Budapest Layover Guide (BUD)

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Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) is the major international airport serving the Hungarian capital city of Budapest and is the largest commercial airport in the country. The airport is located 16 km (9.9 mi) from the center of Budapest. The airport was opened for civil aviation in 1950. Budapest is a global city with strengths in commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. It is known for being a great tourism destination, classical music, Jewish heritage, folk culture, communist legacy and history.

Can you leave Budapest Airport (BUD) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible for certain travellers to visit Budapest during a layover but others require a transit visa depending on nationality. (more info).

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

Budapest Organized Tours

Budapest: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

See the illuminated sights of Budapest from the River Danube on a 1-hour sightseeing cruise. Indulge in a seasonal cocktail or soft drink along the way as the boat glides past landmark monuments such as Buda Castle, National Parliament and the Vigado Concert Hall. Stay connected with free Wifi for the entire trip as you get to take photos and videos to post online to make the experience more memorable. Enjoy panoramic views from the open deck and make memories that last. » book this tour

Discover Budapest: Private 3- or 4-Hour Tour by Car

Enjoy a private guided tour of the stunning city of Budapest with a professional local tour guide. Get to know the city’s secular history as you visit both the Buda and Pest sides on a well-planned itinerary. Starting the day in the city downtown, and cross the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to visit the hilly Buda side. Walkthrough the beautiful Castle District, the Gothic-style Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Explore all Budapest has to offer in between before ending the tour at the city centre after a visit to Kossuth Square and the Hungarian Parliament. » book this tour

Budapest: 3.5-Hour Sightseeing Bicycle Tour

Hop on a comfy bike and cruise through the city. Discover the wonders of Budapest and admire the sights from atop two wheels, including the City Park, Thermal Lake and Parliament. The tour includes a number of World Heritage sites, including Heroes’ Square, Andrássy Avenue and the Danube Bank. Every stop is a chance to rest and take photos of the beauty of the city or just enjoy the views» book this tour

Budapest Things to do / Sightseeing

House Of Terror

This museum curates exhibitions that take you through the various regimes of fascism and communism with materials from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union relations and also serves a memorial for victims of the these regimes. As part of the exhibition, visitors are taken through rooms where victims were detained, interrogated, tortured and killed. With film footages, pictures and a Russian T-54 Tank on display when you walk in.

Time required: An hour or two.

Airport to here: 30 minutes via taxi and 53 minutes via public transport to reach the destination.

The Gellért Thermal Baths

Take a day off to enjoy a traditional spa experience and the therapeutic hot springs at the Gellért built-in 1918 while gazing at the Art Nouveau on the walls and vaulted ceilings with other Hungarian locals.

Time required: Half day.

Airport to here: 29 minutes via taxi and an hour via public transport.

Hungarian State Opera House

One of the most beautiful buildings in Budapest built-in 1884, the Hungarian State Opera House is a neo-renaissance architecture with its interiors adorned with marbles, chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, extraordinary acoustics and statues of Mozart, Puccini, Liszt and Verdi. For opera lovers, you can attend performances or join the daily tours offered by the house. Three tours are conducted daily

Time required: An hour if you’re joining a tour or 2 hours to see a performance.

Airport to here: 30 minutes via taxi and an hour via public transport.

Invisible Exhibition At Láthatatlan Kiállítás

Ironically this is a must-see exhibition curated to make you experience what life is like to be blind. The tour is led by a blind guide through completely dark environments created as part of the exhibition. You can also have dinner in a dark restaurant served by blind waiters. Personal light sources are not allowed in the exhibition.

Time required: Half day.

Airport to here: 38 minutes via taxi and an hour via public transport.

Memento Park

Very significant to the history of Hungary is this monumental park where Communist Period of Hungary statues and sculpted plaques are displayed. At the entrance to the park, you are greeted by statues of Lenin, Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels. The statues that occupy the park were monuments removed from Budapest after the fall of communism. It functions also as a center for art, film and retro festivals. Young students get a chance to join a museum-education program where further insights are expanded on about the exhibits.

Time required: 2 hours.

Airport to here: 38 minutes via taxi and an hour via public transport.

Central Market Hall

Source locally grown fruits, vegetables, meat, souvenirs, salamis, leather goods and delicious homemade Hungarian foods from food stalls at the famous Budapest market. It also serves the purpose of sightseeing for tourists as it’s a great beautiful building that conducts a great volume of trade.

Time required: 2-3 hours.

Airport to here: 27 minutes via taxi and 57 minutes via public transport to reach the destination.

The Széchenyi Thermal Bath

The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is a complex that includes saunas and steam rooms — Outdoor and Indoor pools are included in the baths and have varying temperatures respectively. The Baths are supplied water by two thermal springs which contain sulfate, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate and a significant amount of metaboric acid and fluoride. It is believed to relieve degenerative joint illnesses and others.

Time required: Half day.

Airport to here: 33 minutes via taxi and 57 minutes via public transport.

Things to Do in Budapest Airport (BUD)

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
The airport has lounges found in each terminal. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
Many hotels are found within a mile of the airport. » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There are no designated resting zones.

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Connect to the “bud:free wifi” network for free WiFi.

SIM Card: There are several shops within the airport that sell SIM cards such as the Spar Grocery store in Terminal 2B . » buy a global sim card for Budapest, Hungary that you can use for other countries as well!

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: Taxis can be ordered at Főtaxi booths located at the exit doors of both terminals.

Train: The closest train station to Budapest Airport Terminal 2 is Ferihegy, with trains operating to and from the Nyugati railway station in Budapest. Bus 200E links the airport to the train station. (more info).

Bus: Bus 200E and Bus 100E connect the airport to the city center. (more info).

Shuttle: MiniBUD offers shuttle services to and from the Budapest Airport.

Car rentals: Budapest Airport has a variety of car rental providers onsite and they can also be booked online. » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: There is spacious parking available 24 hours a day throughout the year and can be booked online.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Luggage storage room is found on the SkyCourt, ground floor, near H reception. It is open 24 hours each day. » book a luggage storage or locker at Budapest Airport (BUD) online (subject to availability).

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Budapest Airport (BUD) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks