Public transport

The public-transport system is good in Budapest. A wide variety of buses, trolleybuses, trams, underground trains (Metró) and over ground suburban trains (HÉV) operate usually from 04:30 to 23:00, and there are about 30 night buses which numbers’ start with 9. Please note that on some routes the buses marked with letter “E” following the service are express buses with limited stops.

Budapest has three intersecting metro lines at Deák tér: M1, the oldest little yellow line, M2, the red line and M3, the blue line. At peak times trains run every two to three minutes and every ten to fifteen minutes at other times of the day.

Tickets, monthly and yearly passes are available at major metro stations, at newsagents’ stands or from vending machines and can be used for all forms of public transportation. Tickets should be validated at the red or orange punch slots on board.

Here you can find a map which outlines Budapest's public transportation system. 

 

Budapest public transport fares in 2010/2011:

*single ticket huf 320 *single ticket bought on the spot huf 400 *10 pieces discount coupon book huf 2800

*pass for two weeks huf 6500 *monthly pass huf 9800 (photo is needed for the passes)

For more information on fares and services, please visit the web site of BKV. http://www.bkv.hu/en/

 

TAXI

Taxis are available 24 hours a day and are reasonably priced. Fares vary depending on the company, the time of day and the price of petrol. Ordering a taxi by phone is cheaper and safer than hailing one in the street.

Taxi companies:

City Taxi: 211-1111 6x6 Taxi: 266-6666

Rádiótaxi: 377-7777 Tele 5 Taxi: 355-5555

Taxi 4: 444-4444 Volántaxi: 433-3322

Taxi 2000: 200-0000 Buda-Taxi: 233-3333

 

AIPORT MINIBUS

A very common and comfortable way of getting from Ferihegy to the City center (or vica versa) is using an airport minibus. Reservations can be made at least 24 hours in advance by phone at 296-8555 (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or by using the online reservation system (http://www.airportshuttle.hu/en). Transfer fees: from HUF 1500/person/one way ticket, huf 2990/person/return ticket.

 

HUNGARIAN STATE RAILWAYS (MÁV)

The main railway stations are Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern Railway Station), Déli pályaudvar (Southern Railway Station) and Nyugati pályaudvar (Western Railway Station). The first two are located on Metro 2 and Nyugati pályaudvar is on Metro 3. The fastest and most comfortable trains are the Intercity trains. The so-called fast trains stop only at larger stations, while the personal trains stop at every station. Timetables and info about local and international trains are available at http://elvira.mav-start.hu/elvira.dll/xsl2/index?language=2.

You may book tickets in advance and reserve seats at 06 (40) 49 49 49.

The nearest railway ticket office (Máv Start Jegyiroda) to CEU can be found at József Attila utca 16.

 

BUS TRANSPORT

The national bus company Volan Bus (Volánbusz) operates domestic service.

Phone: 382-0888 Webpage: www.volanbusz.hu/en/#indexmainpage

International bus services are provided by Eurolines Bus Company, an association of more than 30 European bus companies that link Budapest with points abroad and Orange Ways Bus Company. All international buses and some domestic ones arrive at and depart from Pest's Népliget bus station (Üllői út 131; Metro: M3 Népliget).

For all detailed information on schedules and prices, please check the Companies’ website.

www.eurolines.com/ Phone: 318-2122

www.orangeways.com/en/

 

BIKING

Budapest is not yet a capital if cyclists, although the number of cycle lanes and cyclists has grown in the past years.

Designated cycle paths are painted in red and are marked with two yellow stripes running along the path'sides and a yellow bicycle is painted in the middle of the route at some points.

A map of cyclist routes is available at http://www.bringaut.fw.hu/.

CEU supports emloyees and students who choose to cycle to and form the University. Bikes can be stored in the covered cycle shelter or in the open air facility of Nador 15 courtyard. You are recommended to have a secure lock for your bikes.