According to 24.hu, you can already ride the traditional Advent light tram (Fényvillamos) since it started circulating yesterday. The more than 50 years old Ganz UV tram decorated with 39 thousand white and blue LED lights primarily circulates on tram line 2, but you can also catch it in other parts of the city 😉
At the celebratory launch of the light tram, Tibor Bolla, president-managing director of BKV Inc. (Budapest Transport Company), said that this is the 9th year that the special tram lights up Budapest during Advent, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
He emphasized that the operation of the three and a half kilometre long light string placed on the wagons costs no more than 100 forints/day (~EUR 0.3).
Kálmán Dabóczi, managing director of BKK Inc. (Centre for Budapest Transport), believes that the light tram forms an important part of the capital’s image and that it is a traditional attraction which aims to represent peace and understanding amidst stressful workdays.
This is why the company’s goal is to get the light tram to as many parts of the city as possible, so, among others, it will also circulate on the line of the metro 3 replacement tram.
The light tram operates between the 30th November and the 7th of January – except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve – on the line of tram 2, 14M, 19, 41, 42, 47, 49, 50, 56A, 59 and 69 from 5 pm till 7 pm. You can ride the tram with normal tickets. You can check the schedule on this link.
For that matter, Budapest is not the only Hungarian city which has a Christmassy tram: also keep an eye for the light trams of Debrecen, Miskolc and Szeged.
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