Budapest’s public transport will change significantly between 24 December and 2 January because of the festivities. The Budapest Transport Company (BKK) listed everything you should know about the changes concerning almost every resident and tourist.
According to portfolio.hu, BKK will adapt its timetable to the changing needs of the commuters between 24 December and early January. Therefore, the last “regular” buses, trams, trolleybuses, etc., will depart between 3 and 3 pm on 24 December, when Hungarians celebrate Christmas Eve.
On 22 and 23 December, the school holiday timetable will be in effect. After 3-4 pm on Saturday, public transport will operate according to the night timetable. On 25 and 26 December, Budapest’s public transport will be in a festive service. Between the two main festivities, from 27 until 31 December, BKK will follow the school holiday timetable.
On New Year’s Eve, all buses will commute more frequently. Furthermore, metro lines M1, M2, M4 and M3 between Kőbánya-Kispest and Kálvin Square will operate all night just like tram lines 4 and 6 and the suburban railway HÉV connecting Gödöllő, Szigetszentmiklós, Ráckeve and Csepel with Budapest.
On 1 January, public transport will be on holiday and festive service. M3 metro line will operate between Kőbánya-Kispest – Kálvin Square and Újpes-központ – Göncz Árpád városközpont. Metro replacement buses will serve passengers between Kálvin Square and Göncz Árpád Városközpont (Árpád Göncz City Centre).
The Budapest Transport Company issued a statement that the average age of their vehicles decreased from 13,9 years to 10.8 years thanks to the new Mercedes-Benz buses they had bought earlier. Furthermore, they removed 50 outdated vehicles from the road. Therefore, the company operates only climatised and low-floor buses. They revealed though that the developments still had not met all the requirements. But the company expects further development after the reconstruction of the M3 metro line finishes next summer. As a result, no more replacement buses will be needed in that direction.