Mobile ticket - Get your Budapest-pass online; don’t waste your time queuing up

Passes - similarly to travelcards - require no validation after purchase. However, as you get on a bus that must be boarded through the front door or when entering a metro station, please scan the displayed QR code with your smart phone and show the appearing animation to your driver or to control staff. At metro stations, you can also use the “Metro stations” button to activate the animation instead of scanning the code, provided your app has that function. In addition to the traditional code scanning, with BudapestGO you can validate your ticket or pass in one step, without opening the app. In this case, the validation will be successful if you hold your phone 1-3 cm away from the NFC-sticker, so that the animated image appears immediately. An active mobile data connection is required for purchasing, using and verifying the validity of mobile tickets.

After clicking, you will be transferred to the website of the National Mobile Payment Plc. (NM Zrt.), from where you can download the application of your choice.

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A mobile ticket

Transport mobile ticket fare products

 

Monthly and 15-day passes

Monthly Budapest-pass

15-day Budapest-pass

Monthly Budapest-pass for students

Monthly Budapest-pass for pupils

Monthly Budapest-pass for pensioners

Monthly Budapest-pass parents with small children

15-day Budapest-pass for pupils

 

Passes for multiple months

Discounted annual Budapest-pass*

Quarterly Budapest-pass*

Discounted annual BP-pass for students*

Discounted annual BP-pass for pupils*

Discounted annual BP-pass for pensioners*

Quarterly Budapest-pass for students

Quarterly Budapest-pass for pupils

Quarterly Budapest-pass for pensioners

Semester Budapest-pass for students*

Semester Budapest-pass for pupils*

 

Travelcards

24-hour Budapest- travelcard

72-hour Budapest- travelcard

 

Monthly and 15-day passes (business)

Monthly Budapest-pass (business)

Monthly Budapest-pass (business)

 

Passes for multiple months (business)

Discounted annual Budapest-pass (business)

Quarterly Budapest-pass (business)

 

Tickets for one ride

Single ticket

Airport shuttle bus single ticket

30-minute ticket

90-minute ticket

 

Budapest metropolitan area tickets and passes**

Metropolitan area ticket

Metropolitan area ticket (50% price discount)

Metropolitan area ticket (90% price discount)

Metropolitan area pass (5 km)

Metropolitan area pass (5 km) with 90% price reduction

Metropolitan area pass (10 km)

Metropolitan area pass (10 km) with 90% price reduction

South Buda zone pass

South Buda zone pass with 90% price reduction

Metropolitan local area pass

Metropolitan local area pass for students

Metropolitan local area pass for pensioners

 

*In the Telenor Wallet app, transport mobile tickets with a price above 15,000 HUF are not available.

**Valid for suburban buses (lines 1-99, 101-299, 900-999 that cross the administrative boundary of Budapest or only operate outside Budapest) in the municipalities of Budakeszi, Budaörs, Diósd, Gyál, Nagykovácsi, Pécel, Solymár, Szigetszentmiklós and Törökbálint

 

How to buy and use your mobile ticket in the mobile app

The mobile ticket is a Budapest public transport ticket or pass purchasable through a mobile application. An app installed on your smartphone and a live mobile data connection are required for use.

The travelcards and passes purchased as a mobile ticket with a mobile phone can be used for travel in the same way as paper based travelcards and passes, but a major difference is that while paper tickets must be shown to the driver upon boarding through the front door (on services with that boarding policy), or to access guards at metro stations, in the case of mobile tickets the validation codes must be scanned using a smart phone and the appearing animation must be shown to the driver or access guard. If you use the BudapestGO app, you can validate your ticket in just one step, without opening the app. Simply hold your phone up to the NFC-sticker and show the moving image to the driver or access control staff.

The airport shuttlebus ticket requires validation: the paper version needs to be stamped with a validating machine, while the displayed validation code needs to be scanned for the mobile ticket. The journey must not be started without validating the airport shuttlebus ticket.

Find out more by clicking on the arrows in the pictures.

 

1. Download the app required for buying the mobile ticket
Download the app required for buying the mobile ticket

If you have not yet installed an app on your smart phone for purchasing mobile tickets, please  click here to access the selection of apps. Select and download the most suitable one. 

 

2. Registration

Registration

If the app of your choice requires registration for use,  please provide the requested data and register.

 

3. For purchase, select the mobile ticket that is most suitable for you and provide the required data
For purchase, select the mobile ticket that is most suitable for you and provide the required data

To do this, please log into the app,  then select the ticket type and  provide the required data. After successful payment, the purchased mobile ticket becomes available for use.

 

4. On airport shuttlebus 100E scan the displayed code to validate your ticket
On airport shuttlebus 100E scan the displayed code to validate your ticket

Before you get on bus 100E, log in to the app and select the already purchased shuttlebus ticket. Please touch the button required for validation and scan the displayed code by using the activated camera of your phone. A live mobile data connection is needed for doing this.

After the code has been successfully scanned, you need to present the appearing animated symbol to your driver or to the staff carrying out ticket inspection. You must not start your journey without validating your ticket.

When using the BudapestGO app, you don't need to open the app, just hold your phone 1-3 cm away from the sticker and your airport shuttlebus single ticket is validated. If you have previously purchased a single ticket in addition to the airport ticket, a product selector will pop up after scanning the code and you can select the airport ticket then. An animated image will appear confirming validation: show this to your driver or access control staff. You can read more about one-step validation here.

 

5. On services where boarding must be done through the front door, scan the code and show the animation to your driver to check validity

On services where boarding must be done through the front door, scan the code and show the animation to your driver to check validity

Upon boarding, log in to the app and select the ticket or pass for the given line. Please touch "Scan code for ride" then scan the validation code. A live mobile data connection is needed for doing this.

After the code has been successfully scanned, you need to present the animated symbol appearing in the app to your driver as this proves that your mobile ticket is valid.

If you are using BudapestGO, you do not need to open the app, just hold your phone 1-3 cm away from the sticker. Validation is confirmed by the animated image that appears, please present this to the driver. You can read more about one-step validation here.

 

6. On the metro network, please scan the displayed code or use the “Metro stations” button before entering the territory of the station and show the animation to control staff on duty.

On the metro network, please scan the displayed code or use the “Metro stations” button before entering the territory of the station and show the animation to control staff on duty

Before you enter a metro station, select your already valid ticket or pass. Then touch “Scan code for ride” and scan the code placed  on the front or the side of the ticket validating machine. You can also use the “Metro stations” button if your app has that function. Click on the button, then select the name of the metro station. The animated symbol appearing in the app needs to be shown to the control staff. Please note that a live mobile data connection is required for scanning the code.

If you are using BudapestGO, you do not need to open the app, just hold your phone 1-3 cm away from the sticker. Validation is confirmed by the animated image that appears, please present this to access control staff on duty at metro stations. You can read more about one-step validation here.

BKK Centre for Budapest Transport aims to make ticket purchase simpler, more convenient and quicker through the introduction of the mobile ticket. Please try this new sales channel and send your feedback to [email protected] so we can learn from your experience. Thank you in advance.

 

Frequently asked questions

 

General Questions

What is the mobile ticket?
The public transport mobile ticket is a travel entitlement available for purchase through mobile applications offered by different contracted distributors. Direct services related to the apps are offered by the respective distributors, while the transport service accessible with a valid mobile ticket is offered by BKK Zrt.

What are the technical requirements for using the mobile ticket?
Passengers need a smart phone with an Android or iOS operating system to download the app from Google Play, App Store or AppGallery. It is important to have a working camera, as it is required for using the app, so is an active mobile internet connection during your journey. Please turn to the operator of your app if you need more information.

How can I pay?
Payment modes might vary depending on the app offered by the different providers. For more information, please turn to your app provider.

Can I request an invoice to be issued to a private person only or to a business (employer) as well?
Both are possible, but please be aware that no invoice can be issued to a business for student or pensioner passes.

How do I get the invoice?
The mobile ticket is available from different apps whose invoicing processes might vary (e.g. some providers issue invoices by day 10 of the month  following the reference month, while others might do so immediately after purchase). Please turn to your app operator with any questions regarding invoicing.

What to do if I get a new phone or if the app gets reinstalled?As the purchased mobile tickets are linked to the mobile phone with which the purchase was made, the mobile tickets become inactive and cannot be used for travel in case a different phone is used, or if the app is reinstalled (or in case the phone settings change in a similar way). Linking a limited number of non-validated airport shuttlebus tickets as well as travelcards and passes to a new phone is possible in the app. Please note that transferring mobile tickets to a different user account is not possible. If ticket transfer within the app is no longer possible, please visit any BKK customer service center

I would like to start using a different app. Can I transfer the already purchased mobile tickets to the new app?
No. There is no interoperability between the different apps, thus the purchased mobile tickets can be used only in the app in which the purchase was made.

My ID number has changed. What should I do?
If the validity of your travelcard or pass has already started before the ID number change, please visit any BKK customer service centre to present your new ID and an agent will take care of the modification. If validity has not started yet before the ID number change, please get a refund for your current travelcard or pass in the app and buy a new one by providing your new ID number.

Where can I give feedback about the mobile ticket or report errors?

Please use the following contact options for general feedback or questions:

Regarding technical issues (such as the operation of the app, registration, payment process, invoicing etc.), customers are advised to use the contact details shown within the app.

 

Registration

Is registration required in all cases?
Yes, mobile ticket users need to register. If you already have registered to the app you wish to use, you do not need to register again. You register with the operator of your app not with BKK Zrt.

Where is the app available for download?
After clicking on DOWNLOAD APP, you will be transferred to the website of the National Mobile Payment Plc. (NM Zrt.), from where you can download the application of your choice including those offered by providers.

I have not received the confirmation e-mail for my registration / I have provided the wrong e-mail address. What shall I do?
Please turn to your app provider with any registration related issues, as BKK Zrt. has no competence to deal with them.

How can I delete my registration?
Please contact your app provider, as BKK Zrt. has no competence to deal with registration related issues, such as cancelling registrations.

 

Ticket control

What do I need to present to the driver on bus 100E/front-door boarding services and to access control staff at metro stations?
Please select the purchased travelcard or pass, then scan the displayed validation code and show the animated symbol to the driver/control staff. You can find more details on travelling with a mobile ticket under Travelling, while on the conditions for one-step validation here.

How are mobile tickets checked? What do I need to present to the inspector?
If inspectors are controlling tickets during your journey, please present the ticket code linked to the valid travelcard or pass to be checked by the inspector using a hand-held device.

I have a valid mobile ticket, but could not present it during control. Can I present it subsequently, after having been fined?
Only if your mobile ticket is a pass or travelcard. You can present it within five workdays after fining at designated BKK Customer Service Centres. You need to present the penalty-fare payment mandate (“yellow cheque”) along with the mobile ticket valid at the time of inspection and the matching photo ID.

Purchase process

How do I buy a mobile ticket?
Select the suitable ticket or pass type in the app, and then provide the required data (validity period, photo ID type and number, quantity). After that, you can pay for the selected product(s). If you opt for paying by bankcard, you will need to enter your bankcard data on the bank’s secure payment page. An active mobile data connection is required for the purchase process. 

Is the price of the mobile ticket different from that of paper-based tickets, travelcards and passes?
The price of Budapest-tickets, -travelcards and -passes and metropolitan area passes is the same on paper and in the form of mobile tickets, while metropolitan area tickets can be purchased digitally as a mobile ticket with a 5% discount.

Where can I find the purchased item?
After successful payment, the purchased item will appear under the “not yet valid” category, from where it will be automatically relocated to the “valid” folder at the start of the validity period (but two minutes after purchase at the earliest).

Can I buy tickets, travelcards and passes for other passengers?
Yes, you can buy several airport shuttle bus single tickets (100E), travelcards and passes for other passengers travelling with you, but the airport shuttle tickets must be validated for travel one by one, while the passes and travelcards need to be presented when boarding through the front door or at metro station entrances after scanning the displayed code one by one for each.  The same needs to be done if inspection is carried out during your journey. Therefore, the above solution is recommended only if there is a technical issue preventing the other passengers from buying their own mobile tickets, but the passengers travel together. If the passengers intend to travel separately as well, then they need to buy their mobile tickets using their own smartphones.
Considering the above, we recommend for faster service that each passenger use his or her user account on their own mobile device for buying and using their mobile ticket or pass.

Can the mobile ticket be purchased in advance?
Yes. The mobile travelcards and passes can be purchased up to 30 days before the start of their respective validity periods.

Can I get a refund for my unused mobile ticket?
Yes. There is a possibility in the application to get a refund for unused and non-validated airport shuttle bus single tickets (100E), single tickets, 30-minute tickets, 90-minute tickets, metropolitan area tickets and also travelcards and passes, but the latter two only before the start of their validity. Please note that the Discounted annual Budapest-pass is not refundable, not even before the start of validity.

Can I replace my mobile ticket?
No, but you can get a refund in the app for unused and non-validated tickets.

Some types of passes do not appear among purchasable items at all. Why is that?
Please check if you have logged into the correct user account. In some applications, student and pensioner passes are not purchasable in business accounts, therefore those types of pass will not be shown at all.

What shall I do if my bank sends a notification about the amount charged, but the purchased item does not appear in the app?
Please check first among “not yet valid” items in the app. The amount of your purchase is at first only blocked in your bank account (you will be sent a notification about this at the time of purchase), your bank will book the charge after verifying that the transaction has been successful. If the purchased item does not appear among “not yet valid” ones, the blocked amount will probably be released. Please contact your bank concerning this.

Travelling

Can I use the mobile ticket immediately after purchase?
The mobile travelcards and passes can be used for travel two minutes after successful payment at the earliest.

Do I need to validate my mobile ticket each time I travel?
The airport shuttle bus single ticket (100E), single ticket, 30-minute ticket and 90-minute ticket and the metropolitan area ticket must be validated before each separate ride, which means that travel must not be started without validation. Travelcards and passes require no validation, just like in the case of their paper-based counterparts. However, on the metro network and on lines where boarding is through the front door, you must verify the validity of your travelcard or pass (see above, under Ticket Inspection).

How do I board airport shuttle bus 100E?
Before you get on the bus, log into the app and select the already purchased ticket, then click the validation button and scan the displayed validation code. After successful scanning, you must present the animated symbol appearing in the app to the driver or staff member. If you are using BudapestGO, you do not need to open the app, just hold your phone 1-3 cm away from the sticker. Validation is confirmed by the animated image that appears, please present this to access control staff on duty at metro stations. You can read more about one-step validation here.

How do I board services where boarding must be done through the front door?
Upon boarding, log in to the app and select the travelcard or pass. Please touch ‘’Scan code for ride” then scan the validation code. After the code has been successfully scanned, you need to present the appearing animated symbol to your driver.
Please consult the timetables on the BKK website or at the stop to see to which service the front-door boarding policy applies.
And for occasional tickets, you need to validate your ticket by scanning the displayed code before you travel (30-minute ticket and 90-minute ticket are required to be validated before you start your trip and also each time when transferring to a new line).
With BudapestGO, you can validate your ticket in one step without opening the app, just hold the app 1-3 cm away from the sticker and show the driver the animation that appears. For more information, click here.

How do I travel on the metro network?
Access control is carried out at the entry points of stations. If control staff are on duty, please select your already valid travelcard or pass as you enter the territory of the station. Then touch “Scan code for ride” and scan the code displayed on the front or the side of the ticket validating machines. After the code has been scanned successfully, the animated symbol appearing in the app needs to be shown to the control staff. 

If your mobile app has a “Metro stations” button, please select your purchased and already valid travelcard or pass, click on “Metro stations” and select the station from the list to get quick access to the metro. After successful selection, the immediately appearing animation needs to be shown to control staff, in which case there is no need to scan the validation code.

If there is control as you exit the station, please present the code linked to your valid ticket or pass.

And for occasional tickets, you need to validate your ticket by scanning the displayed code before you travel (30-minute ticket and 90-minute ticket are required to be validated before you start your trip and also each time when transferring to a new line).

You can validate your ticket in one step: you will need BudapestGO to do this. Without opening the app, hold your smartphone 1-3 cm away from the NFC-sticker and show the appearing animation to access control staff. For more information, click here.

How do I travel on the suburban railway and tram network and on buses and trolleybuses where boarding is possible through all doors?
In the same way as with regular paper-based travelcards and passes, therefore you do not need to scan the validation code as you get on.

If inspectors are controlling tickets during your journey, select your valid ticket in the app and show the matching ticket code to the inspector.

And for occasional tickets, you need to validate your ticket by scanning the displayed code before you travel (30-minute ticket and 90-minute ticket are required to be validated before you start your trip and also each time when transferring to a new line).

You can validate your ticket in one step with BudapestGO. Without opening the app, hold your smartphone 1-3 cm away from the NFC sticker and show the displayed animation to the access control staff. You can read more about one-step validation here.

How do I travel on MÁV-START trains or VOLÁNBUSZ buses? What do I need to do during control?
On MÁV-START and VOLÁNBUSZ services where BKK-tickets and -passes are accepted within Budapest, mobile tickets, travelcards and passes are also valid for travel. When boarding a VOLÁNBUSZ-service, please tap on Scan for Ride and scan the displayed code, then show the appearing animation to the driver. On MÁV-START trains, scan the code on the inspector’s device and show the appearing image.

What happens if I have a valid mobile ticket, but my mobile phone’s battery has gone dead or I have no mobile data connection?
Please make sure that your phone is adequately charged and you are connected to the internet, otherwise you will not be able to present your mobile ticket and the driver or staff will prevent you from boarding, or ticket inspectors may issue you a penalty fare.

The app displays the following error message: "The selected ticket is not valid on this line." What is the reason behind it, and what to do in such cases?
Such an error message is displayed if you wish to use a ticket that is not valid for the given line, for example:

  • if you wish to use the metro services in possession of the Airport shuttle bus single ticket, as that ticket type is valid only for bus line 100E.
  • if you wish to ride airport shuttlebus 100E in possession of a daily travelcard or a pass, as those are not valid for the shuttle service.
  • If you see the error message above, please double check to see if you have selected the appropriate ticket.

The app displays the following error message: “This ticket has been already validated on another service and it can be used only on that line.” What is the reason behind it, and what to do in such cases?
This message can occur only in case of the Airport shuttle bus single ticket, when you would like to validate a ticket that has already been validated on another bus 100E. Please note that the Airport shuttle bus single ticket is valid only for a single trip, so accordingly, an already-validated ticket cannot be used again.

 

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