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Budapest, nicknamed the ‘City of Spas’, is Hungary’s largest city and its capital. This beautiful and picturesque city enchants anyone that visits and hence, has become one of Europe’s best cities to visit. With its rich heritage, incredible architecture, seductive skyline, mouth-watering food, countless thermal spas and electric nightlife, Budapest has a lot to offer to its visitors.

To make your visit even more enjoyable and convenient, let us introduce you to the Budapest Card. This all-in-one pass grants you unlimited access to public transportation, including buses, trams, and metro lines, allowing you to explore every corner of the city with ease. But that's not all – the Budapest Card also provides free entry to many of the city's top attractions, museums, and thermal baths, as well as discounts at various restaurants and entertainment venues. Prepare to immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of Budapest with the ultimate travel companion – the Budapest Card.

What Is The Budapest Card?


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The Budapest Card, in short, is a traveller’s dream. The Budapest Card offers visitors the most seamless and easy way of experiencing and uncovering everything the city has to offer. This pass is essentially a package of services and discounts for users in Budapest. By purchasing this pass, one can use the public transportation for free, get access and discounts on some of the most popular attraction in the city, avail two free walking tours and also get food and drinks at a cheaper price! Sounds less like a card and more like a wish-granting genie right?

Budapest Card - What's Included?


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Browse the complete list of Attractions, Museums, Tours and Discounts under the Budapest Card here

Budapest Card - Free Attractions & Museums Included 

Budapest Card - Free Transport, Tours & Other Attractions

Budapest Card Validity and Price


You have the option to choose from the 5 cards : 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, 96 hours and 120 hours. Depending on the variant you choose, the card remains valid for the said period. It is activated upon first use and remains valid for consequent hours.

  • 24 Hour Budapest Card - €33
  • 48 Hour Budapest Card - €49
  • 72 Hour Budapest Card - €63
  • 72 Hour Junior Budapest Card - €33
  • 96 Hour Budapest Card - €77
  • 120 Hour Budapest Card - €92

Budapest Card Cancellation Policy

The Budapest Card enjoys a super flexible cancellation policy and allows you to cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

5 Reasons why you should get the Budapest Card


#1. Incredible savings

The Budapest Card is essentially a key to the city. By offering free entry to a bunch of places and discounts on others, this card helps you save a lot of money. Without the pass you would have to individually purchase a ticket for each attraction, which would cost you way more than if you bought the pass. Also, this card allows you to use the public transportation for free, meaning that you save on unnecessary expenditure and can therefore spend your money on meaningful things.

Convenience

As mentioned earlier, planning a trip abroad takes a lot of energy and time, and can leave you drained. From figuring out what you want to do to purchasing tickets to planning dates, all this can get quite cumbersome and frankly quite annoying. A Card alleviates all these issues as they are valid for several days and are hence flexible. In the mood to go to a museum today? No problem. Want to visit the spa at night? Fret not, for your card is valid for all these attractions for a chosen number of days.

Ease of Transportation

One of the greatest advantages of the Card is that it gives you access to the public transportation system in Budapest (buses, trains, subways). You don’t have to worry about getting fleeced by a local taxi driver or waste your time waiting for an Uber. Just find out where you need to go and use the local transport at your disposal.

Pick and choose

With the Budapest Card, you are free to pick and choose the places you want to visit From the long list of attractions and iconic places, find out which ones pique your interest and only go for those.

Save Time

Another great advantage of this card is that it helps you save a lot of time on your trip. Without the card, you would be required to stand in line at the attractions and purchase your tickets from the counter. With this card, simply ignore these long lines and head straight for the entry gate! It may not seem like much of an advantage but during the tourist season, some of the lines to enter can go on forever and take forever to get through. Save yourself the trouble and the time and use the card.

Is the Budapest Card worth it?


To help you understand how beneficial this card exactly is, in terms of savings, you can go through the cost-benefit analysis shown below and see for yourself.

Cost of Top 10 Attractions in Budapest
Budapest History Museum :
€6.20
Hungarian National Gallery :
€10
Hungarian National Museum :
€7.60
Lukács Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool :
€11.50
Buda Castle Funicular :
€10.5
Memento Park :
€8.5
Ferenc Hopp Museum:
€5.20
Kunsthalle budapest :
€5.70
Vasarely Museum :
€6.25
Palvolgyi cave :
€4.50
Total
€75.95

The Budapest 72 Hour Variant costs €49 which translates to close to 20% savings! And this is counting the prices of only 10 attractions. The card offers way more to choose from along with free transportation, discounts on food and drinks as well as 2 free walking tours! This clearly shows that the Budapest Card helps save a ton of money while travelling and exploring the city.

How & Where To Buy The Budapest Card?


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You can purchase the Budapest Card on Headout and have the voucher in your email as soon as you complete the purchase. With this voucher, simply redeem the physical pass at any of the following locations:

  • Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, Terminal 2A
    Opening hours: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, Terminal 2B
    Opening hours: 10:00 AM –10:00 PM
  • Deák Ferenc Square, 1052 Budapest, Sütő u. 2
    Opening hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Ice Rink Building, 1146 Budapest, Olof Palme sétány 5
    Monday to Sunday : 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

You can also buy the Budapest Card offline, from any of the above mentioned pick up points or from the Budapest Tourism Office. However, buying the Card on ground does not allow you to score discounts, hence we strongly recommend purchasing it online.

How To Use The Budapest Card - The Activation Process


Once you have the physical Budapest Card with you, activating it is fairly simple. Turn the card and you will see white boxes on the back. The first three white boxes in the middle of the Budapest Card are the date & hour info boxes when you wish to start using your card and the last long box requires your signature. Note, they will not accept any errors or corrections made after the initial sign, so make sure that you won’t be making any changes afterwards.

Keep in mind while filling the details

  • To fill out the hour, only write rounded numbers. You will need to round backwards, so if you start using your Budapest Card at 9:30 AM , you will have to write 9 in the box, not 10, or 9:30.
  • Use the 24 hour clock timings (24 for midnight, 22 for 10PM), not AM or PM hours. Make sure NOT to write AM or PM in the hour box. It could be interpreted as cheating the system (e.g. adding pm to the 7 could result in getting an extra half day of using the Budapest Card by tricking the system)
  • Note that the order of the date is MONTH / DAY (as in the US), and not Day / Month (as in the UK).
  • Please do not strike ot correct anything on your Budapest Card as it makes the card invalid on the whole.
  • Use a blue ball point pen while filling in the details and allow the ink dry to avoid smudges

Handy Tips For Using The Budapest Card


• Before purchasing the pass, make a list of all the attractions and places you want to visit in Budapest. Once you have created the list, cross check with the list of places covered by the card and see whether majority of the attractions you want to visit are actually covered by the card. They most probably will be, but this exercise will help you get a better idea.

• You should definitely register your Budapest card online. This covers any potential loss or damage to the card during the validity of service. The online service to register your card is free and simple and these few minutes can go a long way in case of any unfortunate thefts or damage to your card.

• If you are purchasing any of the multiple day passes (2, 3, 4 or 5 days), try planning out your days in advance. Figure out which attractions are close to each other so you can visit each place with relative ease. We all know it’s no fun running through the attractions only to make it to the next one on time.

• Budapest is greatly connected by its public transportation system. Make sure you make good use of this as your pass gives you free access to buses, trains and subways.

• The Budapest Card is personalized and is not transferable, hence make sure you have one card per person for each family member.

• With the Budapest Card, you are allowed 4 hours of free access to the Koffer where you can safely store your luggage while you’re out and about doing your Budapest sightseeing. There are facilities for a shower printin facility ( should you need to bring your ticket, boarding pass etc). Moreover, the Koffer is within walking distance to the Okatagon Metro Station that connects you to the bus route (100E) that takes you back to Budapest International Airport. This feature of the Budapest Card comes handy for those who have a stopover in Budapest for a day or so and want to make the best of 24 hours in the city.

FAQs


What is the Budapest Card, and what does it offer?

The Budapest Card is a comprehensive city pass that provides visitors with unlimited access to public transportation, including buses, trams, and metro lines. Additionally, it grants free entry to numerous top attractions, museums, and thermal baths, along with exclusive discounts at restaurants and entertainment venues throughout Budapest.

How long is the Budapest Card valid for?

The Budapest Card is available in different durations, such as 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, 96 hours, and 120 hours. You can choose the card that best fits your travel plans.

Does the Budapest Card include airport transfers?

Yes, the Budapest Card includes unlimited use of public transportation, including buses and metro lines to and from Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, making it convenient for travelers arriving or departing.

Can I use the Budapest Card for multiple entries to the same attraction?

With the Budapest Card, you can enjoy free entry to each included attraction once during the validity period. Multiple entries to the same attraction are not permitted.

Are the thermal baths included in the Budapest Card open all year round?

Yes, the thermal baths included in the Budapest Card are open year-round. However, it's always a good idea to check the specific opening hours of each bath before planning your visit.

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