Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) Information
The Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport is the main gateway into Hungary, handling about nine million passengers annually and serving in the region of 100 cities. The airport has two runways and two terminals, with the newer terminal being divided in half - Hall B in Terminal 2 handles most of the air traffic. Ryanair now serves as the main carrier at Hall B of Terminal 2, following the recent and rather problematic collapse of Hungary's airline Malev.
The airport was founded in 1938 and its earliest terminal was opened in 1950. Terminal 1 is dedicated to low-cost carriers, with the likes of EasyJet, Jet2.com and WizzAir providing numerous connections to European cities. Both terminals receive flights from all over Europe, including from Schengen and non-Schengen regions.
Budapest's airport is well equipped, with Terminal 1 having been upgraded in line with the newer Terminal 2, and transport options to the city centre are good.
Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD)
Address: Ferihegyi Repülotérre vezeto út, H 1675, Budapest Pf 53, Hungary
Tel: +91 80 527 7844
The Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport is located 16 km / 10 miles south-east of the Hungarian capital, alongside the M0 motorway bypass. It lies near the districts of Gyál, Kobánya and Vecsés.
Budapest Airport Guide
- Currency exchange in both terminals
- Several snack bars, bistros, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, including Brio Bistro, Burger King and Leroy
- Duty free stores, as well as fashion shops Swarovski and Hugo Boss
- ATMs in both terminals
- Car hire companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt
- Business facilities including wireless Internet in the Airport Business Centre
- Dedicated ramps, elevators, telephones and toilets for disabled travellers throughout the terminal
- Short-stay, long-stay and drop-off car parks
- Buses, trains and taxis to the city
The city centre is about 30 minutes' drive via Highway 4 (Ferihegyi Repülotérre vezeto út). You can get to points south, west and east of the airport via the M0 bypass, which passes just to the south. Budapest has fair driving conditions, but the city's wide roads do become busy during rush hour. Traffic drives on the right in Hungary.
Bus number 93 runs from Terminal 1 to the Kobánya-Kispest Metro Station, which is half-way between the airport and the city, while bus number 200E runs from both terminals and has a night schedule. A better bet is the Airport Minibus service, which is a shared, 24-hour service to the city centre. There are desks for this service in the Arrivals areas of both terminals. Additionally, select Budapest hotels provide shuttles for guests.
Trains run from the nearby Ferihegy Railway Station to Budapest-Nyugati Railway Terminal in the city throughout the day. Ferihegy's platforms are connected to Terminal 1 via a covered walkway and to halls A and B of Terminal 2 via bus. Services on this commuter line depart at 30-minute intervals, connecting the suburbs, the airport and the city. An approximate journey time for trains into the city is just under 25 minutes.
There are plenty of fixed-rate taxis into the city from the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport and these are operated by Fotaxi. Visitors normally need to wait in line for a taxi - you then pay the driver once you have arrived at your destination. Worth noting, freelance taxi drivers in the airport's Arrivals areas are best avoided.