Information, Tips on Transportation to the City Center
Many international airlines operate flights to Budapest throughout the year, including a range of cheap flights.
Flights to Budapest land at Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD) some 25 km far from the city centre.
Flights land and depart at Terminal 2. (Terminal 1 closed down in 2012.)
There are many ways to get to the city centre from the airport including an affordable taxi transfer, and public transportation.
Budapest airport has many facilities: shops, cafes and restaurants.
It also offers a wide range of services including free internet connection in the departure and waiting areas.
The SkyCourt is a modern new passenger hall conencting terminals 2A and 2B.Quick Links: Location – Useful Telephone Numbers – Airport Transfers – Public Transport to the City Center – Services at the Airport – Hotels Near Liszt Ferenc Airport
Address: 1185 Budapest-Ferihegy, district XVIII.
1675 P.O.Box. 53.
Telefon: +36 (1) 296-9696
- Call Center / Information: Tel.: (+36 1) 296-7000
- Ticket information and booking: (+36 1) 296 5959, (+36 1) 296 5960
Celebi Ground Handling:
Tel.: (Terminal 2): +36 (70) 332-4006, +36-70-332-4007, +36 (1) 296-5966 (fax is)
E-mail: LL@celebi.hu, Menzies Aviation: Tel.: T2A +36 (1) 296-8315T2B +36 (1) 296-8399E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Malév Ground Handling:
Tel.: +36 (1) 296-7327, +36 (1) 296-7948, +36-70 456-6038
Minibus – lost luggage: Tel.: +36 (1) 296-8555
Airport Taxi Shuttle – to Your Hotel in the City Center and BackTIP: Airport Transfer – a convenient and affordable way of getting to your hotel (or from your hotel to Ferenc Liszt Airport) is by using a Budapest Airport Transfer service.
Perhaps the quickest way of getting to your destination within Budapest is by taxi. Taxis queue up the arrival levels of Terminal 2.
The new owner of Budapest Airport solved the chaotic situation that had been characteristic of the taxi service at Budapest Airport for many years.
In December 2010 Főtaxi company won the tender for the operating a reliable taxi service at lower prices.
Look for taxis with the Főtaxi logos on.
The new and high quality taxi service includes:
Budapest Főtaxi-taxi service at Liszt Ferenc Airport
- a simple taxi booking system: look for Főtaxi booths just outside of arrival buildings at Liszt Ferenc Airport Terminal 2.
- Give your destination address to the attendant. You’ll receive a voucher about your taxi booking that contains information about the destination, the fare and the vehicle.
- You can pay with credit card (all major credit cards are accepted – the cars are equipped with POS terminals) and most importantly
- the trip to the city centre costs 5 900-6 500 HUF/taxi (cc. 20-22 EUR), and you can share the fee with other travellers. You can check the fares here
- You can get in the first available car, show your voucher with the destination address on it to the driver. New cars are equipped with multimedia screens in the back of the seats providing tourist and other information.
There are several public transport services from Budapest Airport to take you to downtown Budapest.
- By train from Ferihegy Train Station (Ferihegy vasútállomás, accessible by Bus 200E, 5th stop/8minutes) Ferenc Liszt Airport Terminal 2 to Western Train Station (Nyugati Pályaudvar).
- The train journey takes less than half an hour (cc. 22-25 minutes). The ticket costs around 400 HUF that you can buy at Ferihegy train station in the ticket office (open every day between 6.00-18.00) or from vending machines, or for the way back at platform B at the Nyugati railway station from the ticket vending machine). Budapest card, 24-hour, 72-hour and 7-day travel cards are also valid for this train trip.
- Bus 200E takes you from Terminal 2 to the M3 (blue) metro terminal called Kőbánya-Kispest Metro Station. The bus journey is about 30 minutes. From there you can travel to the city centre (Deák Ferenc tér for example) by metro (M3-blue line). See our page about Budapest metro where you also find a downloadable metro map.
See Timetables for Night Services at the Budapest Public Transportation Company’s (BKK) website.:
Public Transport Tickets, Travel Cards at Budapest Airport
A one-way public transport ticket costs 350 HUF (450 HUF when you buy it from the driver onboard the bus). if you plan to use public transport frequently buy a pack of 10 single tickets (costst 3 000 HUF) or a travel card.
Places to Buy Tickets/Travel Cards
You can buy public transport
- single tickets,
- pack of 10 single tickets,
- travel cards (24-hour, 72-hour, 7-day),
- passes at the BKK Customer Points/BKK Ügyfélpont at Terminal 2A and 2B. (BKK is an abbreviation for the Budapest Publc Transport Company in Hungarian).
BKK Customer Points at the Airport – Opening Hours
- Terminal 2A, Arrivals, Opening Hours: every day: 08.00 – 22.00, on 31. December: 08.00-20.00, on 01. January: 08.00 – 22.00
- Terminal 2B, Arrivals, Opening Hours: every day: 09.00 – 21.00, on 31. December: 08.00 – 21.00, on 01. January: 09.00 – 21.00
Relay News Agents, Post Office
You can also buy single tickets and pack of 10 single tickets at the Relay News Agents, and at the post office (closed on weekends and holidays) on the mezzanine level at Terminal 2A.
24-hour, 72-hour and 7-day travel cards are also sold at the post office at Terminal 2A.
Relay News Agents – Opening Hours
Sell only single tickets (350 HUF) and pack of 10 single tickets (3 000 HUF).
- Terminal 2A Arrivals, Relay Newsstand: 08.30 – 00.30 every day
- Terminal 2A Departures, Relay Newsstand: 04.15 – 21.00 every day
- Terminal 2B Arrivals, Relay Newsstand: 08.00 – 21.30 every day
- Terminal 2B Departures, Relay Newsstand: 04.30-21.00 every day
- Skycourt, Relay: Mon-Fri: 04.15 – 21.00 every day, Sat: 04.15 – 20.00.
Post Office Opening Hours (closed on Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays)
The post office is located at Terminal 2A: Open: Monday – Friday: 8.00 – 12.00 and 12.30 – 15.30, closed on weekends and public holidays.
Ticket Vending Machine
There’s also a ticket vending machine at the stop of Bus 200E. You can buy tickets (all types), travel cards and passes here with cash or bank card.TIP: see more on public transport in Budapest, buying and validating tickets. You might also want to read about other ways of travelling in the city.
MiniBUD Airport Shuttle
The shuttle service, a minibus with 8-11 seats, takes passengers travelling to the same directions within Budapest and drops everyone off at the requested address.
You can book a shuttle on-line. They’ll send you a confirmation in which the pick-up time, your reservation code and any other important details are included. You’ll also receive a SMS message. The driver will ask you for the reservation code.
The drivers speak several foreign languages and since they know Budapest and its traffic very well you’ll get to your destination quickly. Look for the MiniBUD Desks at Terminal 2.
All Minibuses arrive to and depart from the Terminal 2’s Main Entrance.
Airport Shuttle Minibus Prices:
- from 7 EUR/ prs to the districts near to the airport, price also depends on the total number of persons using the service
- for 2 persons to Pest centre or the central districts in Buda: 17.5 EUR.
Between the Airport and the Regency Suites Budapest Hotel in the City Center (district VII.)
The Centrumbus provides direct transfer from the airport to the Regency Suites Budapest Hotel in downtown (address: Madách tér 2., district VII.). The Centrumbus departs from the airport terminal every day between 09:00-16:00 and 21:00-23:00.
Price of Centrumbus Service:
- Liszt Ferenc Airport – Regency Suites Budapest Hotel (service ASM380): 1.000,- HUF / person
- Regency Suites Budapest Hotel – Liszt Ferenc Airport (service ASM381): 1.000,- HUF / person
You can buy your ticket at the AirportShuttle Desks at the airport terminal.
Avis, Inka, Europcar, Hertz, and Budget car rental companies have counters at the airport if you choose to use a car during your visit.
Read more about Car Rental in Budapest. You can get into the city center by car in about 20 minutes on Ferihegy High Speed Road.
You find a range of restaurants, snack bars and shops to while away. The airport shops provide you the last opportunity to buy unique Hungarian gifts, like Herend porcelain.
The Cirrus Lounge in the transit area of Terminal 2B has computers with free internet access, photocopiers, snack bar and fax-receiving facility.
Facilities are available for people with disabilty too: toilettes, wheelchairs. You can ask for assistance with boarding or disembarking.
The SkyCourt is a new passenger hall between terminal 2A and 2B that welcomes passengers from 27th march 2011.
It is a hip modern building with fast and convenient services to make arrival at Budapest an even more pleasant experience.
Free WiFi at Budapest Airport
Internet access is provided free of charge for up to two hours in the departure and transit areas of Terminal 2A and 2B. So you can browse the world wide web on your smartphone or tablet while waiting.
First you have to chosoe an internet network either bud:free wifi or bud:skycourt free. After selecting the network a website run by Budapest Airport will load which provides the web conection for up to 2 hours.
For more up-to-date information on flights and services visit the airport’s official website.
There are some good-value hotels in the vicinity of the airport.
Hotel Ibis Budapest Aero
Address: Ferde utca 1-3., Budapest, district IX.
Tel: (+36 1) 347 9700
Price: from around 50 EUR per room in low season
Ibis Budapest Aero is one of the nearest hotels to the airport. It’s a 3-star hotel with excellent transport connections to downtown Budapest: the M3 metro has a station at Határ út just outside the hotel building, it takes you to the city centre within 10 minutes.
Rooms are soundproofed. The hotel has a large garden and there’s a shopping mall nearby.
See our full review of Airport Hotels.
Address: Nagy Lajos király utja 15-17., district XIV.
Tel: (+36 1) 383-8418
A good value budget hotel. The M2, red metro line has a station at Örs vezér ter, about 200 m from the hotel.
Price: around 50 EUR/single room, 55 EUR/double room in low season
Tulip Inn Budapest Millennium
Address: Üllői út 94-98, Budapest, district VIII.
Tel: (+36 1) 477 8000
The hotel is situated along Üllői út, a main thoroughfare that connects Budapest Airport with the downtown. You can get to the city center in 5-6 minutes.
The nearest metro stations are at Nagyvárad tér and Népliget (metro stations of the M3, blue line)
Price: 60 EUR/single room, double room 75 EUR in low season