Finding the time and place for an outing can be a hassle sometimes. Long waiting lines and hordes of tourists can also ruin your experience. But we have the solution! Read below for our picks for the greatest touring routes around Budapest, simply by public transport!
The most beautiful parts of Budapest can be reached by regular BKK services. If you have an eye for beauty, you can admire the fabulous panorama from the windows. Taking exciting tours from the stops is another option. Plan yourself a short city trip by exploring interesting and marvellous BKK routes. Femina says that these sights are definitely worth the trip. Not to mention that you do not need to travel great distances to reach them.
All you need is a BKK travel pass or a couple of extra tickets to take the regularly scheduled transits. Skip the long queues of tourists with the help of this list!
#1: Breathtaking line beside the Danube
Tram No. 2 runs between Jászai Mari Square and Közvágóhíd. Ten years ago, National Geographic listed it as one of the most beautiful tram lines in the world. No wonder it offers one of the most scenic experiences in Budapest.
You will have the chance to marvel at the bridges spanning the Danube, the Gellért Hill, and the Buda Castle. The sight of ships cruising along the river or resting by the bank, the Vigadó, and the Parliament are all delightful sights. It is truly an exhilarating feeling to ride the tram with such backdrops.
#2: A Millennium treasure in plain sight
If you are not in a hurry, look around every stop of this metro line. The area is packed with attractions from Vörösmarty Square to the Opera, Oktogon, Heroes Square and Mexikói Avenue. Whether you are strolling in Városliget or on Andrássy Avenue, you can take a trip on the subway before you even stop for a nostalgic walk.
Preceded only by the London Underground, the M1 metro line was the first underground railway in continental Europe. Since its grand opening in 1896, the “Kisföldalatti” proved itself as more than just a means of public transport. In 2002, the line was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The metro line runs along Andrássy Avenue. Unlike its later relatives, M1 does not go too deep underground. Running just under the main road, the train cars draw power from the overhead wires above them.
At Deák Square metro station, you can learn more about the history of the great underground train at the Underground Railway Museum, where you can also see the former carriages and period-style passenger compartments. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm, except for Mondays. Ticket prices are available here.
#3: Lush cogwheel trip to Széchenyi Hill
Between Városmajor and Széchenyihegy station, runs the cogwheel train 60, which is worth taking to admire the scenic views on the way. We can spot Sváb and Széchenyi Hills, and the picturesque neighbourhoods surrounding the route. As the vehicle ascends, the panorama opens up to the passengers.
The cogwheel can be used with a BKK pass or ticket, the regular services are not only for hikers. From the terminus, it is a pleasant 4-5 km hike following the green circular signposts, on easy terrain under the lush canopy. The terminus of the Children’s Railway is also nearby, from where the trail leads to the awe-inspiring Hűvösvölgy.
According to current news, to reduce noise pollution, trains will only run on weekdays until 5.30 pm while on weekends and public holidays until 7.30 pm. On special occasions, you can use the train until 10 pm.
Source: femina.hu, bkv.hu