Budapest's network of public transportation includes buses, trolleybuses, 3 metro-lines, trams and suburban trains. Basically everything can be reached by using public transportation. In general the buses, trolleybuses and trams operate between 4.30 am and 11 am. After these hours 'night-buses' can be used. Night-buses run very infrequently (the longest being every hour) but tend to follow the major metro and tram lines.
Commuter rail lines (HÉV)
The local suburban train (HÉV) can be used to travel out to Szentendre, Gödöllő and Ráckeve. (Popular half-day trip areas near Budapest)
Metro system (Subway)
There are three metro lines in Budapest (a fourth line is under construction). The 3 metro lines intersect at Deák Square (Deák tér) in the center of town. Metros run at 2-15 minute intervals from 4.30 am to 11.10 pm.
Taxis have the word 'TAXI' written on them, and have yellow registration plates. The price charged depends on a flat fee plus the distance traveled and (if appropiate) a waiting fee. Tip about 10 percent. Taxis are cheaper if you call ahead than hailing one on the street. All major companies should have English-speaking operators. You will need to give your name and the address or approximate location to be picked up. Major taxi companies: . Rádió Taxi: (+361)777-7777 . City Taxi: (+361)211-1111
There are 3 major train stations in Budapest, (operating international trains too.) They are called 'Déli Pályaudvar' (Southern train station), 'Nyugati Pályaudvar' (Western train station) and 'Keleti Pályaudvar' (Eastern train station). 'Keleti' is 5 minutes away from the BSM campus.
There are many trams in Budapest but for most people the 4 and 6 trams (often called the 4-6 tram) will be all you need. The 4-6 is very useful in that it travels right through the heart of Budapest and almost never has ticket inspectors on board.
Tickets have to be bought before boarding. (270 HUF) They are available at metro stations, news kiosks, and from vending machines at the stations in the center. A new ticket has to be validated (in the small orange box situated near the doors of buses, trams, trolleybuses and before the escalators at metro stations) at the beginning of each ride. Monthly passes are also available at the metro stations. They are very useful if you wish to use the public transportation a lot. One 30-day-pass is 8250 HUF now, and is valid for any kind of public transportation (not taxis!). Instead of a monthly pass, a 30-day student pass can be purchased for only 3250 HUF. Unfortunately it is still somewhat ambiguous as to whether or not non-EU students are allowed to use these passes. Regardless, most ticket salesmen will sell you a student pass without checking ID and few ticket inspectors will bother to closely inspect your pass. Warning! There are lots of ticket inspectors: some are uniformed and others plain-clothed, but they always wear a blue armband and have a photo ID badge. They can ask to see tickets and passes on any vehicle and anywhere on the underground system.