The metro service for the city of Budapest, Hungary, is the Budapest Metro. It was inaugurated on May 3rd, 1896. It has four lines and 52 stations. It makes connections to boats, buses, trams, trolley buses and trains. You can take bus 200E to go from a metro station to the airport. The stations open around 4:30 am and close around 11:30 pm. Ticket prices start at 25 forints. Use sign language to buy tickets if you do not speak Magyar. You need to pay an extra fare to board the metro with a bike or a dog. As a fun fact, one of the metro's lines are protected by the UNESCO. A new line will be built for the metro. You can reach a museum within 40 minutes by using the metro.
The city of Budapest is the capital of Hungary. Some people compare this city to Paris because of the shape of its buildings. The city is protected by the UNESCO because of the cultural importance of some of its buildings and landmarks. With a population of approximately 1.8 million people, Budapest is the most populated city of Hungary. The busiest airport in the city is the Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport.
The public transportation of Budapest consists of buses, trams, boats, trolley buses, a commuter rail service, a rapid transit service, the national railway service (MÁV), and the Budapest Metro. Most of the public transportation in Budapest is owned by Budapest Transport Ltd. (BKV).
The metro was inaugurated on May 3rd, 1896, with the opening of line M1. The metro was built because the tram service in the city was crowded, and also because the city would host a fair.
The opening dates for the rest the lines were: April 2nd, 1970 for line M2; December 31st, 1976 for line M3; and March 28th, 2014 for line M4.
The metro has 52 stations and four lines: line M1, line M2, line M3, and line M4. The stations for each line are the following:
- M1 (Yellow Line): It has the following 11 stations: Vörösmarty tér, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út, Deák Ferenc tér, Oktogon, Opera, Kodály Körönd, Vörösmarty utca, Hósök tere, Bajza utca, Széchenyi fürdó, Mexikói út
- M2 (Red Line): It has the following 11 stations: Örs Vezér tere, Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Pillangó utca, Blaha Lujza tér, Keleti pályaudvar, Deák Ferenc tér, Astoria, Batthyány tér, Széll Kálmán tér, Kossuth Lajos tér, Déli pályaudvar
- M3 (Blue Line) : It has the following 20 stations: Kóbánya-Kispest, Pöttyös utca, Határ út, Népliget, Ecseri út, Klinikák, Nagyvárad tér, Kálvin tér, Corvin-negyed, Deák Ferenc tér, Ferenciek tere, Nyugati pályaudvar, Arany János utca, Dózsa György út, Lehel tér, Forgách utca, Árpad híd, Újpest-Városkapu, Gyöngyösi utca, Újpest-Központ
- M4: It has the following 10 stations: Kelenföld Vasútállomás, Újbuda-Központ, Bikás park, Szent Gellért tér, Móricz Zsigmond Körtér, Kálvin tér, Fóvám tér, II. János Pál pápa tér, Rákóczi tér, Keleti pályaudvar
The metro does not go directly to the Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport. The closest metro station is Kóbánya-Kispest in line M3. To go from the Franz Liszt airport to this station, board bus 200E, and travel for around half an hour.
You can pay the Budapest Metro with tickets, cards, or passes. Prices are shown in Hungarian Forints (Ft) (1 US dollar = 286.7 Forints.)
- Tickets: They are divided into the following categories: Single Ticket (350 Ft), 10 Coupon Book (3000 Ft), Transfer Ticket (450 Ft), Through Ticket (530 Ft), Metrószakaszjegy (300 Ft), Boat Ticket for Children (550 Ft), Ship Ticket (750 Ft), Cross-Site 50% Discount (125 Ft), Point-to-Point Ticket (250 Ft), Local Train Ticket (250 Ft to 560 Ft), Point-to-Point 90% Discount (25 Ft), Suburban Train 90% Discount (25 Ft to 55 Ft), and Local Train 50% Discount (125 Ft to 280 Ft).
- Cards: The cards are divided into the following prices: Budapest Card (24 Hours) (5500 Ft), Budapest Card (48 Hours) (8500 Ft), Budapest Card (72 Hours) (10900 Ft), Budapest Card (96 Hours) (14500 Ft), Budapest Card (120 Hours) (17500 Ft), Domestic Budapest Card (48 Hours) (5900 Ft), and Junior Card (72 Hours) (8900 Ft).
- Passes: They are divided into the following prices: Discounted Group Tanulójegy (650 Ft/Passenger), 24 Hour Pass (1650 Ft), 72 Hour Pass (4150 Ft), 5/30 BKK Pass (4550 Ft), Festival Pass (4950 Ft), Group 24 Hour Pass (3300 Ft), Monthly Passes (540 Ft to 21400 Ft), Quarterly Passes (9990 Ft to 28500 Ft), and Annual Passes (103000 Ft to 219860 Ft).
1) Buy your tickets at vending machines, newsstands, or small shops to avoid waiting in line. The reason for this is that most people buy their tickets at stations.
2) You will most likely need to use sign language to buy a ticket for the metro since most people who sell tickets only speak in Magyar.
Lines M3 and M4 will be expanded. Additionally, a new line, line M5, will be built.
Line M3 will be expanded with the construction of stations in Káposztásmegyer and in Budapest Ferihegy International Airport.
Line M4 will be expanded with the construction of stations in Gazdagrét, Madárhegy, Bosnyák tér, Dózsa György út (which is not related to the station of the same name in line M3,) Róna utca, Hungária körút, Budaörs, and Újpalota.
The future line M5 will have the following stations: Szentendre, Békásmegyer, Petőfi tér, Rómaifürdő, Csillaghegy, Záhony u., Aquincum, Bogdáni út, Kaszásdúlő, Amfiteátrum , Flórián tér, Soroksár-Hősök tere, Soroksár felső, Millenium-Telep., Szent István u., Margitsziget, Szépvölgy út, Lehel tér, Szent István Park, Klauzál tér, Oktogon, Kálvin tér, Astoria, Könyves Kálmán Körút, Borárus tér, Kén u., Beöthy u., Határ ut, Timót u., Pesterzsébet-városközpont, Klapka Gy. u., Nagysándor József u., Vörösmarty tér, Wesselényi u., Tárcsás u., Könyves u., BILK (logisztickai központ), Soroksári vasúltállomás, Csepel, Ráckeve
The Kóbánya-Kispest station will be used as a reference point. To go from Kóbánya-Kispest to the closest touristic attractions, follow these instructions:
1) Museum of Fine Arts: The trip lasts 37 minutes. From Kóbánya-Kispest, board the metro in line M3 towards Újpest-Központ M, and travel for 17 minutes. After 10 stops, get off at Deák Ferenc tér. Next, board the metro in line M1 towards Mexikói út M, and travel for 8 minutes. After 7 stops, get off at Hósök tere. Finally, walk 660 feet, towards 1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 41.
2) Parliament Buildings: The trip lasts 34 minutes. From Kóbánya-Kispest, board the metro in line M3 towards Újpest-Központ M, and travel for 19 minutes. After 11 stops, get off at Arany János utca. Finally, walk 3200 feet to 1055 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3.
3) Matthias Church: The trip lasts 40 minutes. From Kóbánya-Kispest, board the metro in line M3 towards Újpest-Központ M, and travel for 17 minutes. After 10 stops, get off at Deák Ferenc tér. Then, board the metro in line M2 towards Déli pályaudvar M, and travel for four minutes. After two stops, get off at Széll Kálmán tér. Next, board bus 116 towards Disz térm and travel for four minutes. After four stops, get off at Szentháromság tér. Finally, walk 200 feet towards Mátyás Templom, Budapest, 1014 Magyarország.
4) Margitsziget: The trip lasts 53 minutes. From Kóbánya-Kispest, board the metro in line M3 towards Újpest-Központ, and travel for 25 minutes. After 15 stops, get off at Árpad híd. Next, board bus 106 towards Római úti Itp., Vara utca, and travel for three minutes. After three stops, get off at Margitsziget/Árpad híd. Finally, walk 4600 feet to Margitsziget, 1138 Budapest.
5) Gül Baba Türbéje: The trip lasts 36 minutes. From Kóbánya-Kispest, board the metro in line M3 towards Újpest-Központ, and travel for 20 minutes. After 12 stops, get off at Nyugati pályaudvar. Then, board bus 91 towards Széll Kálmán tér, and travel for five minutes. After two stops, get off at Margit híd, budai hídfó H. Finally, walk 1100 feet to Gül Baba Türbe és Rózsakert Budapest, 1023 Budapest, Mecset utca 14.
The Budapest Metro makes connections to buses, trams, the trains from the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV,) boats, trolley buses, and the rapid transit and commuter rail service (BHÉV.) The connections available at each station are the following:
Schedules are divided into the following categories: Academic Term, Friday Academic Term, Holiday Academic Term, Holiday Academic Term on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, Cemetery Schedule, Advent Schedule, December 24, and End of Year. The dates for each schedule during 2017 are the following:
The departure frequencies for each line are the following:
2) Line M2: 10 minutes during mornings, five minutes during the day, and 10 minutes during nights.
- Timetables: The opening and closing times for each station are the following (the following format shows the name of the station, the opening time, and the closing time):
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