Budapest New Year Public Transport 2012 information is part of our Budapest New Year guide for those tourists who visit Budapest, Hungary for a New Year Break.
Budapest Public Transport New Year schedule
Budapest Public Transport company (BKV) has recently published the New Year’s Eve and Day schedules. Basically, Dec 31 will be easy to manage (Saturday schedule), but Jan 01 is less frequent (public holiday schedule).
Although there will be no fancy lit Budapest Christmas Streetcar on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, there will lots of traditional buses, trolleys, streetcars and metros of course. As Budapest winters are quite cold, bring some extra layers of clothes with you. While the metro cars and stations are heated, the bus, tram, trolley stops are just glass roofed booths, so you will need to get wrapped a bit more to wait 5-15 minutes for a ride.
The timetables will change on Dec 31. On New Year’s Eve Saturday timetables apply, which is quite good as it means approx. double waiting times for metros, buses, trams, etc. This is still convenient as Budapest public transport is very efficient (3/7 min waiting times) on an average weekday. On New Year’s Eve one may have to wait typically 5-10 min for metros and major trams and buses in the city center.
The following major public transport lines are the most heavily used in the city center and around downtown Budapest
Metros at Budapest New Year
M1, M2, M3: waiting time 6-8 min on NYE by daytime.
M1: as on Saturdays, on New Year’s Eve (December 31) the M1 yellow metro line cars will run from 4:52 am to 23:34 pm. M1 goes from Vorosmarty Square to Mexikoi Way, all along under Andrassy Avenue.
M2: as on Saturdays, on New Year’s Eve (December 31) the M2 red metro line cars will run from 4:33 am to 23:24 pm. M2 red metro line goes from Deli Train Station to Ors Vezer Square calling at major metro stations like Batthyany Square, Kossuth Square, Deak Sq, Blaha Square, Keleti Train Station.
M3: as on Saturdays, on New Year’s Eve (December 31) the M3 blue metro line cars will run from 4:29 am to 23:15 pm. M3 blue metro line goes from Kobanya Kispest metro station in the south of Budapest (close to the Budapest Airport) to Ujpest Center in the north of Budapest, calling at major metro stations like Kalvin Square, Ferencie Square, Deak Sq, Arany Janos Street, Nyugati Train Station, Lehel Square.
Trams at Budapest New Year
Major trams will run every 7-12 minutes on December 31 in Budapest on New Year’s Eve by daytime and every 12-20 min outside the peak hours (see details below). You will very likely take these trams in the city center and around it if you choose to travel by public transport in Budapest, like thousands of locals.
Trams 4, 6 on the big ring road of Budapest, or trams 47, 49 running from Deak Square to the Budapest Market Hall and over the river Danube, as well as Tram 2, the scenic ride along the river Danube will run according to the Saturday schedule, which means approx. every 7 minutes . 2A will not run on this day, but tram 2 will be just as fine (it has a longer route than 2A, going further into the south, down to the Budapest Palace of Arts, for instance). Further major trams like 50, 61, 18, 19 will run about every 6-20 minutes.
Tram 2: as on Saturdays, on New Year’s Eve (December 31) the Streetcar number 2 will run from 4:51 am to 23:58 pm, about every 7-15 minutes. Streetcar 2 goes from Jaszai Square (Margaret Bridge) to Kozvagohid terminal, parallel with the river Danube (yes, this is our land style Budapest river Danube cruise). Major tram stops include: Kossuth Square, Szechenyi Square (former Roosevelt Sq), Vigado Square, Marcius 15 Ter, Fovam Square (by the Budapest Great Market Hall)
Tram 4 / Tram 6: as on Saturdays, the Streetcar number 4 and 6 run almost the same route. On New Year’s Eve (December 31) Tram 4 will operate from 4:53 am to 23:23 pm, while Tram 6 will basically run nonstop (buses replace the tram cars at night), from 00:05 am to 23:55 pm, about every 7-10 minutes.Streetcar 4 goes from Szell Kalman Square (former Moszkva Ter, the hub of the Buda side) through the big ring road of the Pest side back to Ujbuda terminal (again on Buda) in a semi-circle. Streetcar 6 goes from Szell Kalman Square (former Moszkva Ter, the hub of the Buda side) through the big ring road of the Pest side back to the Buda side, past the Gellert Hotel and Gellert Baths, to Moricz Zsigmond Square.
Tram 47 / Tram 49: as on Saturdays, the Streetcar number 47 and 49 run on the same route for a good length. Early morning and late evening they run less frequently, every 20 min or so, while at daytime they run every 10 min. On New Year’s Eve (December 31) Tram 47 will operate from 4:55 am to 23:15 pm, and Tram 49 will run from 4:45 am to 23:45 pm (buses replace the tram cars at night), from 00:05 am to 23:55 pm.
Streetcar 4 goes from Szell Kalman Square (former Moszkva Ter, the hub of the Buda side) through the big ring road of the Pest side back to Ujbuda terminal (again on Buda) in a semi-circle. Streetcar 6 goes from Szell Kalman Square (former Moszkva Ter, the hub of the Buda side) through the big ring road of the Pest side back to the Buda side, past the Gellert Hotel and Gellert Baths, to Moricz Zsigmond Square.
Further streetcar routes: Tram 50, 61 will also run every 6-10 minutes on December 31, while Trams 18 and 19 will run every 15-20 minutes.
Buses at Budapest New Year
Buses 7, 173, and their express versions which do not stop at each bus stop, 7E, 173E are the most important buses you will use as part of your Budapest public transportation.
These buses stop at such major bus stops and public transport hubs in Budapest like Keleti Train Station, Blaha Lujza Square, Astoria Square, Ferenciek Square, through Elisabeth Bridge to Gellert Square (with the Gellert Bath and Hotel Gellert, the Rock Church, or the Citadel atop the Gellert Hill), on to Moricz Square.
Funicular Railway on Budapest New Year
The Funicular on the Buda Castle Hill will run according to its standard timetable: every day from 7:30 am to 10 pm, except for Mondays of odd weeks. That is, on Week 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. the Funicular does not go on Mondays. The Funicular cable cars run about every 5-10 min, and the ride is about 3-4 minutes with a nice panoramic view of the Pest side attractions and the river Danube. Please note that your Budapest card or Budapest travel pass does not include the ride on the Funicular of the Buda Palace. You will have to buy a separate ticket for the nostalgic cable ride.
Every second Monday the Funicular gets maintenance, so that is why the cars do not go on odd week Mondays.
Budapest Major Public Transport Routes
The vast majority of Budapest attractions can be easily reached via the above means of public transport.To boot, according to the official statement of the Budapest Public Transportation company, quote: “In general, we provide double frequency on the night service transport lines in Buda and the inner city” to make the New Year’s Eve Party crawlings more feasible, we assume.
BKV source: Public Transport on Sylvester Night (New Year’s Eve is called Szilveszter in Hungarian after St Sylvester)