If you visit Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube, do not miss the spectacular views from a yellow tram running along the central river Danube in the heart of Budapest City. Trams are inexpensive ways to get around the city and they offer fast and reliable transportation, but more than that: Tram number 2 is also like a land based casual tour of the Danube sights in the Hungarian capital. Buy a Budapest Card, including free public transport (all trams, buses, metros in Budapest). It is a clever way to get around in Budapest and enjoy free entries and discounts on the tourist’s attractions.
Tram 2 is one of the ten most beautiful tram lines in the world (as pointed out by the National Geographic), which runs along the river Danube on the Pest side, in the centre of Budapest. From the Pest side, you can see the Buda side spectacles, the Castle Hill with the stunning Buda Castle or the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church towers. The tram starts at Kozvagohid in the south and runs on its beautiful way along the Danube riverside in Budapest, up to one of the more northern bridges, the Margaret Bridge at the tip of Margaret Island.
Starting at the southern top the route passes by the Palace of Arts, which offers a lot of great Concerts in Budapest, and the Hungarian National Theater.
Tram 2 also stops at Fovam Square where you can admire the Corvinus University and the Great Market Hall and have lovely Hungarian goods and meals. Fancy for a food tasting market tour? Why not book a Guided Market Hall Tour? Balna Budapest is also in walking distance, the unique whale shaped building offers various programs. Tram 2 is usually running as a “Christmas Light Tram” in
the Advent weeks. Enjoy the spectacular festive lights of Budapest and the tram.
Close to the Great Market Hall, you can find the chic green Liberty Bridge which is probably the most stylish bridge of Budapest.
The tram line also touches the Elisabeth Bridge on the Pest side. From here, you can easily reach some of the major docks of Budapest River Cruises.
The next stop will be the Eotvos square and from there the Chain Bridge is visible. Chain Bridge was the very first permanent bridge build over the Danube in Budapest and it is a symbol of the Hungarian Capital.
If you continue the ride on the tram by the Danube, you get to Szechenyi Istvan square, then to Kossuth Lajos where you can stop to visit the Holocaust memorial, Shoes Along the River Danube.
This stop is also close to the Hungarian Parliament, the third largest parliamentary building in the world, and perhaps the most iconic symbol of Budapest, Hungary. You can take a Parliament Tour to get to know its amazing architecture and history. Many of the travellers enjoy a boat ride with a drink and aim to get a photo with the Parliament in the background for a loving memory of a truly romantic city.
The last stop of the scenic by the Danube tram ride will be on the north, at Jaszai Mari square, close the Margaret Island and Margaret Bridge. Margaret Island is a historical island with ruins and green parks, running track, a mini zoo, an Art Nouveau Water Tower, and a beautiful musical fountain (on the side of Margaret Bridge)