- Official Name: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
- Airport Code: BUD
- Location: Technically about 10 miles (16km) but to the center, it’s more like 13 miles (21km), southeast of the city.
- Currency: HUF Hungarian Forint, $1.00USD = 253ft
The airport closed its Terminal 1 in 2012, so Terminal 2 is split into two sections, Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B. Since it is in the same building, connecting between the two if you are transferring, or got dropped off at the wrong one, is easily walkable.
As with any major international airport, there are plenty of options for getting to and from the airport. The airport has implemented official transport companies, such as Mini BUD shared mini bus service, to help ease the stress of arrival. Use the links below to jump to the section that interests you most.
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From July 7, 2017, there is a very convenient new bus service that runs every half hour to and from the airport and the city center. From the airport, the first bus departs at 5:00am, and the last bus departs at 12:30am. This is not part of the regular public transit system, the cost is 900ft (~$3.50US) per person. At the time of writing, you can buy a ticket from a staff member or driver as you board, however, this may only be for a limited time as it is a new service. The special airport bus tickets are available from regular ticket vending machines, which you will see at the bus stop, they do accept cards, see image below, or Relay stores in the airport, or the airport post office. The 100E bus from the airport will stop at Kalvin Ter (for M3 and M4), Astoria (for M2), and finally Deak Ferenc Ter, which is a large public square and with lots of shopping and dining in the area Connections can be made from here to the M1, M2 and M3, as well as popular Trams #4 and #6, and buses. Click here to see our Budapest public transportation guide.
Bus 200E is a regular transit line, and standard public transportation tickets are used. A single ticket is 350ft (~1.35US), but you may also buy packs of 10, or incremental passes, 24hr, 72hr, weekly or monthly. If you decide to take this route, the bus 200E will take you as far as the end of the amusingly antique Metro line 3, (M3), which is the station called Kőbánya-Kispest, where, if you are using single tickets, you will need a second one to board the metro. Once you’re on the M3 metro, you will be able to make all your public transit connections through various stops. If you are transferring to another metro line, you will not need another ticket. Click here to see our guide to getting around Budapest.
The metro does not go all the way to the airport. You’ll need to take bus 200E (see above) which runs between the M3 metro stop, Kőbánya-Kispest, to the airport. Unless you are using a pass, this will require two tickets per person, as the Budapest public transportation system has a “one ticket, one ride” protocol. The exception being transferring between metro lines, where you will ride on the same ticket until you exit. The station Deak Ferenc Ter, is usually the most central and convenient, as M1, M2 and M3 cross here. It’s very popular, safe and busy, with lots of cafes, restaurants and shopping around. Many city tours also depart from here.
A shared “door to door” mini bus service called MiniBUD is an official airport transfer company. Expect to pay about 2700ft (~$10.65US) per person from the airport to the center. You can pre book on their website ahead of time, but it’s not necessary. There is a MiniBUD kiosk in the baggage claim area, and another kiosk and waiting area after you exit baggage claim. The English speaking agents will take the address of your hotel, vacation rental, street address, etc, and issue you a ticket with a special number (you can book your return to the airport at this time, too). In the waiting area after you exit baggage claim, there is a large screen, and when you see your ticket number displayed, your minibus is ready. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell ahead of time just how busy they’ll be, so you could end up waiting up to 30 minutes if many other passengers are waiting. There are washrooms, and there is a nice cafe next to the waiting area if you’re famished, but be warned, the driver will not allow a coffee in the minibus! They will take up to 8 passengers at a time and will help with luggage, the ride could take between 30 and 45 minutes. This service runs 24 hours a day.
If you’re used to using Lyft or Uber, you’ll notice that both do not exist here, however, there is an app you can download called Taxify, which works very much the same. All reservations and payments are done through the app. Technically, Taxify is its own competing taxi company in the city (and others), and their cars are modern, bright yellow, and marked with the Taxify logo. They can be used anywhere in the city including the airport, and a trip to the center will cost roughly 6800ft – 7500ft (~$26.50 – $29.50US). This is a popular service among the expat community here.
Aside from Taxify, there are a few standard meter taxi companies that operate here, however Főtaxi is the only officially recognized company by the BUD Airport Authority. Főtaxi has reservation booths located at both Terminal 2A and 2B. Most drivers will speak some English, and will accept cash in Hungarian Forint, or credit cards. The trip will be around 6800ft – 7500ft (~$26.50 – $29.50US) depending on traffic.
This is the least popular and least convenient option for most travellers, but it’s an option nonetheless, and hey, maybe you’re a train enthusiast. Bus 200E, which we mentioned above, has a stop at Ferihegy Train Station which is about 3 miles (5km) from the terminals. From there, trains run frequently to Nyugati Train station in the center. Total travel time is about 30-40 minutes. Train tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter, or at vending machines, or if all else fails, you can buy your ticket on board when the conductor comes around. A second class ticket should be 370ft (~$1.46US).