Getting around Budapest
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Budapest takes pride in its well-developed public transportation network. To get around the city ride a bus, a tram or the subway. Services are reliable and cheap, however, some precautions are recommended if you are travelling on a crowded vehicle, as these are often frequented by pickpockets.
Public transport in the city of Budapest is provided by Budapest Transport Limited (known to all Hungarians simply as BKV). It operates a network of several bus-, tram- and trolleybus routes, as well as three Underground lines. There are also five suburban railway lines (HÉV) serving the outskirts of the city. Most services operate from around 5 o'clock in the morning until about 11 o'clock at night.
Transportation tickets should be purchased before boarding the bus or entering the subway and need to be validated upon entry. Machines either punch the ticket or validate it by cutting the corner and stamping the date and time of travel.
Tickets are often checked while riding the vehicles or at the subway exits by controllers wearing arm-band and a photo-ID. You should always keep your ticket at all times till you exit the station or leave the vehicle.
Those travelling without a valid ticket will need to pay a penalty.
Tickets are available at Underground stations, Tobacconists, Newsagents, Tourinform offices, Automated ticket machines at some bus and tram stops.
Schedules, services, ticket prices, route planner, conditions of travel.
It is worth investing in Budapest Card which offers unlimited travel on all forms of public transports, free or reduced admission to museums and other sights and discounts on organized tours, car rental, at thermal baths and at selected shops and restaurants. It is sold at Tourinform offices, travel agencies, hotels and main metro stations.
Drivers must pay for parking in the inner districts of Budapest. Tickets can be bought for a maximum of 2 hours in the slot-machines (ticket machines) on the streets. Cars are not guarded in these parking places.
Parking fees: 175-575 HUF/hour (varies from zone to zone). Given that the machines take coins, it is worth keeping 50 and 100 HUF coins for this purpose.
However, you can also pay by phone with a text message. „+36 20/30/70 763 zone number" (the number of the zone is written on the nearest blue parking ticket machine). To start the parking period, send a message with the car's registration number. To end the parking period, send another message with STOP.
If no parking fee has been paid or the period paid for has expired, cars will be clamped.
During sightseeing excursions, passenger cars and buses are allowed to park free of charge in the major tourist centres (e.g., the Citadel, Heroes Square, Városliget (City Park). There are parking lots for buses at Belgrád rakpart (lower, wharf), in Duna Street near Erzsébet Square.
BUBI (BU -dapest BI-ke):
Customers will be able to use over one thousand bicycles in the city in the framework of the MOL Bubi bike sharing scheme, launched in 2014. The system will be suitable for users to get automated access to Bubi-bikes in all seasons around the clock, without operators, and to return the bikes to any station.
Regular users in possession of an annual pass will be able to use MOL Bubi services. Casual use is also possible by paying the fee by bank card at the terminals or on the dedicated website of the system. Users will also be able to get access to the system via a mobile application developed for Android and iOS platforms, which will provide information, about the nearest Bubi docking station, the number of free docking stands and available bicycles and the user's available balance for payment. Journeys are free for the first half hour and then cost the equivalent of one transport ticket (currently 350 HUF) for the next hour, and the equivalent of 2 transport tickets for the hour after that, increasing steadily. Payment can be made by credit card or a special prepaid chip card.
Tuktuk is an auto rickshaw, or motorized version of the traditional hand-pulled rickshaw or bicycle rickshaw. A 2-hour sightseeing by TukTuk, with stops anywhere you like for photos, will be only 50€ for2 passengers. (http://tuktuktaxi.hu/)