Public transport in Budapest – The BKK 4 main tourist routes

Let’s see the Centre for Budapest Transport, shortly the BKK, main tourist routes!

Depending on which part of Budapest you want to discover, there are many possibilities to get around the city by public transport. It is worth knowing which bus or tram you should catch to see Budapest's most beautiful side.

Public transport in Budapest – The BKK 4 main tourist routes

You can get around Budapest by public transport, it will also take you to the most famous attractions – let’s see the Centre for Budapest Transport, shortly the BKK, main tourist routes!

Depending on which part of Budapest you want to discover, there are many possibilities to get around the city by public transport. It is worth knowing which bus or tram you should catch to see Budapest’s most beautiful side, and it is also an eco-friendly and cheap way to explore the city. If you are wondering how to pay for Budapest’s public transport or where to buy bus tickets in Budapest, you are in the right place! We also explain how to use the metro in Budapest and how to get from Pest to Buda.

Visit the Castle District – Bus 16

The Buda Castle District is a destination worth visiting. So many attractions in one place. You can find there the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Matthias Church and countless other old buildings and monuments that you must see if you want to map Budapest.

Except for the Funicular, one of the easiest ways to get to Castle Hill where you can find the Buda Castle, the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, is to take bus 16, which runs between the Castle and Deák Ferenc Square, crossing the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. Deák Ferenc Square is on the Pest side next to Elisabeth Square where is the Budapest Eye, the bus 16 departs there. It is worth going up to the district for the view alone. The quarter has a medieval atmosphere, and a breathtaking panorama awaits you there.

If you get off in Dísz Square, and head for the Buda Castle, a mini-statue of Kolodko appears on the base of the Turul statue at the Habsburg Gate – a hidden gem, worth finding. The tiny artwork depicts a cartoon figure, the checkered-eared rabbit, who is spying on Pest with his telescope.
If you take bus 16 one more stop and get off at Szentháromság (Holy Trinity) Square, you will find the previously mentioned Fisherman’s Bastion and the imposing Matthias Church near each other. In case If you continue with the bus to the Bécsi Gate stop in the Castle Quarter, you will find the city gate, which has been operating since the Middle Ages.

Visit attractions on Andrássy Avenue – bus 105

Bus 105 also departs from Clark Ádám Square, and allows you to explore the most beautiful places in Pest. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge is now under construction, so the bus travels on a diverted route.

Its current route leads on the Buda side of the Danube bank and approaches the Rudas Spa, the Gellért Spa and the Gellért Hill. Arriving at Pest, it passes by Erzsébet Square, which is very close to Deák Square, and the route continues on Andrássy Street, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the Budapest State Opera House and the House of Terror are also located. It finally reaches the well-known Hősök (Heroes) Square. Of course, you can also do this the other way around!

On the Pest side, if you get off at Deák Square, you can walk a few minutes to the Jewish quarter, where the second largest synagogue in the world, the Dohány Street Synagogue, is located, and you can see various memorial monuments.

In addition, Deák Square is an important transport hub, where main metro lines converge, and the airport bus to Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport departs from here.
The Deák Square is the terminus for the 47-48-49 trams, and their way passes the National Museum, the Market Hall, and the Liberty Bridge and when it reaches the Buda side, it passes in front of Gellért Bath.

However, if you continue your journey with bus 105 to explore Budapest, you can easily get to Saint Stephen’s Basilica by getting off at Erzsébet Square or the famous State Opera House in the first half of Andrássy Street. The tourist route of bus 105 ends at Heroes’ Square, which is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Visit attractions on Andrássy Street – Metro Line M1

It is not only by bus possible to get around Budapest, but we also recommend that if you visit the capital of Hungary, try travelling by metro, and in this case, why not get on the city’s first metro line? It is also the first electric underground on the European continent. It runs between Vörösmarty Square and Mexikói Street, which takes you to spectacular places.

Vörösmarty Square, located in the V. district, is a popular destination for beautiful Christmas markets and is also well-known for its shopping places and gift shops. The famous Gerbeaud Café is located here, in this pastry shop you should try the Hungarian dessert, zserbo.

The M1 metro follows the same route as the 105 bus up to a certain point. The M1 metro runs along Andrássy Street. By getting off at the Bajcsy Zsilinszky stop, you can see the Saint Stephen’s Basilica, but if your destination is the Hungarian State Opera House, you can still get there with this underground metro; just get off at the stop called Opera.

In addition, if you get off at Oktogon, it is only a short walk to the House of Terror Museum – the museum contains exhibits related to fascist and communist regimes. If you continue with the metro, as it runs under Andrássy Street, it will take you to Heroes’ Square and even further. In just a few minutes, you can visit one of the most famous baths in Budapest, the Széchenyi Bath.

Visit attractions with the panorama tram

Tram 2 is considered the tram with the most beautiful panorama, not by chance. On the Pest side, part of the tram route runs along the banks of the Danube, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Buda on the other side, where Gellért Hill and Buda Castle stand.

It runs between Közvágóhíd H and Jászai Mari Square, stopping near many attractions of Budapest. Its route also passes through Fővám Square, where the Great Market Hall is located, one of the largest and most gorgeous local markets. If you land here, you can walk across the Liberty Bridge to explore Gellért Hill or enjoy the thermal water in Gellért Thermal Baths. If you continue your route with tram 2, it will take you to Vigadó Square – from there it is only a one or two-minute walk to Vörösmarty Square, where the famous pedestrian street, the Váci Street begins. The dazzling Hungarian Parliament is two stops away from Vigadó Square. It’s undoubtedly worth getting off at Kossuth Square to see it! Not only to take endless photos of the wonderful building but in the square of the Parliament take the opportunity to visit the pastry shop of Szamos Café to taste the most delicious typical Hungarian sweets and enter the marzipan museum on the second floor. You won’t regret tasting sweets there!

It is also worth going to its final stop, Jászai Mari Square. On the one hand, you can find a small statue of Kolodko here, not far from the statue depicting Colombo, the world-famous detective with his dog. On the other hand, if you walk across Margit Bridge from here, you will reach Margaret Island, where you can admire the musical fountain in the gentle lap of nature.

There are many attractions waiting for you in Budapest, contact me and let’s discover the beauty of the city together!