Subways -- Budapest Metro
My Hungarian home page
Here is a reasonably good Budapest subway map. (scroll down and click) http://www.talkingcities.co.uk/budapest_pages/sights_main.htm This site has a great deal of information, but rather poorly arranged -- browse around and you will find it interesting.
And here is another: http://www.urbanrail.net/eu/bud/budapest.htm
You will find some good general information about Budapest public transit at http://www.budapesthotels.com/touristguide/bkv.asp
The web site offered by the Budapest Transportation Authority (BKV) http://www.bkv.hu/metro/index.html 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
Q: Where is the headquarters of the "Honest Politicians'
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
- Runs east-west, mostly under Andrassy ut
- East end (farthest away from the Duna (Danube)) - Mexikoi
- West end (heart of the tourist district, 1 1/2 blocks from the
river) -- Vorosmarty ter
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
- Runs east-west, crosses under the Duna.
- East end - Ors vezer ter
- West end - Deli palyaudvar (southern railroad station)
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
Notable Destinations arranged west to east:
- Deli palyaudvar (southern railroad station) -- West end of the
line. (see directions below) connections for trains mostly to
- Moszkva ter -- Connections for many bus and trolley routes in Buda. To
get to the Mamut shopping mall, bear to your right at the top of
the escalators, when you exit the building keep turning right
until you are headed the opposite direction. The shopping center
is ahead and across the street to your left (cross the trolley
- Batthyany ter -- On the west bank of the Duna. Connect here
for the north bound HEV (suburban rail line)(To get to the HEV go through the doors at the top of the escalators, turn left and walk to the end of the corridor.) A great
view of the parliament building across the river.
- Kossuth Lajos ter -- On the east bank of the Duna. The
- Deak Ferenc ter -- where all three lines intersect, remember
the #2 Metro is the deepest -- the corridors to it are rather
twisty, just follow the crowd.
- Blaha Lujza ter -- on the korut, shopping and a chance to
catch the #4 and #6 trolleys
- Keleti palyaudvar (eastern railroad station) -- (see
directions below) connections for most trains to western Europe
and eastern Hungary.
- Ors vezer ter -- Eastern end of the line, bus and HEV
connections to the eastern suburbs. To get to the Ikea store and
other shopping, go to the end of the tracks, down and diagonally
under the street.
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
- Runs north - south mostly parallel to the east bank of the
- North end - Ujpest-Kozpont
- South end -Kobanya-Kispest
Notable Destinations arranged south to north:
- Kobanya-Kispest -- the southern end of the line. To catch the
bus, number 200, to the airport go up the escalator and turn right. Go
down the long corridor with shops on both sides to the end. Go
down the stairs and outside. The 200 bus stop is ahead and on the
street to your right. The bus runs about every 15 minutes and you
should allow at least 45 minutes for the bus trip.
- Nagyvarad ter -- The new Natural History Museum. Walk two
blocks north along the east side of the street. When you come to
the open park on your right, turn right and walk about one block
until you see the boulders in front of the museum. (note You can
also walk south from the Klinikak stop, the distance is about the
- Ferenciek tere (do not confuse this with the Ferenc krt stop)
-- I think this stop has some of the prettiest architecture in
all Budapest (but that is a very personal opinion.)
- Deak Ferenc ter -- where all three lines intersect, remember
the #3 Metro is at middle depth.
- Nyugati palyaudvar (western railroad station) -- connections for some trains to western Europe
and eastern Hungary. The West End Center is one of the largest
urban shopping malls in Europe. Also on the korut, shopping and a
chance to catch the #4 and #6 trolleys
- Lehel ter -- The old open air market has been replaced by a new indoor facility. Predominately small stands selling produce - much fresher than what you find in supermarkets.
- Arpad hid (Arpad bridge) -- catch the #1 trolley to Obuda.
- Gyongyosi utca -- The Duna Plaza Shopping Center. When you get
off the train, follow the crowd to the exit at the front end of
the train. Make a U-turn to the left, go under the tracks and up
into the lower level of the shopping center.
Szentendre HEV (suburban rail line)
This is not considered a subway line even though the southern
end runs underground
- Runs north -- south along the west bank of the Duna
- South end Batthyany ter
- North end Szentendre (a town north of Budapest famous as an
When you get to the tracks, look at the overhead message boards to see which track has the train that departs next.
Notable Destinations from south to north:
- Batthyany ter -- South end of the line. Connection to the #2 (red) metro. See
- Arpad hid -- Obuda and the remains of the Roman military camp.
- Aquincum -- The museum (indoor and outdoor) of the Roman civil town.
- Bekasmegyer -- About half of the north bound trains turn around here. The Budapest City limits, north of this stop you need an additional ticket -- south of this stop, the regular city transport tickets and passes are accepted.