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Budapest

Hungary


Date of opening2 May 1896
Network length33 km (20.51 mi)
Stations42 (40*)
Lines3        Line history cityrailtransit.com
Stations per line14.00
Avg. station distance846 m (0.53 mi)
Avg. line length11.00 km (6.84 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 14 Sep 2008
System typeMetro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)827,000 (as of 2011)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)25,100 (15,600)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)0.95 EUR (as of 2009); honour system
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyThird rail, overhead wire (Line M1), 825 V, 600 V (Line M1)
Air-conditioned trains
Walk-through trains
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database




Official map
Source: pdf, © 2009 bkv.hu

Disclaimer: Maps are copyrighted. The previews on this page are for informational purposes only. Please respect copyright and always refer to original maps.

Transit mapsSystem map images
openbusmap.org/öpnvkarte.de
openptmap.org
tracker.geops.ch - moving trains
maps.google.com
images.google.com




Latest Openings

Mar 2014 – M4 line from Kelenföldi Railway Station to Eastern Railway Station. New line, 7.4 km, 10 stations.




Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:


Rating: 1 star – interesting!  Budapest

Hungary's capital boasts the first subway on the European continent. Line 1 (also known as 'Földalatti' or the Millennium Underground) was built in 1896 and added to Budapest's UNESCO World Heritage entry in 2002 [unesco.org]. Old stations have been beautifully restored and some of the modern stations on the other lines are also worth a look.

Photo [natureblink.com]: Hösök Tere station, built in 1896.




Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

Ride line M1 (the oldest line) and visit the two metro museums.




Metro Museums

metro museum Millennium Underground Museum. Exhibition about metro construction, its achievements, and future. Since 1975. Location: A disused tunnel section in the Deák Ferenc tér metro station.
Address: Budapest, Deák tér, metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): From 10:00 to 17:00 daily - except Mondays. Admission: 270 Ft.
Reference: bkv.hu (official website).

commuter rail museum Urban Public Transport Museum Szentendre. About Budapest public transport including the suburban railway. Since 1992.
Address: 2000 Szentendre, Dózsa György út (in a suburb of Budapest). In front of Volán bus station, to the left. At Szentendre suburban metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): From April to October between 10:00 and 17:00 daily, except Mondays. Admission: 270 Ft.
Reference: bkv.hu (official website).





Other Rail Transport in Budapest

HÉV (suburban railway)





Relationships with Other Metros

Warsaw Pact family
Members: Bucharest, Budapest, Prague, Sofia,
Characteristics: The same type of trains as in the Soviet family is used (or newer developments), stations unadorned.




Departure Procedure and Sounds

"[Dong-ding] Tessek vigyazni, az ajtok zarodnak" ("Please be careful, the doors are closing"), pre-recorded male voice (mp3 from metrobudapest.fw.hu). In refurbished trains there's a female voice: "[Dong-ding] Kerem vigyazzanak, az ajtok zarodnak" (meaning the same, mp3 from freeweb.hu).





Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

2003: Kontroll




Handpicked Resources

bkv.hu Official website




Generic Links for Budapest Metro

Wikipedia entry at wikipedia.org
Urbanrail.net entry at urbanrail.net
Railway Gazette search at railwaygazette.com
Discussion at skyscrapercity.com
System photos at Google Images
City information at wikipedia.org









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