When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Budapest?
Airfares on flights to Budapest peak in July and August to meet the summer demand. Cheap flights to Budapest are more common during the shoulder season, running from April to June and from September to October, when tourist crowds have thinned. Deals on last minute flights do come up in the low season as well as the shoulder season. But savings may be limited.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Budapest?
Usually, the best time to book your flights to Budapest is between six weeks to three months ahead of your desired departure date. Flexibility with your dates is key to obtaining a good deal on return flights because prices can vary significantly throughout the month and even over the course of a week.
Flying to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD), or more commonly known as Budapest Airport, is situated 16km southeast of the city centre. Direct flights are few and far between from the UK. The only airline offering direct return flights is British Airways from London Heathrow. Most trips will include a transfer somewhere in Europe. Journey times on direct flights are around 2hrs30min but with a transfer this can sometimes jump up to as much as six or seven hours. It is possible to fly from other UK airports like Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, but there are fewer departure dates available and airfares tend to be much higher than if you were to depart from London.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Budapest Airport (BUD) consists of four main areas; Terminal 1, now closed to the public, Terminal 2A, Terminal 2B and the Sky Court. Terminal 2A deals with flights from within the Schengen Area. Terminal 2B deals with all non-Schengen flights, so passengers arriving from the UK will arrive at T2B. The Sky Court connects the two Terminals and is a state-of-the-art building spread over five levels. Shops, restaurants and lounges are all available to passengers here.
Getting to the City from Budapest Airport (BUD)
Transport from the airport into the city can be a little complicated if you choose not to use a taxi or rent a car. Taxis are metered and are found outside both Terminals. Főtaxi is the only taxi company authorised to operate curb side pickups. Shuttle buses are a popular option. Although they take longer than public transport, they’re more convenient. The 200E bus will drop passengers at stations that connect to the Blue Metro Line and these run into the city centre.
Why visit Budapest?
The great, glittering Danube River snakes through the Hungarian capital, separating the easterly Pest with its apartment blocks and ruin bars from the lush and hilly Buda on the west. On the Buda side you can find what was once the palace of the Hapsburgs and gorgeous, panoramic views of Pest from the Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill. Then just across the iconic Chain Bridge is Pest with its Gothic-style Houses of Parliament. These two cities combine to create a tantalising mix of old world charm and a modern metropolis.
After a day spent wandering the city, touring the numerous statues and discovering the county’s soviet past, take a dip in one of the many bathhouses scattered across the city. Something of a local institution, both locals and tourists like to spend time relaxing in the water. Local men love to relax in the water and challenge each other to a game of chess. Each bathhouse has a selection of pools of differing temperatures, from freezing plunge pools to steamy, 40-degree scorchers. You can even have a quick sauna and stream as well a luxurious spa treatment.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Hungary. So long as your passport is valid for the duration of your stay then you are free to enter the country. For visits that are longer than 90 days you will have to register at the nearest immigration office. Hungary is not in eurozone, so does not use the euro as its currency. The currency of Hungary is the forint. Not all bureau de change keep forints in stock so it’s advisable to order your money well in advance of your departure. Ordering your currency online can sometimes offer better rates.