BKK Fact Sheet

Some 2,200 vehicles enter passenger service on a daily basis in Budapest, which are then boarded about 4.2 million times at 5,600 stops. Tram lines 4 and 6 having one of the highest service frequencies in Europe are used 330-350 thousand times on an average workday, which means that the full population of a big city in the Hungarian countryside rides the trams along the Grand Boulevard at least twice a day. 

BKK’s lines are used by more than 1.5 billion passengers annually. This number in itself demonstrates the immensity of the task required to operate the transport system of the capital city. We have collected a few data points to help you familiarise yourself with the network. The published data will be updated continuously. 


Passenger numbers:

40 000boarding passengers/workday on metro line M1 
210 000boarding passengers/workday on metro line M2
400 000boarding passengers/workday metro line M3
140 000boarding passengers/workday metro line M4
930 000passengers/day on tram network
1 210 000 passengers/day on bus network
180 000 passengers/day on troleybus network


Public transport vehicles operating in Budapest: 

1 200buses
75metro trainsets
2 260MOL Bubi public bicycles

How do we measure these data?

934 vehicles equipped with measuring instruments
827 cameras
740 loop detectors


Innovative data collection methods in numbers:

50 hours of traffic analysis from camera footage per month
1 200 zones used for traffic modelling in Budapest and the agglomeration with the help of the Unified Traffic Model
175 000 Waze congestion reports analysed per month on average



How much does the operation of public transport in Budapest cost?

The operation of the Budapest public transport system is an enormous task that requires huge amounts of money, currently 150-170 billion Hungarian Forints (HUF) per year, which more or less equals the planned 2020 budgets of the Hungarian cities of Miskolc (40 billion HUF), Nyíregyháza (61 billion HUF) and Szeged (78 billion) combined.

Only a fraction of the 150-170 billion HUF is covered by fare box revenues stemming from ticket sales, which amounted to circa 67.3 billion HUF in 2019, with a breakdown as follows: 

  • 18.9 million single tickets
  • 1.2 million tickets bought on the spot
  • some 500 thousand transfer tickets
  • 2.3 million books of 10 single tickets 
  • 4.5 million monthly and 15-day passes