Budapest airport, also known as Ferenc Liszt International Airport, is located 16 km southeast of Budapest city center. It is the largest and most important international airport in Hungary and in 2017, it counted more than 13 million passengers.
Travelling to and from the airport is easy and there are a few options to choose from.
Public transportation – bus: There are 2 lines connecting the airport and the center of Budapest: 100E and 200E. There are also night buses which you can combine in order to get to the city center.
- 100E – a direct bus line (shuttle bus) connecting the airport from the Terminal 2 and Deak Ferenc Square in the city center. The bus operates in both directions every 30 minutes from 05:00 to 00:30 (from the airport) and 04:00 to 23:30 (from the center). The ticket costs 900 HUF (2.70 euro) and the journey lasts around 45 minutes.
- 200E – connects the airport with Kobanya-Kispest railway station, where you can take the Metro line 3 to reach the city center. The bus leaves every 10 minutes, from 04:00 to 23:00 (4 AM to 11 PM), from Terminal 2 and the entire journey (including the metro) to downtown station Deak Ferenc Square lasts about 50 minutes.
- There is also a night bus, number 900, available from 23:00 to 04:00 (11 PM to 4 AM), that leaves the Terminal 2 every 30 to 60 minutes and connects the airport with the Bajcsy- Zsilinszky Ut where you can change to the number 950 that goes to Rakospalota via Deak Ferenc Ter (the city center) and the Nyugati railway station.
NOTE: Tickets for public transport can be purchased at the airport from BKK service points, at the post office, the newspaper stands and from the ticket machines at the price of 350 HUF (1.20 euro). You can also buy the ticket from the driver, directly in the bus, but then the price will be 450 HUF (1.50 euro). Make sure you have hungarian forints (HUF) on you, since euros and other currencies are not accepted.
At the post office you can also buy the 24-hour, 72-hour, weekly and monthly tickets for Budapest public transport. The post office is located at Terminal 2A (mezzanine level). For the BudapestCard, that includes the usage of public transport, you can ask at the Budapest Info Point at the Arrivals area of terminals 2A and 2B.
Airport shuttle – minibus: Budapest airport has its own shuttle service, a minibus that will take you directly to your accommodation, or to your preferred destination within the Budapest area (door-to-door service), for the price starting from 1900 HUF (7 eur), depending on the destination. You can pre-order the minibus service, and use the reservation number as a confirmation of your transfer, or you can pay for the service in cash, to the staff at miniBud counters, where you will book your transfer.
- Minibus leaves every 30 minutes, and the journey time depends on the traffic and the addresses provided by other travellers, which can be a hassle if you are in a hurry, or simply don’t want to waste your time.
- Contact the staff at miniBud counters to know when and from where the minibus will leave.
Transfer: To reach your accommodation in Budapest, or to go to some other city, the most hassle-free way is to book a door-to-door transfer. You can do that online.
- Transfer companies will provide you with a professional driver who will wait for you in the arrivals area with a name sign, and monitor your flight arrival to know if your plane is late.
- Child seats can be pre-ordered
Taxi services – Fotaxi is the official taxi service of Budapest airport. Their booths are located at the exits from terminals 2A and 2B. All cars have POS device which means that they accept credit cards. From 2013, prices are regulated and a fix rate was introduced, so you can expect to pay around 7200 HUF (22 euro) for a ride to the city center, depending on the traffic. Please note that there are other, non-regulated drivers around the terminal building, so to avoid being scammed use the regulated service.
Renting a car at Budapest airport – there are six car rental companies at Budapest airport, including Sixt, Avis, Europcar, etc. You can find them at terminals 2A and 2B. You can compare their prices on the following link, save time and book online.
Renting a bus at Budapest airport – if you are a large group arriving to the airport, you might consider renting a bus prior to your arrival, you can rent a bus to go to your hotel in Budapest or to any other town. Book your bus in do time, so that you can arrange pick up locations at the airport, usually the bus company can advise you on that part.
FAQ – bus and transport from Budapest airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: No, if you arrive after 11 PM, there are night buses from the airport leaving every 30 to 60 minutes, so the only thing you can worry about is having to wait a bit for the next bus. And don’t forget to change the bus at Bajcsy- Zsilinszky Ut! If this sounds too complicated, you can always take the taxi or a transfer. They are available 24/7.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Yes, there are several hotels near the airport, some of them at just 1.5 km distance. Airport Hotel Budapest even offers free shuttle service to the airport.
Q: I would like to visit Budapest in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Yes, there are a few bus lines and a shuttle service, whatever you choose you will be in the center in less than an hour. The same time/routes are required when coming back to the airport, so mind the time and enjoy your day in Budapest!
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, you can exchange money at Interchange counters, and there are several ATMs in the arrivals area and in transit areas of terminals 2A and 2B, available 24/7.
Q: Can I travel with bus to Vienna, Zagreb, Bratislava or Prague from the airport?
A: No unfortunately there are currently no international bus lines operating from the airport, but if you go to the main bus station in Budapest (See how to get there above), you have frequent buses between Budapest and Vienna, Budapest and Zagreb as well as between Budapest and Bratislava and Budapest and Prague, in addition to those routes you also have domestic buses to most cities in Hungary as well as to many other international destinations.