Two major metro stations in the heart of Budapest, Ferenciek tere and Arany János utca, are closing from Monday, 9 March, as part of the huge renovation of blue line M3. It is not yet clear when they will re-open, but the Budapest Transport Authority (BKK) has announced that there will be more frequent services on other lines to help cope with the extra demand.
The long-term renovation of Budapest’s metro line M3 continues, with the closure of two prominent stations from 9 March. Set either side of Deák Ferenc tér, Ferenciek tere and Arany János utca serve the southern and northern ends of the city centre. M3 trains will continue to run between Újpest-központ and Nagyvárad tér, but will pass through these two downtown stations without stopping. Currently the southern section of the M3 line beyond Nagyvárad tér is also closed.
Ferenciek tere and Arany János utca will continue to be accessible by trams serving the Small Boulevard and buses along Rákóczi út as well. Trains on metro lines M2 and M4 will run more frequently, while the routes of trolleybuses 72 and 73 will be extended to Deák Ferenc tér. The whole middle section of the M3 between Nagyvárad tér and Lehel tér will also be closed at some point, once the renovations on the southern section are finished, probably in autumn 2020.