Among the best public transport systems I've used; The Budapest Transport Company BKV operates under, and over-ground metro systems that are efficient, quick and frequent. Whilst hotels in the city centre can be extortionate (although there are many great cheaper hostels), the public transport system allows you to stay a little out of the hustle and bustle of the Danube, whilst only being a few minutes metro journey away. Read our guide to using this fantastic Metro system!
Not only does the fantastic public transport allow you to stay a little out of the centre whilst still remaining great links with all the tourist attractions, it also makes exploring the Hungarian capital alot easier. Whilst only visiting for 3 days, we were able to visit everywhere on our list, due to the great connections between attractions, and little wait time between trams.
Although the names may seem a little overwhelming often the maps within the metro stations point out the nearest sights, here are some examples of the metro stops for the main tourist sights:
Single ticket HUF 350
Single ticket bought on the spot HUF 450
Block of 10 tickets HUF 3 000
Budapest 24-hour travelcard HUF1 650
Budapest 24-hour group travelcard
(1-5 passengers traveling together) HUF 3 300
Budapest 72-hour travelcard HUF 4,150
Budapest 7-day travelcard HUF 4 950
If you are in the city longer than a day I really recommend the 72 hour travelcards, it's alot easier just showing the guards the travel cards when rushing to get on a metro rather than having to buy a ticket at the machine everytime and will save you SO much money. Another odd part of purchasing tickets at the station are the machines themselves, read the official BKK guide here: http://bkk.hu/automata/ it sounds stupid, but I kinda struggled myself...
The metros are so frequent that often you won't be ever waiting anymore than 10 minutes.
The first trams are around 4.30 am
The last are around 11.30 pm
The same goes for weekends however these are rough estimates, you can use This Website to view all the timetables and by clicking on a specific stop it will tell you the operating hours and tram frequencies.
I hope you found this useful, I loved my visit to Budapest and I really felt I got everything I wanted from this trip thanks to the brilliant public transport, I hope you have as much success as I did!