 4 Hévs starting from different points in Budapest. For quick travelling to places like Szentendre the HÉV is a perfect transportation as it is modern and fast and in the same time cheap. In the morning traffic the HÉV in Budapest is unbeatable.
Video about the public transport in Budapest
Have a look at this brilliant video to get an impression what the public transport is like in Budapest: