Budapest targets tourists with public transport fare hikes

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The price of Budapest Public Transport Center (BKK) single tickets and monthly passes will remain unchanged, but the price of other products, used mainly by visitors to the capital, will rise, Mayor Gergely Karácsony said in a post on Facebook on Friday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Karácsony said the prices of products such as the 24-hour and 72-hour tickets, popular with tourists, would increase, as would fines for fare dodgers.

Deputy-Mayor Ambrus Kiss on Thursday said a proposal that will come before the Budapest municipal council on Wednesday would raise the price of BKK's 24-hour ticket from HUF 1,650 to HUF 2,500, and the price of the 72-hour ticket from HUF 4,150 to HUF 5,500. It would raise the penalty for traveling without a ticket from HUF 8,000 to HUF 12,000, paid on the spot, and from HUF 16,000 to HUF 25,000 for fines paid later.

The changes could raise ticket revenue by HUF 800 million.

The prices of BKK single tickets and monthly passes have not changed in more than eight years. 

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