Metro Budapest – all you need to know about the metro in Budapest

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The metro in Budapest is a good way to move easily through the city. It is easy to use and with only four lines it’s compact and clear. On this page you find all information that’s needed to travel with the metro in the Hungarian capital.

Fun fact: Budapest was the first city in Europe to have a subway. This makes travelling with metro line 1, the oldest line, quite special.

Budapest Metro Map

The image below shows a map with all 4 metrolines in Budapest. They are yellow (m1), red m2), blue (m3) en green (m4). If you click on the map you will see an enlargement of this map. If you want you can print it and take it with you on your holidays.

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Metro lines Budapest

There are only four different metro lines in Budapest: 1,2,3 and 4. These cover quite a big part of the city. And since they are only four you will not get lost quickly.

Metro line 1 – yellow line

Metro line number one, also known as the yellow line or M1, is the oldest line in the city. It connects Vörösmarty square in the city centre with the eastern part of the city. It goes up to Mexikói street, which lies behind the city park and Hero square. The easiest way to remember is that this line runs underneath Andrássy Boulevard, one of the most famous streets in the city. It also passes Deák Ferenc square, where you can cross to get lines 2 or 3.

Metro line 2 – red line

Metro line number 2 connects connects the east and the west side of the city. And when it was build it was called Budapest’s first modern metro line. The most important stops on the red line are Keleti railway station, Kossuth square (the stop for the Hungarian Parliament building), Astoria (for the famous hotel) and Deák Ferenc square (to switch to line 1 and 3)

Metro line 3 – blue line

Metro line 3 is the longest line of all 4. This 10 miles long line runs from the north to the south of the city. The lines connect the outskirts of the city with the city centre. If you take the bus and then the metro from Budapest airport to the city centre, you will end up in M3. From november 2017 metroline 3 is under construction. After 20:30 on workdays and all weekend, the whole metro line will be replaced by buses. Between the stops Kőbánya-Kispest and Lehel tér run busses the whole day. Read more about the reconstructions here on the website of the carrier.

Metro line 4 – green line

Metro line 4 is the most recently build of all lines. This line connects the two sides of the city, Buda and Pest, with each other. It runs between Keleti railway station and Kelenfold railway station. This tram takes you amongst others to the Great Market Hall and the gorgeous Géllert hotel (and spa).

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Timetable metro Budapest

The subways in Budapest run on weekdays from around 04.30 in the morning untill around 22.30 before midnight. The metros run very often. Between 06.00 and 23.00 they run every 2 to 5 minutes. Earlier and later on the day, they leave every 10 minutes

In the weekend the timeschedule on some lines are slightly different. For example lines 2, 3 and 4 run untill a bit later on saturday.

Tickets for the metro

Do you want to know: what tickets you can buy, how much different tickets cost and where to buy tickets? Read this article about public transport tickets in Budapest.

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Looking for a hotel?
Check out my two personal favourites: TG Design suites Aparthotel & Hotel Rum (which is Buda-side of the city). Other hotels which are popular, have good ratings and are located very well are Roombach Hotel and AnVa House.

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  • Reply
    3 October 2022 at 12:38

    Warning!!!! It seems the British Tourist is targeted with attendants waiting for you as you get off, saying that the tickets you have bought have not been validated, threaten you with the police, if an on the spot fine is not paid, no locals are asked just British!!! Shocking scam business considering the city looks like it needs all the tourists you can get!!

    • Reply
      6 October 2022 at 12:08

      Hi Annete,

      Thanks for the warning! I’m sorry you had to go through that.
      Hopefully teh rest of your stay in Budapest wasn’t influenced too much by this incident.


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