How to Use Public Transportation in Budapest

Getting around Budapest is very easy and cheap. If you are not within a walking distance of sights or the centre (which is highly unlikely), you can use the city´s transport services.

Currently, Budapest has 4 Metro lines, yellow trams, buses, trolleys, trains and taxis. Be aware than transportation ends around 23.00. There are some night lines, but they do not come very often.

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Airport to City Centre

From 04.00 until 23.00 you can commute from the airport to Budapest centre by using the taxi services, M3 blue metro line and the train from Ferihegy Train Station. However, the most popular choice based on duration, price and convenience is using buses 100E and 200E, located right outside the airport.

Tip: For bus 100E you will need to purchase a separate ticket for HUF 900 (2,85€) – other tickets that you can use around the city are not valid for this service.

Tickets

You can purchase your tickets at any ticket vending machine in the Metro stations, street stands and newsstands. You must always validate your ticket at the ticket-punching machines before travelling. Tickets are quite cheap, but in case you travel without one, you can get a rather hefty ticket fine.

Single Ticket – 350 HUF (1,10€) *

Transfer Ticket – 530 HUF (1,70€) *

24-hour ticket – 1650 HUF (5,30€)

3-Day Travel Card – 4150 HUF (13,30€)

Block of 10 Tickets – 3000 HUF (9,60€) **

IMPORTANT

* Single tickets are used for one way-trips without connections. If you want to make a connection (ex. metro and then bus), you have to use the transfer ticket. For example, you take the metro for 2 stops and then a bus for 3 stops. In that case, you have to get a transfer ticket, instead of a single one so you can use both means of transportation.  When you have to change between 2 metros, the single ticket is enough. However, if you change two buses, you will need a transfer ticket. 

** You need to have all 10 tickets with you at all times, even you have already validated them. Keep them all together, until you have validated all 10.

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Taxi Service

Taxis are also a pretty affordable and fast option, especially at night when the rest of transportation means are not operating.

Basic Fare: 450 HUF (1,45€)

Price/min: 70 HUF (0,23€)

Price/km: 280 HUF (0,90€)

Citytaxi: (+36-1) 211-1111

Főtaxi: (+36-1) 222-2222 – the officially appointed taxi company to service the airport

Budataxi: (+36-1) 233-3333

Tele5 taxi: (+36-1) 355-5555

Rádiótaxi: (+36-1) 377-7777

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Getting Around Lagos, Portugal (How to get there, where to eat, where to go)

The most visited city in Portugal is a true gem for tourists. The unique beaches with insane views and crystal clear ocean waters, make it one of the best summer destinations.

Lagos beaches have been voted as the most beautiful ones in the world and among the ones you should definitely visit at least once in your lifetime.

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Why visit Lagos?

The Algarve city is a must for tourists and the most popular destination in Portugal, especially in the summer. Why would someone miss these beautiful and breathtaking beaches? They have been formed naturally and the view is stunning from every point.

How to get to Lagos?

The nearest airport to get to Lagos is 90 km away in Faro. You can get to Lagos by taxi, which is not recommended since it can cost up to 100 euros or more. The best options are to take the train or bus from Faro city.

To get from the airport to Faro city, you get buses 14 and 16 (If the bus displays “Praia de Faro”, it is heading straight to the beach and not the city center). You will be in the city in about 15 minutes.

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Faro Train Station: Largo da Estação, 8000-133 Faro, Portugal

Faro Bus Station: Proximo, Av. da República 126, 8000-078 Faro, Portugal

You can book your tickets online or take them from the two stations. What you have to know is that if you book them online 8 days before you can get them cheaper.

The train departs daily at 07:00, 08:22, 16:00 and 17:56. So, if these times do not work for you, you can always choose to travel by bus. If the two sites show you no departures, you can always visit them at their booking offices.

Official Sites to book your tickets

Trains: https://www.cp.pt

Buses: https://www.rede-expressos.pt

Beaches you have to visit

  1. Praia do Pinhao
  2. Praia Dona Ana
  3. Camilo Beach
  4. Meia Praia

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What to do

  1. Ponta da Piedade
  2. Lagos Zoo
  3. Caves boat trips (Benagil Caves)
  4. Go around in the city center
  5. Drink Gin Sul

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What about the food?

Anywhere you eat in Lagos you will be pleased. There are many options regarding your preference in cuisines. Just make sure to try Pastel de Nata; a traditional and delicious pastry. Casa do Prego and Tasca Jota were a bit pricey but it was definitely worth it.

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Things you need to know

1. There is no public transportation. But taxis are extremely affordable.

2. The ocean is freezing. It is almost impossible to put all of your body inside.

3. Be prepared for a lot of walking.

4. Always be aware of pickpockets.

How to get around London: A guide to Public Transportation

Getting a ticket for transportation in London, can be quite tricky for first-time visitors. People can easily get the wrong type of ticket for them and end up paying way more. Transportation in London is already quite expensive, so hopefully, this guide will help you save money.

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Cash

Cash is the worst option for travelling in London since cash fares are way higher than the payment or Oyster ones. It is only a good option if you only need one ticket, in case you do not have a contactless payment card.

Contactless Payment Card

A Contactless Payment Card is a very good option for those who own American Express, Master Card and Visa cards that have been enabled for contactless transactions. You can easily use it by touching in and out on the yellow reader at the beginning and end of every travel.

A big advantage of using this type of payment method is its convenience. You can use a card you already own, without having to charge it. However, keep in mind that there are also some disadvantages, such as not being able to apply various discounts for children or the elderly when paying for a ticket. Also, you must always check if you have been charged a foreign fee for your transaction.

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Oyster Card

The most popular payment way in London is by far the Oyster card. Most London visitors buy an Oyster card no matter how many days their visit is because they want to keep the card as a souvenir. Why keep a card as a souvenir?

Only because it represents the rhythm and life in London. There is no Londoner that does not use the Oyster card. In case you buy one and do not need it afterwards, you can always return it and take your money back. But how does it work?

You can buy your Oyster from most TfL Visitor Centres, which you will find in most Tube stations. The price is  £5.00 and you need to add £5.00 more, which will not be taken away from your balance. It is better if you put around £15.00 in total since you will spend all of them.

After purchasing the Oyster, you can go anywhere you want without worrying about tickets. Don’t forget to touch in and out on the yellow reader at the beginning and end of every Tube, DLR and London Overground journey to make sure you get the cheapest fare.

Children under 11 travel free on most public transport services when accompanied by a fare-paying adult, or with a 5-10 Zip Oyster Photocard.

Each time you use your Oyster on the way in or out, you can always see how much you were charged and how much money you have left.  Recharge your card by placing it on the charging cubic machines and once you select the amount of money you want to add, pay and place the card again so that the transaction can be completed.

The most important thing you need to know about the Oyster is the daily price capping. After using the card for about 2 days, on the third day, the card will cap at some point. Based on your average use of the card, when you reach the average of the 2 previous days, you do not get charged anymore.

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TIPS ON SAVING MONEY

Get an Oyster card

  • A single fare in central London costs £4.90 when you pay in cash. Use an Oyster or contactless card and pay just £2.40.
  • Use the same card all day long to make the most savings when making multiple journeys. Contactless users benefit from both a daily and weekly cap.

Travel with buses instead of the Tube

  • A single bus fare costs just £1.50, while unlimited bus travel on a contactless card costs £4.50.
  • Make the most of it, by having a second bus journey for free within the same hour of travel.

Travel Off-Peak

  • Αvoid travelling between Monday and Friday from 06:30 to 09:30, and 16:00 to 19:00 in Zone 1. During these times you will be charged way more for any travel.
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