Transportation to and from Budapest Airport
What is the distance from Budapest Airport to the centre of Budapest?
The centre of the city is easily accessible via the Ferihegy High-Speed Road (Route 4), this road is partly reserved for traffic to and from the airport. The journey takes about 35 minutes, the distance is 22 kilometres / 13.7 miles.
From BUD Airport to Budapest City centre by Car
PLEASE NOTE: Work is currently underway on metro line M3 in Budapest, which means that the southern part between Nagyvárad tér and Kobanya-Kispest cannot be used. Furthermore, the middle part between Lehel tér and Nagyvárad tér is closed at weekends. During the renovation work, metros are being replaced by M3 buses that run very regularly.
Bus 100E to Budapest
Since July 2017, you can travel directly by bus from the airport to the city, bus 100E runs between Budapest Airport Terminal 2 and Deák Ferenc Square. This is a central location in the city, where you have the opportunity to transfer to another bus, the metro or tram. Bus 100E (Airport Shuttle) operates in both directions every 10 to 20 minutes, from 05:00 hours to 01:20 hours from the airport, between 03:40 hours and 00:40 hours from the city. There are two stops on the way to the city, namely metro stations Kálvin tér and Astoria.
You need an Airport shuttle bus single ticket priced at 900 HUF (€ 2.75), other tickets are not valid on this bus. Tickets can be purchased at the BKK information desks and ticket machines outside the terminals. At the bus stop in the city you can buy tickets at the ticket machine and from an employee at the front entrance of the bus. You have to validate your ticket when entering bus 100E. Travel time between the airport and Deák Ferenc tér metro station is 40 minutes. Please consult timetable bus 100E for more information.
Bus 200E and metro M3 to Budapest
From Terminal 2, bus 200E runs every 7 to 8 minutes to metro station Kobanya-Kispest, from where you can continue your journey to the centre of Budapest with metro M3 (blue). Bus 200E runs 24 hours a day, one or two times per hour at night. Due to renovation works on metro line M3, the bus now continues to metro station Nagyvárad tér. Once arrived, you can travel to Deák Ferenc tér by metro M3 (Monday to Friday) or replacement bus M3 (weekend). The journey time by bus 200E from Terminal 2 to Nagyvárad tér is 35 minutes. With metro M3 or bus M3 it takes another 10 minutes to get to metro station Deák Ferenc tér (Deák Ferenc Square) in the centre of Budapest. At this location, you can transfer to metro M1 (yellow) or metro M2 (red) if necessary. The total journey time by public transport from the airport to the city centre is 50 minutes.
Bus and metro tickets
For this travel option you need to be in possession of a Transfer ticket (530 HUF) or two Single tickets (2x 350 HUF). A Transfer ticket for both bus 200E and metro M3/bus M3 is the most economical. It is possible to buy tickets from ticket machines at Budapest Airport and the metro stations. You can also buy a block of 10 tickets for the price of 3,000 HUF. Tickets must be validated before beginning a journey on the bus or metro, you run the risk of getting a fine if you don’t do this. The combination bus 200E and metro M3 is the cheapest travel option between the airport and Budapest. Please consult timetable bus 200E and metro M3 for more information.
Are you planning to use public transport in Budapest more often, then you can also buy day tickets. A ‘Budapest 24-hour travel card’ for example is available for 1,650 HUF (one person) or 3,300 HUF (up to five persons). Day tickets are valid on bus 200E, but not on bus 100E. If you plan to see a lot during your stay in Budapest (free admission to museums, free guided tours, etc.) and make regular use of public transport, the Budapest Card is a must-have! Public transport in Budapest is free for children up to 5 years and seniors from 65 years old, they only need to present a passport or national ID to identify themselves.
“There are three major railway stations in Budapest, one in Buda (Deli) and two in Pest (Nyugati and Keleti). Keleti pályaudvar / Eastern railway station near Arena Plaza shopping mall and Puskás Arena stadium offers the most international connections. All train stations are connected to the network of Budapest Metro, Déli pályaudvar via metro M2 red, Nyugati Pályaudvar via metro M3 blue and Keleti pályaudvar via metro M2 red and M4 green.”
Top 5 things to do in Budapest
1. Hungarian Parliament Building in Pest, book a guided tour
2. Buda Castle Hill for a great view, Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church!
3. Széchenyi Baths and Gellért Baths
4. St. Stephen’s Basilica, buy tickets for an organ concert
5. Great Synagogue of Budapest, book skip-the-line tickets
A free walking tour and Danube River sightseeing cruise are recommended in Budapest to get to know the city even better!
miniBUD to Budapest – BUY TICKETS
Do you prefer to travel from door to door and are you willing to pay a little more, then you can use the bus service miniBUD. The minibuses leave from Terminal 2 and take you exactly where you want to go, your hotel for example. Are you alone or with a small group, then you will travel with others who need to be near your destination. It saves costs and makes tickets inexpensive. Especially if you are travelling in a group, miniBUD is a great alternative to public transportation. The minibuses can take a maximum of nine people and their luggage.
The price depends on the number of people, a ticket costs € 17.50 when travelling alone and € 7.00 if you are travelling with several people. For eight people or more, the price is only € 6.00 per person. Bus tickets can be booked online or purchased at the airport from the miniBUD information desks in terminals T2A and T2B. A timetable does not exist for miniBUD, you can use the shuttle service 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The journey time depends on your destination, take into account at least 40 minutes. Please consult website miniBUD for more information.
Budapest: Matthias Church Guided Tour including Admission
Enjoy a guided tour around Matthias Church, the most iconic church in Hungary, and learn about its rich history. Admire the church’s stunningly unique architecture as well as sprawling views of the Budapest skyline from atop the hill it sits on.
Budapest: 3-Hour Live Guided Sightseeing Tour
Enjoy a 3-hour guided tour of Budapest with 3 stops and learn the highlights of a thousand years of Hungarian history. Visit the Castle District, enjoy the views from Gellért Hill, see the famous Central Market Hall and Heroes’ Square, and much more!
Budapest: 24, 48 and 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Enjoy splendid views of Budapest from an open-top, double-decker bus. Hop on and off at any of the designated stops with a 1, 2 or 3-day ticket to visit the city's key landmarks. Join the free river cruise, night tour and the walking tour.
Tours and transport
Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket
Skip the line and visit the Great Synagogue. Take a guided tour of the synagogue and its grounds. Learn about the daily life of the Jewish people in Hungary before and after WWII at the Hungarian Jewish Museum and see the Emmanuel Memorial Tree.
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