Public transport provides easy access to the city center from Budapest Airport. The bus stop is located at the arrivals level between the two terminals. 2 lines are connecting the airport and the center of Budapest: 100E and 200E. There are also night buses which you can combine to get to the city center.
100E – a direct bus line (shuttle bus) connecting the airport from Terminal 2 and Deak Ferenc
Square: in the city center. The bus operates in both directions every 20 minutes from 05:00 to 01:20 (from the airport) and 03:40 to 00:40 (from the center). The ticket costs 900 HUF (2.70 euro) and the journey lasts around 45 minutes.
Drop-off points on the way to the city center: Kálvin tér M, Astoria M, Deák Ferenc tér M
Boarding points to the airport in the city center: Deák Ferenc tér M, Astoria M (only in the early mornings between 3:40 and 04:40), Kálvin tér M
200E: connects the airport with Kobanya-Kispest railway station. On weekdays, take metro line M3 from Nagyvárad tér station to the city center.
At weekends, replacement buses operate instead of metro line M3 between Nagyvárad tér and Lehel tér stations. At night (23:00 – 4:00), night bus lines 914, 914A, 950, and 950A serve the city center from Nagyvárad tér.
Key stops of bus 200E:
Ferihegy vasútállomás (railway station): transfers available to the network of the MÁV-Start Hungarian State Railways to reach Nyugati pályaudvar in the city center or the cities of Szolnok, Debrecen, Nyíregyháza and Szeged in the eastern part of Hungary.
Kőbánya-Kispest M: transfers to MÁV-Start trains and to buses serving East and South Pest
Határ út M: transfers to several daytime and night buses to South Pest
Népliget M (metro station): transfers to tram line 1 as well as to domestic long-distance and international bus lines, where you can take the Metro line 3 to reach the city center. The bus leaves every 10 minutes, from 04:00 to 23:00 (4 AM to 11 PM), from Terminal 2 and the entire journey (including the metro) to downtown station Deak Ferenc Square lasts about 50 minutes.
Tickets for public transportation can be purchased at the airport from BKK service points, at the post office, the newspaper stands, and from the ticket machines at the price of 350 HUF (1.20 euro). You can also buy the ticket from the driver, directly on the bus, but then the price will be 450 HUF (1.50 euro). Make sure you have Hungarian forints (HUF) on you, since euros and other currencies are not accepted.
At the post office, you can also buy the 24-hour, 72-hour, weekly, and monthly tickets for Budapest public transport. The post office is located at Terminal 2A (mezzanine level). For the Budapest Card, which includes the usage of public transportation, you can ask at the Budapest Info Point at the Arrivals area of terminals 2A and 2B.
Although it is fantastic to have diverse transfer options, private transportations seem to be the most convenient. If you arrive late at night, need transportation very early in the morning, need a vehicle for disabled passengers, travel with children and need child seats, travel with a lot of luggage or even with a pet, prebooked private transportation is what you need.
Time is money and, in this case, - booking in advance without worrying about what the transfer price will be and whether you will have to combine other means of transportation to get to your destination - it is worth it.