Budapest Card: How to Fill Out your Budapest Tourist Card?

If you wish to make good use of your Budapest Card with its many free goodies and discount coupons, you will need to fill out the card properly, otherwise you are endangering of disabling your card. Did you know that you cannot correct numbers or names on the Card? Did you know that Budapest Cards can only be used by 1 tourist? (The public transport is also free for one child under 6 accompanying the Card holder!) Please read our official Budapest Card guide on how to fill out the card so that it is valid for the days of your Budapest visit.

Budapest Card 48h official tourist card

Budapest Card 48h official tourist card

Hours of Validity of Budapest Cards

First of all you will need to choose which of the Budapest Cards you wish to use during your visit. There are three Budapest Cards issued by the single official tourism authority in Budapest, Hungary.

No other discount cards or tourist cards are in circulation, only the Budapest Card. The cards are valid for the number of hours printed on them, for a continuous, uninterrupted use. The hours must be rounded back:

24 hour Budapest Card: valid for the duration of 24 hours. You specify the starting hour, which can be from 3 am to next day’s 3 am, or from 16:00 pm to next day’s 16:00 pm (e.g. from December 18, 21:00 pm to December 19, 21:00 pm). Once you write the starting hour on the 24 hour Budapest Card, it cannot be changed or corrected. Please note that corrected cards are not accepted by the inspectors of the Budapest Public Transportation company, nor the Official Budapest Tourism Budapest Card Partners.

Budapest Card 24 hour official tourist card

Budapest Card 24 hour official tourist card

48 hour Budapest Card: valid for the duration of 48 hours. You specify the starting hour, which can be from 3 am to 3 am the second following day, or from 16:00 pm to 16:00 pm in two days’ time (e.g. from August 18, 21:00 pm to August 20, 21:00 pm). Once you write the starting hour on the 48 hour Budapest Card, it cannot be changed or corrected. Please note that corrected cards are not accepted by the inspectors of the Budapest Public Transportation company, nor the Official Budapest Tourism Budapest Card Partners.

72 hour Budapest Card: valid for the duration of 72 hours. You specify the starting hour, which can be from 3 am to 3 am the third day, or from 16:00 pm to 16:00 pm in three days’ time (e.g. from September 14, 23:00 pm to September 17, 23:00 pm). Once you write the starting hour on the 72 hour Budapest Card, it cannot be changed or corrected. Please note that corrected cards are not accepted by the inspectors of the Budapest Public Transportation company, nor the Official Budapest Tourism Budapest Card Partners.

It does not matter when you buy your Budapest Card, or when you order it: you choose the starting day with the starting hour, which means that the clock starts ticking when you want it to tick. Therefore, we suggest writing the starting hour on your Budapest Card just before you first intend to use it.

1 Year Valid Budapest Cards

Budapest Card 72 hour official tourist card

Budapest Card 72 hour official tourist card

Budapest Cards are usually issued every spring, not in January, but in April or May, so a card purchased in a given year is valid until next year’s spring, or for the duration of 365 days. For instance, the 2013 Budapest Card is valid from 1 am on April 01, 2013 to 12 am (midnight) on March 31, 2014.

How to Fill Out your Budapest Card?

It only takes 1 minute to fill out the Budapest Card, but it only takes 1 second to ruin the card. Filling out the Budapest Card would not be such a fuss, if you could make changes, corrections, but, unfortunately, it is not the case. Otherwise many people would just re-use an already used Budapest Card, and then Budapest tourism would have considerable losses. Budapest Card is only valid if filled out properly. But how to do that?

Please follow the instructions below to properly and safely fill out your Budapest Card:

  • legible letters and numbers
  • no corrections, cross outs, marks or smudges
  • in pen (no pencil, felt tip pen or permanent markers) – recommended: blue ink ball point pen
  • signed by Adult who is the user (the card is not transferable)
  • hours rounded back (please see below)

Budapest travel authorities are quite strict about travel passes, tickets and Budapest Cards. Please trust us that no corrected Budapest Cards will be accepted. Should you have any questions or doubts, please leave a comment below our instructions so that we can help you to resolve an issue.

Step By Step Instructions on Filling Out Budapest Cards

Budapest Card Back Side

Budapest Card Back Side

Budapest Card is a plastic card, which feels like a Credit Card. Please turn your card to the backside. You will see 4 white boxes on the back.

There is nothing to do with the black dots on the left side of the card, you can leave it as it is. You will only need to fill out the white boxes on the right side.

The first three white boxes in the middle of the Budapest Card are the date & hour info boxes when you wish to start using your card.

Let’s zoom in on the boxes you will fill out:

 

Budapest Card Form Instructions

Budapest Card Form Instructions

The boxes provide the instructions in English and Hungarian language, which may seem first self explanatory, but are a bit tricky: Month, Day & Hour. UK tourists may note that the order of the date is Month, then Day. Also, the Hour needs to be given in rounded hours (no minutes), and hours need to be rounded backwards (at 11:43 am you need to write 11, not 12). Please use numbers for the months, not letters: 12 for December, 5 for May, 8 for August, etc. as seen in the examples below.

For example: let’s say you are enjoying your Budapest Christmas holiday, and to save on your budget you will be using your Budapest Card free entries and discounts, free thermal bathing in the hot springs of Lukacs Baths, etc. You arrive at your hotel in Budapest late at night on December 20, where your Budapest Card is waiting for you, thanks to our free delivery service to hotels. Next morning, on Dec 21, you will fill out your Budapest Card with month, day and hour:  12 21 10

At the time of filling out the Card, it is only 9 am after breakfast, and you plan to go to the metro station by 10 am, so you will fill out the first hour of your use, rounded. When you use hours, you must round them, ignoring the minutes. In the hour box, please only write the rounded hour, no minutes:

Budapest Card Dates Filled In Wrong Hour

Budapest Card Dates Filled In Wrong Hour

To fill out the hour, only write the rounded numbers. You will need to round backwards, every started hour go back to the beginning. If you start using your Budapest Card at 9:30 am, you will have to write 9 in the box, not 10, or 9:30.

Budapest Card Dates Filled In

Budapest Card Dates Filled In

For afternoon and evening hours, please use the 24 hour clock (24 for midnight, 22 for 10 pm, 19 for 7 pm, etc.), not am or pm hours.

Budapest Card Dates Filled In 24 Hour

Budapest Card Dates Filled In 24 Hour

Please do not write am or pm in the hour box. It could be interpreted as cheating the system (e.g. adding pm to the 7 could result in getting an extra half day of using the Budapest Card by tricking the system), so am and pm endings are not to be used at all:

Budapest Card Dates Filled In Wrong Pm Hour

Budapest Card Dates Filled In Wrong Pm Hour

Please do not correct any of the numbers on your Budapest Card as it makes the complete card invalid, which means losing out on your Budapest deals and savings. No numbers should be corrected on the card at any means:

Budapest Card Dates Filled In Self Corrected

Budapest Card Dates Filled In Self Corrected

Just as with bank data, pin numbers and other important numbers, make sure you write the correct numbers in the correct order on your Budapest Card. Please note that the order of the date is MONTH / DAY (as in the US), and not Day / Month (as in the UK).

Budapest Card Dates Dont Correct

Budapest Card Dates Don’t Correct

Tips for Filling Out your Budapest Card

  • Practice the numbers on scrap paper
  • Make sure to double check the trial numbers on your scrap paper before copying
  • Use a blue ball point pen
  • Let the ink dry to avoid smudges
  • If you are left handed, make sure not to smudge the numbers: wait till the ink gets dry
  • Give the hour of your first use rounded back (the last full hour elapsed on that day)
  • Fill out all 4 boxes
  • Sign your Budapest Card to make it valid for use
  • Keep your Budapest Card at hand, but safe
  • Note: Budapest Cards cannot be corrected or replaced

We suggest writing down the numbers you want to use first on a piece of scrap paper, then check if the numbers are OK in the proper order (month, day, hour), then copy the correct numbers on your actual Budapest Card. If you wrote an incorrect number do not correct it. Instead, try to see if adding a number before or after it can save your Budapest Card.

Miscellaneous Info on Budapest Cards

The Budapest Card is personalized and is not transferable. The owner of a Budapest Card can make use of its discounts and free entries between 1st April 2013 – 31st March 2014. Unused Budapest Cards are not refunded.

During the validity of your Budapest Card you may travel on all vehicles of the Budapest Public Transportation company (BKV Zrt) for free: on streetcars, trolleys, on metro (M1, M2, M3 lines), on the Millenium Underground (M1 line), on scheduled boats, on the cogwheel railway, on buses (to the airport terminals as well), and even on the HEV suburban train within Budapest (which saves some on the trips from Budapest to Szentendre or Budapest to Mogyorod).

During public transport, before entering the metro station escalators, please show your Budapest Card. On most buses, trolleys and streetcars there is no need to show the Budapest Card, only if random ticket inspectors ask you to do so.

Please note that Budapest Card is not valid for the Buda Castle Funicular, and the Chairlift on Janos Hill.

Discounts offered by this card are available only at points of acceptance and for the services indicated in the Budapest Card Booklet given at purchase.

 

28 Comments

  • j. van hek June 3, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Dear sir/madam,
    I will be in B for 5 day.
    Can I use your card by first benefiting of the
    discount for the hop on hop off bus for 2 days.
    And then benefit of the 72 hrs public transport.
    I that possible? If so, how to benefit from the hop on hop off discount.
    And how can I benefit from discounts for airport transports if it is only valid for 72 hrs with a 5 days stay?
    And where will the card be delivered?
    Thks

    • Budapest Cards June 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Hello, unfortunately what your describe is not possible with the Budapest card as all the entries and discounts included must be used within the 72 hours included in the cards tourism benefits, you can not use the discounts or free entries outside of the 72 hours (in case you buy a 3 day card).
      The card is designed for long weekend stays or for those who wish to make the most out of Budapest visits in 72 hours.
      If you are staying for 5 days you can still use the card for 72 hours, and you can use one of the airport transfers (back to the airport, for instance).
      There are nontourist travel cards in Budapest that enable you to use public transport for 5 days but you won’t get the tourist discounts, free entries and other goodies which are in the Budapest card.

      If you order the card you can get it delivered to the airport (9 am – 9 pm) or to the hotel where you are staying.

  • Leendert Smit November 26, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Hello, is the payment methode at the airport also possible by credit-card or only in cash ?
    Thanks for reply.

  • Graça Pelicano February 1, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    Can I use the Budapest Card with the benefit of EU student discount?
    Thank You.

    • Budapest Cards February 2, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Dear Graca,
      the Budapest Card discounts usually cannot be used together with other discounts. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Arthur Morth March 2, 2015 at 2:19 am

    When will the Budapest cards that are valid in April, 2015 go on sale?

    • Budapest Cards March 2, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Dear Arthur,
      the Budapest Cards are available from Apr 1 every year, and are valid until Mar 31, the next year.

  • Peti June 3, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Jó napot!

    Beszéltünk telefonon de nem jött meg részünkre az email kérem küldje el.

  • monica August 30, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Good morning.
    I have a child that is already 14 years old: I must buy a Budapest card for him or the card is free as I buy a Budapest card for me?
    Thank you for your reply,
    Monica

    • Budapest Cards August 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Dear Monica,
      unfortunately the Budapest Card is not free for children. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Divya Khurana October 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Hi,
    I am looking to travel to Budapest in month of April’2016 & will be staying for 1 day. I will be accompanied by my husband and two kids {(elder will be 5 yrs old , younger will be 1 yr old at time of travelling).
    I am looking to purchase 1 days budapest travel card for me & my husband, kindly confirm do i need to buy one for my kids too, also pls confirm if there is any family or group travel card option.

    Thanks!
    Divya Khurana

  • Nicola Toneri October 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

    The Budapest Cards we bought today are useless, it is impossible to write on them! We tried six different ball-point pens, none of them worked for more than a few minutes before becoming smudged and illegible. Even the Inspector on the metro could not get her pen to write properly on the card, she said we should get an alcohol (felt-tip?) pen. Fortunately we had kept the receipt so could prove when we bought them.
    They should have a writeable surface like a credit card. Did no-one think of this?

    • Budapest Cards October 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Dear Nicola,
      thank you for sharing us your valuable feedback of Budapest cards. We will pass on your remarks to the technology team of card makers to make sure that cards will be more user friendly in the future. Sorry about the inconvenience you experienced with the pens.

  • Ilenia December 19, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I must book visits at castle,museum…with Budapest Card?

    • Budapest Cards December 20, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Dear Ilenia,
      you can use the Budapest Card in any way, there is no must to go inside the attractions, you can simply enjoy the public transport, the free thermal bath entry or the discounts on tours and at some participating restaurants or cafes.

      On the other hand, You do not need to have a Budapest Card to be able to visit the Buda Castle or the museums, but with the Budapest Card you can have free entry to some places and several other discounts. Please see the full list here: http://budapestcards.com/budapest-card-benefits

  • Connie Gafa February 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Can I use Budapest card on Hop on Hop Off?

    • Budapest Cards February 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Hello Connie,
      yes, please find the details below:
      The hop on hop off bus tours with Big Bus HOHO or Mr Nils HoHo offer 30% off the bust tour price with your Budapest Card. The bus tours with City Tour Hop on Hop off mean 20% off the price with a Budapest Card. HOHO bus tours with Program Centrum (including a 48-hour HOHO ticket, 2 one-hour boat rides, 2 Budapest walking tours) offer 20% off the price with the Budapest card.

  • barbie February 23, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Hello, do you sell the group card on your web site ?

    • Budapest Cards February 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Hello Barbie,
      unfortunately there is no group Budapest Card available.

      Some of our partners in Budapest tourism do offer group discounts for their services, for instance:
      Gellert Spa group discounts for bath entries or packages for massage treatments: http://gellertspa.com/
      Szechenyi Baths group discounts for bath entries or packages for massage treatments: http://szechenyispabaths.com/
      Budapest River Cruises group discounts: http://budapestrivercruise.com/

      That said Budapest Card is a great option for groups as well, as it includes 2 walking tours (2 hour tours on the Buda Castle Hill, and in the city centre on the Pest side of Budapest), free entry to the Buda Castle buildings (now the home of the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum), several free entries to museums of the top tier in the city, as well as a free entry to a lovely thermal bath in Budapest, the Lukacs Baths. All great offers for a group to make great savings.
      Especially as the group will be able to get around Budapest on all public transport vehicles (buses, trams, metros, trolley buses) free of charge and without the hassle of having to buy tickets or keeping your eyes open where the punch machines are.

      Budapest Card is often bought for big and small groups alike for all these reasons. What is more, if you order them in advance, you will get it delivered for the whole group at the accommodation (it can be a hotel / hostel / airbnb, etc)

  • Ian Hirst February 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Visited House Of Terror on 23rd February 2016 was informed when buying tickets at ticket counter, that they do not give a 20 percent discount with the Budapest card as the contract as ran out.

    • Budapest Cards February 24, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Dear Ian,
      thank you for your comment. This is correct, the Budapest Card unfortunately stopped offering a discount for the tickets to the House of Terror in April 2015.
      The full list of benefits for 2016 can be found here http://budapestcards.com/budapest-card-benefits

  • Jerome March 18, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Is the Budapest card like the Vienna card which I found on MariaTheresa.com ?

    Vienna had 2 cards but only one is offered there now. If it is then I’m sure it is helpful because of the transport and cafe and restaurant access etc.

    • Budapest Cards March 18, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Dear Jerome,
      Budapest Card was designed for tourists visiting the Hungarian capital, so the card includes public transport free of charge along with dozens of free or discounted entries to major attractions all over the city, as well as tour / cafe / restaurant discounts, and 2 free walking tours. You can find the full list of benefits that are provided by the Budapest Card on the following page: http://budapestcards.com/budapest-card-benefits

  • Dimitra Papaioannou July 1, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Good morning.

    I just purchased two budapest cards online but the final page where I was to be taken after the transaction does not seem to work. Please inform me if everything is ok with the transaction and the purchase and check thta I can get the cards at the airport as I have requested online.

    • Budapest Cards July 1, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Dear Dimitra,
      have you received a confirmation email? If not, please contact us at info [at] budapestcards [dot] com.

  • Helle rasmussen August 8, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I need to fill out til Budapest Card with the Card number, is it from my creditcard ?

    • Budapest Cards August 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Dear Helle,
      no, you will only need to fill out the date and then put your signature on the card.

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