The tramway network of Budapest is one of the most important in the world: 155 kilometers of tramway routes! The tram line No. 2 stretches along the Danube and winds between the buildings that made Budapest famous. On the Pest side, be lazy and let yourself be let – the tram No. 2 will allow you to enjoy the finest curiosities of the town. Two years ago, the National Geographic published an article about the 10 most beautiful tramway routes in the world: the tram No. 2 of Budapest was ranked 7. This shows you that its route, cuddled up against the Danube, between the river and the sidewalk, is truly astonishing.
The tram No. 2 of Budapest runs between the Jászai Mari square and the Közvágóhíd (« public slaughterhouse ») stop, at the very heart of the town. The Margaret bridge, the Rákóczi bridge and, above all, the Gresham palace, the Hungarian Parliament, the famous pedestrian and shopping zone of the Váci utca, the concert hall of the Pesti Vigadó, the Great Market Hall, the Corvinus University, and the new National Theater are on its way.
The tram line No. 2 came to existence in 1911 but its current route dates back to the post-WW2 period. It reached its current length in 1973. However, it’s not a vestige that only survived because of its attractivity to tourists: the people of Budapest take it everyday. Mingle with them; it costs only 350 HUF (hardly more than one euro) or 450 HUF if you buy your ticket on board.
Definitely, the tram line No. 2 should be on your bucket list if you decide to discover this town that should still be called the « pearl of the Danube ».