Asked and Answered: How to Get From Budapest Airport to City Center

One of the first things that most people start planning before flying to some new place is how to get from the airport to the city. Sometimes, the adventure continues from the city, other times the city itself is the destination.

Budapest is the capital of Hungary and a starting point for many adventurers. Whether it is the city of Budapest itself or other parts of the country, the Ferenc Liszt International Airport is the main gateway. As a result of that, there is a huge interest in Budapest airport transfers.

There are basically three options, four if you consider rent-a-car. However, that’s not an affordable option. Other than renting a car, people can get from and to the airport via a shuttle bus, airport taxi, and a service called welcome pickups.

Bus Shuttle

This is the cheapest option (3€) and there are regular lines going from the airport. In average, you can get to the city for 35 minutes, if the road conditions are normal. You can buy tickets at the airport or on the bus. The biggest issue here is that there are always a ton of people waiting to go on the bus. You need to find your way in the crowd, all while you handle all of your luggage on your own. Alternatively, you can check private airport shuttle services here.

Airport Taxi

Taxis in Budapest are yellow by law and there is no bargaining. Meaning you need to pay what it says on the meter. Plus, a large percentage of taxi drivers speak little to no English. That makes communication a challenge, especially if you are not local. Sometimes, they can try to get more money out of you by asking extra for the luggage. But you shouldn’t fall for that and pay only what’s on the meter. You can organize your airport taxi in advance here.

Welcome Pickups

This service offers an airport pickup from an English speaking professional driver. Even if the flight is late by five hours or more, they guarantee a driver will be there waiting for you at your getaway exit. They also offer 24/7 customer support and the same prices as a regular taxi.

If you are a budget traveler you should go on the bus. However, if you don’t want to travel in a bus and seek some level of comfort, then welcome pickups are far more superior to regular airport taxi.

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