Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD), formerly known as Budapest Ferihegy International Airport, is about 10 miles from the city center. Many major European and North American airlines either fly directly to Budapest or offer connections.
Budapest Airport Terminals & Facilities
Budapest Airport has two main terminals: T1 and T2. Terminal 1 has closed as of May 30th, 2012. Terminal 2 is further divided into 2A and 2B. 2A serves flights to/from Schengen countries and 2B serves all non-Schengen destinations, such as the U.S. Terminals 2A and 2B are connected by SkyCourt, a brand new passenger hall.
Airport facilities include the usual, duty free shops, ATMs, money exchange, post office, restaurants, baggage wrapping, short- and long-term parking, tourist information and car rental. The following car rental companies offer airport pickup in the terminal: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Alamo, Europcar, Hertz, National and Thrifty. E-Z is off terminal, accessible via shuttle.
WiFi internet access is available in all terminals. Service is provided by Pannon (free of charge) and T-Mobile. Free WiFi is also available in SkyCourt.
If you are waiting for someone or have some time to kill before your departure check out the outside observation deck at Terminal 2.
Budapest Airport Transfer
As in all major cities, use caution and avoid taking a ride with strangers offering transfers to the city. Use either the shared shuttle (Airport Minibus) or the officially appointed cab company to service the airport (Főtaxi). There are also many private companies offering pre-booked limousines.
Airport Minibus offers a shared ride to any address in the city for a flat fee. Discounted roundtrip tickets are also available. Advance booking is available online or over the phone; however it's not necessary, as they have a booth inside each terminal on the arrivals level. After purchasing a ticket, your name will be called when the driver arrives. Booking a transfer to the airport generally requires a 24-hour advance notice. We at visitBudapest.travel have been using this service for many years and they have always been reliable. A one-way trip to the city center is HUF 3,200 per person and a return trip is HUF 5,500.
Phone: (+36-1) 296-8555, or (+36-1) 999-8555
Főtaxi is the officially appointed taxi company to service the airport. They offer competitive zone-based rates.
Zone 1 (the area surrounding the airport): HUF 3,800 / EUR 14
Zone 2 (most of downtown Pest): HUF 5,800 / EUR 21
Zone 3 (Buda and the rest of Pest): HUF 6,000 / EUR 22
Zone 4 (the Buda Hills): HUF 6,500 / EUR 24
Phone: (+36-1) 222-2222
Terminal 1 is connected with the city center via rail. Hungarian State Railway (MÁV) operates trains between Terminal 1 and Western Railway Station. The trip takes about 30 minutes. As of May 30th 2012, after the closure of Terminal 1, passengers can transfer to Terminal 2 from the train station adjacent to Terminal 1 via bus Nr. 200E.
Both terminals are accessible via public transport. Buses run between Kőbánya-Kispest metro station and the airport. The ride from the metro station to Terminal 2 takes about 30 minutes. The bus to take is 200E.
Single tickets, travel cards and monthly passes are sold at the Post Office at Terminal 2A (open Monday to Friday 8 am to 3:30 pm). Single tickets and ten-trip coupon books are also available at the Relay newsstands located at the arrivals-level at Terminal 2A and 2B (open daily 6:30 am to 11 pm).
Budapest Airport Flight Information
For flight arrival and departure times call (+36-1) 296-7000 or click here.