A Budapest tram by Liberty Bridge

The number 2 tram passes by Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd)

Trams are a fast and efficient way to get around picturesque Budapest, linking many shopping centres, cinemas, metro stations, train stations, museums, parks and sights. Budapest has more than 30 tram lines which you can recognise them by their bright-yellow colour.

You have to buy your ticket in advance and validate it on board at the start of your journey with either a red punch-machine or an orange automated machine depending on the age of the tram. Trams run from around 4.30 am until around 23.00 pm on weekdays but it is best to check the timetables at the stops or online before.

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For full information on the Budapest public transport tickets and passes click here!

Nyugati pályaudvarWestern railway station (Nyugati pályaudvar)

To determine the best route for you using public transport, use the BKV’s website,  (only in Hungarian) or this Budapest public transport route-planning site (English is available here). These both work best when you have the exact addresses for your proposed journey’s beginning and end.

The most important tram lines are:

1) Tram no. 2, a scenic ride along the Danube.

This tram runs along the Pest bank of the Danube (Duna), from Margaret Bridge (Margit híd) in the north to Lágymányosi Bridge (Lágymányosi hid) in the south. The journey on the No. 2 tram is as good as a sightseeing tour as it passes so may of the famous city sights. On the journey you will get great views of the Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája) and the National Theatre (Nemzeti Színház); Gellért Hill (Gellért hegy), hotel and baths; The Four Seasons Hotel and the Hungarian Parlament (Országház), not to mention the mighty Danube and the grand bridges that cross it.

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Széchenyi lánchíd or Chain Bridge

Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd)

2) Trams nos. 4 and 6, the busiest line in Europe and main transport artery of inner Budapest.

This tram connects most parts of inner Budapest as it follows its ring shaped route from Buda to Pest and back to Buda. It runs in a circle from the Moscow Square (Moszkva tér) metro station and stopping at the Mammut 1 and 2 shopping centres, the Margaret Bridge (Margit híd) suburban railway station, the southern tip of Margaret Island (Margit Sziget), The Western railway station (Nyugati pályaudvar), Nyugati metro and Westend City Shopping Centre, then Oktogon metro station where Andrássy avenue (Andrássy út) crosses the ring road, Blaha Lujza metro station, Ferenc körút metro station, Boráros square (Boráros tér) where several buses run as well as a suburban railway station and the number 2 tram. It then crosses Petőfi bridge (Petőfi híd) with the 6 ending at Móricz Zsigmond Circus (Móricz Zsigmond körtér), with the 4 terminating at Fehérvári street (Fehérvári út).

Click here for tram no. 4 stops and timetables!

Click here for tram no. 6 stops and timetables!

3) Tram no. 19, a trip along the Buda bank of the Danube.

Budapest Parlament (Országház)

Budapest Parlament (Országház)

This tram runs from the Kelenföld suburban railway station (Kelenföld pályaudvar), through the Móricz Zsigmond Circus (Móricz Zsigmond körtér), past the Gellért hotel and baths and up the Danube to the Batthyány square (Batthyány tér) metro station and suburban railway terminus. This useful route connects important transport stops on the Buda side of the city.

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4) Trams no. 47 and 49, two major lines connecting Pest with Buda crossing the Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd).

These trams head from the Deák Ferenc square (Deák Ferenc tér) and metro station in downtown Pest, passing Astoria metro station, Kálvin square (Kálvin tér) metro station, passing Fővám square (Fővám Tér) where the covered market is situated, before crossing the Liberty bridge (Szabadság Híd) into Buda and passing the Gellért hotel and baths, passing through Móricz Zsigmond Circus (Móricz Zsigmond körtér) where the 47 heads down through the 11th district to Budafok town hall square and the 49 goes to the Kelenföld suburban railway station (Kelenföld pályaudvar).

Click here for tram no. 47 stops and timetables!

Click here for tram no. 49 stops and timetables!

Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd)

Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd)

5) Tram 61, linking the Buda suburb of Hűvösvölgy with the transport hubs of Buda.

This tram runs from the suburb of Hűvösvölgy on the edge of Budapest in the second district, into Buda passing The Budagyöngye shopping centre, Moscow square (Moszkva tér) metro station (next to the Mammut shopping centres), the Southern railway station (Déli pályaudvar) and metro station, Mom Park shopping centre and terminating at Móricz Zsigmond Circus (Móricz Zsigmond körtér).

Click here for tram no. 61 stops and timetables!

I hope this information was useful, but if you have any questions just let me know in the comments below.

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