Budapest Local City Tips
Things to know before you travel to Budapest, bus 100e info
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International AirportBudapest Airport is an easy-to-navigate airport in the city, with convenient public transport connections. Locals commonly refer to it as Ferihegy (its old name), and it is by far the largest commercial airport in Hungary, serving as a hub for Wizzair, and a base for Ryanair.
Budapest Airport to city
Budapest taxi and airport shuttleBudapest taxi companies provide the fastest Budapest airport to city rides. As some cab drivers try to take advantage of travelers, it’s best to stick with the official partners of Budapest Airport, Főtaxi (cabs) and miniBUD (shuttle). The airport shuttle has a stand near the baggage claim area, and also outside, near arrivals. You might have to wait up to 30 minutes for the shuttle to collect enough passengers, and a ride to the downtown costs around 4000 HUF. Főtaxi has stands right outside arrivals – a ride could cost over 7000 HUF depending on traffic.
Airport busThe Budapest airport bus is by far the most affordable way to get into the city. As the airport is just around 15 kilometers from the city center, the ride is simple and fast: the airport bus (200E) takes you to the blue Budapest metro line (the name of the stop is Kőbánya-Kispest), which then takes you to right to the city center. At Liszt Ferenc Airport, there is a bus stop just outside Budapest airport arrivals. (Budapest departures is just as easily accessible by the same bus, too.) After 11pm, take 200E to Határ út, and change to night bus 950 or 914 to go to the city center. After 00:30am, take night bus 900 from the airport to Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út, and change to 950 there. Here you can find a Budapest metro map and all other important public transit information. [caption id="attachment_5961" align="aligncenter" width="1440"] Airport bus and Budapest metro connections[/caption]
New 100E bus line from Ferenc Liszt Airport to Budapest city center
The 100E bus is running from July 8, 2017, from Saturday to Deák Ferenc Square and Ferenc Liszt International Airport every 30 minutes every day.
The bus departs from the city center at 4 am (based on the airplane schedule) so passengers can use the new service for the first flight.
The last bus leaves from the airport at 00.30 so passengers arriving to Budapest Airport with the last flights can easily reach the city center.
From the city centre to the airport the bus only stops at Kálvin square. (the first 2 buses in the morning stop at Astoria as well)
From the airport to the city center the bus stops at Kálvin square and Astoria and the last stops is at Deák Ferenc Square.
On the line, the low floor air conditioned Mercedes Conecto G buses run by VT-Arriva Kft.
The buses have been given a unique look.
The 100E buses can be used with a separate airport ticket, which costs 900 Ft.
Other tickets or passes are not valid for this bus. The BKK proposes to purchase a valid airport ticket validated at customer centers, stopovers, and cashiers in advance.
How to buy a ticket/passTickets are available from machines next to the airport bus stop: set the touchscreen to English or other languages and select a ticket or a pass. You can pay by card or cash (card is preferable, as the rates for changing money at the airport are much worse than in the center). Airport bus 200E runs every day from 4am till after midnight (after 00:20, there is a night bus to/from airport Budapest, but it’s recommended that you take a taxi or a shuttle after 200E stops running). Budapest public transport is reliable and omnipresent, so consider getting block tickets or a pass). A single ticket costs HUF 350 (450 if purchased from driver). You will need two tickets to take 200E and then the metro. Starting July 8, a direct bus line called 100E will connect Budapest Airport and the downtown. It has already been announced that the buses will look different from regular ones and will charge a somewhat higher rate.
Where to change moneyExchange bureaus in the downtown offer much better rates than the one at the airport. So it’s best if you pay by card at the airport, and change money near Maverick – for example, Northline, Correct Change and Gold Change are all reliable chains with competitive rates. Near Maverick City Lodge:
- Northline: 26 Rakoczi ut, 1072
- Correct Change: 41 Erzsebet korut, 1073
- Gold Change: 8 Erzsebet korut, 1073
- Correct Change: 39 Vaci utca, 1056, or 3 Duna utca, 1056