Budapest Christmas would not be complete without a bit of public transport in a Xmas mood: the Christmas streetcar / tram. One of the loveliest Budapest Christmas sights is the Budapest Christmas Streetcar number 2, and some more Budapest trams turned into a festive sight with many thousands of lights (approx. 39,200 white and blue LED lights).
Expected dates: Dec 4, 2016 – Jan 6, 2017 (exceptions Dec 24, 31)
There is no surcharge to travel on the Budapest Christmas Streetcar, you can use your Budapest Card or public transport travel pass, tickets as on any vehicles of the BKV company in Budapest. However, there will be special Christmas tram rides too (see details below). The trams are not well heated, so do get dressed well for the rides!
2016 Schedule of Christmas Trams in Budapest
The complete 2016 schedule of the Budapest Christmas trams has not been issued by the official Budapest public transportation company (BKK for short) yet. What is sure that the number 2 Tram – the scenic, award winning tram along the river Danube – will run daily during the Christmas holiday, beautifully lit.
Number 2 Tram – daily Christmas Trams, between 5 pm – 9 pm
Number 4 Tram – occasional Christmas Trams
Number 14 Tram – occasional Christmas Trams
Number 47 Tram – occasional Christmas Trams
Trolleys lit up for Christmas are also scheduled for 2016!
Please take a look at the schedule below to get a rough idea of what to expect in 2016.
Budapest Christmas Streetcars
2 Streetcar in Budapest at Christmas
There are streetcars bearing number 2 or 2A on their cars. Some of the trams 2A have been dressed up for Christmas. Tram 2A is running along the river Danube as if it was a land based Budapest river cruise.
Tram 2A leaves from Boraros square (Boráros tér) by Petofi Bridge (on the Pest side), which is the terminal of the 2A streetcar line. The other terminal of the 2A tram is Jaszai Mari Square (Jászai Mari tér) by the Margaret Bridge, where the Christmas streetcars await those waiting for a special journey.
Days in 2016: to be confirmed. Please check back later for updates.
47 Streetcar in Budapest at Christmas
The route of streetcar number 47 is from Deak Square, calling at Astoria stop, Kalvin Square stop (National Museum), Fovam Square (Budapest Market Hall: Central Market Hall), St Gellert Square (Gellert Bath, Gellert Hill), Bartok Bela Way (Cafe Hadik), Moricz Square. Tram number 47 leaves Deak Square (Deák Ferenc tér), while the trams will also run from the southern termainl in Budafok – in the south of Budapest (Torley Champagne Museum)
19 Streetcar in Budapest at Christmas
Not scheduled in 2015
In addition to the Pest side ‘sightseeing streetcar’number 2A – 2A and 2 trams chosen as the most beautiful scenic streetcar routes in Europe by National Geographic magazine – you can also get a Christmassy ride on the Buda side, parallel with the river Danube promenade. The tram is number 19, whose scenic route starts from the Liberty Bridge (by Gellert Baths and Hotel Gellert), up until Batthyany Square, which is just opposite the Hungarian Parliament. Although the full route of tram 19 in Budapest is much longer, the most scenic part is between the Danube bridges.
You can take a festive tram trip 19 in December from the two terminals or at any of the tram stops. The Christmas trams will leave Batthyany Square (Batthyány tér) and the other terminal Kelenfold Train Station (Kelenföldi pályaudvar)
Special Budapest Christmas Tram Rides
The special rides are longer and special fees are charged for them by Budapest BKV company.
Two festive Christmas Light Trams will leave Boraros Square (Petofi Bridge) on certain days in December with a special fare. For instance, the Christmas Light Tram will take a ride to the Buda hills on a designated day (Huvosvolgy, Farkasret, Kamaraerdo), and another to the outskirts of Pest side of Budapest (Pesterzsebet, Kispest and Pestlorinc). Both night Light Trams leave at 9 pm and will wander about in the night (tram fans in Hungary love these night rides).
In addition there will be a special tram trip for those who love Photography. Taking festive photos with many stops in Budapest. The 6 hour length (!) Christmas Photo Streetcar in Budapest will leave from Szell Kalman Square on the Buda side (at the foot of the Castle Hill). The fee is approx HUF 2,000 (leaving Boraros Sq at 22:00 Dec 13, 2014). Again, do get dressed well and bring your gloves as the trams are not heated well, and you will need warm hands for steady shots of beautiful Budapest Christmas sights.
Please note that there are no Christmas trams on Dec 24 (Szenteste / Holy Night), and on New Year’s Eve in Budapest (Dec 31).
Budapest Christmas Cruises (Dec 24, 25, 26)
Budapest New Year Cruise (Dec 31)
Mark Mervai Photography (beautiful Budapest photos)
Source for 2015: Budapest BKK Facebook page
general information waited to be published by Source: BKV.hu Christmas news. BKV is the official public transport company in Budapest, Hungary.