FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL
The Novotel Budapest City & Budapest Congress Center is situated 24 km south-east from The Budapest-Ferenc Liszt airport.
Terminal 2A is the departure and arrival point for flights to and from Schengen countries and Terminal 2B hosts all flights from non-Schengen countries.
At the Tourist Information – Budapest Info Point counters located on the arrivals levels of Terminals 2A and 2B, 24, 48 and 72-hour Budapest Cards are also available, which, in addition to numerous discounts to many museums and attractions, offer unlimited use of public transportation during the period of validity. For more information, please visit budapest-card.com/en.
From the airport, the simplest way is to use either the Budapest Airport Minibus or to take a taxi.
- miniBUD airport shuttle
This is the airport shuttle service provider of the Budapes airport. This a convenient, fast and favorably-priced transfer service between Budapest Airport – Budapest city center – Budapest Airport.
Fare to the Novotel Budapest City: a one way-trip is 3900 HUF (~14€), and a return trip is 6900 HUF (~25€)
For online bookings and further information, visit https://www.minibud.hu/en
miniBUD call center: +36 1 550 0000
Taxis are stationed in front of the Terminal 2. The official taxi company of the airport is Főtaxi. You can book a taxi either online here or via their app (Főtaxi Taxi rendelő alkalmazás) or by telephone on +36 1 222 2 222 (via a landline) and on +36 20 222 2 222 (via a mobile phone).
The fixed tariff is 280 HUF/Km (0.95 EUR/Km) in addition to the one-off basic fee of 450 HUF (1.50 EUR) and waiting fee. A ride to the city center or to the hotel will last about 45 minutes and should typically cost around 6900 HUF (22 EUR) depending on traffic conditions.
Please be aware of exposing yourself at risk by using non-regulated taxi service providers soliciting at the terminal building.
- Bus 200E (1-hour trip)
Bus 200E takes you from Terminal 2 to the M3 (blue) metro terminal called Kőbánya-Kispest Metro Station. The bus journey is about 30 minutes. From there you can travel to the city centre by metro (M3-blue line) and you stop at Ferenciek tere station. There, you take the busses 8E, 110 or 112 that will cross the Danube, and you get off after 5 stops at BAH-csomópont stop. The hotel then is at a 2-minute walking distance. See the itinerary on foor here.
Note: Bus 200E runs from 4 am to 11 pm every 7-8 minutes during the day, and every 15-20 minutes at night, from 1am to 4am, the night bus number 900 takes you to the South Pest Bus Garage, instead of the Kőbánya-Kispest metro Termini.
Cost: 350 HUF/ticket (or 450 HUF from the bus driver) available at the airport from BKK at its customer service points, from the post office, the newsagents (Relay) located on the mezzanine level and from ticket machines at the bus stop.
All information about the public transport services from the airport can be found at http://www.bud.hu/english/passengers/access_and_parking/by_public_transportation
MOBILITY IN TOWN
The city has a fairly efficient public transport network: you can get to your destination by any of the four metro lines, trams, buses, trolley buses and even on boat. You can purchase tickets from ticket vending machines (TVM), at many newspaper kiosks or on board the vehicle but then you will pay more. Around 300 new ticket vending machines have been placed throughout the city where you can get tickets and passes 24/7 by paying with cash or bank card.
Budapest has four metro lines (M1, M2, M3, M4). The newest M4 (green line) started operation at end of March 2014.
Single ticket: 350 HUF, (450 HUF if purchased from the driver on board the vehicle): valid on all public transport vehicles for one uninterrupted trip.
Metro Section Ticket (for up to 3 stops): 300 HUF, valid for one uninterrupted trip without change on all 4 metro lines for 3 stops for 30 minutes. It does not entitle you for interruption of the trip or for return trip. Within its validity you can change lines within the metro network, but it is valid only for 3 stops altogether (i.e. 3, 2+1 or 1+2 stations).
24-hour travel card: 1 650 HUF valid on all public transport vehicles, incl. D14 boat service, on boat services D11, D12 and D13 only on workdays for an unlimited number of trips from 0:00 to 24:00 of the day indicated on the ticket (you decide on the starting time).
If you don’t want to bother with buying and validating tickets, you can purchase a City Card at 17€ and deliverable to your hotel. You can travel with the card free of charge on all public transport services within the boundaries of the city. You’ll also get discounts to many museums and other sights and attractions.
You can download the map of:
- the metro and suburban railway network in Budapest HERE.
Timetables are available here: http://www.bkk.hu/en/timetables/