Located 16 km east-southeast of the centre of Budapest, the airport is accessible by public bus and metro from the city center. However, the local public transit system may prove complicated for first time travellers so you may want to consider paying more for a taxi or a mini-bus, which picks you up from almost anywhere. Traveling time from the city centre to the airport is close to an hour if traveling to Terminal 2 and around 35 to 45 minutes if traveling to Terminal 1.
Where to go?
Discover these popular attractions near the airport before departing from Budapest!
Margaret Island, Budapest, Hungary
A short drive away from Budapest International Airport, Margarent Island provides a peaceful hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Budapest. Take leisurely strolls around the romantic ruins set against lush foliage and whimsical flower gardens. Watch the dancing waters and lights at singing fountain and kook out for the octagonal water tower, built in classic Art Nouveau style. If you have time, watch the operas, concerts and plays held at the outdoor theatre or go for a health spa to rejuvenate your mind and body.
Dominating the skyline of Budapest, this beautifully restored historical castle is a perfect backdrop for commemorative photos. Explore the history of this heritage site and marvel at the different Hungarian works of art at the various on site museums – National Szechenyi Library, Budapest History Museum and Hungarian National Gallery. Stroll through the cobbled streets and take in the surrounding sights of the Mary Magdalene Tower, the Vienna Gate and the highly memorable Matthias Church. If you are feeling peckish, head to Ruszwurm Cukraszda for one of the best pastries in Budapest; this coffeehouse has retained its original furnishings since it opened in 1820.
Hungarian State Opera House
Awaiting you with a rich line up of ballet and opera performances, the Hungarian State Opera House is a must-visit, even if you do not have time to attend any of the performances. Take a guided tour through the neo-Renaissance Opera House and marvel at the ornate interior designs – vaulted ceilings painted with murals depicting the nine muses of the Greek mythology, beautiful statues and frescoes with mythological motifs and gilded chandeliers that hang from the ceiling. The tours around the Opera house are available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian or Hungarian.
With low-cost carriers such as Ryanair, Whizz Air and German wings, operating flights in and out of Budapest, traveling within Europe is a breeze. Some the popular outbound destinations among Hungarian locals include Germany, Austria and UK.
Surrounded by the spectacular views of the Nordkette Alps, Innsbruck is where the past meets the present. Discover some the city’s historic architectures – the Gothic Hofkirche, one of Europe’s finest royal court churches, the ornate Hofburg Castle and Innsbruck’s golden wonder, the Golden Roof. Standing alongside these ancient masterpieces, you will find modern landmarks such as the Rundgemälde, a circular building which houses a 1000-sq-metre panorama painting, and the Bergisel Ski Jump, a celestial crystal staircase rising above the city. Do not leave Innsbruck without a gondola ride up the Seegrube and a visit to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds.
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Dubbed the “Mainhattan”, Frankfurt am Main possesses an impressive skyline bristling with sleek office towers. As the heart of Germany’s financial sector, the city plays hosts to some of Europe’s most important trade fairs, including the largest book and motorcar fairs around. Uncover the elusive charms of this cosmopolitan city with a visit to some of its old sites such as the Old Jewish Cemetery, the elegant Frankfurter Dom and the famous old Börse where the Frankfurt Stock Exchange now sits. Explore a whole range of dining options from traditional Apfelwein pubs and glamorous bars to fine dining restaurants. For a great view of the city, head to the Main Tower where you will get to enjoy Frankfurt from 200 meters off the ground.
London, United Kingdom
Whether it is culture, art, food, shopping or culture, London has something installed for everyone. Listen to the bell go off at the iconic Big Ben, go for worship at the gothic Westminster Abbey or enjoy a panoramic view of the entire capital atop the giant Ferris wheel, the London Eye. Beyond these usual tourist sites, you can also browse trinkets and antique stores along Portobello Road Market and Notting Hill, roam the classy food halls at Harrods or take a boat out to the lake in Regent Park.