16th Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference

  Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

  3-5 July 2014 Budapest


Getting around in the city


The absolute transportational centerpoint of Budapest is Deák tér, where three of the four underground lines (M1, M2, M3) meet.

All major public transportation services within Budapest (buses, trams, trolleybuses, and the underground lines, as well as the green suburban trains called HÉV) are operated by the same company, the Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK). Its English-language website can be found here.

Single tickets cost 350 forints, which is cca. 1.2 EUR, and they are valid for one uninterrupted trip without change (within the administrative boundaries of Budapest). During the time of validity (1 hour after stamping, 2 hours on night services) changes are allowed only between lines on the metro and underground network (M1, M2, and M3). Trip interruptions and return trips are not permitted. Remember that you must buy your ticket in advance, and get it stamped by the orange stamp-machines at underground stations, or perforated by the little red mechanical devices on buses, trams, trolleys, or the HÉV. (Some buses and trams now have the orange stamp-machine, too.)

Tickets are also available in 10-piece blocks (HUF 3000). A transfer ticket costs HUF 530, the Budapest 24-hour travel card is HUF 1650, the Budapest 72-hour travel card is HUF 4150, and the Budapest 7-day travel card is HUF 4950. Travel cards are valid for an unlimited number of trips within the time of validity.

You can also buy a Budapest 24-hour group ticket for HUF 3300, which can be used by up to 5 passengers travelling together in the same vehicle, and is valid for an unlimited number of trips within its time of validity. For further information about tickets check the BKK website.

Tickets are available at newsstands, and at BKK service counters found in most underground and HÉV stations, as well as at major terminals of bus and tram terminals.

You may also buy a 24h, 48h or 72h Budapest Card that combines free public transport with several free services, e.g., free entry to 7 museums, free entry to one of the baths, guided walking tours, and a PocketGuide mobile app. For more information, please visit the website.