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Getting from Budapest Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Budapest Airport to City Centre

There are 2 modes of transportation available from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD), to the city centre of Budapest: Taxi and Bus. The most convenient way to get to the city centre is by hiring a Budapest airport taxi. Though it will cost approximately 26€ (8045 HUF) , it will only take 35 minutes to reach your destination. The alternative cheaper option is the bus. The price of single bus ticket is only 3€ (900 HUF) and the journey takes as long as a private transfer. Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Budapest at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

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Taxi €26 35min 24/7
Welcome Pickups €26 35min 24/7
A trusted, professional driver will pick you up at the gate right on time. Excellent reviews, flat price, no hidden fees, free cancellation.
Bus €6 35min 24/7
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Price for 4 passengers Price for 4 passengers €26 €26 €3
Time Time 35min 35min 35min
Availability Availability 24/7 24/7 24/7
Prebooked and prepaid Prebooked and prepaid
Driver waits for free Driver waits for free 60min 10min
Flight monitoring Flight monitoring
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How to get from Budapest airport to centre by taxi

The most convenient way to reach Budapest downtown area is by taking a taxi. Since 2013 all Budapest airport taxis are required to be yellow-colored and have a taxi roof sign. It is important to note that during rush hour there is always a queue for the taxis; therefore, you must wait in line to get one. Under normal traffic conditions, the taxi ride to the city centre takes approximately 35 minutes. It is suggested to book your taxi in advance in order to save time and avoid communication issues with the local drivers.

Taxi fare from Budapest airport to city centre

Budapest taxis are not allowed to offer flat rates; therefore, your taxi ride will be charged by a taximeter, depending on distance. Extra charges may apply, usually from luggage, late-night driving, and traveling on public holidays. However, the average cost of a taxi ride from the airport to central Budapest is 26€ (8045 HUF).

*It is recommended to book your Budapest airport transfer in advance in order to save time and to ensure that there are no communication issues with the drivers.

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It is always ideal to hire a taxi if you want to get to your hotel as soon as possible. Taxis in Budapest run 24/7 and offer fast and reliable services.

Editor’s Note

There is only one official taxi company, called Fö, operating at the airport of Budapest. Therefore, it is recommended to use only a Fö taxi and avoid getting scammed from random individuals.

Useful Tips

Tipping taxi drivers in Budapest is not mandatory.
Please make sure to pay only with the local currency in order to avoid being overcharged.
Taxis in Budapest can fit up to 4 people with 3 pieces of luggage.
Never accept taxi services from random individuals.
Most Budapest taxi drivers are not bilingual.

How to get from Budapest airport to city centre by bus

The bus system of Budapest airport is directly connected with the metropolitan area of Budapest. In fact, it was only recently that the bus line 100E started operating the route from the airport to the Deák Ferenc tér central metro station. Bus 100E departs from the airport every 30 minutes and the trip takes approximately 35 minutes.

*There is also the bus line 200E which travels from the airport to Kobanya-Kispest metro station. However, in order to get to the city centre from there you will have to take the M3 metro line towards Újpest–Központ.

How much is the bus from Budapest airport to city centre?

Regular tickets for the airport shuttle bus 100E cost 3€ (900 HUF) per person and can be purchased from the customer service centres, newsagents, ticket offices or ticket vending machine in the arrivals hall.

*Tickets for the other buses and metro trains cost 1.15€ (350 HUF).



Trip Duration

35 Min.

Waiting time is around 30 minutes.

Value for Money

Bus 100E runs from 05:00 a.m to 00:30 a.m. The night bus 900 runs from the airport to Kobanya-Kispest from 00:30 a.m to 04:00 a.m.

Where do I get it from?

Bus 100E departs from the BKK stop which located between the two terminals on the arrivals level.

Bus 200E stop is located just outside of terminal 2.


Taking the bus is a popular option among tourists who are travelling from the airport to central Budapest. However, as it was mentioned above, the bus journey is not always a direct one and that can be very challenging and inconvenient.

Editor’s Note

If you land at the airport after 00:30 a.m you can take the bus 900 and switch to bus 950 or 950A at Kobanya-Kispest station in order to reach the city centre of Budapest.

Useful Tips

Do not forget to validate your tickets.
European seniors above 65 years of age travel for free.
Bus tickets are not valid for the metro trains.
Always keep an eye on your belongings while on-board.

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Budapest. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Budapest airport to city centre?

The average price of a taxi ride from Budapest airport to the city centre of Budapest is 8045 HUF (26€). Without traffic, the journey will take approximately 35 minutes.

How much is a bus ticket from Budapest airport to city centre?

Regular tickets for the airport shuttle bus 100E cost 900 HUF (3€) per person and can be purchased from the customer service centres, newsagents, ticket offices or ticket vending machine in the arrivals hall.

How far is it from Budapest airport to city centre?

The city centre of Budapest is around 25 km away from the airport. You can get to central Budapest either by taxi or bus.

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