Update, March 2016: The interconnected tram network in Buda was launched in January and completed in March 2016. Although there are smaller construction works still to be carried out, the tram network changed big time: routes 17, 19 and 41 are longer, there is a route 56 again after a few years of hiatus, while the line number 18 is gone, and there are new services (47B, 56A and 59B). I'll try to update every page affected by this, but it will take some time, and you might see photos and information from prior the changes for a while.
Budapest is a lovely city in the heart of Europe: the capital of Hungary, and also one of the first places to pioneer such important transportation achievements as electric trams (1887) and subways (1896). Although the tram network has shrinked to the fragment of its original size over the last four decades, it's still quite large, and its importance in the city's daily life is vital.
First I'll try to introduce our history to you, and I think this will explain a few unusual things about the city. Then we will look at the city itself. After that, we will see how our urban public transportation once worked and how it works now. You'll also get to know a few important companies, offices, and also a few hungarian words which might help you getting around. Then I'll introduce you the rolling stock. The bigest undertaking will be a clickable map of the tram network, which will surely be incomplete for a while, and then slowly filled up with photos and descriptions of the clickable places (e.g. streets, junctions, squares, interesting locations, depots), when I have some spare time. At the end you'll also be introduced to a few other transportation means, like the vicinal (suburban) and state railways.
This is "my" Budapest, and these are "my" trams - enjoy your stay!
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1. This is a free-time effort, so I cannot promise that it's going to be updated until the end of time - or even regularily. If you're planing to see the real thing, check everything for yourself, because what's here might not be current anymore!
2. Some of the things written here are how I see things, i.e. my personal opinion. I cannot be held responsible for mistakes, misinterpretations, inaccuracies, inactualities, etc - nor for the content of the pages linked in.
3. I don't work for any of our urban transportation operators or travel agencies, so this is not some kind of official travel book, and I don't get payed for praising this or damning that.
4. This is a free service for the fun of it. Please don't bother to point out that my English is not perfect or that I'm not the greatest photographer who has ever walked the Earth. I haven't learnt to speak or write English in a school, and I never learned how to take photos. It's not a nice feeling when - after putting weeks and months of hard work into a page - you get pejorative feedback, or when you're right away laughed at for your unprofessionality. I've had that, and I've had more than enough negative impulses. Help, suggestions, positive criticism are of course always welcome! Feel free to enjoy what you see here, but please respect my right not to be perfect. Thank you!
5. Please read on, I promise all the next chapters will be much more enjoyable than this disclaimer ;-)
Descriptions sorted by routes and/or places:
The Grand Boulevard (route 4 and 6)
Széll Kálmán tér (formerly Moszkva tér)
Route 12 and 14
The northern section of the north-south interconnected network (formerly route 17)
The Hűvösvölgy branch
The Krisztinaváros trunk
The Savoya Park branch - tram 18 only
The Kamaraerdő branch - tram 41 only
The Budafok branch - tram 47 only
Route 19 and 41
The Buda embankment branch UPDATED
The inner section of Bartók Béla út
Móricz Zsigmond körtér
The outer section of Bartók Béla út
Route 3 (and parts of 62/62A)
Route 69 (and parts of 62/62A)
Route 28, 37 and 62
Route 51/51A (formerly 21/21A)
The Pesterzsébet giant loop (tram 51 and 52)
The Small Boulevard (tram 47 and 49)
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