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Getting from Budapest Airport to Main Train Station

The main train station of Budapest, officially called Keleti railway station, is located within the city's limits and is a major hub for international travels. When travelling from Budapest airport to the main train station you can use 2 different transfer methods: Taxi or Bus. Taking a Budapest airport taxi is the fastest route to Keleti train station. The ride costs around 26€ (8045 HUF) and takes approximately 30 minutes. A cheaper, but inconvenient and indirect alternative is the bus. The whole journey will cost around 4€ (1250 HUF) and it will last over an hour. 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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Comparison of the options

Taxi €26 30min 24/7
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Bus €8 60min 05:00–00:30

How to get from Budapest airport to main train station by taxi

Hiring a Budapest airport taxi is the only convenient transfer method if you are travelling from Budapest airport to the main train station. Licensed Budapest taxis can be easily recognized by their yellow color and taxi roof sign. Without traffic, the trip to the main train station takes around 30 minutes.

Taxi fare from Budapest airport to main train station

There is no flat fee for the transfer from Budapest airport to Keleti railway station. Therefore, your taxi ride will be charged on the meter, based on distance. Extra costs, such as tolls and late-night driving may be applied. However, the average price of the taxi ride is 26€ (8045 HUF).

*You can always check if taxi companies offer a fixed price if you book your Budapest airport transfer in advance.


Taxis are by far the best and most convenient option when it comes to travelling from Budapest airport to the main train station. However, make sure to have cash of the local currency since you may get overcharged because of the exchange rates.

Editor’s Note

Taking a taxi for your transfer is ideal if you are travelling with children or a group of friends that can split the fare.

Useful Tips

Make sure that the driver resets the taximeter.
Have the address of your destination written down in Hungarian.
Always pick a taxi from the official ranks.
The driver is required to provide you with a receipt at the end of the trip.

How to get from Budapest airport to main train station by bus

Unfortunately, the bus network of Budapest is not directly connected with the main train station. In fact, in order to get there, you may have to change means of transport more than once. Two different routes can be followed. You will have to either take the bus 100E, get off at Deák Ferenc tér metro station and switch to the M2 (red) metro line towards Örs vezértere, or get on the bus 200E, stop at its' terminus, Kobanya-Kispest, and then take first the M3 (blue) metro line, get off at Kálvin tér and finally take M4 (green) line towards Keleti

How much is the bus from Budapest airport to main train station?

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€ (350 HUF).



Trip Duration

60 Min.

Total waiting time for the bus and metro is around 45 minutes.

Value for Money

Bus 100E runs from 05:00 to 00:30. The metro trains of Budapest operate from 04:30 to 23:10.

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.


Even though the public means of transport in Budapest are very cheap, having to change lines more than once is tiring and unsafe when you are travelling with children and many pieces of luggage.

Editor’s Note

Please note that a separate ticket is required for every different transportation mode you may use. Therefore, if you take a bus and then switch between two metro lines you must buy 3 regular tickets.

Useful Tips

Children under 6 years of age travel for free.
Ticket inspectors usually operate in every major station.
It is advisable to look for day-tickets if you are planning to use the public means of transport during your stay.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

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 main train station?

The average price of a taxi ride from Budapest airport to Keleti railway station is 8045 HUF (26€). Without traffic, the journey will take approximately 30 minutes.

What is the main train station in Budapest called?

The main train station in Budapest is called Keleti Railway Station.

How far is it from Budapest airport to main train station?

The main train station of Budapest is around 20 km away from the airport. You can get to the main train station either by taxi or bus.

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