By air: You can visit Budapest from an array of low-cost airlines, or the national carrier, Malév. Budapest (Ferihegy) International Airport is sixteen kilometers south-east of downtown Budapest.
There are two terminals: Terminal One is by low-cost airlines and Terminal Two is divided into two, with Terminal 2A the departure and arrival point for flights of Malév Hungarian Airlines and Terminal 2B hosting all international carriers' flights, including some of the budget airlines.
By train: Budapest has three main international railway stations: Eastern (Keleti), Western (Nyugati) and Southern (Déli). More than fifty trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and 25 other European capital cities. Trains to Vienna run every three hours, 7 times a day. There is also a popular network of Inter City trains, linking Budapest with the main Hungarian towns.
By river: There is a daily scheduled hydrofoil service on the Danube, linking Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, between early April and early November. Voyage duration: from Vienna to Budapest 5 hours, from Budapest to Vienna 6 hours. After the hydrofoil trip, which takes you through scenic areas of Hungary (such as the beautiful Danube Bend), you arrive in the heart of Budapest.
Information about Mahart PassNave Ltd. services is available on their website: www.mahartpassnave.hu
Budapest Airport (Ferihegy) is located within the boundary of Budapest, 16 km from the city eastward, alongside Main Road 4. For more details, please visit their website: http://www.bud.hu/english
Ferihegy Airport can be reached in 20 minutes from the city by the “Ferihegy High-Speed Road”, which is separated by string barrier from public traffic and is therefore unhindered. Several parking facilities are available.
FŐTAXI offers low prices and high quality level of services. At the same time, pre-ordered taxis can be ordered as usual at the airport.
The trip to the centre should take about 30-40 minutes depending on traffic, and costs around EUR 22.00/ cab.
Metro and Bus
BKV runs a public transportation bus service (Bus 200 E) from Ferihegy Terminals 1 and 2 to Köbánya-Kispest Metro Station. Tickets may be bought from the driver (in Hungarian forint in coins).
From Köbánya-Kispest Metro Station you can take the underground (blue line) to Deak Ferenc ter (downtown). Tickets must be validated before you enter the station!
Important note: Due to reconstruction work at Kőbánya-Kispest metro station Bus 200 E might have a provisional stop at Határ út where you can take the underground (blue line) to the downtown.
For more information about the public transportation of Budapest: www.bkv.hu
From Ferihegy Terminal 1 there is direct access to the train station. From Terminal 2 you should take a bus to Terminal 1 and will need to buy a bus ticket as well.
You can take any train arriving to the platform to Nyugati (western) train station which takes you to the centre of town. Travel time is about 20 minutes.
Tickets to Ferihegy 1 may be purchased at Tourinform from 08.00 to 22.00 or at platform B at the railway station from the ticket vending machine. Should you land after opening hours or if there is no vending machine at your station, you may buy your ticket on the train.
You may visit the website of the Hungarian railway company website to find the train schedule: http://www.mav-start.hu/english/index.php
Budapest Airport also operates a ‘shuttle service’ called ‘Airport Minibus’. Reservations can be made in person at the AirportShuttle-Minibus Desks or 24 hours before your flight departure via online reservation system (www.airportshuttle.hu), or by calling the Call Center by dialing the number (+36-1) 296-8555.