"Budapest's Ferihegy airport..." Budapest Transportation Tip by vicky_cannae
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Budapest's Ferihegy airport has thankfully emerged from the 1970's brown-veneered chaos of its old terminal, and its shiny new terminal is serviced by over three dozen international airlines. The national carrier Malév Airlines operates nonstop flights between Budapest and North America, the Middle East and most European centers. There is no schedule for domestic flights.
Bus is also a popular means of getting to Budapest. There are three main stations, with most buses to/from Central Europe and Hungary's south and west leaving from V Erszébet tér. Buses to/from Eastern Europe, as well as Greece and Turkey and destinations in Hungary north and east of the capital, leave from the Népstadion bus station. Most buses to the Danube bend and parts of the Northern Uplands arrive and leave from the bus station on XIII Róbert Károly körút. The main carrier is Volánbusz/Eurolines with connections to all major continental European cities. Some of the journeys are long, so take a cushion and avoid flat bottom syndrome.
The Hungarian State Railway (MÁV) links to the European rail network, with different stations handling various destinations; always check the station before making bookings. Hungarian trains are clean and punctual but hardly luxurious, so bring along snacks and drinks for longer voyages. For the extravagant traveller, a hydrofoil along the Danube to Vienna is a luxurious possibility.
Ferihegy international airport is 24km (15mi) southeast of Budapest. It is pointless getting a taxi unless in a real hurry, with several much cheaper options linking the airport and city. If you still want a cab however, phone one from arrivals - it will save you about one-third off the posted airport fares. The buses provide a thriftier alternative, with the Airport Minibus offering an ultra convenient door to door service for US$5 (one way). There is also the reliable airport-run Centrum bus which links V Erzsébet tér bus station and the airport, departing every half-hour, costing about US$2. Leave yourself some time, the trip takes 30-40 minutes. The ultra budget option is the local No 93 bus service between the airport and Kóbánya-Kispest metro station, 20 minutes from Budapest.
Budapest has an ageing but safe, inexpensive and efficient public transport system that won't have you waiting more than five to ten minutes - which will be more than long enough if you're there in the winter. It is by far the supreme way of getting around Budapest, with links between the metro, HÉV (green trains), yellow trams, red trolleybuses and blue buses abounding. Tickets are readily available from kiosks, newsstands or metro entrances.
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