Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD), formerly known as Budapest Ferihegy International Airport, is about 10 miles from the city center. Many major passenger airlines from all over the world either fly directly to Budapest or offer connections. Both terminals are accessible via public transport. Buses run between Kőbánya-Kispest metro station and the airport. The ride from the metro station to Terminal 2 takes about 30 minutes. The bus to take is 200E.
Budapest has three subway lines. M1 or Millennium Underground (yellow line) - runs under Andrássy Avenue in Pest, between Vörösmarty tér and Mexikói út. M2 (red line) - runs east west, between Déli pályaudvar and Örs vezér tere. M3 (blue line) - runs north south in Pest, between Újpest-Központ and Kőbánya-Kispest.
Yellow Streetcars – Budapest has a vast system of streetcars. Here are some useful routes: No. 2 - runs along the Pest riverfront connecting Margit hid and Petőfi hid. No. 4 - runs on the Grand Boulevard connecting Széll Kálmán tér (formerly Moszkva tér) and Október 23. utca. No. 6 - runs also on the Grand Boulevard connecting Széll Kálmán tér and Móricz Zsigmond körtér in Buda. No. 19 - runs along the Buda riverfront connecting Batthyány tér and Gellért tér and continues on to Kelenföld.
Taxis can be fast and cheap in the city, especially late at night when there is limited public transportation. Taxis can be hailed on the street, but it is cheaper to call ahead of time. Residents in Budapest rarely flag down taxis in the street and our advice is to always call one of the recommended companies. The following are the phone numbers of reliable taxi firms charging fair rates and operators are English-speaking: Citytaxi: (+36-1) 211-1111, Főtaxi: (+36-1) 222-2222, Rádiótaxi: (+36-1) 377-7777.
Keleti Pályaudvar or Eastern Railway Station is the largest railway station in Budapest. Located on Baross tér in District 8, Keleti is accessible by subway (M2) and buses No. 5 and 7.
Nyugati Pályaudvar or Western Railway Station is one of the oldest railway station in Budapest. Located on the Grand Boulevard at Teréz körút 55-57 in District 6, Nyugati is accessible by subway (M3) and by streetcars No. 4 and 6.
Déli Pályaudvar or Southern Railway Station is the main railway station in Buda. Located in the vicinity of Castle Hill at Krisztina körút 37 in District 1, Déli is accessible by subway (M2) and by streetcars No. 18, 59 and 61.
From May to September, the Budapest Transport Company (BKV) also operates riverboats between Boráros tér and Pünkösdfürdő, with stops including Petőfi tér, Batthiány tér, Jászai Mari tér, Margaret Island and Rómaifürdő. Boats depart approximately every hour and a half between 8 am and 8 pm. Ticket prices range from HUF 250 to HUF 1,000.
Driving in Hungary is on the same side of the road as in North America. Traffic jams are frequent and parking can be challenging, as it is often hard to find a spot. If you do succeed and find space, parking must be paid for between the hours of 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday. Parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets must be purchased from the nearest parking meter.