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Public transport 

Budapest has an excellent network of public transport, including buses, trolley buses, trams, metro lines and the HÉV (suburban railway). The system is reliable, safe, punctual, covers the whole city and it is cheap with Hungarian student ID cards (to be obtained at the ISP office). 
 
You can use the same type of ticket for all forms of public transport in the city but remember when you change lines or systems you must validate a new ticket. If you get caught travelling without a valid ticket, you must pay a fine of 5000 HUF. Ticket inspectors wear red armbands and can appear anywhere at any time. 
 
A book of 10 and 20 tickets can also be purchased for a lower price. A special metro section ticket is valid for three stops, and metro transfer tickets allow you to transfer between lines. 
Travel passes for one day, three days and seven days can also be purchased.
Tickets can be purchased from newsagent’s, metro stations and ticket machines. 

Metro 

Budapest’s metro system has 3 lines, which all connect at Deák tér, it enables you to go from one side of the city to the other in around 30 minutes. Each metro station has a map covering the entire city and high¬lighting all public transport connection points. You will notice that on both sides of the platform the destination stations are listed in the direction of travel. 

 
The metro runs from 4.30 am until just after 11 pm. 
M1 (yellow line): Mexikói út – Vörösmarty tér
M2 (red line): Örs Vezér tere – Déli pályaudvar
M3 (blue line): Kőbánya Kispest – Újpest Központ
M4 (green line): Keleti pályaudvar – Kelenföldi pályaudvar
 

The HÉV (Suburban Railway) 

 
The HÉV is the suburban (surface) railway system that connects Budapest with its suburban districts. If you are visiting the city as a tourist the most popular journey by HÉV will be to Szentendre from Batthyány tér. As Szentendre is outside the city limits you will need to purchase a ticket from the station before travelling. 
 

Tram 

The tram network in and around Budapest offers perhaps the most tourist-friendly way of navigating the city whilst taking in the sights. Take either No 2, 4 or 6 tram, and you will have the most spectacular view of the city. 
Trams run from as early as 4.30 a.m. until 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the route. The full list of stops is displayed above the doors of each tram. 

Bus 

Like trams, buses allow visitors to see the sites while travelling in the city. In the mornings buses are very crowded and you may have to stand for most of the journey. In order to let the driver know you wish to get off at a certain stop you need to press the stop button in good time as the doors do not open automatically when the bus stops. To open the door you may need to press a small button located next to the door. 
 

TAXI 

 
Taxi tariffs consist of a basic charge and a kilometer fee. It is worth ordering by phone as it is much cheaper than catching one on the street. Switchboard operators generally speak English and the car will get to you in 5-10 minutes. 
 
Before starting off, check the prices and make sure the meter is going. It is customary to give a 10% tip to the driver. 
 
City Taxi
Phone: 2 111 111
If ordered, basic fee: 300 HUF, km fee: 180 HUF, waiting: 45 HUF
On the street, basic fee: 300 HUF, km fee 240 HUF, waiting: 60 HUF 

How to reach Budapest

By plane

Budapest Ferihegy airport has two terminals roughly 28 kilometres from the city – Hungarian Airlines MALÉV flights use Ferihegy Terminal 2A, with all other airlines usually flying into and departing from Terminal 2B. Airport Minibus Service A shuttle-bus service at a reasonable priceone way: 2,300 HUFreturn ticket: 3,900 HUFWhen you land you need to go to the Airport Minibus Counter to buy your ticket.Phone: +36-1-296-8555Email: minibus@bud.hu Airport Information arrivals, departures, lost and foundPhone: +36-1- 296-7000 

By train

Railway stations in Budapest  
Keleti pályaudvar (Eas¬tern Railway Station – at the Keleti pályaudvar stop of the red metro line), 
Nyugati pályaudvar (Western Railway Station – at the Nyugati pályaudvar stop of the blue metro line) and 
Déli pályaudvar (Southern Railway Station – at the Déli pályaudvar stop of the red metro line). 
Please note that there are minibus services at the railway stations as well. 
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