Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, formerly known as Budapest Ferihegy International Airport and commonly known as Ferihegy, is a public airport that serves Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Located 16 kilometres or 9.9 miles southeast of the city centre, the airport is the largest of Hungary’s four commercial airports. Ferihegy is owned and operated by Budapest Airport Ltd. and is elevated at 151 metres or 495 feet, with two concrete asphalt runways designated 13L/31R and 13R/31L. In 2014, Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport handled 9,155,961 passengers and 85,330 aircraft movements.
Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is one of the largest cities in the European Union. It is also the country’s political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre, and sometimes referred to as the primate city of Hungary and cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. According to Euromonitor, Budapest is the 25th most popular city in the world, and the sixth in Europe.
What to see & do
Budapest boasts of its broad list of World Heritage Sites, including the banks of Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes’ Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest metro line in the world. Major attractions in the city also include its geothermal springs, the largest thermal water cave system in the world, the second largest synagogue, and the third largest Parliament building. The neo-Gothic Parliament is the largest building in Hungary, and is home to the Hungarian Crown Jewels. Visitors to Budapest should not also miss Saint Stephen’s Basilica, the Aquincum Museum, the Nagytétény Castle Museum, the House of Terror, and the Hungarian cuisine and café culture. The city’s architecture is also notable; buildings of different styles and from distinct time periods can be seen throughout Budapest, ranging from the ancient times to the most modern structures like the Palace of Arts, the contemporary arts museum and concert hall. The city also does not lack in restaurants, bars, coffee shops, party venues, and hotels. Municipal parks in Budapest are equipped with playgrounds for children as well as facilities for seasonal activities like skating and boating.
How to get around within Budapest
The transportation authority of Budapest, the Centre for Budapest Transport, manages one of the largest public transportation systems in Europe. The system covers all of Budapest, as well as the 80 surrounding suburbs. The public transportation system in the city is made up of four metro lines, five suburban railway lines, 33 city tram lines, 15 trolleybus lines, 264 bus lines, four city boat services, and the BuBi, the smart bicycle sharing network, where the bikes are monitored by computer and GPS. Going around the city by scooters and skateboards is also becoming common.
How to get there
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, or Ferihegy, is a hub for Wizz Air and Ryanair. These and other airlines operating at the airport offers international connections within Europe, as well as to Africa and the Middle East. Budapest can also be reached by trains from most of the cities in central and Eastern Europe. Buses operated by Volan Association travels to Budapest from other cities in Hungary.
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