BudapestGO : Integrated mobility app launched in Budapest
On 14 February 2022 Budapest have replaced its former journey planner (FUTÁR) by the BudapestGO application, where journey planning, ticket and pass sales are integrated with real-time information on the actual transport situations.
BKK Centre for Budapest Transport has fundamentally renewed its journey planner app by introducing and integrating several functions: from now customers can plan their journey, receive real time information about changes and buy their ticket or pass in one application.
The above-mentioned functions were formerly available in separate applications: journey planning and real-time public transport information were offered by applications of BKK, while mobile tickets and passes, in line with the national rules, were available in separate third-party applications (banks and National Mobile Payment System, as the integrator of mobile payments in Hungary). The new integrated application is more comfortable for customers, and transport authority BKK can also benefit from the user database, that helps providing self-tailored services – this is an important step towards realization of MaaS in Budapest.
Advanced functions of BudapestGO
To get around the Hungarian capital, BudapestGO provides a simple and easy solution, with the following advanced functions, that provide much more than an average journey planner:
BKK tickets and passes in one app
Parallel to the options of purchasing tickets in vending machines or customer centres, tickets and passes in digital form are now easily available in BudapestGO. As a new product, long-time awaited time-based tickets (for a 30-minute and a 90-minute ride) will be available in the app from March 2022.
Tickets and passes not only for Budapest
As the ticket and pass purchase in the integrated app of BKK is cooperating with the National Mobile Payment System, mobile tickets and passes are available not only for mobility services in Budapest, but also for regional buses and local public transport lines of every major urban settlement in Hungary.
Improved user experience
The BudapestGO app introduces new functions that improve user experience: the app allows BKK’s customers to automatically purchase their monthly passes each month, timetables can be used more simply and journey planning is more transparent. Customers can select whether the app should plan their trip with fewer transfers or less walk, and saved information can be managed more easily. The functions of former BKK Info app are integrated into the BudapestGO app, which indicates real-time traffic-related changes during journey planning. By using the widget function, the purchased ticket can be kept on the mobile home screen, meaning that the ticket can be available, validated or presented with one click.
Further development of BudapestGO
Budapest believes that Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is the right direction for digital developments in urban mobility. The BudapestGO app will be continuously developed, with the introduction of time-based tickets as the next step, and integration of further transportation services and further development of user experience during 2022. Later releases will introduce a reliable bicycle journey planning (that takes topography into account), and include Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) bus lines.
BudapestGO app is available in Google Play store and Apple App Store, former FUTÁR app is automatically updating to BudapestGO.
More information on BKK website : press release end of january , press release early february
Updated : February 25, 2022