"Budapest Metro" Budapest Transportation Tip by johngayton
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I love this Metro system with its ramshackle Russian-built trains on the M2 and M3 lines and the oddbod 3-carriage boxcars on the ornately-tiled M1. Trains are fast, frequent and, in my experience so far, totally reliable. The three lines, which intersect at Deak Ferenc Ter, take you pretty much anywhere you want to go and because the system is integrated with all the other modes of transport one ticket fits all.
My favourite is the M1 (Yellow) line, which was continental Europe's first metro (only the London Underground is older). This runs from Vorosmarty Ter in the city centre to Mexikoi Utca in the city park, following the main Andrassy Avenue for most of its route. Built in the late 19th century all of its stations have been restored to their original specification with thier gleamingly-tiled walls, wooden doors and ticket offices and a nice touch are the replicas of period advertising posters. I also like this line because all the stops are worth getting off at just to wander the areas around them which is how I discovered the Wine Festival in the City Park back in June 2005.
The M2 and M3 are much more utilitarian as a means of mass transit. The M2 (Red) connects Déli pályaudvar (Southern Railway Station) in Buda to Örs vezér tér in the Eastern suburbs whilst the M3 (Blue) runs between Újpest városközpont (northern part of the city) and Kõbánya Kispest (the southern industrial district). Despite its practicality I still enjoyed riding the trains just to see where I'd end up and so discovered that the Buda suburb around Déli pályaudvar has buildings as splendid as those in central Pest.
Under construction is a fourth line, strangely enough to be called M4 (Green), which will bisect the city on a northeast/southwest axis between Dél-Buda and Rákospalota. This promises to be a state-of-the-art modern metro and so that's definitely to be looked forward to for those of us who enjoy a good Metro.
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