Budapest Card: guide, review and comparison

The Budapest Card is a card valid in various formats that entitles you to a number of interesting benefits, free public transport and museum admissions.

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.

What is included in the Budapest Card

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

Attractions included in the Budapest Card

A room in the Hungarian National Gallery

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.

  • Hungarian National Gallery
  • Hungarian National Museum
  • Budapest Museum of Fine Arts
  • Castle Museum
  • Memento Park, Statue Museum
  • Robert Capa Centre for Contemporary Photography
  • House of Hungarian Photographers – Mai Manó Ház
  • Museum Ludwig – Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Aquincum Museum
  • Ferenc Hopp Museum of Oriental Arts
  • Vasarely Museum
  • Kiscelli Museum

Other attractions included in the Budapest Card

  • Free visit to Buda Tower
  • Free visit to the Pálvölgyi Caves
  • Free official castle bus
  • Free guided walking tours of Pest and Buda
  • Free admission to the Lukács Baths and swimming pool
  • Free ride on the Zugligeti chairlift

Free guided tours in Buda and Pest

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.

Discounted admission with the Budapest Card

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.

  • 50% discount for St Stephen’s Hall in Buda Castle
  • 25% discount on Legenda City Cruises
  • 25% discount for the Museum Hospital in the Rock and the Antiatomic Bunker
  • 20% discount for the Hop-On Hop-Off bus
  • 20% discount at Széchenyi Baths, Rudas Baths, Aquaworld Resort Budapest and Lupa Beach
  • 20% discount on door-to-door airport transfer service with miniBUD
  • 10% discount for the Budapest Great Synagogue
  • 10-20% discount at Molnár’s Kürtőskalács Restaurant, Halászbástya Étterem, Zsolnay Kávéház, Párisi Passage Restaurant, Café Astoria Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe

Types of Budapest Card

The card in 6 different denominations

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.

Budapest Card 72 Hours Plus

For an even more complete experience, you can purchase the Budapest Card 72 Hours Plus, which also includes

Budapest Card 72 e-XPLORER

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

How much does the Budapest Card cost

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.

24 hours48 hours72 hours96 hours120 hours72 Plus72 e-Xplorer
Adults and children 6+33 Euro49 Euro63 Euro77 Euro92 Euro96 Euro98 Euro

How to buy and activate the Budapest Card

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.

An alternative to the Budapest Card: the Tiqets Budapest Pass

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.