Getting to and around Budapest

By Air
Budapest (Ferihegy) International Airport is ten miles south-east of the city centre. It has two terminals: Terminal One is reopened for low-cost airlines in September 2005; Terminal Two is divided into two, with Terminal 2A the departure and arrival point for flights of Malév Hungarian Airlines and Terminal 2B hosting all international carriers’ flights, including some of the budget airlines. The airport’s central telephone number for information is (+36-1) 296-9696, and flight information is available on (+36-1) 296-7000.
Luggage services can be contacted on (+36-1) 296-8108 and (+36-1) 296-7217 in connection with flights into and out of Terminal 2A, and (+36-1) 295-3480 and (+36-1) 296-7948 for Terminal 2B.
Seats on Malév flights can be booked on (+36-1) 235-3888.
The main car hire firms have offices in the arrivals halls. For those not driving, the Airport Minibus will carry passengers to and from any part of Budapest. It is very popular and provides excellent value for money. It can be booked on (+36-1) 296-8555 or in person at the airport.
If you buy the Budapest Card in one of our tourist information offices at the airport, the card can be used already on the public transport from the airport.

By Rail
More than fifty trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and no fewer than 25 other capital cities. Trains to Vienna run every three hours. There is also a popular network of Inter City trains linking Budapest with the main Hungarian centres. International trains operate from the three largest stations:
Keleti pályaudvar: VIII., Baross tér. Tel: (+36-1) 413 – 4610
Nyugati pályaudvar: VI., Nyugati tér Tel: (+36-1) 349-8503
Déli pályaudvar I. Krisztina krt. 37. Tel: (+36-1) 375-6593
All three international railway stations are part of the Budapest Underground system, the Metró. The Déli and Keleti are stops on the Red (Number 2) line and the Nyugati is on the Blue (Number 3) line.

By River
A hydrofoil services operates during the summer months (from April to October) linking the heart of Budapest with Vienna and Bratislava. International boat landings are situated on the Danube between the Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) and the Freedom Bridge(Szabadság híd).
Information about Mahart PassNave Ltd. services is available on (+36-1) 318-6042.

By Car
All Hungary’s motorways and most of her main roads radiate out from the capital. The M1, M3, M5 and M7 are toll motorways, and you must pay the appropriate toll (either at the border or at larger petrol stations) and display the windscreen sticker before joining the road. Road signs conform to continental standards. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory in both the front and back seats, and only handless mobile telephones may be used whilst vehicles are in motion. The alcohol limit is zero. Speed limits are 50 km/hour (31 mph) in built-up areas and 90 km/hour (56 mph) elsewhere, except on dual carriageways (110 km/hour, 68 mph) and motorways (130 km/hour, 80 mph). The horn can only be used in built-up areas in an emergency. 24-hour roadside assistance is available from the Magyar Autóklub (Tel.:(+36-1) 345-1755), and emergency roadside help can also be called for by dialling 188.

Budapest Public Transport
Budapest’s network of public transport services includes buses, trolleybuses, trams, underground trains (Metró) and over ground suburban trains (HÉV). Buses, trams and trolleybuses run daily from 4.30 a.m. until 11.0 p.m. All three Underground lines connect at Deák tér Station, and service frequencies range from 15 minutes late in the evening to every two minutes at peak times. The HÉV runs to and from Csepel Island and Ráckeve in the south, Szentendre in the north, and Gödöllő in the east.
Tickets have to be bought before boarding; you cannot usually buy them from the driver and there are no conductors. They are available at Underground stations, tobacconists and newsagents, and from vending machines at many bus and tram stops in the city centre. They are valid for one single journey of any length (without changing) on all routes (including the Cogwheel Railway, but excluding those parts of the HÉV that lie outside the metropolitan boundary of Budapest). Special tickets can be purchased that allow a change of route, and that cover the HÉV outside Budapest. There is also a range of pre-paid books of tickets and value-for-money passes (e.g. 1-day and 3-day).
A new ticket has to be validated at the beginning of each journey, and this is done by inserting it into the slot in the small red box situated at waist height near the doors of buses, trolleybuses, trams and HÉV trains. Please note on the Underground system these boxes are in the stations and the escalator. There are lots of ticket inspectors: some are uniformed and others plain-clothed, but they always wear a red armband and carry a photographic identification badge. They can ask to see tickets and passes on any vehicle and anywhere on the Underground system, including after you have got off – so please remember to validate your ticket and keep hold of it!
You can find much more info, in English, on the following site:
Budapest Rail and Metro Map

Taxis have the word “Taxi” written on them and have yellow registration number plates. It is compulsory for them to use a taximeter that can also give a receipt. The price chargeable is calculated according to the distance travelled but will also include a fixed booking fee and (if appropriate) a waiting fee. It is customary to give a tip of ten per cent, depending on the level of satisfaction.
The total charge that has to be paid by the passenger is made up of 3 seperate parts: the basic charge which is irrespective of how far the journey is (maimum 300 HUF during the day, maximum 420 HUF at night), a per kilometre charge which depends on how many kilometres are covered during the journey (maximum 240 HUF per kilometre during the day, maximum 336 HUF at night), and the waiting charge. The larger taxi companies work with rates far lower than the maximum charges listed above.
It is well worth noting down their telephone numbers, and then calling them, because a taxi ordered by phone is cheaper than one called on the street.
· Budataxi: 233-3333
· Budapest Taxi: 433-3333
· Citytaxi: 211-1111
· Főtaxi: 222-2222
· Taxi 2000: 200-0000
· Tele 5 Taxi: 355-5555
· Rádiótaxi: 377-7777
· 6×6 Taxi: 266-6666