How to Reach Budapest
- Walking: Budapest is huge, but walking is probably the most appropriate way to meet the city. Many city attractions are easily approachable by foot. Lots of pedestrian zones make the city friendly to pedestrians. Those ladies with high heels, however, should be careful with walking on the downtown stone paved streets. If you are not sure where to head, you can join a range of organized free thematic walking tours, such as Communist walk or General walk.
- Cycling: Budapest has more than 100 miles of cycleways. However, most of the paths are part of the sidewalks and that makes them sometimes impassable, especially in busy areas of the city. For that reason, it would be good to avoid the downtown area and rather enjoy biking along the less crowded routes. Margaret Island with its greenery and fresh air makes an ideal destination for cycling, while more ambitious bikers will rather choose Buda Hill.
There are several bike rental companies and you can rent a bike for the hour or day.
- By Car: Because of heavy traffic and long-lasting traffic jams in the mornings and again in the afternoons, it is recommended to use public transportation instead of a car. If you decide to drive anyway, be aware of specific traffic regulation in some streets. For example, you might not be allowed to turn left on main city avenues, like Andrassy, Vaci or Rakoczy street.
- By Bus: The bus network the connects city centre with its suburban surroundings, as well as with several metro and train stations in town. Budapest has lots of bus lines with understandable numbering system. Regular routes are indicated by numbers below 299, and numbers above 900 indicate night services. If you want to reach suburban zones, take a bus with numbers between 800 and 899, but you will need special ticket for those, since regular city bus tickets are not valid on these lines. Arm yourself with recent timetables before setting out to explore Budapest
- By Metro: The city's underground network connects suburban zones with railway and bus stations, as well as with several hotels, city attractions and museum in the downtown area. The metro system consists of three lines and therefore it is simple and advisable for getting around, especially for tourists.
- By Tram: There are 25 tram lines across the city. Unlike the underground, trams will enable you to sightsee while getting from one place to another. Be careful with doors opening, because they open on different sides of the tram, depends on tram stop.
- By Train: Budapest has three main railway stations. Most of international railway traffic runs from the Kelveti Railway Station. A suburban railway connects central Budapest with suburban zones. For example, you can get to the beautiful village of Szentendre using this method of transportation.
- The city's 13 trolley-bus lines will take you through the Northeast and Central Pest district.
- A Boat runs along the Danube river usually five times a day, from May to September.
- Buda Castle funicular is quite expensive yet an interesting and real touristy way of getting from remarkable Chain Bridge to the Buda Castle.