When you land in Budapest and step out of the airport, you’ll see a few different ways of getting into the city center. In this post you’ll have a few options based on your budget and preference. Let’s go over them the multiple ways of getting from the Budapest airport to the city center and find the best one for you.
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The most direct way is always a taxi, but of course it’s the most expensive way. There is a yellow taxi sign where you can get in line and wait for the next taxi available. On average it costs about $26 one way from the airport to downtown.
A cheaper alternative to a taxi, but still pretty private and comfortable. You can opt for a shared airport shuttle bus transfer. You’ll reserve it in advance with door to door service.
If you’re traveling with a few friends, then opt for private transfer. It’s an air conditioned minibus with an English speaking bus driver. This is an option for up to 3 people.
100E Airport Express Bus
Between Terminal A and B outside of the airport is the bus station. Here you’ll find the ticket machines for the 100E bus. It’s the Airport Express to the city center with stops in:
- Kálvin tér
- Deák Ferenc tér
The 100E bus can only be used with the 2200 HUF ($6.50) Airport Shuttle Bus Single Ticket. You can buy it at the bus ticket machines or on the Budapest GO app. Please keep in mind you cannot use any other tickets for the 100E bus.
In the same place where you can find the 100E bus, you will also find the 200E bus. This is a public bus and you can use regular ticket passes to go on it. This is also my preferred way of getting to and from the airport.
Outside of the Budapest airport between terminals A and B are the ticket machines. If you’ll be visiting for a couple of days, I recommend the 10 ticket block which costs 3,000 Forints ($8.85). Once you grab all 10 tickets, which are printed individually, you’ll get on bus 200E which you’ll take to the last stop.
This drops you off at the Metro line 3. It’s the start/end station so you’ll get on going in the direction of Ujpest-kozpont. The stops downtown you can get off at are: Kalvin Ter, Ferenciek tere, Deak Ferenc ter, and Arany Janos utca.
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