All aboard Budapest's new "river metro"
Refurbished ships opening in July to holders of regular BKV passes amid grand plans for modern catamarans and docking facilities.
A rendering of planned docking facility at Batthyány tér in Buda, and one of the ferries that will be in service starting this July.
Budapest is set to launch scheduled public ferry service between Rákóczi Bridge (the former Lágymányosi híd) in the south and Újpest in the north of the city from July 1, writes Index.hu.
Passengers will be able to use BKV monthly and day passes to ride the boats, which will run every 20 minutes during peak hours. Pricing for single trip tickets is yet to be finalized but they will be either HUF 320, the price of a regular BKV ticket, or HUF 1,000, the current fee for a similar-existing boat service.
The total length of the route will be 11.5 km and a full ride will take 45-60 minutes with eight stops along the way.
The refurbished vessels offer wi-fi access as well as food and drink, and passengers can bring bicycles aboard.
In the longer run the BKV plans to replace the refurbished boats with new ferry catamarans to be paid for with EU funds, and to radically upgrade docking facilities along the river.