All ways to get to and from Budapest airport to the city center
Budapest: How to get to and from the airport

All ways to get to and from Budapest airport to the city center

Budapest airport is not very big, but modern and comfortable. I will tell you how to get from the airport to Budapest and back at any time of the day.

In 2019, the Ferenc Liszt Airport became the best airport in Eastern Europe. The air harbor serves 43 airlines and is home to the Hungarian low-cost low-cost low-cost airline Wizz Air with flights across Europe. The international airport code is BUD.

Navigation around the airport is simple and intuitive. Since 2012, all airplanes are served by Terminal 2, while Terminal 1 is closed. The building has everything you need to spend a few hours in comfort: stores, a food court and souvenir stores, a comfortable rest area and restrooms.

Terminal No. 2 consists of two subterminals:

  • 2A — for intra-Schengen flights;
  • 2B — for international and some Schengen flights.

Some low-cost carriers do not write the departure terminal on the ticket. In this case, a yellow sign in front of the entrance will tell you which terminal is your airline’s check-in terminal.

Terminal 2 departure area
Terminal 2 departure area
Terminal 2 arrivals area
Terminal 2 arrivals area

Buses from Budapest Airport

The easiest way to get to Budapest is by bus. The stop is just to the right of the exit from Terminal 2.

Bus 100E brings you to the center of Budapest. The final stop is Deák Ferenc tér. This is a metro hub that connects three metro lines (M1, M2, M3), so you can get to any part of the city from here. On the way, the bus stops at Kálvin tér metro station, and in the early morning, between 3:40 and 4:40, also at Astoria.

Buses 200E run between the air harbor and Nagyvárad tér. (blue line of the M3 metro). This is not the center — you will have to get to the center by metro or ground transport.

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Public transportation from the airport
Public transportation from the airport

If you need to get to the Budapest train station or the international bus station, the 200E bus is the way to go. It stops near Ferihegy station. From here, MÁV-Start trains take you to Debrecen, Solnok, Nyiregyház and other cities. What to see around Budapest

On the way from the airport to Budapest, flight 200E picks up passengers from the Népliget bus station. This is where the Flixbus stops.

Tickets are sold at the airport at the post office, at BKK customer service points in the arrival hall, at newsstands, at vending machines at bus stops and from drivers. The price of a 100E bus ticket is different from the 200E bus ticket.

  • Fares: a 100E ticket is 900 HUF, a 200E ticket at the ticket office and vending machines is 350 HUF, and a bus ticket is 450 HUF.
  • The schedule is 100E from 5:00 to 23:20 and 200E from 4:04 to 23:20.
  • Frequency: 15—20 minutes.
  • Travel time: 20 minutes.
Ticket machines
Ticket machines

Budapest Airport Transfer

If you are traveling with a company of 3—7 people, this option is optimal.

The cheapest option is the Kiwi shuttle service. It costs from 30 € per car for 4 people. The driver meets you at the airport with a sign and takes you to any address.

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For a company of 7 passengers or more, it is more convenient to book a MiniBUD shuttle. It also picks you up from the airport and takes you directly to the desired address. The trip can be booked in advance on the website or paid for at the airport counter.

Shuttles are comfortable and clean, drivers meet you at the exit of the arrival area (2A) and are faster than public transportation. There is air conditioning and luggage compartments inside.

  • Cost: the more people, the more favorable it is. For example, for one passenger the price is 17.5 €, for a group of seven people — 6.6 € per person, from eight — 6 €. For a company of four people, the favorable price is only 5.3 € per passenger.
  • Schedule: twenty-four hours a day.
  • Frequency: at least every 30 minutes.

Train from Budapest airport

Ferihegy station is located next to the airport, near Terminal 1. MÁV-Start trains to Nyugati Station depart from Ferihegy Station every day.

If you want to go to Nyugati Station, this method is perfect. In other cases, it is not the most convenient way: first you need to take bus 200E to Ferihegy Terminal 1 station and then get on a car.

  • Cost: 370 HUF. Tickets are sold at Terminal 2 in the arrivals area. There are also ticket offices at the train station, but they are open from 9:00 to 18:00.
  • Schedule: first train at 3:57, last train at 23:40. There are a total of 100 trips per day. The schedule can be checked on the website.
  • Frequency: 5—10 minutes.
  • Travel time: 22 minutes.
Nyugati Station
Nyugati Station

Airport cab

The airport recommends Főtaxi cabs. Cars can be booked online, on the app or at the cab stand in Terminal 2. All cars are metered. You can calculate the cost in advance on the website and pay by cash or card.

  • Cost: 700 HUF for boarding and waiting (up to an hour), 300 HUF for each km. Total about 7200 HUF (16 km to the city).
  • Travel time to the center: 20—30 minutes.
Budapest cabs - spacious station wagons
Budapest cabs — spacious station wagons

How to get from the airport to Budapest at night

  • Take the 100E bus to the center. It runs from 1:20 to 3:20, every 20 minutes.
  • Take bus 200E to the Nagyvárad tér metro. From 23:30 to 4:30 the metro does not run, but there are night buses 914, 914A, 950, 950A to the center.

How to get from the center of Budapest to the airport

  • Take bus 100E from Deák Ferenc tér. Transportation runs on a schedule from 4:28 to 23:21 on weekdays and 23:42 on weekends. At night, there are four trips from 23:43 to 4:27: 0:40, 3:40, 4:00 or 4:20.
  • By metro during the day on the blue line M3 to Nagyvárad tér station, then take bus 200E to the airport. At night, take flight 914, 914A and 950 to Nagyvárad tér metro station and from there take the 200E. The 200E runs at night after 20 minutes.
Transportation scheme from the center to the airport
Transportation scheme from the center to the airport