Arriving at the airport:
When you’re at the airport, after collecting your baggage, you will go through customs. Most people go through the “Nothing to declare” line. Usually there’s no one at that door, so it’s not an issue. Two large sliding glass doors will open as you enter the terminal. Immediately to your left is a booth marked BKK. This is the booth for the Budapest transport authority.

You can purchase your transportation tickets here using a credit card, so you don’t need to worry about having Hungarian money immediately. Currently, the cost of tickets is 350 forints for a single ticket, 1,650 forints for a 24-hour pass, and 4,150 forints for a 72 hour pass. For those staying longer it is more economical to purchase a seven-day pass for 4,950 forints or a 14 day pass for 7,000 forints.

Be aware that this pass is good for all buses, trolley buses, trams, metros or subways, and HÉV trains (suburban trains) within the city limits. It does not cover the cable car going up to Castle Hill. When you purchase a pass, you can designate exactly what time you want it to start. Of course after purchasing it from the airport, you will want to start immediately.

Plan A. Public Transport to Akácfa u. 18 – Least Expensive
This is a new service that started July 8, 2017. Bus 100E departs from the Liszt Ferenc Airport Terminal 2 every 30 minutes between 5am and 12:30 am. It stops at Kálvin Square and Astoria (This stop is served by bus 100E only at 04:02 and 04:32 in the early morning. The bus does not stop here other times,
before it reaches its final destination Deák Square. Tickets are 900 Huf; this is not part of your transportation pass. If you choose this option, get off at Astoria. From here you have two options.

1.)    Walk from Kálvin Square to Astoria (name of metro stop, but the street is Rákóczi út. If you come this way, take note of Rákóczi út 5 on the right side of the street. There are large green doors on a green building. This is part of Eötvös Loránd University, but at the end of the hall in this building is a great inexpensive buffet style restaurant open to the public.

Kelvin ter

2.)    If you are not feeling it as a walk, your best option is to go to the end, Deák Ferenc tér and then take Metro 2 (RED Line) two stops to Blaha Lujza tér. From there, it is a block and a half walk to BudaBaB.

Deak Metro 2

Returning to the airport, the first outbound bus starts from downtown’s Deák Square at 4 am, and the last bus departs at 11:30 pm, with only one permanent stop along the way at the city’s Kálvin Square; before the first metro starts running in the early-morning hours, the airport rides also stop at Astoria. The journey will take about 35 minutes, and a one-way ticket will cost 900 forints per person.

Plan B. Shuttle to Akácfa u. 18 District VII. – Moderately Expensive
You can order the shuttle online or check prices here:
If you prefer to wait until you arrive, there is a kiosk in the baggage area and another immediately after leaving Customs, on your right in the arrival hall. Look for the colored line marked ‘Shuttle’ on the floor; it will lead you right to the kiosk. Remember the district is VII. This is important because there are 6 streets named Akácfa in the city.

Plan C. Taxi to Akácfa u. 18 District VII. – Most Expensive
The authorized taxi service is called F?taxi. Their kiosk is located immediately outside the passenger terminal. Generally, there is a line. Look for the signs marked taxi on the floor; it will lead you right to the kiosk. Remember the district is VII. This is important as there are 6 streets named Akácfa in the city. They will assign you to a taxi, give you a slip, which you give the driver, and you pay the driver on arrival. From September 2013, the law regulates the price of taxis at a fixed tariff of 280 HUF/Km (0.95 EUR/Km) in addition to the one-off basic fee of 450 HUF (1.50 EUR) and waiting fee. A ride to the city center should typically cost around 6,500 HUF (22 EUR) depending on traffic conditions.

NEVER take a taxi from the street or from the train stations.

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