There are a large variety of cruises available that can include, cocktails, coffee, dinner with live music to name but a few. There are several cruises every day of 1-2 hours available on a daily basis The ones detailed here leave at 12:30pm, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm,8pm, 10pm, and the Budapest boat party cruise leaves at 11pm.
From 11.15 Euros to 75.00 for the VIP cruises.
About bus 200E .This bus start to operate from 4 am till 11pm.The first pic is the time table operate from - Airport to Kobanya kispest.Here is some details :
At 4 hr. time.. there’s only 2 buses at 4.15 and 4.45 ./ 5hr. at 5.15,5.35,5.45,5.55 /.. During peak time there are buses about 8 times per hour ,leave at minutes 00,08,15,23,30,38,45,53. There are less frequent bus at late night after 10pm . These are time table on the weekday .On weekend and special holiday ,there are little bit less frequent bus from 5 to 10 am.
- from Kobanya kispest to Aitport
At 4hr. bus at 4.05 ,4.35 / 5hr and 6hr... at minutes 06,16,26,36,46,56 / the rest.. bus at minutes 02,10,17,25,32,40,47,55
There are about 11 bus stops along the way ,but most of the time bus didn’t stop at every stops ,mostly passengers on this bus travel through from beginning to end station .
If you notice well on the sign,there’s yellow corner with word “FIGYELEM” meaning something like “attention ” and see above of it ,is ..bus picture with 2 red stop sign and 1 green sign..that mean this bus ..we have to enter only at the front door,the rest are for exit.
My flight landed in Airport Liszt Ferenc terminal 2 B.From Liszt Ferenc airport terminal 2 (termonal2A and 2B are attached to each other)to town ,it’s very easy to get to town by public transport.It’s combination of bus and metro.(There ‘s information counter on the ground floor in case you need to ask anything,including how to get to town .)You can buy the ticket from airport at magazine store or from the public transport office in front of a café or pay to driver when get on the bus, if pay on the bus it will be 450 F. otherwise it’ll be only 350 F for each ticket.When buying ,just tell them that you need ticket to downtown,they’ll tell you that you need 2 tickets ,one for bus and one for the metro.So total will be 700 F. for one person .I bought them from magazine store which is on the ground floor ,you ‘ll see it easily and not far from building exit and the bus stop.The bus number is 200E and bus stop is on the right side after you walk out of terminal exit.There is clear sign to tell where is the bus stop to town.It’s only few meters from exit,and bus run regularly about every 7-8 minutes.I heard that we can also buy single tickets, travel cards and monthly passes 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). But I didn't check if it still available,I just bought from the magazine shop as shown in the picture.....If you have Budapest card ,then it’ll be free for this ride to town.
There’s signpost at bus stop indicate bus timetable.Take this bus until the end station which is Kobanya Kispest.When get in the bus ,show ticket to bus driver ,don’t forget to issue the ticket at the machine,the chance to be checked if you stamp ticket or not is 99.99% .On each bus there are more than one punching machines to stamp the ticket.At Kobanya Kispest ,after get off the bus,walk up stairway (same side of bus stop that you get off ) to the platform of metro M3(blue line) .There’s a staff checking everybody’s tickets on that stairway,we have to show the ticket of the bus 200E to him if we already stamped or not ,otherwise we’ll be fined with very high amount.Then he asked everybody to stamp new ticket for metro right away at the machine next to him.Luckily I was the first to get off the bus so I could finished these process first and just be in time to get on the M3 that about to close door and leave .Time spent on the bus was about 15 minutes and about 20 minutes on M3.
The first 200E bus from Liszt Ferenc terminal 2 airport starts at 04:52, the last at 00:16.
The first 200E bus starts from Kõbánya-Kispest to terminal 2 at 04:38, the last at 23:45.
And The very last metro leaves the metro station at 23:15.
A little bit about metro M3 blue line....It’s the “ north –south “ line which is longest line of Budapest metro, cover 20 stations (17.4 km.) from Ujpest Varoskozpont from north part of city ,down to Kobanya kispest(industrial district).Deak Fenrec Ter in downtown is at the 10th station from beginning and end station.At Deak Fenrec Ter ,we can have joint connection with M1 and M2 and many other buses.One important tip ,if you get off from some metro or bus here at Deak Fenrec Ter and need to take another metro or bus from this station you must use another ticket unless you have transfer ticket.You need Transfer ticket when you travel one journey with one change( or transfer) of buses, trams, undergrounds, trolleys, cogwheel railway and local trains within the boundaries of Budapest. The ticket has to be validated twice when you start your trip at one end and when you change at the other end.For me I use transfer ticket once when going back from Town to airport .I just told the ticket seller that I need ticket to airport,she know what I need so she gave me a transfer ticket which cost 530 F (cheaper than you buy 2 single tickets 350+350F,one for bus 200Eone for M3) One thing I still in doubt about what some said that “with the exception of change between metro lines is 450 F” This one I didn’t try myself yet ,so please check with the ticket booth again. By the way.. remember well that using transfer ticket you have to validate twice
In the 3rd picture ,you’ll see transfer ticket ,I already stamped one end when using M3 ,and need to stamp again at the other end of ticket before get in bus 200E or can do it on the bus.
I got the very cheap airplane ticket to Budapest from Wizz air.Luckily the week I wanted to fly they have cheap one shown on the website .It’s Sunday so I guess that’s why it’s cheap,only 9 Euro to go from Brussels Chaleroi( normally price range from 19.99 -69.99 euro one way),and on the way back also 9 euro on Wednesday but I hesitate a little bit,didn’t book immediately ,so the next day the price on the way back on Wednesday has been changed to be 19 euro!! ..I booked them anyway, the total price still very cheap =28 euro for return ticket.
But…but.. my flight on Sunday has been delayed .After boarding completed ,push back already but captain announced one engine couldn’t be started even after tried so many times,mechanic came and still couldn’t solve the problem.Yes,all passenger had to go back to terminal and waited for 8 hours!!!!! Everybody was upset but seem to accepted that without complaining ,including myself.Yeah..it’s cheap flight ,that’s why.. There’s only few passenger asked questions about their miss connecting flights .The staff seemed to be helpful,but one passenger did complain to the ground staff a lot about the compensation.The airline had announced that our flight will depart again at 16.30 (original was 08.45) and they gave all pax voucher for food =16 euro each,which was ok for me.I kill time reading books and there’s a piano in departure hall said “play me” so I killed time by playing it too.
Budapest's only cog wheel train will take you from Varosmajor station near Moscow Square to the top of Szechenyi Hill where the red and white flash of Budapest's most prominent TV tower looks down upon the city for all to see. Despite its odd look and limited use, it's very much a part of the Budapest transport system, and you can use all the same tickets you use for the trams and metro for this too.
The train is numbered #60 and takes about 20 minutes to run the clunky route to the top of Szechenyi Hill.
BKK Budapest Transport Centre organises all city bus lines in Budapest, as well as some suburban bus lines. The vast majority of BKK buses are dark or light blue in colour and are therefore easily distinguished from other operators' suburban buses which are yellow or white. The lines cover the whole territory of Budapest and the network also extends to the nearest suburban townships.
Bus stops are clearly signposted (including stop name) and normally display a detailed schedule of the routes calling there, including exact departure times, routing, stops and average journey times. Most services run on schedule, but delays do occur in peak hours and in case of unexpected traffic conditions or planned road works. If you're lost, just look at a bus schedule: where a letter M is displayed in the stop list, you'll find a subway (metro) connection. Low floor bus departures are displayed in a frame, while letters a, b, etc. denote departures nit travelling along the whole route.
Route numbers are clearly displayed either electronically above the windshield or on a plastic board above or behind the windshield (sometimes in the lower corners, though). Most buses display route numbers at least on one side and at the back, too. Electronic displays also show the exact destination. Letter E stands for Express routes, letters A, B and G are referring to buses running on a shortened route. V, M, H and T are tram, metro, suburban rail and trolley replacement buses.
Some routes are front-door-boarding-only. These are designated by a bus silhouette on a yellow background in the schedules: on the vehicles you will not always find a reference to that. On such routes, validate your ticket as you get on or show your pass to the driver or the security staff on board. You can buy your ticket at a higher price from drivers/security personnel. On other routes, you can board through any of the doors. Your ticket will only be checked on these routes occassionally, but please don't cheat: controllers are not the nicest folks around and the fines are rather high, especially if you take the fares and the rather high probability of getting caught into consideration.
Inside the bus, electronic displays or plastic boards will help your orientation, as well as automatic (and now accurate) stop announcements. If you wish to get off, press the stop request button (Leszállásjelző). Some buses close their doors automatically after a few seconds, use the buttons nearest to the doors to reopen them.
Keleti Palyaudvar or train station is Budapest's main station for international and intercity trains. Most trains to Pecs, for example, have been moved here from Deli Palyaudvar on the Buda side. There is usually one person who speaks English in the ticket offices. There is a new metro line being constructed that is blocking the main metro exit and the main station entrance. Currently you enter on the right side and have to walk along a train platform to get to the main part of the station. The station itself is potentially gorgeous, but always looks scruffy and just a bit seedy. The first stage of the new Metro Line 4 is supposed to open in 2014.
All flights from Ferihegy leave from the new Terminal 2, which is very modern and well-appointed. With the demise of Malev Hungarian Airlines Terminal 1 was no longer needed, although there are several low cost carriers that have moved into the Hungarian market.
Public transport on metro, trams and busses (except the funicular and chair-lift) is free of charge for citizens of the EU, EEA Member States or Switzerland over 65 years old as you can read on the FAQ questions on the www.bkv.hu
Showing an identity card is enough to get the allowance.
Knowing the severity of the inspectors on the Budapest public transport and their high degree of activity in hunting tourists I wrote to the BKK company to get confirmation (with a text in Hungarian) of this free travelling for seniors.
I received a kind and complete answer in English and Hungarian from their customer service.
I join a copy of this for those who might need to use it (names and ref nr have been removed by me).
On our third bus trip coming back on bus 16 from the Buda castle an inspector stepped on the bus (he didn't look like a official except he was wearing an armband) and started controlling a couple of seniors, clearly tourists, while in the back of the controller a few Budapest inhabitants were discreetly checking their transport ticket at the machine to escape the fine of 16000 HUF (55 € since 1/01/2013).
The two tourists were fined each 16000 HUF! They thought that being over 65 years public transport was free of charge for them. But they were Canadians, not citizens of the EU, EEA Member States or Switzerland.
When the controller came to us we showed our identity card and the letter of the BKK to show our good right to travel free. The guy was surprised by us showing such letter and said in perfect English: "I know this rule, you are from Belgium, and it's OK!"
We experienced several other controls mainly at the entrances of important metro stations. It was just enough to show our identity card.
The fines are not 8000 HUF but 16000 HUF now (since January 2013) that is ± 55 € !!!
I saw a couple of seniors on bus 16 being fined by a controller at 16000 HUF per person. They thought that being over 65 years public transport in Budapest was free of charge for them. But they were Canadians, not citizens of the EU, EEA Member States or Switzerland.
So be careful believing that it is free for all seniors; bad advice did cost them 110 € for going down from the Buda castle to the Pest centre!
The new SkyCourt terminal building linking terminals 2A and 2B was completed in March 2011. The project has added an additional 21 boarding gates and self-check-in kiosks, as well as an expansion of existing facilities, including shops and restaurants. Plans are in place for a light rail connection to the city with a station planned for Terminal 2 as part of the wider redevelopment plan. The airport changed its name to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport in 2011, in honour of the Hungarian composer Ferenc Liszt.
Help desks are situated in Terminals 2. The tourist information desks are located immediately after customs in both terminals.
Public Transport Rail :
Regular trains, operated by Hungarian State Railways run between Terminal 1 and Budapest's western railway station (journey time: under 30 minutes). There is a bus link between the station and Terminal 2.
Public Transport Road :
There is an Airport Minibus service to any address in Budapest; the Airport Minibus desk in the Arrivals hall sells tickets and takes reservations. A pre-pay local express bus 200 runs between the underground metro terminus, Köbánya-Kispest, and the airport terminals; passengers may wish to alight at Deák tér where the three underground lines converge. Bus 93 runs to the same destination from Terminal 1.
UPDATE - Unfortunately Malev no longer exists but I'll leave this here just as a personal memory.
I've only been to Budapest twice and both times I've flown Malev. I don't think Ryan O'Crapo Air flies in and out (but then maybe there's not an alternative O'cheapo airport for them 100 km away) but it is served by the low-cost carriers Wizz and Easyjet.
I always have a look at the EasyJet and Wizz options when I book but the timings on them never seem to suit me and so Malev it has been. Malev isn't that much more expensive if booked reasonably well in advance and it is a NICE airline to fly with.
On my first visit in June 2005 the inwards flight was only about half-full and maybe the attendants were bored and so passed the drink trolley three times! And we got a hot-ish "meal".
Not quite so extravagant this time, January 2011, as the "meal" was only a sandwich and the drink trolley only passed once.
HA! Modern cost-cutting! But the flight, both ways, was still comfortable and with only two hours in the air to and from Gatwick a sandwich and a glass of excellent wine were more than sufficient sustenance even for this gluttonous traveller ;)
Also worth noting is that the flight attendants (male and female) are sexy - whatever your persuasions.
The metro in Budapest is very easy to use with 3 different colors lines.
This metro is the second oldest metro in the world.
The main station is on Deak Ferenc Ter , where all the 3 lines pass , so you can switch here from line to line.
It is a cheap option to travel - while one single ticket cost me 270 Forint (1 Euro).
Don't forget to buy a ticket because the inspectors are checking all the time for people without tickets and the fine is 8000 HUF.
You can also buy 10 tickets in a discount.
Along the Danube many boats operate, they have specific numbers like buses and the do specific routes. Check the timetable on the piers to see when is the next one if you want to use one. Single tickets cost 400Ft
You can also try some sightseeing boats that (I guess) offer some audio guide. For me it looked like rip off but some people may want to try:
1 hour Sightseeing by Boat, the ticket(valid for 24h) costs (2100Ft, with BudapestCard 1900Ft, students 1900Ft). Departs at 10.00, 10.45, 11.45, 12.00, 12.45, 13.45, 14.00, 14.45. 15.45 and stops at Margaret Island
Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Cruise (from Pier 11, also valid for 24h) costs 2500Ft and stops at Vigado Square, Batthyany Square and Margaret Island. Departs at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00, 19.00. 22.00
During the Sziget Festival some people liked to do the slow but nice ride up the Danube river until they reach Sziget island. Normally the ticket is at 900Ft but for us was free with Sziget Pass so we tried one day. It was very relaxing, the boat was half empty, stopped on the way at Batthyany Ter and then up to the entrance of the festival.