The first metro line (see the full yellow M1 metro line below on our map), the so called Millennial Underground, or number 1 (M1) metro line, is today’s yellow metro line running all the way under the picturesque Andrassy Avenue, now part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
M1 Yellow Metro Line – Budapest
The yellow metro line starts from Vorosmarty square (near Deak square), goes along under Andrassy Avenue, up till the Heroes’ square and then onwards under the Budapest City Park to Mexikoi road. The M1 metro stations are nostalgic in their design.
From a traveller’s point of view, the most important metro stations are as follows:
- Vorosmarty square: a beautiful square 2 min from the river Danube. The square is surrounded by 19th century historical buildings and is the main entrance of the Vaci utca shopping street with loads of shops. Vorosmarty square is a frequent location of various cultural events, festivals and fairs, including the famous Budapest Christmas Market.
- Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut: a few steps from the biggest cathedral of Budapest, the St Stephen’s Basilica.
- Opera metro station: the Hungarian Opera House is a fascinating 19th century neo-renaissance building, inspired by the design of the opera house in Vienna. Top voted by many Budapest tourists for its beauty, the excellent performances (opera and ballet) and great value for money. This is the metro station your need for the nearby Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre too.
- Oktogon square station: a 2 minute walk from Liszt Ferenc square, one of the ‘restaurant quarters’ of Budapest, close to the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. The shape of the square is octogonal, hence the name. The square is also close to the Nyugati Train Station (designed by the Eiffel engineering office in Paris, M3 metro station), approx. 5 min walk on the Grand Boulevard.
- Vorosmarty street (another Vorosmarty, but this time not the square, but the street): this is the metro stop for the House of Terror Museum and the National Puppet Theatre
- Heroes’ square (Hosok tere): the rich fine art collections (mostly European) of the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, the Hall of Art or Kunsthalle (Mucsarnok), the City Park (with a big artificial ice rink) and the Vajdahunyad Castle are all easily available from Hősök tere – Heroes square
- Szechenyi Bath: the pampering spa complex and number 1 thermal bath in Budapest is Szechenyi Spa Bath (Szechenyi Furdo) is right at the M1 metro stop, and you can take a short walk to the Art Nouveau Budapest Zoo, the Amusement Park, and the Budapest City Park (an additional option is the 5-10 min walk to the Museum of Transport)