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Budapest Metro Guide

Budapest Metro Guide

A quick guide

The Budapest Metro, founded in 1896, is the oldest electric underground railway in continental Europe.

Whether you're a local living in Budapest or you're heading there on your next vacation, you'll want to read on to find out everything you need to know about the Budapest Metro.

 

About The Metro

There are currently 4 lines and 52 stations on the Budapest Metro running from 4:30am until 12:30am every day.

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Tickets And Passes

You are required to have a ticket on you at all times.  Ticket inspectors check metro riders regularly and if they find you without a valid fare, they will fine you 16000HUF ($60) which is reduced in half if you pay on the spot.

1) Fares

Single tickets are 350HUF ($1.25) or 450HUF ($1.50) if you buy them directly from a bus driver.

2) Block of 10

A block of 10 tickets is available for 3000HUF ($10) and is the cheapest way to travel on the metro.

3) Travelcards

A 24 hour Travelcard good for unlimited use in a 24 hour period is available for 1650HUF ($6).  There is also a 72 hour Travelcard available for 4150HUF ($15).
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Where To Buy Tickets

Tickets are available for purchase at any Metro station from the ticket vending machines.  You can also buy tickets from street stands and newsstands.
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Speaking of buying things... did we mention we're selling a Euro Trip Kit?  It's a fantastic way to begin planning and dreaming about your euro trip.

Inside you'll find travel tips, a trip journal, adventure passport, language flashcards, inspiration and a whole lot more.

It's perfect for everyone from first time travelers to those who are already out there living the backpack dream.
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Trip Planning

If you've never traveled on a foreign metro system, even a smaller one like the one in Rome, it can be a bit daunting at first.  Just take a moment to relax and gather your bearings.  Before you know it you'll be navigating the metro system like a pro!

Before you're off to somewhere, take some time to plan out your route.  Figure out which line or lines you'll need to go on and which stations you need to transfer at in order to get to your final destination.  Also, figure out which exit you'll be leaving that station out of as some stations have many exits.

TIP
As with other major cities, pickpockets love working the metro.  Overcrowded stations and train cars give them ample opportunity to work their craft.  Just remember to be smart and protect yourself.
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Navigating The Metro

1) At the station

You'll find all signage, including the self service machines, is in both Hungarian and English and the directional arrows to the different metro lines are all color coded so don't worry about a language barrier.

Validate your ticket or pass when you pass through the gate to the metro and hold on to your ticket until you have exited the metro as ticket inspectors may ask you to show proof of purchase.

2) Find your train

To find your train line just follow the colored directional arrows and signs.  As each line has trains going in two different directions, check the directional map on the wall to make sure you're heading the right way.

3) Exiting the station

Once you've arrived at your final destination, find your desired exit and insert your ticket into the turnstile to leave the station.
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Transferring Lines

Most trips will involve transferring from one line to another.  When you get off at your transfer station, follow the colored directional signage leading you to your next line.  Again, make sure you’re going in the right direction and off you go.
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