TRAMS, TROLLEY BUSES, BUSES

TRAMS (Villamos)

The yellow trams still run on the main radial and riverside routes on both sides of the Danube, and also cross several of the bridges. An 100-Forint ticket is required which is validated by a punchmachine on board the tram. Times of first and last trams are posted at the stops.

TROLLEY BUSES (Trolibusz)

The trolley buses, which run on 13 routes, are a post-war addition to public transport in the capital. The first line started operating on Stalin's 70th birthday, which is why none of them bear a lower number than this. An 100-Forint ticket is again required. Times of first and last buses are posted at the stops.

BUSES (Autˇbusz)

The blue Budapest buses are frequent and fast. Busy routes have an express service, which means that the express bus travels the same route as the normal one, but cuts out the minor stops. It may be recognized by its red numbering. Normal buses are numbered in black. The super express buses travel without stopping between termini and may be recognized by red numbering followed by a red letter E. 100-Forint tickets are required for buses and are validated in the hand puncher on board. If you wish to alight at the next stop you should push the button above any of the doors (which will then light up). If no one is waiting at the stop and no one has signalled their intention to get off, the bus will pass by the stop.

NIGHT SERVICE (╔jszaka)

At tram and bus stops the night service is indicated by the letter `╔' after the relevant number. The frequency varies between about 20 minutes and a whole hour, and only the main routes are operated. Unless money is very tight a taxi is a vastly preferable means for getting home after 11 o'clock at night.

DAILY TICKETS

A general pass for all means of transport for a whole day is the most sensible solution for tourists. It costs very little compared to any western city.