Subways -- Budapest Metro

My Hungarian home page

Here is a reasonably good Budapest subway map. (scroll down and click) This site has a great deal of information, but rather poorly arranged -- browse around and you will find it interesting.

And here is another:

You will find some good general information about Budapest public transit at

The web site offered by the Budapest Transportation Authority (BKV) is a bit quirky in its English translation. For example, the link "Route Planner," a very well done feature, takes you to a page that seems to exist only in Hungarian. The site has very complete route information, but is most useful if you have some knowledge of the transit system. Once you select a particular route you not only get the schedule, but an interactive map that shows the location of every stop.

Important Note: The M4 subway (shown on some maps) DOES NOT EXIST! In fact it is rather a joke in Hungary. For example:
Q: Where is the headquarters of the "Honest Politicians' Party?"
A: At the end to the number 4 Metro.

What you need to know:

In general, the direction that you want to go depends on your knowing the end points of the subway lines. For example, If you want to take the Number 1 (orange) Metro east, you need to know that you want to go towards Mexikoi ut. Note that, because there are only three subway lines, you only need to know six stops to understand the complete system:

But not to worry:
When you are actually on the subway platform there is a sign on the wall beyond the tracks that lists all the stops in the direction towards which the train on that track is going.
Important: The subway entrance signs at street level are reliably color coded (red, blue, orange), but within stations, especially Deak ter, where all three lines cross, don't count on the colors -- use the numbers.

Number 1 (orange) Metro

The Number 1 (orange) Metro is one of the oldest in Europe -- The cars and stations have been restored rather than remodeled making this a rather historic ride. The #1 Metro is very shallow, you can think of it as constructed in a covered trench. All east-west stations are separate, if you want to go the other direction, you need to go upstairs to the surface and cross the street to the other side.

Number 2 (red) Metro

The Number 2 (red) Metro is the deepest of the subway lines -- in part because it crosses under the Duna river. Most of the stations are between the tracks so that you don't need to make a decision about which way you are going until you get to the platform.

Notable Destinations arranged west to east:

Number 3 (blue) Metro

         Hint: If the names of the end stops seem too confusing, just remember that the U in Ujpest stands for "UP" which is north on a map

Notable Destinations arranged south to north:

Szentendre HEV (suburban rail line)

This is not considered a subway line even though the southern end runs underground

Notable Destinations from south to north: