Travelling to Budapest

Please note, that Hungary is a member state of the European Union, so visa requirements may apply, please check with your local Hungarian (or EU Member State) embassy or consulate for details. We can provide invite letters as necessary.

Budapest_arrivalsBy plane

It’s very easy to get to Budapest by plane – several low-cost airlines and major flag-carriers have multiple daily flights from across Europe and the main airline hubs (Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, London). Currently direct long-haul flights connect Budapest to Dubai, UAE, and Montreal, Canada.

Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport is sixteen kilometres south-east of downtown Budapest. Terminal 2A serves flights arriving from and departing to the Schengen Zone, while Terminal 2B serves destinations outside the Schengen Zone.

From Airport to the city

All major car rental companies have offices in the arrivals hall of Budapest Ferihegy Airport, although we do not recommend renting a car, as downtown parking is very complicated, and all of our planned locations are easily reachable on foot or by public transport.

The Airport minibus service called MiniBUD is a popular and reasonably priced means of transport between the airport and the city.

The public airport bus, number 200E goes to M3 metro station Kőbánya-Kispest (blue metro line), about 20 minutes ride from the Airport. Please note that there is a front-door boarding only policy is on the bus number 200E. From Kőbánya-Kispest metro station, the metro takes passengers straight into the city centre.

Tickets and passes can be purchased at the Arrivals Hall in the offices of Customer Service Points of BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport) at Liszt Ferenc International Airport’s Terminal 2A (daily 8:45-22:20) and Terminal 2B (daily 6:30-22:15). Look for the purple BKK sign upon exiting customs. Almost all types of tickets and passes are available for purchase at the airport including the practical 24- or 72-hour travelcards especially designed for tourists.

A taxi to the centre of Budapest will cost anything between 3.500 Ft and 8.000 Ft, depending on the destination. Budapest Airport has a contracted taxi company (Főtaxi Ltd.), which offers predictable and regulated prices for passengers going to the city. Be careful of freelancers looking for customers at the Arrivals Hall, as they usually rip off foreign visitors. The taxi service in Budapest is strongly regulated, so always choose a licensed taxi. You can pay also with credit card for the taxi.

By train

More than 50 trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and 25 other European capital cities. High-speed trains to Vienna (with direct connections to Munich, Salzburg and Zurich) run every 3 hours, 7 times a day. Most of them are offered in the cooperation of MÁV Hungarian State Railways and ÖBB Austrian Federal Railways.

There is also a popular network of Inter City trains linking Budapest with the main Hungarian towns.

There are three main international railway stations in Budapest: Eastern (Keleti), Western (Nyugati) and Southern (Déli). All three international railway stations has connection to the metro lines. The Déli and Keleti are stops on the red (number 2) line and the Nyugati is on the blue (number 3) metro line.

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