Budapest (Liszt Ferenc, formerly Ferihegy) International Airport is ten miles south-east of the city centre. It was two terminals: Terminal One is closed; Terminal Two is divided into two, with Terminal 2A the departure and arrival point for the low-cost airlines and Terminal 2B hosting all international carriers’ flights.
The airport’s telephone numbers:
Call Center: +36 (1) 296-7000
Flight Information: +36 (90) 181 818 (premium rate phone number)
Celebi Ground Handling
Tel.: (Terminal 2): +36 (70) 332-4006, +36-70-332-4007, +36 (1) 296-5966 (fax is)
Tel.: T2A +36-1 – 296-8315
T2B +36-1 – 296-8399
Malév Ground Handling
T2A +36-1 – 296-7217, +36-70 456-6038
T2B +36-1 – 296-7473
The main car hire firms have offices in the arrivals halls.
If you buy the Budapest Card in one of our tourist information offices at the airport, the card can be used already on the public transport from the airport.
More than fifty trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and no fewer than 25 other capital cities. Trains to Vienna run every three hours. There is also a popular network of Inter City trains linking Budapest with the main Hungarian centres. International trains operate from the three largest stations:
Keleti pályaudvar: VIII. Baross tér. | Tel: (+36-1) 413 – 4610
Nyugati pályaudvar: VI. Nyugati tér | Tel: (+36-1) 349-8503
Déli pályaudvar I. Krisztina krt. 37. | Tel: (+36-1) 375-6593
All three international railway stations are part of the Budapest Underground system, the Metró. The Déli and Keleti are stops on the Red (Number 2) line and the Nyugati is on the Blue (Number 3) line.
International services terminate and depart from Népliget Coach Station, which is also the terminus for a number of domestic routes. Its telephone number is (+36-1) 382-0888
Other domestic terminal are at Árpád híd (+36-1) 412-2597
and Stadionok (+36-1) 220-6227 in Pest,
and Etele tér (+36-1) 382-4910 in Buda.
A hydrofoil services operates during the summer months (from April to October) linking the heart of Budapest with Vienna and Bratislava. International boat landings are situated on the Danube between the Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) and the Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd).
Information about Mahart PassNave Ltd. services is available on (+36-1) 318-6042
All Hungary’s motorways and most of her main roads radiate out from the capital. The M1, M3, M5 and M7 are toll motorways, and you must pay the appropriate toll (either at the border or at larger petrol stations) and display the windscreen sticker before joining the road. Road signs conform to continental standards. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory in both the front and back seats, and only handless mobile telephones may be used whilst vehicles are in motion.
The alcohol limit is zero. Speed limits are 50 km/hour (31 mph) in built-up areas and 90 km/hour (56 mph) elsewhere, except on dual carriageways (110 km/hour, 68 mph) and motorways (130 km/hour, 80 mph). The horn can only be used in built-up areas in an emergency. 24-hour roadside assistance is available from the Magyar Autóklub (Tel.: (+36-1) 345-1755), and emergency roadside help can also be called for by dialling 188.
How can I get into the city from the airport?
By public transportation
A direct bus line with “200E” designation BKV bus takes passengers to the Kőbánya-Kispest terminal of the M3 subway.The price for a ticket valid for one trip costs HUF 350, which can be purchased at the newsstand kiosk at Terminal II, as well as at the post office or the ticket vending machines.If same tickets can be purchased from the bus drivers for HUF 450. Travel time: 12-25 minutes.
The blue line (M3) of the subway departing from this terminal reaches the city center Deák Ferenc square in 20 minutes.The Deák Ferenc square station is the hub where the north-south (M3-blue) and the east (M2-red) lines as well as the Millenial Subway Line (M1-yellow) intersect.Tickets can be purhased at the sale windows at the stations or at the ticket vending machines.
Public transportation is free of charge for age 65+ and for holders of the Budapest Card, which can be purchased at the Information Desk at the airport.Line tickets can be purchased at the newspaper store and at the ticket vending machines.
A direct train line is available from the formerly Terminal 1 to Budapest Nyugati pályaudvar (Western Railway Station),travel time : 30 minutes.Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine, they are available from the controllers on the trains as well. Passangers with Budapest Card receive a 20% discount.
Shuttle mini vans seating 9-14 people commuta between the airport and the city,picking up passangers with accommodations in the same vicinity.Accordingly,their commute times are longer then those of taxi cabs.The fee for the shuttle commuting within the territory of Budapest is from HUF 1900/person/trip.
If you wish to access the city by taxi cab, please order one on the phone (which you may also do calling from abroad),or use the cabs available at the rank outside the airport. Further information under the Taxi Cab heading.
The public transportation grid of Budapest is considered extensive on a world scale,and the ticket prices are favorable; so it is worth using the bus, trolley-bus and tram lines, the Local Commuters’ Train (HÉV) and the subway lines.The schedules accommodate the varying passanger density throughout the day.Neverthless, basic awareness is required on the more crowded vehicles,which often attract the presence of pickpockets.
We advise you to keep your wallet and valuables on you,in your inside or sidepockets,and avoid carrying larger amounts.If you must ,do so in divided amounts distributed to different places.Be careful that your documents do not stick out of your pockets,and carry your bag locked or tihtly closed at all times.You are not required to carry your passport with you in the city ;you may leave it at your hotel safe deposit.A picture ID,such as your driver license,is sufficient.
The public transportation vehicles in Budapest can only be used with a pre-purchased ticket or pass;however,the tickets must be validated (stamped) upon boardingthe vehicles or,in case of a subway trip at the station entrance.The machines validate the tickets by punching holes or stamping the time validation on them.
For exploring the city we recommend purchasing a Budapest Card,which includes free public transportation for 24, 48 or 72 hours, free or discounted museum admissions, as well as discount for numerous other tourist attraction.The card can be purchased at the more frequented ticket sale windows,tourist information offices,hotels and travel agencies, or buy Budapest Card.
The Budapest transport limited (BKV Zrt.)-also offers different kinds of tickets (line transfer,zone,day,book,week,etc.) which make your travel more economical.Most of these can be purchased at the subway stations,at the ticket vending machines,at tobacconist,at hotel front desks,or at news kiosk.The greatest selection of them can be found at the ticket sale windows of BKV Zrt.,where information displayed in Hungarian and English will offer guidance on the best ticket purchase.
When purcasing your tickets,please remember that,with the exception of transfer between the subway lines,a new ticket must be used for each leg of your trip on different vehicles.We recommend purchasing a Budapest Card or a dialy pass.The tickets are checked by contollers wearning armbands and picture ID’s on public transportation vehicles and subway entrances and exits;therefore,please keep your ticket for the entire duration of your trip or until you have exited the territory of the subway.In addition to passengers dodging the fare,those traveling with invalid (expired,unstamped or illegible) tickets or passes will also be fined.
When required to pay a fine,information available from the ticket controllers in Hungarian, English, German, French, Spanish, Romanian and Russian will offer you guidance.These site will provide information on the amounts of the fines and on payment options.The fines can be paid in Hungarian forints only, and the controller is required to give you an invoice.
For further information on traveling on public transportation vehicles, please visit the BKV Zrt’s web site (also available in English) at
TAXI / CABS
The fare is composed of 3 parts:
- Basic fee (450 HUF)
- Per kilometre charge (280 HUF/km)
- Waiting fee (70 HUF/min.)
List of telephone numbers:
- 6×6 Taxi: +36-1-666-6666
- Barát Taxi: +36-70-773-2000
- Buda Taxi: 2-333-333
- Budapest Taxi: 4-333-333
- City Taxi: 2-111-111
- Főtaxi: 2- 222-222
- Max Taxi: 2-222-333
- MB Elit Taxi: 232-32-32
- Mobil Taxi: 333-2222
- Penta Taxi: 555-55-33
- Police Taxi: 278-5290
- Rádió Taxi: 7-777-777
- Taxi 2000: 2-000-000
- Taxi4: 4-444-444
- Taxi Plus: 7-888-999
- Tele5 Taxi: 5-555-555
- Volán Taxi: 361-4-3333-22
- Zóna Taxi: 365-55-55
Please be careful, use only taxi with company logo!
If you arrive in Budapest by car,we recommend that you park your vehicle in the closed and protected parking lot or garage of your hotel.Getting around in Budapest .especially in lack of proper familiarity with the city,is usually more practical by public transportation.In case you still decide to use your car,always lock your automobile and avoid leaving valaubles,bags (evenwhen empty),objects and clothes inside.Always remove the front panel of your music player when parking.
Then territory of Budapest is divided to several parking zones,where different parking fees are required (varying between HUF 145 and 580).As set out by law, paying parking fees is required between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 pm in the city.On Saturdays,Sundays and public holidays parking is free of charge.During parking hours,parking tickets must be purchased at the parking machines and displayed on the dashboard in such a way that they are clearly visible from outside.The minimum parking fee is for 15 minutes;the parking machines issue tickets valid for the duration in accordance with the amount entered.
The maximum parking time is 2-3 hours.For longer parking periods,we recommend using the P+R (park and ride) places.These areas are usually located at major subway stations and bus line terminals (Árpád Bridge Pest side, Nagyvárad square, Őrs vezér square, Népliget etc.) where you can continue your journey by public transportation.When parked illegally (whitout a valid parking ticket),you may receive a parking fine and/or a wheel clamp placed on your vehicle by the company operating the parking area or the Budapest Public Area Supervision.In the latter case,a multi-lingual sticker is placed on your car with information on what you need to do to have the clamp removed.
You can take precautions to avoid having your car stolen by always turning on your alarm or immobilizer system when parking,by using protected parking lots and parking garages,and by never leaving your car’s documents in the vehicle.Neverthless,crime happens despite our best efforts.Please report any incident immediately,providing a detailed description of the event,at the nearest police station,in order for a search warrant to be issued for your vehicle as soon as possible.
Although at certain places US dollars and Euro also accepted,the local currency of Hungary remains the forint for a few more years.Accordingly,if you wish to use cash in addition to your credit cards for payment in the country,please change some of your currency to Hungarian forints upon arrival.Currency exchange in Hungary is strictly regulated and my only be done by licensed offices.Exchange windows at most tourist attractions,banks,front desks of certain hotels and currency exchange machines may be used for this purpose.
It is worth checking the signs displaying the current rates at the exchanage places,and to inquire before your transaction whether a commission or other fees are charged.Also different rates may apply when changing different amounts of currency.
Illegal money changers lurking at tourists in the streets or outside transport stations may offer more favorable rates ,but the wad of forints you receive may often contain newspaper or other worthless pieces of paper,which you may only notice later.
We advise that you leave the majority of your cash at safe deposit at your hotel and carry only the spanding money needed for your daily trips.
RESTAURANTS, BARS, NIGHTCLUBS
Every visitors would like to taste the foods of the country and recapture the adventures of the day at a nice restaruant.The colorful flavors os so why not taste the famous goulash, the fish, soup, the paprika chicken, or the Somlo delight, or sip the famous Tokaji wine.
The waiting staff at the majority of restaurants and eateries speak several languages and offer menus in the same.In order to avoid misunderstandings,it is worth studying the menu carefully,including the fine print.If you see any discreapancy between the items on your bill and the ordered food,please clarify it with your waiter.
It is worth noting that a trip of approxymately 10 percent is customary at restaurants in Hungary, except where gratuity or service is included in the bill, as stated on the menu , which must not exceed 15 percent.
Beware of attractive ladies inviting you to night clubs or restaurants;these places usually operate with misleading price lists and eventually grossly overcharge their customers.If you do enter places so recommended,please study the menu carefully before you order and be aware that the items consumed by the ladies entertaining at your table will also be charged to your bill , usually order be highest priced items on the menu.Precautions will save you a lot of unpleasantness.