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Public transportation in Budapest (BKV)
Budapest's public transport system is as complex as it gets. Although there are only three metro lines, which is rather uncharacteristic of such a hustling and bustling city, the ground level services of BKV will fulfill your needs. Buses, trams, trolley-buses, boats, and HÉV-trains serve several opportunities on a silver platter to explore Budapest in its entirety, from outskirts to downtown. The busiest traditional city tram line in the world, 4-6, intersects several major sights and various parts of the city centre throughout its journey from Móricz Zsigmond körtér to Széll Kálmán tér. To make things even more sweeter and easier, 4-6 runs 24/7, and a plethora of night buses are also available. As for the passes and tickets, depending on the length of your stay in Budapest, you could choose either, although we would recommend buying a pass, it’s much more convenient and needs less tinkering. And, last not least, it saves you from the obligation to validate your tickets time and time again. Timetables for day and night: www.bkv.hu.
Budapest has three major railway stations: Keleti Pályaudvar, Déli Pályudvar, and Nyugati Pályaudvar (Eastern, Southern, and Western Railway Station, respectivel). The former two can be reached by the red metro line (M2), while the latter one can be reached by the blue metro line (M3). More information regarding trains and prices at www.mav.hu.
The domestic bus lines of Volánbusz arrive at and set off from various locations in Budapest, while international lines were given a separate, state-of-the-art station at Népliget, where you can transfer to the blue metro line (M3). Moreover, you can opt for the services of Orangeways, which also offers a modern fleet and plenty of destinations.
M1, M3, M5, M6, and M7 are all toll highways, so don’t forget to buy your vignettes in advance. If you’d like to rent a car, renowned international companies will grant your wishes. As for speed limits, it’s 50 km/h on city roads, 90 km/h outside residential areas, 110 km/h on limited-access roads, and 130 km/h on highways. In case of emergency, call Magyar Autóklub (Hungarian Auto Club) at 188.
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport’s 2A Terminal is saved for planes departing to and arriving from Schengen Area-countries, while Terminal 2B welcomes non-Schengen flights. To get to from FLIA, you could either take bus 200E, which drops you off at the blue metro line’s (M3) terminal, or you could just hop on the Airport shuttle.