A majority of the local people use the bus for their daily travel. There are more than 200 routes, and the express buses with red number plates are the ones that serve the busiest routes of the city. The regular buses have black number plates and sometimes travel on the same routes as the express buses, but the express buses have fewer stops. There are buses operating in the Buda Hills as well. Budapest also has 34 night buses that run from 11:00 PM to 4:00 AM.
Taxis are preferred at night when there are limited public transport options. The taxi drivers try to hike up prices so it’s safest to book in advance (companies like Budataxi, Citytaxi, Főtaxi, etc.) or have your hotel book a taxi for you. Licenses taxis will be yellow and will have a meter.
There are several car rental agencies in Budapest, providing both self-driven and chauffeur-driven options. Some of the major ones are Sixt, Europcar, Kayak, Budget, etc. The excellent network of bike paths in the city, make it a great place for travelling on bike. Yellow Zebra Budapest, Budapest Bike and Bikebase are some of the bike rental agencies. There are scooter rental agencies like Retro Robogó as well.
The Subway or Metro is an efficient way to travel within the city. There are four lines – M1, M2, M3 and M4. This underground network connects the suburbs with railways stations, bus stands and centrally located sights. There are yellow streetcars and trolley buses that run across the city, connecting all the major stops.
HÉV also operates a suburban rail service (HÉV trains) in Budapest and to cities outside it. The ticket passes are valid only within the city limits. Tourists can try the Cogwheel railway, which is a tram-like railway with a historic charm.
Most of the city and the historic districts are great for walking. There are pedestrian sections in downtown Pest and the traffic is restricted on Castle Hill, so walking is the preferred way to get around these areas. The number of bikers and cycle lanes have grown in the recent years so cycling is also a great way to see the city of Budapest.
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