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Airlines
Low cost airlines operating in Budapest are Smartwings, www.smartwings.com (Flights from/to Dubai, Madrid, Prague); Wizzair www.wizzair.com (Flights from/to Barcelona, Bourgas, Brussels-Charleroi, Corfu, Crete Eindhoven, Gothenburg, London, Madrid, Malmö, Milan, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Rhodos, Rome, Stockholm, Tirgu Mures, Varna, Venice); Easyjet www.easyjet.com (Flights from/to Berlin, Dortmund, Geneva, London, Paris); Ryanair www.ryanair.com (Flights from/to Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow); Air Berlin www.airberlin.com (Flights from/to Berlin, Duesseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Muenchen, Lodon, Mailand, Faro, Zurich); Germanwings, www.germanwings.com (Flights from/to Athens, Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Faro, Hamburg, Krakow, Leipzig, Lisbon, London, Marseille, Munich, Nice, Rome, Rostock, Salzburg, Verona, Stuttgart, Zurich); Norwegian Airlines, www.norwegian.no (Flights from/to Bergen, Bodo, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stavanger, Stovkholm, Tromso, Trondheim and more); Jet2com Airlines, www.jet2.com (Flights from/to Manchester); Air Lingus, www.aerlingus.com (Flights from/to Dublin); Air Baltic, www.airbaltic.com (Flights Kaliningrad, Riga, Vilnius); Brussels Airlines, www.brusselsairlines.com (Flights from/to See webpage); Isr Air Airlines, www.israirairlines.com (Flights from/to See webpage)

  • Airport flight info: Visit this link
  • Airport (Ferihegy) IIA and IIB: 296 96 96 & 296 80 00
  • AEROFLOT 1053 Bp Vaci utca 4 Phone: 318 59 55
  • AEROMEXICO 1051 Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 12. Phone: 483 21 72
  • AEROSWEET 1056 Budapest, Március 15. tér 1. Phone: 318 37 09, 296 79 67
  • AIR FRANCE 1052 Budapest, Pesti Barnabás u. 4 (Millennium Center) 9th floor (Entrance from Vaci u 19-21) Phone: 483 88 00
  • AIR KAZAKHSTAN 1055 Budapest, Bihari János u. 22 Phone: 428 07 19
  • AIR MALTA 1053 Budapest, Károlyi Mihály u. 19. Phone: 328 08 57
  • AIR NEW ZELAND 1065 Budapest, Nagymezo u. 50. Phone: 302 26 35
  • ALITALIA 1051 1051 Bp., Sas utca 10-12. Phone: 301 87 44 + 97 + 81
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES 052 Budapest, Aranykéz u. 4-8. Phone: 411 21 90
  • AUSTRIAN AIRLINES 1052 Budapest, Régiposta u. 5. Phone number: (36 1) 327 90 80
  • BRITISH AIRWAYS 1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 1-3. Phone number: (36 1) 411 55 55
  • CARPATAIR 1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 1 3. Phone: 235 7858
  • CSA 1051 Budapest, Vörösmaty tér 2. Phone: 318 3045
  • CYPRUS AIRWAYS 1089 Budapest, Rákóczi út 1 3. Phone: 235 7878
  • EGYPT AIR 1051 Budapest, Bajcsi Zsilinszky út 12. Phone: 267 2484
  • EL AL 1052 Budapest, Deák Ferenc u. 10. Phone: 266 2970
  • FINNAIR 1051 Budapest, Bajcsy Zsilinszky út 12. Phone: 266 7333
  • KLM 1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 1 3. Phone: 373 7700
  • LOT 1051 Budapest, Vigadó tér 3. Phone: 317 2444
  • LUFTHANSA 1095 Budapest, Millenium City Centre, Lechner Odon fasor 6; 7th floor (from 2006 December 1st). Phone: 411 99 00
  • MALÉV 1097 Budapest, Könyves Kálmán krt. 12 14. Phone: 235 3535
  • MOLDAVIAN AIRLINES 1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út1 3. Phone: 235 7858
  • MONTENEGRO AIRLINES 1052 Budapest, Szeréna u. 45. Phone: 325 5037
  • PULKOVO AIRLINES 1051 Budapest, Bajcsy Zsilinszky út 12. Phone: 317 7026
  • SAS 1051 Budapest, Bajcsy Zsilinszky út 12. Phone: 266 2633
  • SOUTH AFRICAN AIRLINE 1023 Budapest, Komjádi Béla u. 1. Phone: 345 1534
  • SWISS 1095 Budapest, Millenium City Centre, Lechner Odon fasor 6; 7th floor (from 2006 December 1st). Phone: 411 99 50
  • TAP Air Portugal 1088 Budapest Rákóczi út 13 Phone: 235 7891
  • TAROM 1052 Budapest, Apáczai Csere János u. 4. Phone: 235 0809
  • TUNIS AIR 1051 Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 12 Phone: 266 34 24
  • TURKISH AIRLINES 1053 Budapest, Apáczai Csere János u. 4. Phone: 266 4291
  • More Airlines: Visit this link
 
Entry & Visa
The information below serves only as a guidance until Hungary's full Schengen-membership. Hungary's Schengen-membership is foreseen from 1 January 2008.

Citizens of EU- and EEA-member states as well as citizens of the following states may travel to Hungary without a visa. Family members of citizens of EEA Member States may also travel to Hungary without a visa if they possess a residence card issued for family members of EEA citizens or a residence permit issued by any Schengen Member State:
  • Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong (the exemption applies only to holders of a "Hong Kong Special Administrative Region"), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Macao (the exemption applies only to holders of a "Regio Administrativa Especial de Macau" passport), Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Salvador, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela.

  • Entry conditions for foreigners under visa obligation
  • The Schengen visa and entry regulations are only applicable for a stay not exceeding 90 days. Rules for a long stay over 90 days may be laid down by the national law of the member states concerned. The rules of issuing Schengen visas at the diplomatic posts of the various states are generally concurrent, visa fees are uniform.
    It is important to note that a visa is only a preliminary permission for entry, which does not authorise its bearer automatically to enter the country. The traveller may be requested to provide proof of the existence of the conditions of his/her entry and stay in Hungary and if (s)he is not able to fulfil this, (s)he may be returned from the border.
    Exceptions from the general visa procedure may be given on the basis of visa facilitation agreements. The European Union has entered into such an agreement with Russia and as from 1 January 2008 similar agreements are expected to enter into force with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine.
    Significant changes subsequent to Hungary's Schengen-membership are that
    - visas and residence permits issued by one of the Schengen States are valid also for Hungary, and on the other hand
    - visas issued by Hungarian representations abroad and residence permits issued by Hungarian national authorities are also valid for the entire Schengen Area.
    From 1 January 2008 24 states, 22 of the 27 member states of the Europian Union (these are the following: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) as well as Norway and Iceland are foreseen to be part of the Schengen Area. Whereas several members of the European Union, i.e. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom still do not participate in the Schengen cooperation.
  • In case of uncertainty, ask the Hungarian Embassy in your country. Visas are issued by the Hungarian consular or diplomatic representation concerned. Web: Visit this link
    Questions on customs issues will be answered by phone 331 35 36 and 332 67 35 (nonstop).
     
    Airport Transport
    When arriving at the airport you have several options (Updated October 2006):

    • Airport Minibus: The best price for single traveller. Passengers are taken to the previously requested address by microbuses with eight to eleven seats. The rate is 2100 Forint per person (appr. EUR 8) from the airport to every address in the center of Budapest. It takes about 35 minutes, as the airport is in the outskirts. You'll find the Minibus desk after you've passed the custom. Seat reservation is not nessessary before arrival at the airport. If you already know when you'll need to go back to the airport you may purchase a Minibus return ticket for 3600 Forints.

    • Zona Taxi: The best price if you are 2 or more. Prices are fixed for airport taxis. The new taxi operator, 'Zona' offers the maximum fares from the airport as follows:
      1. Zone 2900
      2. Zone 3500
      3. Zone 3600
      4. Zone 3600
      The fares shown above are the maximum fares in Forint which Zona Service will be allowed to charge in each zone for a journey. The journeys will also be metered, and if the meter shows a lower fare, then passengers will only pay the lower fare. These prices are valid only for the journeys FROM the airport. The fares are fixed in the Service Contract between Budapest Airport and Zona Service and prices can be increased only once a year, in accordance with official inflation data.

      The Zones:


    • Public Transport: The Bus 200 is a direct bus service from Terminals 1 and 2 to metro station Kobanya-Kispest . Bus 93 operates from Terminal 1 to metro station Kobanya-Kispest. From the metro station you can take the blue metro line to go to the cebnter. The one-way through-ticket costs HUF 185 (60 Euro cents) [210 HUF when buying on the bus from the driver]. For more information about the public transportation of Budapest see www.bkv.hu.

    • Public Transport: Since July 2007 passengers can easily reach Ferihegy Terminal 1 from the Western Railway Station in Budapest. On weekdays 51 and at weekends 38 trains ease the travelling from the city center to the airport within less than half an hour for 300 HUF. There are 60 trains on weekdays and 45 at weekends from the airport to the city center. Travellers who would like to get to 2A or 2B terminals can travel by bus from Terminal 1.
      Arriving travellers can buy their tickets at Tourinform at Terminal 1 from 09.00 to 22.00. Outside opening hours, tickets can be bought from the conductors on the trains.


    • The airport bus to Deak Ter stopped operating in May 2002.
     
    Trains
    If you want to check the train schedules, we recommend the extensive online database at http://bahn.hafas.de/bin/query.exe/en. You will find all schedules there. Just type in the cities and press 'Search Connections'. Trains to abroad and destinations inside Hungary depart from Keleti (Eastern), Nyugati (Western) and Déli (Southern) train station. Keleti and Nyugati are on the Pest side, Déli train station is on the Buda side. International train information from 6 am to 8 pm 461 55 00. For train schedules inside Hungary call 461 54 00.
     
    Busses
    The most important central bus station is located at Népstadion (on Metro 2 line). From here buses leave for the countryside and abroad. For information call the Volanbusz office at Erzsébet tér: 485 21 62 daily from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Trips to destinations inside Hungary also leave from 5 other "Volánbusz" stations.
     
    Ships
    Several people who came by ship from Vienna told us they would never do it again. You cannot go outside; it is like in an airplane. You have to sit all the time and it takes appr. 5 hours. The train is a lot more convienient. We would recommend the train.
     
    Cars
    • Keep right.
    • Use dimmed headlights outside cities' limits in daytime!
    • Use safety belts (inside cities only the front belts, outside cities all belts, but better to use them if you have them).
    • Highest speed is 100 km/h outside of towns & villages, inside only 50 km/h; on highways 120 km/h
    • Speeding fines: differ (payable on the spot).
    • Zero alcohol tolerance.
    • On some of the highways you need to pay a fee, but not on M7.
      Fees on M1 highway for cars (in HUF): 2000/10 days, 3400/month, 30500/year; for M2, M3, M7 see autopalya.hu.
    • Emergency road service Phone: 088 (countrywide)
    • International Help Line: +36/1-2125136
    • Parking...
    • Gas/petrol (benzin) comes in both leaded and unleaded, called 'natural'. Both may come in 2 'flavors' as well: Super and Special.
     
    Left Luggage
    Public left luggage facilities are located at the three main train stations and the central bus station. Opening hours:

    • Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern train station): open 24 hours; 3 x 50 HUF coins needed for 24 hours; up to 48 hours 480 HUF.
    • Nyugati pályaudvar (Western train station): near the main ticket counter; open 24 hours; 6 hours: 120 HUF, 24 hours: 240 HUF, 48 hours: 480 HUF.
    • Nepliget bus station, Ulloi utca (219 80 80)
    • Nepstadion (215 01 25)
    • Déli pályaudvar (South train station): 24 hours, www.mav.hu 120 HUF for one day.
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