Budapest Underground: Overview.

Budapest Underground is the second oldest subway in the world. Line one (M1), which opened in 1896, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2002. It has undergone many renovations and expansions since its opening. Budapest's metro has three lines that converge in Deák Ferenc tér station. The complete metro system has a total length of 31.7 kms in forty stations.

Budapest Metro System lines

Yellow line M(1)
It is the more interesting Budapest subway line for the tourist because it goes all along the Andrassy Avenue with attractions such as the Opera House, the City Park, Heroes' Square (World Heritage Site), the Museum of Fine Arts , or the Chain Bridge. It goes from Mexihói út to Vörösmarty tér. It has a length of 5 km and 11 stations. It's in operation since 1896. Its trains, stations and construction make it very different from the other two lines.
The stations has been restored and are very interesting to visit. Stops: Vörösmarty tér, Deák Ferenc, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út, Opera, Oktogon, Vörösmarty utca, Kodály körönd, Bajza utca , Hősök tere , Széchenyi fürdő, Mexikói Ú.

Red line M(2)
The red line crosses the city from the west, in Buda, to the east, in Pest. It goes from Déli pályaudvar to Örs vezér tere. Stops: Deli Palyaudvar, Moszkva ter, Battyhány ter, Kossuth ter, Deak Ferenc ter, Astoria, Blaha Lujza ter, Keleti Palyaudvar, Puskas Ferenc Stadion, Pillango ut., Ors Vezer tere.

Blue line M(3)
It is the longest line of Budapest Metro and also carries the most passengers. It has a length of 18 kms in twenty stops. It goes from Ujpest-Központ to Kőbánya-Kispest Stops: Kobanya Kispest, Hatar ut., Pottyios ut., Ecseri ut., Népliget, Nagivarad ter, Klinikák, Ferenc Korut, Kálvin ter, Ferenciek tere, Deak Ferenc ter, Janos ut., Nyugati Palyaudvar, Lehel ter, Dózsa Gyorgy ut., Árpad Hid, Forgách ut, Gyongyosi út., Újpest Városkapu, Újpest Kozpont.

There is a fourth line under construction (M4), scheduled to be operating in 2014

Budapest underground schedule and timetable

From 4:30 to 23:10 hours .

Frequency

Frequency between 2 and 15 minutes.

Budapest subway fares and tickets

Types of tickets (in local coin):
  • Single ticket, 320Ft
  • 10 single tickets 2.800Ft
  • Single ticket reduced, 260Ft (maximum 3 stations)
  • Ticket with transfer 490Ft
  • Bike, animal or large luggage ticket : 500 Ft.
  • Daily ticket 1.550Ft
  • 3 days ticket 3.850Ft
  • Week ticket 4.600Ft

Note: Single tickets are valid for a single subway line, if you do need to transfer you shoud buy a "transfer ticket". If traveling with a bicycle, a "bicycle sticker pass."

There is a range of tickets for pensioners, students ... In this link you can check all the information, requiremets and documents needed to apply.

There is a long list of exceptions, travelers are exempt from payment . You can check the info here.

The following are exempt to pay:
  • Children under 6 years old with an adult.
  • EU, EEA or Switzerland citizens over 65 years.
  • People with disabilities and/or affected by deafness, blindness ... etc. (always crediting)

Moreover, as in most cities you can buy a Budapest Card for 24, 48 or 72 hours (prices between los3900 and 7900Ft). Tickets can be purchased from vending machines in stations, post offices and kiosks. You have to validate your ticket in the orange automated machines before descending the escalator ( if you dont want to be fined). Changing lines in Deák tér needs to validate another ticket unless you have a "transfer ticket".

Budapest metro map

  • Passengers/Day 1270000
  • Fares: 0.95 EUR (2009); honour system
  • 24h operation: No
  • Air Conditioning: No
  • Walk between platforms: No
  • Driverless trains: No
  • Screen Doors Platforms: No
  • Operator: BKV
  • HUF 350
  • Budapest Metro Official Website
  • Tlf: +36 1 3 255 255
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