Liszt Ferenc International Airport is 16 km South-East of the city centre. It is directly connected with all European capitals; flight time is less than 3 hours. Airport Terminal 2 is divided between Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B hosting all traditional carriers' flights, charter flights and low-cost airlines. The SkyCourt, opened in 2011 connects Terminal 2A and 2B and offers passengers 25 retail units with world famous brands, 21 restaurants and 5 VIP lounges on more than 500 sq meters. The Hungarian capital airport handled a total of 10,3 million departing and arriving passengers in 2015. The airport's central telephone number for information is +36 1 296 9696; flight information is available at +36 1 296 7000.
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Transport to/from the Airport
The city center can be easily reached by taxi, minibus, public transportation and of course by car. The main car hire firms have offices in the arrivals halls. For those not driving, taxis or the Airport Minibus will carry passengers to and from any part of Budapest.
Főtaxi is the official contractor of Budapest Airport. The taxi company, with the longest traditions in Hungary, will transport passengers between the terminals and Budapest. Főtaxi's several hundred cars, trained and experienced colleagues ensure a safe basis to satisfy passengers' needs at a high standard. Taxi drivers speaking at least one foreign language are in service with ‘A' category big-size cars younger than five years. All cars are equipped with a POS terminal, therefore credit cards are also accepted. Reservations can be made in person at the Főtaxi booths located at the exits at Terminals 2A and 2B. At the taxi rank in front of the stands, taxis are parking continuously waiting for passengers.
The door-to-door transfer operates as a shared-ride service, which means that passengers traveling to/from the same/closely situated address are transported in the same vehicle. Every vehicle is equipped with dual-air conditioning systems and Wi-Fi hotspots for free internet access, further increasing passenger comfort during the journey. All minibuses arrive to and depart from the main entrances of the terminals.
By train: A regular train service operates between Budapest Nyugati Railway Station and the former Budapest Airport Terminal 1, from where passengers can take bus 200E to Terminal 2A and 2B. Nearly 100 trains provide easy access to the airport and back, for approx. 1.000 HUF (approx. 3,5 EUR).
By bus: Passengers are transported by a direct bus service (metropolitan bus No. 200E)-from Terminal 2A and 2B to the Kőbánya-Kispest subway terminal, where you may take metro line No. 3 (blue line) to Deaák Ferenc tér in the centre of the city. This service is adjusted to passenger traffic at the airport. A one-way ticket costs 350 HUF (450 HUF when buying on the bus from the driver).
While several companies operate taxis in the capital, all licenced cabs are yellow, have yellow licence plates, and are marked ‘Licenced Budapest taxi' on the driver's door. All fares are licenced: as of July 2015 the minimum fare is HUF 450 HUF, the standard fare is HUF 280 per kilometre and there is a charge fare of HUF 70 per minute. Cash and bank cards are both accepted.
Public Transport in Budapest
Budapest has one of the most comprehensive public transport system among the capitals of Europe.
The network of the Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK) consists of:
4 underground lines
5 suburban railway lines
15 trolley bus lines
32 tram lines
268 bus lines
The public transport network also includes cogwheel and commuter train, funicular, boat and chairlift service.
Compared to Budapest's population of 1.73 million, the utilization rate of the public transport network is fairly high, with 4.8 million passengers using the services every day. The public transport capacity of Budapest is sufficient for carrying 1.9 million passengers per day by bus, 1.4 million passengers by tram, 1 million passengers by underground, and 260,000 passengers by trolley bus.
Daytime services are available between 4.30 am and 11.30 pm, while at night you can get around with night buses or Tram No. 6, which runs round the clock. Waiting time is acceptable. At peak times underground trains run every 3 minutes, trolley buses, trams and buses run every 3-5 minutes.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at metro stations, ticket vending machines (TVMs) and also at BKK Customer Service Centres and Ticket Offices.
Whenever you change vehicle, validate a new ticket. One-day, three-day and weekly travel cards allowing free travel on all means of transportation within the administrative boundary of Budapest can be bought at metro stations, ticket vending machines (TVMs) and also at BKK Customer Service Centres and Ticket Offices. EU citizens over 65 years are allowed to travel for free on the vehicles of the public transport.
Fly Balaton Airport, located in Sármellék at the western shore of Lake Balaton, meets the international airport rules of the EU and allows international border crossing, receives scheduled and charter flights, as well as small planes.
Airport Debrecen meets EU standards and international requirements and is completely equipped to handle both civilian and commercial traffic on a regular basis. It is situated 2.5km from the centre of Debrecen and thanks to the highly developed road and rail connections, the airport can serve as an intermediary logistics centre.
More than 30 trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and no fewer than 25 other European cities. Railjets to Vienna run every 1-2 hours. There is also a popular network of inter-city trains linking Budapest with the main Hungarian cities. International trains operate from the three largest stations. Keleti (Eastern), Nyugati (Western), Déli (Southern), located in the city centre and within easy reach of the hotels either by public transport or by taxi.
MÁV Direct: +36 1 444 4499 (from abroad); +36 40 49 49 49 (from Hungary)
All the bigger Hungarian towns have a developed public transportation system, in the form of bus and tram lines. Towns are also investing in the development of bike routes, which can help the movement of participants to be a greener, faster and fun solution.
International services terminate and depart from Népliget Coach Station, which is also the terminus for a number of domestic routes. Information: +36 1 382-0888. International ticket sales: +36 1 219-8063
A hydrofoil service operates during the summer months (May—October) linking the heart of Budapest with Vienna and Bratislava. International boat landing stages are situated on the Danube between the Chain Bridge and the Liberty Bridge.
Information about Mahart PassNave Ltd hydrofoil lines is available: +36 1 484 4005
All Hungary's motorways and most of the main roads radiate from the capital. You have to pre-pay to use motorways in the country (M1, M3, M5, M6 and M7) or certain roads within a county. Both types of number plate-based vignette can be bought at larger filling stations. Road signs conform to continental standards. Local traffic rules are based on the Vienna and Geneva Conventions, like those of other European countries.
Budapest can be reached by car on motorways M1, M3, M5 and M7. Drivers should be aware that there is a zero tolerance of blood alcohol level while driving in Hungary. 24-hour emergency roadside assistance is available.
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