Public transport boat services in Budapest

RIVERBOAT SERVICES IN BUDAPEST

MAHART–BKK BOAT SERVICE

 

Photo: MAHART

In cooperation between MAHART and BKK Centre for Budapest Transport, a regular boat service will be operating on the Budapest city centre section of the Danube from 29 April 2022. This alternative public transport service will offer a unique panoramic view of Budapest's sights and the Danube riverfront.  From Tuesday to Friday, you can also take the boat service on working days with a monthly BKK-pass or passes with a longer validity period.

The boat service will run between the National Theatre and Margaret Island on the circle route Vigadó tér-Akadémia-Margitsziget (Sportuszoda)-Batthyány tér-Vigadó tér.

 

Timetable

The boats depart every two hours from Tuesday to Sunday, between 12:00 noon and 20:00. The last boat returns to Vigadó tér at 21:15. On Mondays the boat service is suspended.

 

Vigadó tér, Pier 5

12:00

14:00

16:00

18:00

20:00

Akadémia, Pier 3

12:10

14:10

16:10

18:10

20:10

Margitsziget, Sportuszoda

12:25

14:25

16:25

18:25

20:25

Batthyány tér, Pier 1

12:40

14:40

16:40

18:40

20:40

Vigadó tér, Pier 5

13:15

15:15

17:15

19:15

21:15

 

Fares

From Tuesday to Friday, you can travel on the boat service with a monthly BKK-pass or a product with a validity of more than one month. Passengers without a BKK-pass can travel on the boat with a daily ticket of 1,500 HUF, unlimited times on the day of validity.

On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, only a daily travelcard of 1,500 HUF is valid on the boat line, except on the last weekend of each month (see next paragraph for more information). The travelcard allows unlimited travel on the day of validity.

From May to September, on the last weekend of each month - i.e. 28 and 29 May, 25 and 26 June, 30 and 31 July, 27 and 28 August and 24 and 25 September 2022 - you can enjoy the boat ride free of charge with a monthly or longer validity pass.

Children under 7 years of age can travel free of charge, for which a registration ticket must be purchased in advance at the MAHART ticket office at Vigadó tér.

This boat line is not part of the public service and therefore local transport discounts, such as free or discounted travel for children, over 65s and disabled persons with a MÁK card, do not apply.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Vigadó tér pier and on board the boat at other piers.

Dogs and bicycles can also be carried on board for a 1,000 HUF ticket.

For more information, visit the MAHART homepage.

 

SHUTTLE BOAT AT THE CHAIN BRIDGE 

The refurbishment of the Chain Bridge has reached a new stage: work is underway that can only be carried out safely if the shuttle boat service is shut down. Therefore, the crossing between the Akadémia and Jégverem utca piers will be temporarily closed from Monday, 6 December 2021. The earliest the shuttle boat can resume operation is in the spring, when the conditions for safe operation are once again in place.

 

FERRY LINE D14

Timetable

Ferry line D14 links Districts 21 and 23 across the Danube. The ferry operates between Csepel-Királyerdő and Soroksár, Molnár-sziget piers. Please check the timetable here:  

 
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Fares

Passengers require a full-fare ferry ticket  (170 HUF), a pupil ferry ticket  (110 HUF) or a pensioner ferry ticket (110 HUF).

In addition to the ferry tickets listed above, the below daily travelcards and Budapest-passes are also also accepted:

  • Budapest-travelcards (Budapest 24-hour, 72-hour and 7-day travelcards, Budapest 24-hour group travelcard);
  • pupil group travelcard, event related ticket, 5/30 BKK travelcard;
  • Budapest-passes (all passes with the term “Budapest-pass” in their name);

Ferry tickets are available in advance at BKK customer service points ad ticket offices, or from the crew on site.

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 separate dedicated ferry tickets.

Bicycles and dogs can be taken on board. The bike requires a separate ferry ticket or a bicycle pass, while dogs require a separate full-price ferry ticket, a Budapest-travelcard, 5/30 BKK 24-hour travelcard or monthly dog pass. For everything else, the rules on transporting dogs must be respected.

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

 

Further information

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