Budapest (Ferihegy) Airport
In Hungarian this airport is called Ferihegy Nemzetközi Repülőtér, but is usually shortened to Ferihegy or just Budapest Airport. There are three terminals: 1, 2A and 2B. Terminal 1 has been temporarely closed, Terminal 2A is for all Schengen-zone flights and Terminal 2B is for international flights and other airline companies.
Since Hungary joined the EU in 2004, the number of passengers has greatly risen. In 2015 the airport processed more than ten million passengers. The airport was recently privatized in which British BAA acquired a majority interest.
The Hungarian monetary unit is the forint, which is indicated here as HUF, HUF 100 = €0.31 (July 2016).
Budapest Ferihegy Airport
Budapest Pf 53
IATA airport code: BUD
ICAO airport code: LHBP
There is no rail connection with the airport. There are plans to build a rail line or make a connection with the Budapest metro line, these plans will probably not be realized earlier than 2010.
Car and bus
The airport is 20 kilometers southeast of the center of Budapest, at the end of Üllői út (“Üllői Street”), one of the most important traffic veins of the Hungarian capital, there is a separate lane for traffic to and from the airport. Within a foreseeable time the new ring road M0 will offer a better connection, especially for those passengers who want to go to other places in Hungary.
Bus line 200 leaves frequently to the subway and train station Köbánya-Kispest, this bus has sufficient space for baggage. Bus line 93 leaves from Terminal 1 every half hour to that same station. The rate for both bus lines is HUF 185.
The Hungarian budget company Wizz Air maintains a shuttle bus connection from Terminal 1 to Budapest.
Car rental - Budapest Ferihegy Airport
In terminals 2A and 2B there are counters for car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National Alamo and Sixt, you can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several car rental providers in a single quote.
Taxis can be found in front of the Arrivals Halls of Terminals 2A and 2B. Not all the taxis have a meter so you must make a clear arrangement about the price, a ride to the center of Budapest costs approximately HUF 5,500.
There is a counter for the Airport Minibus in the Arrivals Hall (tel: +36(0)1 296 8555), this minibus transports passengers for a fixed rate of HUF 2,300 to each address in Budapest but there must be a sufficient number of passengers going in the same direction.
Right in front of Terminals 2A and 2B you may park for a maximum of one hour and the cost is HUF 150 per 15 minutes. Slightly further away is a parking lot where you pay approximately HUF 300 per hour. During the summer months (June 1–October 30) an area for long-term parking is also open and the price is HUF 4,000 for the first day, HUF 8,000 for up to four days and HUF 10,000 for up to 15 days, after that it is HUF 500 per day. For information about parking (tel: + 36(0)1 296 5232).
There are no hotels at the airport, the closest hotel is the Ibis Aero (tel: +36(0)1 347 9715), approximately 12 kilometers from the airport and not for from the center of Budapest. There are shuttle buses to two hotels: Hotel Stadion (tel: +36(0)1 889 5200) and Hotel Mercure Museum (tel: +36(0)1 485 1080). For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
The shops and restaurants are negatively judged by many travelers. There may possibly be changes now that BAA has such a large interest in the airport. There are plans to substantially increase the number of shops and restaurants and improve what is already there.
Baggage safes are available in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 2B (tel: +36(0)1 296 8802). For lost and found items (tel: +36(0)1 296 5665).
There are counters for general information and tourist information in the Arrivals Halls. At the Passenger Service Desk you can buy tickets for buses or taxis and reserve hotel rooms.
In Terminals 2A and 2B there are offices and meeting rooms that are available to rent through the Business Center (tel.: +36(0)1 296 7357), catering service is also offered.
Business Class passengers can make use of the Cirrus Lounge (tel: +36(0)1 296 5933) on the first floor of Terminal 2B, free internet connection is available as well as the opportunity to use the fax and copy machine.
Wheelchairs are available to use, free of charge. A few restrooms have been adapted for the disabled. There are some parking places reserved for the disabled, near the terminals.
There are banks, money exchange offices and ATM's. There are smoking rooms in Terminals 2A and 2B.
Aircraft Park is half a kilometer from Terminal 2, where old Hungarian airplanes are exhibited (tel: +36(0)630 914 5531), entrance price is HUF 350 for children and HUF 600 for adults.