Best Public Transport for Sightseeing in Budapest

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You may have been to cities where the best option for sightseeing was a taxi, tuk-tuk or a hop-on-hop-off service. Lucky for you, Budapest boasts one of the best public transportation network in Europe (and the world). Moreover, it’s relatively cheap. And the best thing is, there are some public transport lines that offer a truly fabulous sightseeing experience – just by looking out the window.


Let me recommend a few lines that are really worth buying one of those daily tourist tickets.


Tram 2


Between Közvágóhíd and Jászai Mari tér stations, tram 2 transports packs of people each day on the bank of the Danube on the Pest side of the city, establishing connections between several metro, bus and other tram lines.


Northbound, the first stop is MüPa and the National Theatre, the former famous for concerts, dance performances and a contemporary art museum, also a wonderful piece of contemporary architecture. The surrounding area is mostly built in with office buildings but a lookout tower next to the Theatre offers a great view of the Buda side of the city on the riverbank.


The next exciting place is Boráros tér, from where hidden gems of pubs, museums and cult theatres of the ninth district are available within walking distance. Then stay onboard for a while and get off at Fővám tér for the most spectacular market hall, Nagyvásárcsarnok and this is also where the promenade Váci utca begins.


For a few stops now, the city center of the Pest side is easy to reach and the promenade on the bank of the Danube is an attraction of its own right. Then, Kossuth tér and Országház Látogatóközpont (Parliament, visitor centre) are a must-get-off to see the largest standalone parliament in Europe after the British one. The last stop is Jászai Mari tér, from where a short walk would take you to Margitsziget or down Falk Miksa utca, a lovely street full of art galleries and antique shops.


Ship D11


Between Kopaszi-gát – BudaPart and Újpest, Árpád út there’s a pretty slow but lovely little ship line that offers a great view of Budapest’s two riversides. The full tour takes time and there’s no guide but it is definitely worth the price. Kopaszi-gát itself is a fun place to be especially when it’s warm. The park is alway beautifully trimmed and the variety of restaurants is also great at the bay.


Northbound, the first stop is Müpa and the National Theatre, which I’ve already mentioned above with Tram 2. Then, on the Buda side Egyetemváros – A38 is one great location. Pontoon A38 is one of the greatest music bars in Europe and the restaurant onboard is worth a visit, not only for the nice view.


Szent Gellért tér, also in Buda is the gateway to the artsy part of the 11th district, Bartók Béla boulevard. Cafés and art galleries are just a minute away from this stop, as well as Gellért hill and the church-on-the-rock, or Sziklatemplom.


As the ship zigzags its way up the river, it’s worth hopping out on the Buda side once again on Batthyány square for the greatest view and photo option of the Parliament, and for good coffee at the market hall.


Tram 19


On the Buda side there’s another tram line worth mentioning and travelling on for at least a few stops. Between Kelenföld train station and Bécsi út / Vörösvári út this tram goes a long way to transport passengers. Some of its stops that may be an idea to get off are Rudas Gyógyfürdő, a thermal bath you can read further about in our bath post {link}. The next stop here is Várkert Bazár, a recently renewed landmark building in the hillside leading up to the Buda Castle. The iconic events hall is beautiful on the outside and a lot of programs are on all year round.


Clark Ádám square is a busy spot for tourists since the cogwheel Budavári Sikló takes people up the castle from here, while a nice walk on Lánchíd across to Pest is also a good idea. The stop Bem József square would be a choice for those who are hungry for nice riverside restaurants offer great view and food.


Another stop later on, Szent Lukács Gyógyfürdő is another spectacular thermal bath to try, while Kolosy tér up further north is a good starting point for excursions up the Buda Hills, with buses to catch to climb the hills or get to the caves Szemlő-hegyi or Pál-völgyi.