Public Transport

Public Transport

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Vienna 

How to travel the simplest and cheapest way in Vienna? 

Semester pass

Students under the age of 26 who are enrolled at CEU PU in Vienna (BA, MA and PhD) and have residency in Vienna are eligible to purchase a semester pass for 75.- Euros per semester. You will need an Austrian Student ID (Matrikelnummer) and a proof of address registration document (Meldezettel). 

  • Winter semester from 1 September to 31 January
  • Summer semester from 1 February to 30 June

At the moment the semester pass is available in the Wiener Linien customer service center (Erdbergstraße 202, 1030 Vienna) and other ticket offices but will be available online later. 

Students can purchase a summer holiday monthly ticket for July and August. The ticket is available from around the middle of June. You can find more information about it here.  

Annual Season Ticket 

Students older than 26 might want to purchase an annual season ticket (Jahreskarte) in one of the Wiener Linien ticket offices or in the online ticket shop. 

The Wiener Linien annual pass is valid for exactly 365 days starting on the first day of the next full calendar month and can be used for travel on all public transport lines within Vienna's Zone 100.  

Weekly and Monthly Passes 

Another option for short stays in Vienna could be a weekly or monthly pass. Weekly and monthly passes are valid for one calendar week or one calendar month, respectively. A weekly pass can be used for unlimited travel on Vienna's public transport network during the selected week, from 12:00 AM (midnight) Monday until 9:00 AM the following Monday. A monthly pass is valid from the first day of the chosen calendar month until the second day of the following month. Weekly and monthly passes can be purchased in one of the Wiener Linien ticket offices or online.  

For more ticket options check out the Wiener Linien Ticket Guide. 

 

How can I purchase a ticket?

You can purchase a ticket for public transport in Vienna in various ways: 

Budapest

How do I travel the simplest and cheapest way in Budapest? 

Before using the Budapest public transport network, you are strongly advised to buy a standard 30-day Budapest travel pass for 9.500 HUF during your first month’s stay. This monthly pass allows you to travel day and night on any vehicle, operated by the Budapest Transport Center (BKK). This pass entitles you to unlimited use of all BKK transport services and it will save you from any unpleasant dispute with ticket inspectors. 

Buying single tickets (350 HUF) for traveling is not advised due to the complex system of validating tickets before each journey. 

 

Tickets and passes  

Tickets and passes can be purchased at metro stations or from any ticket vending machines around Budapest. Tickets must be validated by ticket punchers on buses, trams and trolleys or before entering any metro stations. Transport officials are authorized to check the validity of your ticket or pass any time during and after your trip. Passengers without valid ticket or pass are to pay a heavy fine on the spot.  

For more detailed information, please visit: https://bkk.hu/en/. 

 

Metro line M3 renovation in 2021 

During the 2021 reconstruction of metro line M3, trains do not run between Lehel ter and Nagyvarad ter stations. Instead, metro replacement buses are connecting these two stations. From Liszt Ferenc international airport, it is advised to take bus 200E to reach in 30 minutes M3 metro station Kobanya-Kispest from where you can get to the center of Budapest. 

 

Hungarian Student Cards 

Students starting their studies in Budapest may be eligible for a Hungarian student card. This card entitles the holder to get a significant discount (60 %) on monthly and quarterly student travel passes. As the application process for this card is quite complex, students are strongly advised to buy a standard Budapest pass (9.500 HUF) for the first month – and to keep the receipt safely for a potential upgrade of this pass during this period. 

The Student Center at the Dean of Students Office will inform all incoming students in time about the application process.