BKV, Budapest's Transport Company, takes to the Danube
Starting summer 2012, a new passenger boat service will be available in Budapest. The scheduled service will run on the Danube between Újpest and Millenniumi Városközpont and it will consist of the following 8 stops, from North to South:
Újpest - Meder utca - Árpád híd - Jászai Mari tér - Batthyány tér -
Petőfi tér - Boráros tér - Millenniumi Városközpont
5 existing docks are being converted into ferry terminals and 3 brand new ones are under construction and set to be ready by May 31st. The 11,5 km (7,1 mile) long route will provide a convenient and beautiful commute for locals as well as a great way to get around and see the city from the Danube for visitors. The ride will take about 45 minutes down-stream and 60 minutes up-stream. WiFi, coffee and refreshments will be available on board and passengers will also be able to take their bikes with them. During rush hour boats will run every 20 minutes. The best part is that you will be able to use regular public transportation tickets and passes without any additional cost.
Here are some useful transfers at each ferry terminal on the banks of the Danube:
Újpest - Bus No. 104, 104A, 122, 196, 204
Meder utca - Subway (M3); Bus No. 105
Árpád híd - Streetcar No. 1, 1A; Bus No. 26, 34, 106, 115, 133
Jászai Mari tér - Streetcar No. 2, 4, 6
Batthyány tér - Subway (M2); Streetcar No. 19, 41; Bus No. 11, 39, 86, 111, 160, 260; HÉV to Szentendre
Petőfi tér - Streetcar No. 2, 2A; Bus No. 15, 115
Boráros tér - Streetcar No. 2, 2A, 4, 6; Bus No. 2V, 15, 23, 23E, 54, 55, 115, 212; HÉV to Csepel
Millenniumi Városközpont - Streetcar No. 1; Bus No. 23, 23E, 54, 55
Update June 22, 2012: According to the latest press release by the Budapest Transport Company, the ferry service starts on July 1st, 2012. Look for ferries D11, D12 (running during the week) and D13 (running on weekends).