Budapest Ferenc Liszt Int Airport, Hungary ...
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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how to move around
If you stay in the center you will probably walk around easily without any need for public transport. You can even walk across Danube from Pest to Buda and then walk up the Buda Hill or Gellert Hill.
As we were staying outside the center we used the metro every day. There are 3 different lines that operate between 4.30am and 23.30 but after that there are some night buses. During the day you can also use the extensive bus/trolley bus/tram network or some ferries along Danube and some suburban trains for reaching areas of greater Budapest area.
Hev is the suburban train line, we used Hev5 many times from Batthyani Ter metro station to reach Sziget Festival but also Szentendre.
Have in mind that some ticket machines don’t work and some stations you wont find anyone to buy one. What’s more especially at EVERY metro station there will be at least 2 ticket inspectors! So, the best and most comfortable way is to buy a travel card.
Single tickets cost 320Ft, transfer ticket 490Ft, carnet ticket(10pcs) 2800Ft, Budapest 24h card 1550Ft, Budapest 72h card 3850Ft, Budapest 7day card 4600Ft
All these tickets are valid only on the territory of Budapest, for near by towns like Szentendre you need a special ticket.
During the Sziget festival you better use Sziget Citypass. There’s one valid for 2days 2700Ft and one for 13days that costs 8700Ft. We took the last one and saved lot of money as we used metro/trains/trams every day and we had discounts in many museums + free entrance to a popular bath (you can choose any one you want)
how to go there
Numerous flights from all over Europe arrive at Budapest's Ferihegy airport. It is located about 16 km from the city center.
From the Termninal 2 to the centre:
1)use a taxi (there’s a fix price at 16euros for the city center but I guess it wont be more than 20euros for anywhere around)
2)take bus No.200E to the end station Kobanya-Kispest and then change to M3 metro (blue line) to the centre. Ticket costs 320Huf (400Huf from the driver). Free of charge if you have a Budapest Card or Sziget Citypass (if you heading to Sziget festival you better use the Special Sziget Bus that goes directly to the festival)
3)airport shuttle bus will take you to your hotel for 3200Huf/person (4790Huf for 2 persons)
From the Termninal 1 to the centre:
Same as above but also direct train to the center
Coming from Hungarian cities or other european cities you will end up at one of the three different railways stations in Budapest:
Keleti (east) most international express trains arrive here but also domestic train to N/NE,
Deli (south) trains for Transdanubia and Lake Balaton
Nyugati (west) trains for the great Plain and Danube Bend.
All of them are connected with metro lines to continue into the city.
Bus is also a good option, especially for nearby cities and countries but usually I prefer trains that give me more space
From Budapest to Vienna
The next leg of our trip was Vienna, and to get there from Budapest we traveled by train. Trains to Vienna depart from Keleti pályaudvar, which can easily be reached by metro (Keleti pu. station on line M2). There are trains departing for Vienna every two hours between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, and there's no need to book in advance.Tickets cost 22 Euros and it takes about 2h30 to get to Vienna. Trains arrive at Westbanhoff station, which is also connected to the metro system.
Cheap, convenient way of getting around
Budapest is a fairly compact city, which makes it possible to walk to most attractions. We only used the metro once, and it was to get to Varosliget, which is a little further afield. To get there from city center we rode the line M1, which was built in 1896 for the Millenium Celebrations (for which Varosliget was the main site), making it the second oldest subway system in Europe after the one in London. The stations on this line have a nice retro look :o) It's possible to buy multiple-day passes, but if like me you're only going to use the metro a couple times, it's preferable to buy single tickets (320 Florint each, or about $US1.50).
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From Budapest Deli train station to the Airport
I was coming from Budapest Deli train station and I took the taxi because it was around 22.00 Halloween. Price was 30 euros (it was ok to pay in euros not forints). On the return trip to Budapest Deli from the airport, Terminal 2, I took 200E bus, which was just right from the terminal2 exit, several stations (400 forints) to Kobanya Kispest metro station and then with this blue metro line right to the center and transfer to red line on Deak Ferenc Ter. Easy and fast. All in all ca. 900 forints which is around 3 euros one way.
Taxis from airport to Budapest
Budapest's Ferihegy airport is located about 16 km from the city center and although public transportation and airport shuttles are available, traveling by taxi remains one of the fastest and most convenient options. There is only one taxi company at the airport (Fötaxi) and it's very easy to locate as you exit the terminal - just look for the red booth where you can buy your fare. Taxis run on a fixed rate so if you're staying in the center of the city, the trip should cost 16 Euros. Travel time is about 20-30 minutes.
Bus from the Airport to Budapest
The quite frequent bus 200 E takes you to the blue metro line last station Kõbánya-Kispest, there is a ticket machine at the bus stop just outside the terminal (didn´t work the last time i was there) or get the ticket with the bus driver, 400 Forint, exact change prefered, better get more tickets as you might not find the ticket office at the metro station. Normal price for a ticket at the ticket office would be 320 Forint, you can change with it in the metro but you need a separate ticket for every bus or tram, a day ticket is 1540 Forint.
Don´t forget to validate your ticket in the bus or tram and at the entrance of the metro!
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Budapest Airport-Hotel Shuttle
If you're staying at Hotel Central Basilica in Hercegprimas utca 8 (that means district 8 of Budapest, like the arrondisements of Paris), the hotel offers a shuttle site, advertised on its website. You can contact them directly about transport.
Otherwise, I found the airport info counter staff to be friendly and helpful, and our prebooked shuttle picked us up within 20 mins of approaching the counter. We were directed to step just outside the door when it arrived. I found the whole process easier than in my hometown, of similar population.
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Vienna to Budapest by bus or train
At the moment the cheapest way from Vienna to Budapest is by bus, Orangeways from Praterstern / Nordbahnstrasse 50 via Vienna airport to Üllõi út 129, FTC Stadion, Budapest, with online booking 3300 Forint (in case you can´t paying with your credit card, Bosfor Reisen Argentinierstrasse 67, Wien sells their tickets also), or with Volanbusz from 2900 (from the Volanbusz terminal Üllõi út 131 to Vienna Erdbergerstr. 200a bus terminal, it is the same bus as Westbus or Blagus, but € 19 from the Westbus/Blagus website.
You can also get in Budapest a 4 day return ticket for € 25 / 7250 Forint (same as single ticket, 13*** Forint for 30 day return) by train, no advanced booking necessary. Most trains to Vienna leave from Keleti puc station and go to Wien Meidling, many also to Wien Westbahnhof. From Vienna at the trainstation € 36 and with advanced online booking from € 19 for a single ticket.
http://www.elvira.hu/index.php (only the hungarian page gives prices, don´t book online with them unless you live in Hungary!)
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Red and yellow bus tours
Make sure you do the bus tours in Budapest. We arrived at the central train station and we were able to book the tour in an office just by the main door of the building. The tour allows you to go on the yellow and red bus routes but also go on the Danube tour too.
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we hired a great company to take us to/from the airport, plus for some trips around budapest that were a bit far to walk with 2 small kids. our driver in particular Shandor was nice--email me if you want his particular phone number. great prices
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