By plane[edit]


Ferihegy International Airport

Most travellers will arrive via Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport(IATABUD), (Budapest Liszt Ferenc Nemzetközi Repülőtér). It is also possible to fly to airports in Debrecen, Sármellék, Győr-Pér and Pécs-Pogány. Liszt Ferenc airport, also commonly referred to by the old name Ferihegy, is Hungary's largest airport and it is located about 16km (10 miles) southeast of the city centre. It is a small airport by international standards, easy to navigate, and well connected to the city by public transit. Tickets will direct visitors to either terminal "2A" (gates 20-30, Schengen-area destinations) or "2B" (gates 11-19, non-Schengen-area destinations), but the airport is now only one terminal and 2A and 2B simply refer to two halves of the same building. The signs point to separate security entrances for 2A or 2B but both lead to the same post-security area, so in practice, travellers can easily use either entrance, especially if line-ups are longer at one than the other. Behind security, there are typical airport shops and services, including duty-free stores operated by Travel Value, luxury brand shops, fast-food stops, restaurants, and cafes.


Budapest is well connected to cities throughout Europe, mainly through low-cost airlines like Ryanair and Wizzair. The number of direct long-haul flights is increasing as tourism in Budapest becomes increasingly popular.

Short Haul Low Cost Connections[edit]

(accurate as of August 2015)

  • Aer Lingus - Ireland (Dublin)
  • EasyJet - France (Paris Charles de Gaulles), Germany (Berlin Schoenefeld), Great Britain (London Gatwick) and Switzerland (Basel, Geneva)
  • Germanwings - Germany (Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart)
  • Jet2 - Great Britain (East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Manchester), Scotland (Edinburgh)
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle - Denmark (Copenhagen), Finland (Helsinki), Great Britain (London Gatwick), Norway (Oslo) and Sweden (Stockholm Arlanda)
  • Ryanair - Belgium (Brussels), Denmark (Billund), Finland (Tampere), France (Paris Beauvais), Great Britain (Bristol, London Stansted, Manchester), Greece (Athens), Ireland (Dublin), Israel (Eilat), Italy (Milan Bergamo,, Pisa, Rome Ciampino, Venice Treviso), Spain (Barcelona)),Malta
  • Transavia - France (Paris), Netherlands (Rotterdam/The Hague)
  • Vueling - Italy (Rome), Spain (Barcelona)
  • WizzAir - Belgium (Brussels Charleroi), Bulgaria (Bourgas), Cyprus (Lamaca), Egypt (Hurghada), Georgia (Kutaisi), Germany (Dortmund, Frankfurt Hahn), Great Britain (Birmingham, London Luton), Greece (Corfu, Crete Heraklion, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos), Israel (Tel Aviv), Italy (Alghero, Bari, Bologna, Catania, Milan Malpensa, Naples, Rome Fiumicino), Netherlands (Eindhoven, Maastricht), Malta (Malta), Poland (Warsaw Chopin), Russia (Moscow Vnukovo), Scotland (Glasglow), Spain (Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife), Sweden (Gottenburg Landvetter, Malmo, Stockholm Skavsta), Turkey (Istanbul), Ukraine (Kyiv Zhulyany) and United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
Long-haul Connections[edit]
  • Air Transat - Canada (Toronto-via-Montreal, Montreal)

[list needs expansion]

To/From the airport[edit]

Public transport. The main public transit connection from the airport to the city is to take bus 200E from the airport to metro M3 (blue line) end station 'Kőbánya-Kispest' (~25 minutes) and then to continue within the metro system (~20-30 minutes to city centre). One public transport ticket for each leg. (See Get Around for ticket information.) The route is well marked with signs and the bus runs frequently. The bus stops almost right next to the metro stop, but be prepared to carry luggage up or down some stairs.

It is also possible to take the 200E bus to the local Ferihegy train station and continue on the MAV network to Nyugati station in Budapest or other rail destinations. 

Taxi. The only contracted taxi operator from Liszt Ferenc airport is Főtaxi [1]. Depending on your destination, the cost for a trip to Budapest will range from 5,000 to 10,000 HUF. (Taxis now universally cost 450 HUF base price and 280 HUF for every kilometer. The inner city is around 20 kilometers from Terminal 2.)

Official shuttle AirportShuttle.Hu The Shuttle Service operated by Pte Ltd had ceased activity as of the 31st of December 2015. From 2016, official shuttle services are operated by MiniBUD Ltd. One-way fares range from 1900 to 6500 HUF, depending on destination within Budapest.

Private shuttle . e.g. [2] or similar.

By train[edit]


Keleti pályaudvar (East main railway station)

Trains connect Budapest with almost all countries in central and eastern Europe. The main railway stations (pályaudvar) are Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern Railway Station), Déli pályaudvar(Southern Railway Station) and Nyugati pályaudvar (Western Railway Station). All are well connected to the metro system. Most international trains arrive at Keleti, but check your particular itinerary.

  • Berlin: 11¾h, direct trains daily, or an overnight option.
  • Munich: 7½h, four daytime Railjet trains and one night train Kálmán Imre. Cheaper if bought online [3], at least 3 days in advance. 
  • Vienna: 2.5-3h. High-speed services every two hours. Train connects Budapest Keleti to several main stations in Vienna. Tickets are cheaper if booked in advance. Expect to pay around €20-30. Slow/regional train options also possible.
  • Prague: 7h, direct trains almost every two hours and night train MetropolOnline tickets are cheaper than normal tickets (the price begins at €19), but you should buy them at least 3 days in advance. If e-tickets are sold out or you have to buy a ticket immediately before departure, buy a (domestic) ticket Prague-Kúty Gr. (the CZ/SK border point) and international tickets Kúty Gr.-Štúrovo and Štúrovo-Budapest. This combination costs about 65% of the direct ticket.
  • Bratislava: 2¾h, six EC trains a day. 17,50 Euros for a return ticket (April 2016).
  • Warsaw: 10½, one direct day train, one direct night train, and three daytime trains that require a transfer. Sstarting around €29.
  • Bucharest: 16h, two night trains Dacia and Ister and one daytime direct train TraianusIster tickets starting at €29 can be booked online. Normal tickets cost about 50 euro or more.
  • Ljubljana: 9-10h, Rippl-Rónai via Zagreb or change at Maribor with IC Citadella.
  • Zagreb: 6-7h, two daytime trains a day, Agram and Rippl-Rónai. Different seasonal trains to various sea resorts. Return ticket valid 1 month costs about €30 and it's even cheaper than one-way ticket. There is a seasonal sleeper train twice a week to Split.
  • Belgrade: 8h, one daytime train Avala and one night train Beograd. From 15 EUR one way.
  • Sarajevo: Only possibile via Zagreb with 12 hours waiting at Zagreb Glavni Kolodvor.
  • Sofia: 18¼h, Balkan Express with a through couchette car via Belgrade. Direct ticket is expensive, the better solution is to buy a ticket Sofia-Belgrade (see Belgrade#By train) and then Belgrade-Budapest ticket at Belgrade station. The through car waits 2.5h in Belgrade and even if Balkan Express is delayed (a quite common situation), you have a time until the through car is shifted to the train to Budapest. Balkan Express leaves Sofia at noon and arrives to Belgrade at evening, so you can travel to Belgrade in a sitting car, and buy a cheaper couchette reservation only from Belgrade to Budapest.
  • Kiev and Moscow: 25h/39h, fast train Tisza, a typical Russian long-distance train going over 2 nights. International ticket is much more expensive than domestic Russian and especially Ukrainian domestic ticket. If you are on a tight budget, use another train from Kiev (departing on 18:52 or 20:06) to Chop (arriving on 10:04 or 10:52) near UA/HU border. In Chop, buy a ticket for the local train to Záhony (HU) and in Záhony buy a ticket for the IC to Budapest (arriving on 18:37). You have more than 3 hours in Chop and 1 hour in Záhony to buy your tickets - and there are later trains from Záhony to Budapest too. The overall trip is even shorter than that on the direct train and you'll pay less than a half of the official international fare. Beware that Ukraine uses Eastern European Time, which is one hour ahead of Central European Time. Local residents of Chop and Zakarpathya Oblast use CET among themselves, they call it 'local time'.
  • Zürich one direct daytime railjet and direct night train Wiener Walzer. Return fare EUR 78.

By bus[edit]

Hungary’s national bus network is operated by Volán Association [4]. If you arrive to Budapest from another Hungarian city, bus is often the best option. International bus routes are operated by Eurolines +36-1 318-2122 [5]. Most connections run two or three times a week; connections to/from Austria and Slovakia run daily. Orangeways [6] 36-30 830-9696, offers cheap tickets to and from AustriaCzech RepublicCroatiaGermanyNetherlandsPoland and SlovakiaEurobusways [7] do shared or private transfers from door to door from Budapest to many destinations including SlovakiaCroatiaPolandAustriaSloveniaRomania

Budapest’s long distance bus stations are located outside the city centre, but are very well connected to the rest of the city. The main stations are:

  • Népliget Bus station (Népliget autóbuszállomás, metro 3, Népliget station). Buses from abroad and most of Western Hungarian destinations arrive and depart here. It is a fairly modern station with reliable facilities. Do not forget to check-in if you travel abroad.
  • Stadion Bus Station (Stadion autóbuszállomás, formerly known as Népstadion autóbuszállomás, metro 2 Puskás Ferenc Stadion station). This is the biggest hub for Eastern Hungarian destinations, quite modern but somewhat dirty station built underground.
  • Árpád Bridge Bus Station (Árpád híd autóbuszállomás, metro 3 Árpád híd station). This is a smaller station for some Northern destinations and suburban traffic; use it to and from SzentendreEsztergom or Visegrád.
  • Etele tér Bus Station (Etele téri autóbuszállomás, bus 7E, 173E). This is a newly built station next to Kelenföld Railway Station, at the terminus of metro line 4. Useful for getting to Statue Park and some suburban destinations.