Simultaneously with the reconstruction works carried out in the southern section between Kőbánya-Kispest and Népliget along M3, reconstruction works on the section of Budapest’s city centre will start in the spring of 2020: from 9 March 2020, the Ferenciek tere and Arany János utca metro stations will be closed. From the above-mentioned day, metroline M3 will continue to be in service between Újpest-Központ and Nagyvárad tér on workdays, however the Arany János and Ferenciek tere stops will be skipped. The surrounding areas of the two closed stations will remain accessible by surface lines running in the city centre more frequently, such as tram line 2 running more frequently than usual, lines running on Budapest’s Small Boulevard (Kiskörút) (tramlines 47,49 and bus line 9 and at weekends: trolleybus 72) and buses operating on Rákóczi út (bus lines 5,7, 8E, 108E,110, 112, 133E and 178). In relation to the closure of the Ferenciek tere metro station, BKK would recommend new travel directions, among others, metrolines M2 and M4 for passengers arriving from and travelling to the Buda side. In relation to the closure of the Arany János utca stop, routes of trolleybus lines 72 and 73 will be extended to Deák Ferenc tér.
The Ferenciek tere and Arany János utca stations will be skipped by metroline M3 from 9 March 2020, as by closing these two stations, the reconstruction works of the line section covering Budapest’s city centre along metroline M3 will start. As per BKK’s previously-published press release, the middle section of metroline M3 between Nagyvárad tér and Lehel tér will be expected to be fully closed in the autumn of 2020, only after the reconstruction works of the southern section between Kőbánya-Kispest and Népliget stations finished and the southern section will be served again. Until then, the Ferenciek tere and Arany János utca stations will remain closed.
Please find more information on the metro reconstruction works at the dedicated website of BKK and BKV. Traffic changes and maps are available at: www.bkk.hu/m3felujitas while there are project details, news and interesting facts at: www.m3felujitas.hu.
Transport of Ferenciek tere and its surrounding area
Ferenciek tere and its surrounding area will remain accessible by the fixed-rail surface public transport network, such as by tramline 2 running more frequently at the Danube embankment, by tramlines 47 and 49 running at Astoria and also by bus lines running quite frequently on the route of Kossuth Lajos utca–Erzsébet híd. Tramline 2 is accessible, by transferring at Március 15. tér from buses running on Hegyalja út, Attila út and in South Buda (Dél-Buda). For providing convenient services, the vehicle fleet of both tramlines running along the Small Boulevard (Kiskörút) and also of buses running on Rákóczi út are equipped with reserve vehicles, if required.
In relation to the closure of the Ferenciek tere metro station, BKK recommends that passengers travelling from/to the Buda side plan their trip in advance, by transferring at the Deák Ferenc tér, the Kálvin tér or at the Astoria transport hub to/from metroline M2 or M4 or to/from buses running on Rákóczi út.
The surrounding area of the closed station is available also by
- buses 15 and 115 from Kálvin tér;
- on foot from adjacent metro stations: a 6-8 minute-walk from Kálvin tér, a 4-5 minute-walk from Astoria and a 8-10 minute-walk from also Deák Ferenc tér and from Vörösmarty tér,
- bike through the traffic-calming Kecskeméti utca and Petőfi Sándor utca, where in both directions biking is safe;
- furthermore, MOL Bubi bike: docking stations are to be found both at Ferenciek tere and in the vicinity of adjacent stations. Information on the use of the public bike system that can be excellently combined with the other transport modes is to be found at hu.
Transport of Arany János utca and its surrounding area
Simultaneously with the closure of Arany János utca, already from 7 March 2020 (Saturday), routes of trolleybus lines 72 and 73 will be extended to Deák Ferenc tér, ensuring the accessibility of the surrounding area of the closed metro station both from the side of Deák Ferenc tér and also from the side of Nyugati pályaudvar. Environmental, off-wire trolleybuses will run between Arany János utca and Deák Ferenc tér .
The surrounding area of the closed station is available also by
- bus line 9 both from Deák Ferenc tér and Nyugati pályaudvar;
- on foot from adjacent metro stations: a 7-8 minute-walk from Deák Ferenc tér, a 11-13 minute-walk from Kossuth Lajos tér and from also Nyugati pályaudvar and a 5-minute walk from Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út;
- bike on the bike lane along Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út
- furthermore, MOL Bubi bike: docking stations are to be found both at Arany János utca and in the vicinity of adjacent stations. Information on the use of the public bike system that can be excellently combined with the other transport modes is to be found at hu.
No need to validate a new ticket
Passengers wishing to reach the surrounding area of the closed stations are entitled to use surface lines running between Kálvin tér and Nyugati pályaudvar as well as buses running between Astoria and Ferenciek tere in possession of tickets validated on the premises of the metro.
Transport schedules of metroline M3
Metroline M3 continues to run at weekends between Lehel tér and Újpest-Központ and stations skipped by the metro are replaced by buses. Please note that the replacement buses do not serve Ferenciek tere. Trolleybus 72 continues to run to Orczy tér.
For planning your trip, it is recommended to use the BKK FUTÁR app, which always offers the most optimal route for the accessibility of destinations, even during the closure of the Arany János utca and the Ferenciek tere stations, based on real-time vehicle data.
Reconstruction works of the middle section of metroline M3
The most difficult part of the metro reconstruction project is yet to come: the reconstruction of low-level stations pertaining to the middle section of the metroline (Nyugati pályaudvar–Semmelweis Klinikák). The section covering the city centre is the oldest-built section, which differs from the northern and southern sections both in terms of its structure and design.
Conclusion of the construction contract about the reconstruction works of the middle section of metroline M3 was preceded by a long negotiation process. In order the most complex tasks of the reconstruction works could be realised, the partners adopted a technical proposal, in the framework of which, reconstruction of two pairs of stations could start prior to the full closure of the middle section.
The reconstruction works pose increased burden on passengers’ transport as well as on the car traffic, thus we would like to kindly ask for the patience, understanding and cooperation of passengers travelling along this section for the expected inconveniences.