From March 2024, the MOL Bubi public bike-sharing system will be expanded by six stations. The new bicycle pick-up points will be located in districts 11 and 13.
BKK Centre for Budapest Transport will add six new stations to the MOL Bubi network this spring. The improvements, which were preceded by public consultations, will be implemented in Districts 11 and 13. The new stations will make the distinctive green bicycles, which are popular with many, available at 207 locations across the city.
BKK is financing the installation of the MOL Bubi stations not only from municipal funds but also through partnership agreements, with five of the sites in District 11 and the other in District 13 being financed by EY (formerly Ernst & Young). The new stations will be located at the following intersections:
In addition to implementing its developments following public consultation, BKK also regularly monitors how many new users a system extension will provide with additional transport options. For example, following the 2023 station openings in the Zugló neighbourhood, the company's experience shows that the share of new customers at these stations has reached 20-30% month-on-month.
MOL Bubi has been growing in popularity for years: in 2023, an average of more than 9,000 people used the bikes every day, and on the busiest day of last year, 13 September, BKK recorded more than 18,000 trips. In recent years, the misconception that cycling is only a seasonal mode of transport has been finally dispelled. In November, the average daily number of trips exceeded 7,000, and in December - despite the cold weather - the daily peak was between 5,000 and 6,000 for several days.
A big advantage for cyclists is BKK's BudapestGO app, which makes it easy to plan cycling journeys, whether you have your own bike or use a MOL Bubi public bike. The route suggested by BudapestGO shows what type of traffic to expect (e.g. car-free bike lane) and can also be set to be bicycle-friendly and avoid hills.
An earlier survey by BKK showed that the majority of people use green bikes to commute to and from work (57%), while many also use MOL Bubi to run errands and do some shopping (49%) and use public bikes to reach places of entertainment (40%).
People travelling in the capital can pick up and drop off MOL Bubi bikes at important transport hubs (such as Szentlélek tér or Zugló train station) and near public transport stops. A total of 2,460 bicycles are now available for the convenience of users, allowing them to quickly get anywhere in the city centre in 10-15 minutes at the most, while for longer distances the service can be flexibly combined with other means of public transport.