Beneath Budapest, one of Europe's most classically beautiful cities, lies one of the few visible reminders of Hungary's communist past. With its modernist forms, abstract artwork, and splashes of fading colors, Budapest's third Metro line (M3) is a vital urban artery for thousands of daily commuters traveling to and from the suburban housing estates the line was built to serve.
Construction of the M3 began in 1970 and the first six stations opened on 31 December, 1976. Five more stations were added to the south in 1980 and nine more to the north between 1981-1990, reaching its current length of 20 stations and 16.5 km (10 mi). Soviet-made carriages, prevalent in many Eastern Bloc Metro systems, were placed into service when the line opened and are still in operation today.
Plans are in the works to renovate the entire length of the M3, and construction of the northernmost 6 stations began in November 2017. Reconstruction of the carriages by the original manufacturer began in the spring of 2017.
A trip on the M3—both brutal and dreamy, and as yet completely obliterated by modermization—is a raw and authentic journey through history and a glimpse into everyday life in Budapest.