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Budapest Layover

| December 12, 2014

Stuck on a Budapest layover at the Ferenc Liszt International Airport (formerly the Budapest Ferihegy Airport)? If so, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do in Hungary’s largest airport. The airport is located 10 miles southeast of Budapest city center, which makes the city accessible for those on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Budapest layover, click here for useful tips.
Budapest layoverIf you’re looking to grab a bite or do some shopping, there’s a list of places in Terminal 1, Terminal 2A, and Terminal 2B. In addition you can find many services in the airport including GSM phone coverage, wireless Internet (Wi-Fi is provided by Pannon), post office, ATM, baggage wrapping, Left luggage (in Terminal 2B), and lounges. For a map of the terminals, click here. If you’re looking for a hotel room to get some rest during your layover, or use as a base for some sightseeing, here are some options.

If you’re arriving at night or looking for a budget place to rest, check out cheap Budapest hotels. There are three and four star hotels that are within two miles of Ferihegy International Airport. For a full list of Budapest hotels of varying price points, click here, and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.

Taxis are available from the taxi stand, however only one taxi company, Zóna Taxi, is authorized operate from the airport, and it is a zone-based fixed-rate system. You can view the rates here. There’s also car rentals, an airport bus that departs every 10 minutes to city center and the metro, Budapest Airport Minibusz that run airport shuttles to any city destination, and the Hugarian State Railway (the trip from Terminal 1 to Nyugati Railway Station in central Budapest takes roughly 25 minutes). You can find the train schedule here.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Budapest Layover:

Budapest Tours
If you’re looking to fit in a loot in a short amount of time, taking a tour of Budapest might be your best bet. There are tons of tours to choose from including walking tours and segway tours, bike and  boat tours and much more.

Szechenyi Baths and Pool
One of the largest bathhouses in Europe, the Szechenyi Baths is part of a Budapest tradition dating back 600 years ago. Visit the spas, steam rooms and pools for only $16 USD per day.

Gellert Hill
If you’re looking for a good panoramic view of Budapest, look no further. With a great view of the Danube River, Gellert Hill is over 430 feet above sea level and is home to the fortress, the Citadella, at the top.

Budapest Castle District
The Castle District is a picturesque area of cobblestone streets and is considered to be the heart of medieval Budapest. There are great shops, restaurants and attractions in this area including Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion, and Matthias Church.

Looking for something else such as the Hungarian Opera House or Holocaust Memorial Center? Click here for many more options.

Have a suggestion for a Budapest layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Hello, thanks for mentioning Szechenyi Baths. Just an update about the prices, the average daily tickets cost about 16 USD.

  2. jojo says:

    Hi there. i am travelling to Ireland via Budapest. I would like to know if I am allowed to leave the airport if I have an 11 hour transit. I currently hold a South African passport.