Budapest International Airport
Located 10 miles (16km) east of Hungary's capital city, Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport (BUD) is the largest of Hungary's international airports. Renamed in 2011 for the famous Hungarian composer on the 200th anniversary of his birth, the airport is still popularly known as Budapest Ferihegy International Airport. The airport is an important hub in Eastern Europe, and flights to Budapest International are available from destinations all over the globe. The airport is known for its efficiency but is also infamous for the unfriendliness of its staff: if you want fast processing times and short queues, you'll love the airport; if you want a smiling, conversation-filled introduction to Hungary, you might be disappointed. The highlight of the airport is its SkyCourt area, providing a good selection of shops and food and beverage outlets, as well as free wifi internet access.
The airport is located 10 miles (16km) southeast of Budapest.
Getting to the city
The metro station is reachable via bus number 200E running from Terminal 2. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes to the city centre via the metro. Tickets for public transportation are available at the airport from customer service points, from the post office, the newsagents (Relay) and from ticket machines at the bus stop. There is also an airport minibus service that takes passengers to any destination in the city as soon as the bus is full. Tickets can be purchased in the Arrivals Hall at the Airport Minibus counter. Alternatively, a taxi can be reserved at the arrivals terminal information desk. A ride to the city centre will take approximately 20 minutes depending on traffic conditions.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
Tel: +36 (0)1 296 9696.
Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz Rent-a-Car, Sixt Rent-a-Car and Europcar Rent-a-Car.
Taxis can be reserved in the arrivals hall. Fares are metered but can't exceed prices set according to city zones. A high speed road connects the airport to the city in 20 minutes. In September 2013 a new Taxi Decree was introduced in Hungary regulating the price of the taxis at a fixed tariff of HUF 280 per kilometre in addition to the one-off basic fee of HUF 450 and waiting fee. A ride to the city centre should typically cost around HUF 6500 depending on traffic conditions. Try not to use unsolicited taxis, as they may charge exorbitant fees. All official taxis are well marked and should display the rate for fares.
Transfer between terminals
Terminal 2A (Schengen destinations) and 2B (non-Schengen destinations) are close enough to be accessible by foot; there is a covered walkway between these two terminals. All flights are serviced by Terminals 2A and 2B. Terminal 1 is no longer serving any flights.
Facilities include ATMs, bureaux de change, first aid, duty-free shops, childcare, post office, chapel, restaurants, tourist information and hotel reservations. There are facilities for disabled passengers and wheelchairs are available from the airport help desks; travellers with special needs are advised to contact their airline or travel agent in advance. A short walk from Terminal 2 there is an open-air aircraft museum.
There are dedicated parking structures for each terminal, offering express, short-term and long-term parking options. Express parking allows five free minutes if you just need to pick up or drop off a passenger. From there short-term prices escalate to HUF 800 for 30 minutes and HUF 1,200 for an hour.
Free wifi is available in all terminals and in the SkyCourt area.
The Malev, Cirrus, and Millenium Lounges offer business services, including phones, photocopy and fax machines, computer terminals and even interpreters. There are two meeting rooms in Terminal 2B, that can accommodate six and 40 delegates respectively.
Budapest International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.