There are two public bus routes (one direct and one with a transfer) and one airport shuttle service available at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport:
This newly introduced bus offers direct connection from the airport to Budapest city center.
The service operates every 30 minutes from 5:00 AM to 0:30 AM (from 4:00 AM to 11:30 PM, city center to the airport direction).
From airport to the city center, 100E stops at Kálvin tér, Astoria and terminates at Deák Ferenc tér.
Deák Ferenc tér is located in the city center and is a transport hub; you can take also M1 (yellow) and M2 (red) metro lines from there.
Keep in mind that, from city center to the airport, the bus stops only at Kálvin tér (the first two buses leaving before 5:00 AM stop also at Astoria).
100E requires a special ticket which you can get it at BKK customer service desk, post office (located at Terminal 2A) or from the ticket machines. The ticket costs Ft 900; keep in mind that other types of tickets such as daily or weekly are not valid on these buses.
The journey by 100E to Deák Ferenc tér takes around 35 minutes.
200E is a cheaper alternative to 100E; however, you need to transfer to the metro system to get to the city center.
The service operates every 10 minutes from 4:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
You can take the bus from Terminal 2 and go to Kőbánya–Kispest Railway Station (last station). From this station you can transfer to M3 Blue Metro Line (direction Újpest Központ) and get to Deák Ferenc tér Station in 18 minutes.
You need to use a ticket for each leg of your trip. A single-journey ticket costs Ft 350 if bought on ticket machines and newspaper stand (Ft 450 from driver).
You can save some money by getting a special transfer ticket, called átszállójegy, that includes one transfer within 80 min. The ticket costs Ft 530 and has a total of two pieces (one for each trip). You should keep all the two pieces during your whole trip to avoid fine.
The complete journey to city center takes around 45 minutes.
Check the illustration below that shows all the connections available based on time:
Airport's official shuttle service, miniBUD, offers door-to-door service from the airport.
You can book your ride online. After your arrival, go to their counters (located on the arrival level of the airport) to get your ride.
This service is convenient especially if your final destination is not close to any of 100E or 200E stops. The ride is cheaper than a taxi and you can get to your final destination without hassle.
The average price for Budapest center is around Ft 4500-5000.
• Keep in mind that you should validate your ticket at the beginning of your journey. The controls are very frequent and the fines are high.
• If you arrive after 0:30 AM, you can use night bus 900. However, just like 200E, this bus does not go directly to the city center.
You should take the bus to Bajcsy- Zsilinszky Ut and then transfer to Bus 950 or 950A. Both buses make a stop at Deák Ferenc tér (the city center), Nyugati Railway Station and then go to Rakospalota.
There is no direct metro/train connection available at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
You can get to the closest metro station (M3 - Kőbánya-Kispest Station) by using Bus 200E and then continue your journey to the city by taking metro.
Check bus section for further details.
Főtaxi, is the only authorized taxi company at BUD Airport.
You can book your ride from their booths located at Terminal 2A and 2B exits.
A typical taxi trip to Budapest central takes around 25 minutes and costs around Ft 6500.
All taxis accept credit cards for payments.
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide. The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
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