I simply love traveling in Metro and trams. I often say, it is because I can’t afford taxis in foreign land. But there is something more to it. I stand and click pictures of metro trains and trams continiously. It can bore my companions to no end, but if I see a tram or a metro, I have to stop! So, here I present the metro project in Budapest!
My first brush with the public transport in Budapest happened at the Batthyany Tér. We were looking to buy a travel pass and a phone SIM. We got the travel card right at the Batthyany Tér which was a short walk from our hotel.
For the SIM we traveled 2 stops to Déli pályaudvar, went to the nearest mall and got a SIM from Vodafone. Without Google Maps I am totally dead. I know there are paper maps, the trouble is I can’t read them. I need both, public transport and Google Maps to find my way in a new city!
It was Prague where I first fell in love with trams. I agonized if should separate metros and trams but they somehow feel related to each-other! So I keep them both under #themetroproject
Tram 2 is said to follow the most scenic route on the Pest side of Budapest. You board it from the Pest side and enjoy the views on the Buda side. We did it on the first day of our trip. We simply boarded the tram and went to the end point. And then we traveled back! That is the beauty of a having a travel pass, you can wander aimlessly. However, I would say do it after a few days of your stay as you would recognize the sites and enjoy them more!
Deák Ferenc Tér is a big transportation hub. All lines M1, M2 and M3 intersect here. Come out and you are close to the Budapest Eye. You can walk up to Andrassy Avenue. The airport bus E100 is available from here. Deák Ferenc Tér takes you to the city center. It is two stops away from Batthyany Tér.
We changed at the Deák Ferenc Tér to M1 to go to the Széchenyi Fürdő Metro Station. Our destination was the Széchenyi baths. It was an easy change and an baths, an amazing experience!
This black and white sign tells you that you are near a metro in Budapest! It became a familiar site for us in our stay as we used both the metro and the tram extensively!
I am proud to present my ever growing card and the ticket collection. The first at the bottom is the the day pass from Bangkok, followed by Singapore, Delhi Metro, Prague Card, Dubai Metro and then the 3 day pass from Budapest!
I managed to click a picture of my sister with the tram! And I am now itching to have something like this for myself! Well, it has to wait till the next trip now.
I am sure my sister found it a bit strange, my addiction to all things metro and tram! But I hope she reads this post and enjoys my craziness a bit!
I leave you with the video and a hope that I will catch many more trams, collect many more cards over different cities in the world!
I actually wanted to visit Budapest when I went to Prague earlier this year. But with two kids in tow, I chickened out! But I was lucky to visit it with my sister this year. We spent seven nights in Budapest and that is just about the right amount of time to spend in the city. I could happily add a few more nights if I could.
There is so much to write that I am kind off stuck! To begin with I am doing a round up of my Instagram pictures of Budapest. Fall is a gorgeous time to be in Budapest. We were blessed with beautiful weather too!
My biggest delight in Budapest was having time! That meant I could click pictures the way I wanted. Now the trick is to go on more trips like this in 2018!
Gellert Hill is one of the high vantage points in the city. You get gorgeous pictures of the town from here! We went there twice. That is what slow travel allows you, to revisit the places you liked!
I will not say that Budapest is more beautiful during the night, I loved it during the day too. But you have to get out at night and see its splendor! Once again Gellert Hill is a good place to enjoy Budapest at night.
I love traveling in trams and metros! It could be because I can’t afford taxis anyways! We used public transport all the time expect to and from the airport.
Chain Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks of Budapest. This picture was taken from the top of the tunnel on the Buda Castle side. There is a platform above the tunnel which gives this view of the roundabout and the bridge.
Margret Island is a great place to enjoy fall colors in Budapest! The red squirrel obliged us by posing among the fallen leaves!
I would run up the Buda Castle at sunrise and have the entire place almost to myself. This is the view I got of the parliament on one cold morning.
I was sitting on the ground clicking the fallen leaves! Right then the family decided to cross through and make my picture beautiful! This was clicked at the park near the Hero’s Square.
If I have gone bonkers with fall colors, you can’t blame me. It is only the second time in my life I have witnessed it, the first being Oxford, UK. This picture was clicked at Margret’s Island on our first day of the trip!
Tram 2 is said to be traveling the most scenic route in Budapest. We did hop on to it and enjoyed the scenery.
This was the first time my sister and I traveled together as adults! I told her I would kidnap her if need be but we were going to take a vacation together! I wish we had done it earlier but better late than never. I hope we will take many more vacations! The sisters of the #sisteract in Budapest @alka_dw
And that is us, the sisters of the #sisteract who had a gorgeous time at Budapest. I can’t wait to travel with my sister again!
My last trip was to Prague which was a personal vacation with my daughter and niece, also known as double trouble! My visa experience was really tough and I was highly skeptical about my choice of vacation. But I have to say the city treated me and the kids with much kindness and I am keen to go back again! Prague is the place where I fell in love with trams! A lot of travel has been happening this year which makes me happy, But a lot less blogging has happened which makes me sad. I was actually blogging more regularly when I used to work full time as then my leaves were limited and I always found time for blogging when I was home! I have to learn to find the balance. But this post is about trams in Prague, so I move on!
There are many things in the beautiful city of Prague that you could fall in love with, but I fell for the red trams! I am a metro (underground) person actually but Prague has both, metros and trams. And trams won on this trip.
I stayed in what is known as Praha 1. It is the historical region in Prague with many attractions like the Charles Bride, Astronomical Clock, the Prague Castle, etc. The tram stop and the metro station of Namesti Republiky were a few minutes walk from our hotel, Astoria Prague.
Actually one of the first things I did was to get a data card so that I could use Google Maps to get around the city. Vodafone gave me a good deal, I had 1.5 GB data for 400 koruna and it was more than enough was 4 days! In the hotel I was using the WiFi. If you buy a Prague Card you can use all public transport till your card is valid. Armed with the Prague Card and Google Maps I was ready to explore the city! I now have Delhi Metro, Bangkok MRT, Dubai Metro, Singapore MRT and Prague Card in my collection.
On our first venture we took the metro! The underground is really deep and the girls were giggling nervously on the escalators. There were a lot of runners out in the city that day as a half marathon was happening! I asked one of them about directions. He mentioned that I could have taken the tram too. We eventually reached the Charles Bridge (Pražský Most) using the underground but after that we always took the tram.
Tram 15 was our best friend which took us to Staromestska Republiky and to Cechuv Most, two of our favorite places. Staromestska Republiky was close to the Charles Bridge where we used to hang out a lot. And Cehuv Most was just a hop away from Lenta Park (Letenské Sady) which gives a fantastic view of the city. The girls loved the park! We occasionally took Trams 22 and 23 too.
The sight of the red tram chugging along the scenic routes was a pleasure in itself. What added to the charm was the honor system. There is no ticket checking on the public transport. You are supposed to buy a ticket. I read that there could be inspections but I never saw one in all of my five days!
So after my trip to Prague I have added trams to my list of favorites along with the metro rides!