Does senior citizens travel free on public transportation in Budapest?

Pensioners on public transportation in BudapestI have seen on another website that Hungarian citizens and citizens of the European union over 65 years travel free of charges in the transportation network of Budapest? Is that truly so?

Thank you for the question. The answer to your question is yes. People aged 65 or more travel free of charge with the public transportation in Budapest as long as they have a passport confirming their age. But, it is not enough that the passport confirms their age, it also needs to show that the person traveling comes from an EU nation or an EEA nation. If your passport confirms your age above 65 and home country (within the EU or EEA), then you can use the public transportation system in Budapest for free.

This question was originally answered in 2012, but as of August 29th in 2017 the answer remains the same. Let us all hope the answer will not change in the near future.

Does pensioners travels free in Budapest?
Do pensioners travel free in Budapest with public transportation?

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Do passengers over 65 years travel free with public transportation in Budapest?

A leaflet about Budapest says that passengers aged 65 and older may use public transportation (such as subway, trams and buses) for free. Is this true? My only ID to prove my age is my passport. Is that enough?

First of all thank you for the question. This is a very popular question asked by many, so we will try to answer your question giving all necessary information. It is true that public transportation is free for some people above 65 years, but not for all. Transportation is free for those aged 65+ fitting into one of the following groups:

  • Citizens of Hungary or other EU, EEA Member States or Switzerland aged 65+
  • Foreign citizens aged 65+ who get pension from the Hungarian Pension Fund
  • Foreign citizens with Hungarian nationality aged 65+ and their relatives aged 65+ upon Act LXII/2001
  • Foreign citizens aged 65+ on the basis of a special international agreement
  • Refugees 65+

    It is the first category listed which is interesting for most of the people visiting our page. This means that if you are a member of a nation within the European Union or a member of the European Economic Area like Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you are entitled to free usage of the public transportation in Budapest if you are above the age of 65.

    This means that you can simply enjoy the usage of buses, metros and trams in Budapest at no cost, but it is very important that you always bring your personal ID with you to be able to identify yourself as a person above 65 years from a EU, an EEA country or from Switzerland.

    I hope this answer helps you out. Feel free to come with comments, feedback or other stuff using the comment field on this page.

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    Rod Stewart Budapest concert 2010
    Rod Stewart Budapest concert 2010
    Rod Stewart will come to Budapest June 2010 to perform at the annual Kapcsolat-concert (Connection-concert). This is a sponsored concert so there is no entrance fee, which means everyone can get to hear Rod Stewart perform for free. This normally leads several hundred thousand people to Budapest every year.

    The free concert will be arranged in Budapest June 26th, and the event will start at 19.00.

    The concert is arranged at the 56-osok square, which is located just behind the Art Hall, which is located at the Heroes Square in Budapest.

    Rod Stewart Budapest
    June 26th, 19:00

    Since the concert is free, why not spend some money on a delicious wine tasting?

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