The trams in Budapest run frequently. They’re easy to spot because they’re bright yellow. They look like vintage streetcars and you’ll be riding with locals as well as tourists. They can get a bit packed during the rush hours around 8 AM and again around 5 PM. Most routes begin running at 4:30 AM and run until 11 PM- check BKK’s website before visiting to verify times.
If you bought the Travelcard, you can simply board the car when it arrives. You don’t need to validate your ticket. If you are using a single-use ticket, you’ll find validation machines on board the car. We noticed that many of the tram stops did NOT have a ticket purchase machine, so if you are wanting a single-use ticket, you’ll need to buy one before your trip.
Some of our favorite routes
We loved Tram 2 because it runs right along the Danube River. This is a great one to ride after dark, because Budapest is truly beautiful at night.
Another favorite route is Tram 4 and 6, which travels along the Grand Boulevard and crosses the river, stopping halfway across the bridge to connect you to Margaret Island.