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Transit Passes?

Hello:
I will be arriving in Keleti train station and am wondering if there is a 3-day transit pass that I could buy there. And can be used for a variety of transport like underground and trams.
Thanks.
Gerry

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And lest you have to wander around to find it (like I did) when you arrive at Keleti head towards the front of the station. Before you get to the exit, go down the stairs, which will take you into the entry area for the metro. Once at the bottom of the stairs, as I recall, the ticket machine was just ahead and to the right. It has a purple stripe across the top and says "Tickets and passes" and under that, "Budapest BKK." (I'm looking at my photo of it now.) The machine takes credit cards.

Tram 2 is lots of fun for sightseeing along the Danube on the Pest side, from Parliament to the Great Market Hall!

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There is also a ticket office at Keleti where you can buy the pass and get an info booklet in English, "Your Practical Guide to Budapest Transport". The office is down the stairs toward the front entrance of the station. Look for the "BKK" sign. Depending on where your hotel is located, you may find that a bus or tram is most direct in getting there from Keleti. I found that Google maps was helpful in figuring that out. The pass is well worth the modest cost (about $14) and allows hopping on and off. I also used it to get to the airport for my flight home - Metro 2, then bus 200E.

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I think the machines are on the left at the bottom of the stairs. On the right is an office where you can buy a TravelCard at a help desk and not have to deal with the machines.

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Thanks everyone. I have been using the weekly pass in Vienna for many years so I figured there would be something similar in Budapest.

P.S. I really enjoyed the "And lest you have to wander around ..." comment!

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And a certain amount of wandering does have its charms 😀

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Unlike some cities, Budapest is pretty strict about the transit pass on the subway. We used the street-level tram, and there were fewer ticket checks.

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The enforcement can go from nonexistent to annoying depending on the day. On the trams a plain clothes gentleman will approach you, put on an armband and demand to see your validated ticket or TravelCard. This can even be after you get off. The fine, on the spot, is 8000 forints. Dont risk it.