- 14 Jul 2021 9:29 AM
- Hungary Matters
Cyclists who plan to transport their bikes to popular outing destinations Svábhegy and Normafa in Buda can now ride buses 21, 21A and 212 uphill, in addition to the Cogwheel Railway. Designated vehicles are marked with a bike pictogram.
Thanks to the joint development by BKK and the Budapest Transport Company Zrt. (BKV), fifty Modulo type buses will be equipped with fastening devices for the safe transportation of bicycles.
One bike per bus is allowed and it must be securely fastened during the trip in the designated area on board. This area is also shared by baby carriages and wheelchairs; therefore, BKK would like to ask cyclists to be so kind as to offer that area to passengers travelling with small children or to those with reduced mobility, if the need arises.
In case the bus is crowded, the driver is allowed to deny taking a bike on board, in which case passengers with a bike need to wait for the next bus.
Bikes on board BKK services
Taking a bicycle on public transport is becoming ever more popular: passengers can transport their bikes on board the Cogwheel Railway, the suburban railway lines, several bus lines, Tatra type trams as well as the D14 ferry service.
This service offering makes the free combination of private and public transport possible. Passengers who regularly travel great distances and would like to combine cycling and public transport are advised by BKK to use B+R bike storage facilities and MOL Bubi public bikes, for which the FUTÁR journey-planning app is of great help.
In certain situations, it is very useful if you can take your bike aboard a bus or tram, such as a flat tyre, an e-bike’s dead battery, a summer storm, or the typical usage style on Buda’s hilly terrain: comfortably roll downhill in the morning, but on the way home, the going might get tough, in which case it is a good option to hop on a bus listed above instead of climbing uphill.
Furthermore, this solution also helps the older generation or parents with small children who do not wish to go without the joy of riding a bike.
Transporting a bike on BKK’s services requires a single ticket (or one from a block of 10 single tickets) or a bicycle pass. Of course, the person travelling with the bike also requires fare payment in the form of a ticket, travelcard or pass.
Small-size bikes with an external wheel diameter of up to 41 cm (16”), scooters and folding bikes irrespective of size ride for free on all lines as hand-luggage.
At weekends planned until October 2021 as a test, passengers can take their bikes on board designated services free of charge.
The development of the service is carried out in line with the Budapest Restart programme and with regard to the increased level of cycling resulting from the pandemic.
For more details on how to transport bicycles please read this article.
You can buy a bicycle pass to supplement most pass types at ticket offices and from ticket vending machines. Search for a sales point near you with the BKK sales point finder .