The popular MOL Bubi is a public transport service operated by The Budapest Transport Company (BKK), which offers a quick and eco-friendly travel option in urban transport with 24/7 availability. It has been relatively cheap since its launch in 2014 but will cost 100 percent more from 19 January. Below you may read the details.
According to index.hu, Budapest’s bike-sharing service will be much more expensive from next year, but BKK promises to offer more quality for the “extra money”. They wrote that they planned to extend the area of the service in 2023, would create new bike stations and put hundreds of new bikes in service. As a result, the number of pedals will double compared to last May, BKK said.
However, in return, customers will need to pay much more money for the service. The monthly pass will cost HUF 1,000 (EUR 2.5) instead of the current HUF 500 (EUR 1.25). The annual pass will be HUF 8,500 (EUR 21.2). Now it costs only HUF 5,000 (EUR 12.5). Moreover, the price of the pay-as-you-go option will also go up by 100 percent, from HUF 20 (EUR 0.050) per minute to HUF 40 (EUR 0.10). Thankfully, the first 30 minutes of each ride will remain free, provided you have a pass.
Having a pass goes with additional benefits. If you buy a monthly or annual pass, you may use two bikes, but you will have to pay a charge for the second one for every minute started. BKK aims to serve the needs of the residents of Budapest and tourists visiting the city. That is why they extended the bike-sharing system. In 2022, they put 500 new bikes made in Csepel, the 21st district of Budapest, into service. In October, for example, they inaugurated more than 200 modern bicycles. As a result, customers can use 2,060 bikes in Budapest.
Moreover, they were able to significantly increase their area of service. Momentarily, there are 178 bike stations, and that number is planned to rise next year. Last time, they created four new stations in the 6th district, Terézváros, a famous tourist hot spot thanks to the Heroes’ Square and the emblematic Andrássy Avenue, “Budapest’s Champs Élysées”. The service continuously breaks records. For instance, by mid-November, the number of customers has reached four million since the company’s 2021 May renewal.
How to use the new public bike-sharing service? Redesigned MOL Bubi is simple and easy to use. All you need to do is to download the MOL Bubi app to your phone, register, and then buy a pass or Pay As You Go access with a few clicks. In the app, you can also check the locations of the individual bike stations, and what is most important of all is that you can pick up the bikes by scanning the QR code found above the rear wheel. Once you have arrived at your destination, please always close the smart lock, as only then will the system detect that you have finished your ride, as the company writes on their official website.
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