Information on public transport boats

Riverboats play an integral part of Budapest public transport on the section of the Danube within the city for short journeys and for linking the opposite banks of the river as well as for purposes of tourism.

BKK organises the service of four boat lines. Lines D11 and D12 operate on the route from Kopaszi gát pier in the south to Rómaifürdő pier in the north crossing the historical city centre, passing under seven bridges while offering spectacular views to the majority of touristically significant buildings. Boats give access to the Parliament, to the foot of Gellért Hill and the Castle Garden Bazaar (Várkert Bazár) and they also reach the cultural complex of Müpa Budapest (Palace of the Arts) and the National Theatre as well as the green-belts along the river including Margit Island, Óbuda Island and Római-part recreational areas.

River-crossing boat service D2 conveys passengers between centrally located Kossuth Lajos tér in Pest and Batthyány tér in Buda, while ferry service D14 operates to the south of the city centre, between Királyerdő on Csepel Island and Molnár-sziget in the Soroksár neighbourhood of Pest.

Schedule of operation

The boats operate based on three types of schedule in line with seasonal travel demand: spring-autumn, summer and winter. Furthermore, different types of timetables apply to workdays, weekends and public holidays. During the spring and summer, frequencies are higher and routes are longer while in late autumn and in winter, the boats sail on shorter sections with lower service frequency.

Please check the current timetables online or through the BKK FUTÁR journey planner or mobile app. Waterborne transport is subject to change due to changing water levels, navigational traffic etc.), therefore passengers are advised to check the situation before leaving.

Fares

Public transport boat lines D11 and D12; river-crossing service D2

Boat tickets are available in advance at BKK customer service centres, ticket offices and from BKK ticket vending machines (TVMs) or on the spot from the crew. Cash payment accepted in Hungarian Forint only.

Passengers can use the service any day with the single ticket for public transport boat (adults 750 HUF, children 550 HUF). Tickets are validated by the crew.

On workdays, the following types of travelcards and passes are also accepted:

  • Budapest-travelcards (24-hour, 72-hour, seven-day and 24-hour group versions of the travelcard)
  • Pupil group travelcard, event related ticket, event related ticket, combination ticket, 5/30 BKK 24-hour travelcard
  • Budapest-passes (all passes that contain “Budapest-pass”)

Budapest Cards are accepted for the public transport boat services on any day during the card’s validity period. Passengers who are eligible for free public transport can travel by boat for free on any day, while discounted passes (student, pensioner, parent with small child) entitle the holder to travel on workdays.

Bicycles and dogs can be taken on board. The bike requires a separate full-price boat ticket or on workdays the bicycle pass is accepted. Dogs require a separate full-price boat ticket or on workdays they can be transported in possession of a Budapest-travelcard, 5/30 BKK 24-hour travelcard or monthly dog pass.

Ferry service D14

Ferry tickets are available in advance at BKK customer service centres, ticket offices or on the spot from the crew. Cash payment accepted in Hungarian Forint only.

The service is available with either a full-price ferry ticket (170 HUF), a pupil ferry ticket (110 HUF) or a pensioner ferry ticket (110 HUF). In addition, the following types of travelcards and passes are accepted:

  • Budapest-travelcards (24-hour, 72-hour, seven-day and 24-hour group versions of the travelcard)
  • Pupil group travelcard, event related ticket, event related ticket, combination ticket, 5/30 BKK 24-hour travelcard
  • Budapest-passes (all passes that contain “Budapest-pass”)

Budapest Cards are accepted for the ferry service during the card’s validity period.

Passengers who are eligible for free local public transport can travel by ferry for free. Discounted passes (student, pensioner, parent with small child) are also valid for the ferry service.

Ferry tickets (along with travelcards, passes and Budapest Cards) entitle a single passenger to use the ferry. Bicycles, motorcycles (and in the same category: trailer, horse, quad), cars, trucks (lorries) or buses require dedicated ferry tickets.

Bicycles and dogs can be taken on board. The bike requires a separate ferry ticket or a bicycle pass. Dogs require a separate full-price ferry ticket, a Budapest-travelcard, 5/30 BKK 24-hour travelcard or monthly dog pass.

For more information on tickets and passes please go to this link; check out the sales points here.

Further information

Boats have closed inside spaces that can be heated as well as open passenger areas on board. As passenger capacity is limited, the crew will restrict access if more passengers wish to board than it is allowed.

Please do not step onto the passenger bridge before the boat has fully docked. Non-complying passengers are subject to a fine.

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