Most of us will probably go to Budapest by plane. Finally, you’ve safely landed! Time to go to the city center and really start off your city trip! This is how to get from the airport to the city center in Budapest.
There are different ways to get from the airport to the city center. Depending on the time and money you are willing to spend and the location of your hotel, your preference can differ from other travelers.
Of course, all these manners can be used the other way around, from the city center to the airport.
From the airport to the city center by car
A lot of the times, you won’t be driving a car to get to the city center or the airport. Renting a car for your visit to Budapest is not necessary unless maybe you have trouble walking. In case you are planning to rent a car, you can easily reach the city center and the airport via the highway. Depending on where you have to go in the city and how busy it is on the roads, this will take you between 20 and 60 minutes.
A cab from the airport to the city center
Another option is to take a cab from the airport to the city center. Very easy, because you don’t have to worry about a thing and you’ll be dropped off right in front of your hotel, apartment or hostel. But, it is more expensive than public transport!
Fötaxi is the official transport partner of Budapest Airport. Taxies are ready to go in front of the arrival hall. Most of the drivers speak English and you can use a credit card. Their phone number is +36 1 22 22 22 (yes, really).
There are regulations about taxi prices in Hungary. A ride starts at 450 HUF (around €1,50) and each kilometer will cost you 280 HUF (around €0,95). A ride from Budapest Airport to Budapest city center should cost around 6500 HUF (around €22), depending on where in the city you have to be and how busy it is.
Keep in mind that unofficial taxi drivers are trying to get customers at Budapest Airport -just like at many other airports. These taxis are often more expensive and the drivers will address you in the arrival hall or when you walk out. The drivers of Fötaxi are waiting for customers in a line at the taxi parking spaces.
Another way to get a cab is by using the app Taxify. It works the same as Uber and feels easier to many internationals because the app can be used in English.
Book a minibus from the airport to the city center
miniBUD is the official shuttle service for Budapest Airport. You can book a ride to and from the airport through miniBUD’s website, starting at 1900 HUF (around €6,50).
miniBUD promises cans with WiFi and they drop you off and pick you up at your hotel, apartment or hostel.
Public transport from Budapest Airport to Budapest city center
I personally prefer to use the public transport to get from the airport to the city center. There are two options. You will probably have to transfer at least once to get to your accommodation. This makes that you will have to pay more attention than a shuttle or taxi, but it is cheaper and a good way to dive into the local life right away.
There are ticket machines in front of the arrival hall, next to the bus stop. You can choose from different kinds of tickets, like a 24-hour ticket (1650 HUF, around €5) or special tickets for bus 100E. There is also a desk at the airport where you can buy tickets. Don’t forget to ask for a map of the public transportation system, this will also show you buses and trams.
During the day, bus 200E is waiting for you in front of the airport. This bus will take you to metro station Kőbánya-Kispest, the bus’ final stop. Here, you can get on metro line 3 (blue) to get to the city center. Depending on your accommodation’s location, you might have to transfer a second time.
To make it easier for travelers to reach the city center, bus 100E has been shuttling between the airport and Deák Ferenc tér, the central square, since July 2017. This ride will take about 30 to 40 minutes. Keep in mind that you need a special ticket for bus 100E, these are 900 HUF (around €2,95). From Deák Ferenc tér, there are a ton of metros, buses, trolleybuses, and trams that you can take to get to your final destination in Budapest.
Would you rather take a train? Hop on bus 200E to Ferihegy railway station. From there you can take a train to Nyugati railway station (Nyugati Pályaudvar), reasonably central in the city.
Bus 200E goes to metro station Köbánya-Kispest. I think this is the most popular way to get to the city center from the airport. The metro station is the final stop of bus 200E, so that’s easy. There are signs showing you the way to Metro 3 or bus 200E.
This is where you get on Metro 3 (blue) and you’ll be in the city center in no time. Many of the ho(s)tels and apartments are close to one of the metro stations on this line. Not your hotel? You can transfer to metro line 1 (yellow) and 2 (red) at Deák Ferenc tér. Need to get to line 4 (green)? In that case, transfer at station Kálvin tér.
The metros don’t ride during the night. During that time, there are night buses going to and from the airport. Budapest Airport made great infographics showing how to get to the city center from the airport and the other way around.
From the airport to the city center
From the city center to the airport
Now you should be able to get to your destination without any problems. If you have any questions, leave a comment or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.