The Budapest Card is the official tourist pass offering free entry to more than 30 museums and attractions in the city, free entry to the thermal baths and the Lukács Baths and unlimited use of all public transport, such as the BKK bus, metro and tram.
Furthermore, the 72h Plus version of the card, in addition to the 100 services included in the Budapest Card, offers a miniBUD airport transfer, a Danube cruise, a funicular railway ride to Buda Castle, admission to Matthias Church and a typical Hungarian dessert, Molnár’s kürtőskalács.
The Budapest Card is the best way to get access to public transport and tickets to Budapest’s main attractions at a reduced price or even for free, if you want to buy it you can do so conveniently online by visiting Budapest Card booking page, otherwise discover all the benefits below.
The Budapest Card includes free entry to almost all of the city’s most important museums and discounts at many attractions and activities. It also allows unlimited use of city transport for as long as the card is valid. Specifically, here is what you get
There are many museums and attractions included in the Budapest Card, such as the Castle Museums (National Gallery and Historical Museum) or the beautiful Lukács Thermal Baths: see the full list below. Unfortunately, free admission to the Széchenyi Thermal Baths, one of the city’s most visited attractions, is not included.
Other attractions included in the Budapest Card
Guided tours in Buda and Pest start daily at 10 a.m. with a meeting point in district 5, Vàci Utca 31, in front of Kurtoskalacs in Molnár. The tour to Buda, on the other hand, starts at 2 p.m., at the Castle, from the Trinity statue. The tours last about two hours and are both in English.
In addition to these not insignificant advantages, there are a series of discounts of up to 50% at museums, restaurants, cafés, thermal baths and other services. The most interesting are those for St Stephen’s Basilica, the Great Synagogue, Danube cruises and so on.
Among the discounted activities are admissions to various thermal baths, such as a 20 per cent discount at the Széchenyi Baths, Gellért Baths, Rudas Baths and other establishments in the city. The Budapest Card also provides discounts for a number of restaurants and pubs throughout Budapest.
There are various types of Budapest Card, which differ from each other in terms of the duration of validity; the services included always remain the same. There is a first card that is valid for 24 hours from the moment of activation, and then there are cards valid for 48 hours, 72 hours, 96 hours and 120 hours.
For an even more complete experience, you can purchase the Budapest Card 72 Hours Plus, which also includes
As of 2023, a digital version of Budapest Card 72 is also available, called Budapest Card 72 e-XPLORER. Unlike the physical card, you will receive the e-card by email in PDF format and can use it from your smartphone and, in addition to the same benefits as the Budapest Card, it also includes
The Budapest Card can be valid for 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours, depending on the duration the price changes of course. The 72 Plus and 72 e-XPLORER versions cost more than the basic version.
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The Budapest Card can be purchased online at questo link or by filling in the form below and you can pick it up at the Budapest Info Point Városháza Park every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., or directly upon arrival at the airport, at the BKK Customer Service Centres in Budapest Airport Terminals 2A and 2B.
Once you have purchased the card you need to validate it by signing it, adding the date and time you wish to start using it. Simply show the Budapest Card at the ticket counters of the museums included in the programme in order to obtain free admission or a discount.
The innovative Budapest Pass from Tiqets is actually a combination ticket: with a single pass you buy admission to the Széchenyi Thermal Baths (and the Palinka Museum), and a ticket for a sightseeing cruise on the Danube. In addition, you can download an app with a Budapest tourist guide and get a 10% discount on tickets to other Budapest attractions on the Tiqets website.
The card is cheap if you only intend to visit the attractions included in the Pass and nothing else! Also remember that it does not include transport.