Budapest has three metro lines (see inside back cover),
which intersect only at Deák tér station. Here passengers
can change trains (stamping their tickets once again),
by following the clearly marked passageways. The oldest
line, the yellow M1 line, runs just beneath the surface of
the city. Built in 1894, it is known as the Millennium Line
after the celebrations that took place two years later
(see p142). Recently it has been modernized and extended.
Two more lines – the red M2 and blue M3 lines –
have been added since 1970, serving the rest of the city. Transfers from Budapest by metro is not available.
Getting around by bus
Budapest has about 200 different bus routes, which
altogether cover most of the city. The blue Ikarus
buses generally run from 4:30am until 11pm, with
departures on most routes every 10–20 minutes. Times
and a list of destinations are on display at most stops.
Ordinary buses are indicated by black numbers and
stop at every stop. Buses with red numbers follow
express routes and omit a number of stops.