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Apr 11, 2019

Budapest public transport to introduce e-ticketing this year

Airport bus passengers can expect to get hold of their tickets via smart phones starting as early as June, with universal e-ticketing expected to roll out by September, Mayor Tarlós said

According to Mayor of Budapest István Tarlós, the Hungarian capital’s public transport company (BKV) will introduce the much-anticipated e-ticketing system as early as June, this year.

Airport bus passengers can expect to get hold of their tickets via smart phones starting as early as June, with universal e-ticketing expected to roll out by September, Mayor Tarlós said following the signing of a cooperation agreement with the interior minister.

As a first step, passengers will be able to purchase their tickets for airport busses 100E and 200E via smartphones, while the universal system is expected to roll out gradually by early September.

Even though the e-tickets will still be trip-based, Tarlós said that BKV plans to introduce time-based passes beginning in late 2020, which would allow travelers to use all public transport facilities for one hour at a flat rate.

The mayor concluded that the new BKV system will be fully compatible with the country-wide framework used by the trains of MÁV and Volán coaches.