Are you going on holiday to Hungary? Would you like to learn how to use the buses in Hungary? Our bus guide to Hungary gives you the facts & information you’ll want to know.
Hungary has quite an extensive and efficient bus system, which in conjunction with the trains in Hungary form the backbone of the Hungarian public transport system.
Regional buses in Hungary
The extent of your use of buses in Hungary depends to a large degree on what area of Hungary you are travelling in. While Hungary does have a good train system that connects all the main cities and towns in the country, buses are used to access those more remote areas where trains are not used. This includes the great swathe of central and eastern Hungary known as the Great Plain as well as Southern Transdubia. In this sense, riding the buses in Hungary can be quite rewarding as you are able to see a side of Hungary that otherwise would not always be readily accessible to the visitor.
Short & long distance buses in Hungary
There are two types of bus services in Hungary; long and short distance buses. Long distance buses are those inter city buses whose routes span the length and breadth of Hungary, whereas short distance buses include those services that run either within the same city or between nearby cities. Long distance routes have several designated resting points on them which occur roughly every two hours throughout the journey.
Bus stations in Hungary
Long and short distance buses operate from separate stations, although in reality they are often situated next to each other and one can easily walk from one to another. The bus stations are the pick up and drop off points for most routes and it is from here that you can get information about bus schedules in Hungary.
Bus tickets in Hungary
Travelling by bus is relatively cheap in Hungary, although in comparison to second class train travel it is marginally more expensive. Tickets for buses in Hungary are bought directly from the driver as you board the bus. The bus driver will give you the ticket which you should keep for the duration of your journey.
Buses & smoking in Hungary
Smoking is strictly prohibited on all buses in Hungary.