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Budapest’s network of public transport services includes buses, trolleybuses, trams, underground trains (Metró) and over ground suburban trains (HÉV). Buses, trams and trolleybuses run daily from 4.30 a.m. until 11.0 p.m. All three Underground lines connect at Deák tér Station, and service frequencies range from 15 minutes late in the evening to every two minutes at peak times. The HÉV runs to and from Csepel Island and Ráckeve in the south, Szentendre in the north, and Gödöllõ in the east. Tickets have to be bought before boarding; you cannot usually buy them from the driver and there are no conductors. They are available at Underground stations, tobacconists and newsagents, and from vending machines at many bus and tram stops in the city centre. They are valid for one single journey of any length (without changing) on all routes (including the Cogwheel Railway, but excluding those parts of the HÉV that lie outside the metropolitan boundary of Budapest). Special tickets can be purchased that allow a change of route, and that cover the HÉV outside Budapest.

There is also a range of pre-paid books of tickets and value-for-money passes (e.g. 1-day and 3-day) - further details. A new ticket has to be validated at the beginning of each journey, and this is done by inserting it into the slot in the s mall red box situated at waist height near the doors of buses, trolleybuses,trams and HÉV trains. Please note, on the Underground system these boxes are in the stations at the escalator. There are lots of ticket inspectors: some are uniformed and others plain-clothed, but they always wear a red armband and carry a photographic identification badge. They can ask to see tickets and passes on any vehicle and anywhere on the Underground system, including after you have got off – so please remember to validate your ticket and keep hold of it!
Hungarian citizens as well as citizens of other Member States of the European Union over the age of 65 years can travel free of charge on BKV Budapest public transport services.


The traffic order around the Margaret bridge will be changed from the beginning of August 2010.

Trams #4 and #6 are operating without interruption during the Margaret bridge renovations, with the exception of a few days in autumn and spring, and a few weeks next summer. The necessary track-construction works will be carried out at this point. Busses #91, #109, #191, #206, #291 and the night busses #906, #923 and #931 will be running during the entire reconstruction.
We would like to request car drivers to use public transportation while Margaret Bridge is closed. Traveling with the least delay can be accomplished by trams #4 and #6 running on the Nagykörút, Metro Line 2 and Trams #1 and #1A on Árpád Bridge.

Margaret Island can be accessed by public transportation from the Árpád Bridge side. Bus #26 will be operating between the Pest-side end of Árpád Bridge and the Centennial Monument, while bus #134 will run on a longer line, also up to the Centennial Monument.


Budapest taxis have yellow number plates and a taxi sign in yellow. (Any vehicle without these features is operating illegally.) The total charge that has to be paid by the passenger is made up of three separate parts: the basic charge which is irrespective of how far the journey is (maximum HUF 300 during the day, maximum HUF 420 at night), a per kilometre charge which depends on how many kilometres are covered during the journey (maximum HUF 240 per kilometre during the day, maximum HUF 336 at night), and the waiting charge. Tariffs are clearly displayed on the rear right door and on the dashboard. The larger taxi companies work with rates far lower than the maximum charges listed above. Ask for assistance from your hotel reception when ordering a taxi, and think twice before taking the “impartial advice” of taxi drivers if you are looking for a bar or nightclub. It is generally best to check with your hotel first in this instance, too.

6x6 Taxi: 2-666-666, Buda Taxi: 2-333-333, Budapest Taxi: 4-333-333, City Taxi: 2-111-111, Fõtaxi: 2-222-222, Mobil Taxi: 333-1757, Rádió Taxi: 3-777-777, Taxi 2000: 2-000-000, Taxi4: 4-444-444, Tele5Taxi: 5-555-555, Volán Taxi: 4-33-33-22
No call-out charge is levied on taxis ordered by phone within the boundaries of Budapest, except for exceptional orders (e.g. estate car, type demand etc.). All cars must have a taximeter installed, and these also print out a receipt. Taxi drivers are required to give an invoice on request. Tipping: in general 10% of the fare.
Passengers arriving at the airport should take care not to engage the services of taxi drivers waiting in the arrivals hall who offer fares at a considerably higher rate than the maximum permissible tariff. If you want go into town by taxi, order one by phone (naturally you can do this from abroad, too), or take one of the Zóna taxis (365-5555) waiting outside the airport, which operate on a fixed fare system for four zones between the airport and the city centre. Tariffs vary between HUF 3000–4300 (€14–20).

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