Transporting bikes on board street-level transport
In addition to suburban railway lines, transporting bicycles is possible on a number of BKK public transport services, such as aboard boats, the cogwheel railway as well as on several bus and tram lines.
Which lines will take bikes on board?
On the following services bikes can be taken on board: suburban railway trains and replacement buses, tram 60 (cogwheel railway), bus lines 65, 65A, 165 and 212 (on the letter only at weekends and on public holidays!), trolleybus line 77, tram lines 17, 41, 56, 56A, 59, 59A, 59B and 61 as well as public transport boat lines D11, D12 and D14.
Where are the designated areas for transporting bikes on board?
The transportation of bicycles is allowed only aboard vehicles marked with a bike pictogram.
Only one bike per passenger is permitted. The size of the bike to be transported may not exceed 180x130x70 cm (length/height/width). Bikes that cannot be secured with the on-board Velcro fastener owing to their design are not permitted on trams (e.g. recumbent bikes).
On suburban railway trains, up to 4 bikes are allowed in the designated area in the middle car of each train. A bicycle pictogram painted on the platform of suburban railway stations indicates the doors to be used for boarding with bikes. (Please note that you are not allowed to place your bike outside the designated area on board even if the designated area is full, as the bicycle may block passenger movement or even cause accidents.)
Up to 2 bikes per bus are allowed. On board Ikarus 200 type buses, the designated area for bikes is near the back door, while in the case of Ikarus 400 and MAN type buses it is near the middle door and, it is also used for transporting baby carriages. The doors to be used for boarding with bikes are marked with a bicycle pictogram.
On board trams comprising two cars (Tatra type), the transportation of one bike per car is permitted in the area closest to where the two cars are connected (at the end where there is no driver’s cabin). Bikes need to be fastened using the provided hook-and-loop (Velcro) fasteners.
On the cogwheel railway (tram 60), the transportation of up to eight bikes is permitted in the rear area of the car facing the mountain.
On certain vehicles, the area designated for bikes is also shared by wheelchairs and baby carriages, therefore bike users are kindly asked to give priority to boarding wheelchair passengers and those with a baby and baby carriage.
The driver may deny boarding with a bike if the vehicle is crowded or if it would obstruct passengers.
What type of ticket is required for transporting bikes?
A validated single ticket (or one from a block of ten tickets) or a bicycle pass is required for the bike along with a validated ticket or pass for the passenger. The single ticket validated for the bicycle is valid on the full length of the suburban railway lines.
From September 2020, a three-month test period started to allow cyclists to take their bikes on board suitable vehicles free of charge at weekends, in other words only you need a ticket/pass for the ride. The development of the bicycle transportation service is in line with the Budapest Restart programme that takes into consideration the increased level of bicycle traffic during the pandemic.
The bicycle pass is purchasable for certain pass types at BKK ticket offices and from vending machines.
Even passengers entitled to free travel on BKK’s services require a bicycle pass with the number of the ID used for free travel to be indicated on the pass. The bicycle pass is valid only together with the indicated ID and it is to be used only by the passenger to whom the ID was issued.
The transportation of small-sized bicycles with an outer wheel diameter of maximum 41 cm (16”), rollers and folded bikes with no size limitation is permitted free of charge as hand luggage on all lines, provided the carried items do not pollute or harm fellow passengers and the vehicle’s equipment.
What to do when the front-door-only boarding policy applies on a vehicle?
Prior to getting on, passengers need to present the required tickets or passes to the driver at the front door and then proceed to the designated (middle or back) door for boarding with the bike.
Tips on transporting bikes
- Please fasten your bike during travel so as not to endanger the safety or clothing of other passengers or the equipment on board.
- The size of the bike to be transported may not exceed 180x130x70 cm.
- On board trams, only such bikes are permitted which are capable of being fastened by the hoop-and-loop (Velcro) fastener of the bike rack.
- Transporting specially-designed (cargo, tandem, motorised, etc.) bikes is not permitted.
- In order for transport services to be able to run on schedule, passengers with bicycles are kindly asked to get on and off as quickly as possible.
Tips for passengers
- Please be considerate towards your fellow passengers with bikes and facilitate their boarding/exiting and also their placing their bike in the designated area.
Bikes on board the Children’s Railway: https://gyermekvasut.hu/en/prices/