Transportation in Budapest
May be purchased at metro stations, ticket machines, tobacconists and newsagents. It is perhaps best to buy your tickets at a metro station because there you have a choice of several types of tickets and various passes.
Single ticket (145 Ft) : valid for bus, tram, trolleybus, metro, cog-wheel railway for the entire length of the journey, as well as the suburban railway within the administrative limits of Budapest. The ticket has to be purchased beforehand, and validated in the ticket stampers found on the public transport (on the metro, either before you enter the metro or on the platforms) before the trip starts.
It is worth finding out about the different ticket types available (transfer ticket, day ticket, 3-day tourist ticket, metro section ticket, metro section transfer ticket, metro transfer ticket etc.) as these can save you money.
The Budapest Transport Authority (BKV) has published a free brochure in English and German entitled Information (available from hotel receptions, Tourinform offices), and which gives detailed information about the types of tickets and costs, Information can also be found on the following Internet site: www.bkv.hu
Information on public transport:06-80-406-611
Ticket controls: you may be requested to show your ticket on all public transport or at exit points of the metro by ticket inspectors who wear armbands and have a badge with photograph (they generally operate in pairs, but they may be 4-5 inspectors on the metro). For this reason please keep your ticket until the very end of your journey or until you have left the metro station.
Source: Budapesti Turisztikai Kht, Budapest Guide, 2003