A Guide to Getting Around in Budapest

Travelers would be remiss to exclude Budapest, Hungary from a trip to Europe. This bustling and historic Western European city offers a plethora of attractions and entertainment. Once you reach the city, take advantage of several different modes of transportation. Getting around Budapest allows tourists the opportunity to see and do all that the city has to offer, while getting a taste of the local flavor along the way.

Budivari Siklo Funicular

Make time on your travels for the short ride up and down the funicular to Buda Castle and the Castle District. The funicular is a small, hillside railway that will take you up and down the hill. Take pictures of the Chain Bridge and the Pest side of the city on the ride.

Danube Boat Ride

It is possible to pay for a boat ride along the Danube, and if you are lucky enough to have a beautiful day, take advantage of the opportunity. Consider either a daytime or evening cruise along the river on the Duna Bella or the Danube Legend. One or two hour boat tours depart regularly and can be pre-booked online.

Hop-On, Hop-Off City Tour by Bus

Like you’ll find in most major cities with a tourist population, city tours via hop-on, hop-off bus service as another possibility. If you are in Budapest for a short time and want to make sure you see everything, this is a popular route to take. City Tour will allow you to see and hear about the highlights of Budapest.

Walking

Much of Budapest is easily accessible and best seen on foot. Walking across the Chain Bridge between the Buda and Pest parts of the city will afford some of the best views of both sides, including Buda Castle and Parliament. If the weather cooperates, take a stroll up Gellért Hill for more spectacular views or vaci utca to shop.

Public Transportation: Metro, Trolley, Tram, and Bus

If it’s raining or you don’t want to make the long walk from Hosok tere to Parliament, consider public transportation instead. Budapest boasts some of the cleanest and most timely subways and stations in Western Europe. Trolley rides, trams, and buses are also a possibility throughout the city.

Consider a Budapest card if you’re planning on using public transportation as your primary means of transportation. In addition to covering charges for the transport, it offers discounts to various tourist attractions throughout the city for the duration of your stay or the length of the ticket.

Sources:
AA CityPack Guide & Foldout Map: Budapest
Legenda
Budapest Card
City Tour Budapest