The region is in between the former West and East, there is easy access from both sides, and also from other continents. For travel to Budapest there are several good options. The international airport of Budapest (terminals 2A, 2B) connects the city directly to some overseas and to all important European destinations. The three main railway stations (Déli, Keleti, Nyugati) are either terminations or stops of many intercity trains from west and east, south and north. There are several international coach services to Budapest. Motorists can also reach Budapest easily on the European motorway network.
Travel to Budapest by air
There are daily direct flights from most European and from some North American cities. Liszt Ferenc Airport is situated on the SE margin of Budapest, 20 km from the city centre and is a popular destination for many low fare air carriers. The Airport Minibus service is relatively cheap and reliable.
Those who prefer public transport (BKK) can reach the city centre with the bus 200E from either terminal and continue with the M3 (blue) metro line from Kőbánya-Kispest station. Tickets can be purchased at the airport at ticket machines, post office, news agents, Tourinform offices. Note that passengers may transfer between metro lines with the same ticket but not between other means of transport, so reaching the city centre requires at least two tickets. A single ticket costs 350 HUF. You can find a list of all available ticket options here.
Főtaxi has exclusive rights for operation of a taxi service from (and to) the airport for fixed prices according to distance zones (hence the name) based on a contract with Budapest Airport Ltd.
Budapest airport has two terminals
(practically one large, as 2B is directly connected to 2A),
- Terminal 2A: for international flights arriving from the Schengen zone
- Terminal 2B: for flights arriving from the non-schengen zone, departure terminal for budget airlines
Travel to Budapest by train
Budapest has direct rail links to some 25 capitals. There are three major international railway stations in Budapest:
- Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern Railway Station), on Metro line 2 (“red line”)
and Metro line 4 (“green line”)
- Nyugati pályaudvar (Western Railway Station), on Metro line 3 (“blue line”)
- Déli Pályaudvar (Southern Railway Station), on Metro line 2 (“red line”)
For information on international connections in English see the railway journey planner of the MÁV-Start Zrt. (Hungarian Railway Passenger Transport Co.) or the international railway journey planner Deutsche Bahn.