Budapest is the capital and the most populous city of Hungary. Budapest metropolitan area, has an area of 7,626 square kilometres and a population of 3,303,786, comprising 33 percent of the population of Hungary. There have been massive improvements in Budapest wheelchair access levels. The city has many historic buildings, having been the co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a great power that dissolved in 1918, following World War I. The city was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Battle of Budapest in 1945, and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Budapest is the headquarters of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the European Police College and the first foreign office of the China Investment Promotion Agency. Budapest wheelchair access travel opportunities have grown as the city has become more inclusive.
Over 40 colleges and universities are located in Budapest, including the Eötvös Loránd University, the Semmelweis University and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. This well educated city facilitates disability travel by providing good wheelchair access.
Attractions and Opportunities
Accessible Public Transport in Budapest
The Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK) provides equal opportunities in accessing public transport services for local residents and visitors, making disability travel fairly easy. BKK endeavours to make public transport services fully accessible and barrier-free. Over half of the buses running in Budapest are new low-floor buses and 97% of the lines are partially or fully accessible. This means barrier-free buses serve nearly all bus stops. Besides wheelchair users, parents with prams/strollers, the elderly with reduced mobility and small children all appreciate the easy boarding of BKK’s public transport vehicles.