Flights to Budapest Suggested Itineraries Budapest

Flights to Budapest and Airport Information Suggested itineraries

Not so long ago Budapest flights were both expensive and erratic. However, the increased competition brought about by the arrival of no frills airlines has driven down prices and greatly improved quality. City Breaks in Budapest are now a much more realistic proposition and it’s difficult to know who’s more excited; the Hungarian tourist authorities or the budding city breaker?

Budapest is just two hours and thirty minutes from London and there’s an impressive range of airlines to choose from. Some of the best deals can be found through online travel agents such as expedia and opodo, and there are a growing number of budget airlines that are also worth having a look at (such as Easy Jet, Wizz Air, Sky Europe and Air Berlin). Both the UK’s and Hungary’s national carriers (British Airways and Malev) also operate direct daily flights between the two capitals.

All Budapest flights land at Ferihegy Airport, which is conveniently located 25 km north east of the city centre. Terminal One handles the lion’s share of civil traffic (Terminal Two is largely given over to freight) and has recently benefited form a multi million pound makeover. On arrival you'll find all the usual amenities, ranging from car hire to currency exchange, and friendly (if slightly overworked) Tourist Information desks.

Ferihegy Airport is well connected to the local public transport network and there are a number of ways of getting into central Budapest. Arguably the easiest, and certainly the most expensive, way of making the forty minute trip is to catch a cab. Taxis queue up outside the arrivals hall eager to relieve first time visitors of as many forints as possible. If you decide on a metered cab; make sure that the meter is running; otherwise establish a firm price before leaving the airport. If you’re travelling on a tighter budget, the Airport Minibus operates as a collective taxi which represents good value for money. The third option is to hop on the No. 93 bus as far as Köbánya Kispest, where you can then join the underground metro.

Security has been heavily increased in recent years; so expect a lengthy check ins and spot checks throughout the airport. Try to arrive at least two hours prior to departure.