Throughout it all, there are beggars and gypsies in this city where 25% of the population live below the poverty level. They cajole and politely plead with an almost irresistible charm and cleverness that can make you want to hand over your wallet. Everywhere, there is a feeling of romance. Young lovers hold hands and gaze into each other's eyes, smitten and barely aware they are in public.
Riding the urban rails in Budapest gives you a feel for the city, a taste of it's soul that you probably won't see on a sightseeing tour. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to peer under the covers and see the true face of this beautiful, majestic city.
The best way to ride
public transport in Budapest is to buy a day pass, which costs 740 forints
(about $2.25 US), which will give you unlimited travel on all modes of
public transport within the city limits until midnight. Tickets are checked
frequently, especially on the metro, so don't even think about forgetting
to buy your ticket.
Other links to Budapest
tram and subway sites
A map of line 4, now under construction