Your plane to Budapest Airport will arrive either to Terminal 2A, or to 2B. The two buildings are connected by Terminal 2C.
There are number of different ways to reach the city centre from Budapest Airport, depending on your budget and desired level of comfort. The following list shows the available options from public transit to door-to-door private transfer.
Public transportation – the budget way
Take bus line nr. 200E from terminal 2 to Kobanya – Kispest subway station. The bus ride takes about 25-30 minutes. At Kobanya – Kispest change to subway line M3 in direction of Ujpest. Another 20-25 minutes and you are in downtown Budapest.
The entire ride costs 2 single tickets: 700HUF. You can also buy different day passes from the vending machine, or at the BKK customer centre at the airport.
The machine has a multi language option accepts both credit cards and cash in Hungarian Forints.
Note that subway line M3 is currently under reconstruction and served by shuttle buses on the weekends. Follow the signs to get to the shuttle bus at Kobanya – Kispest.
Public transportation – the budget & convenient way
Bus line 100E operates directly between Liszt Ferenc International Airport and Deak Ferenc ter and runs in every 20 minutes. This is a direct line between the airport and downtown, where it also stops at Kalvin ter, Astoria before terminating at Deak Ferenc ter. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
The ticket costs 900HUF. You can buy the special ticket from the vending machines located at the public transit stop, or at the BKK customer centre at the airport.
Note that the bus can get crowded during the day, thus you might wont be able to board the first bus. Same applies on the way back to the airport.
By airport shuttle
Follow the miniBUD floor stickers from the carousel to the miniBUD booth located to the right once you leave the arrival hall. Fixed priced door to door airport transfer service between Budapest city centre and Budapest Airport.
It costs around 6000HUF/person
Follow the “Fotaxi” floor stickers from the carousel to the Fotaxi booth located outside of arrival hall. Fotaxi charges a flat rate of 700HUF base fair and 300HUF/km. The same price applies for the other taxi companies as well in Budapest.
It costs around 7000HUF from the Budapest airport to the city centre.
Using this link to register on Bolt you get 1000HUF discount on your first trip.
Note that there are plenty shady drivers awaiting at the terminal door looking for first-time passengers. They are not licensed taxi drivers. Avoid them at all cost.
By private car
Your driver will wait for you with your name on the small sign outside the gates after you collect your luggage and passed customs. When exiting the terminal be prepared for a moment of chaos, as dozens of drivers are trying to find their passengers. Good to have the cell number to call the driver in case you can’t find your ride.
A private shuttle costs between 11000 – 13000HUF /vehicle.