M1 Millenium Metro (the yellow metro)
The M1 or Millenium or yellow metro line was the first and simplest of Budapest’s metro lines. It has just 11 stops, quite close together, so the entire route only takes about 15 minutes, and trains arrive every 2-5 mins at peak times (and every 10 minutes in the morning and evening). Use it to hop up and down Andrássy Avenue from the centre of downtown, out to Heroes’ Square, Széchenyi Baths. From 2017/2018 it will be useful for the new museum district too.
It was one of the first underground railways in the world, built in 1896 for the great HUngarian world millennium exhibition, hence the name. Hungarians will tell you it was the first on the continent, which is a sneaky way of saying it was actually the second in the world, after the London Underground.
Owing to the cut-and-cover technology of the day, it is not actually very far under the ground, and if you want to reverse direction for example, you must exit the metro, cross Andrássy Avenue and re-enter it on the other side. M1 mostly follows the line of Andrássy Avenue, with the right lane going northeast and the left lane going southwest. Railway buffs can enjoy the underground museum at Deák Ferenc Tér metro station, where heaps of models and diagrams and very lengthy descriptions await the determined rail buff, (or those wanting to escape bad weather).
Address: End stops at Vörösmarty tér and Mexikoi út.
Google Map ref: 47.496801, 19.050591 and 47.519611, 19.091089
Opening hours: (4:30am-11:30pm every day)
Cost: one ticket costs 350HUF
Best time to see it: Anytime it’s open.
Find this on: Absolute Walking Tour, Evening stroll)