Treasure of Central Europe
Budapest has flown under the radar for a long time. More and more people are discovering how affordable and diverse the experience of visiting Budapest can be.
Head to the nearest purple kiosk at any transport station and pick up your transportation pass. You can buy a book of 10 single tickets (you MUST validate them in the orange boxes in front of the metro or on the buses/trollies/trams), but going for a week-long pass (17.30€) is more economical. The pass gives you unlimited travel across Budapest’s trams, trolleys, buses, metros, and water taxis. No constant validation is required, only show your pass to controllers at checkpoints.
For a cheap and casual method of sightseeing hop onto the #2 tram, it runs parallel to the Danube and gives you an idyllic scenic ride. Embark at Jászai Mari ter and see Parliament, the Chain Bridge, Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion from your window seat!
Metro Line 1 holds the title of oldest subway in Continental Europe. The Belle Époque charm of the M1 gives you a way to ride back in time.
There are lots of options for a boat tour down the Danube, but for the cheapest take the H5 public water taxi. Rides are free with a transportation pass (during the week), or 750 HUF (2.60€) without. The taxi does not run on weekends. Find all Budapest transport info on BKK.hu and download the official trip planning app, BKK FUTAR from Google Play or App store.
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