Budapest has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, trams, metros, and suburban railways, operated by the Budapest Transport Center (BKK). Here’s some information about public transportation in Budapest:
- Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at ticket vending machines or kiosks located at most metro stations and bus/tram stops. Tickets must be validated before boarding the vehicle. There are also options for purchasing travel passes or discounted tickets for seniors and students.
- Metro: Budapest has 4 metro lines, with the oldest line (M1) dating back to 1896. The metro runs from 4:30 am until 11:30 pm, and the frequency of the trains depends on the line and time of day.
- Trams: Budapest has over 30 tram lines that run throughout the city. Trams run from 4:30 am until midnight, with some night lines operating after midnight.
- Buses: Budapest has over 200 bus lines that run throughout the city. Buses operate from 4:30 am until midnight, with some night lines operating after midnight.
- Suburban Railways: Budapest has 3 suburban railways (HÉV) that connect the city center with the surrounding suburbs. These lines operate from early morning until late at night.
- Funicular: Budapest also has a funicular that connects Buda Castle with Clark Ádám tér.
- Accessibility: Many metro stations and vehicles are accessible for people with disabilities, and there are designated seats and areas for wheelchair users on buses, trams, and metros.
- Bike-sharing: Budapest also has a bike-sharing system called Bubi, which allows users to rent bikes from various stations throughout the city.