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Hungary Getting There - International Travel
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Air

The national airline is Malév (MA), operating flights to more than 40 cities. For further information, contact Malév Hungarian Airlines (telephone number: 0870 9090 577).

Other airlines serving Budapest include Aeroflot, Air France, British Airways, easyJet, KLM, Lufthansa, Sky Europe, Swiss, United Airlines and Wizz Air.

Approximate flight times: From London to Budapest is 2 hours 20 minutes.

International airports

Budapest Ferihegy (BUD)

Located 16km (10 miles) from the city with a journey time of approximately 45 minutes.

There are now 2 passenger terminals, A and B.

Facilities

Duty-free shop, florist, newsagent, bar and restaurants, bureaux de change, banks, tourist information centre, gift shop and post office.

Transport

Regular coach and bus services are available to the city, costing around Ft800 for the centrum bus and approximately Ft2100 or Ft3600 return for the airport minibus, which runs to and from any address within the city.

The 93 bus runs an express service between the underground terminus at Kobánya-Kispest and the Ferihegy terminals, however you need a pre-purchased or season ticket.

Taxis are available at all times at the airport and the major car hire companies are represented.

Departure tax: None.

Sea/River

From April to October there is a daily hydrofoil service run by MAHART between Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava. The journey costs approximately €75 for a single and takes 6 hours. Reservations must be made in advance. 20kg of luggage may be carried free of charge. Passengers arriving by boat are advised to reserve a taxi through the shipping line, as none are readily available at the dock.

For further details contact MAHART at Belgrád rakpart, 1056 Budapest (telephone number: (1) 484 4013, fax number: (1) 266 4201, e-mail: passnave@mahartpassnave.hu, website: www.mahartpassnave.hu)

Rail

Direct rail links connect Hungary to 16 European cities and there are 47 international trains daily to Budapest.

Inter-Rail, Eurotrain and RES concessions are valid on the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV). Between Dresden and Budapest there is a car transport system. The Wiener Waltzer from Basel travels via Zurich, Salzburg and Vienna to Budapest. First and second-class day carriages run from Basel through to Budapest and both sleeping cars and couchettes as far as Vienna. and there is a minibar service in Switzerland and Austria, and a dining car in Hungary.

There are 2 main routes from London, via Paris or Brussels via (Eurostar) to Vienna (including a Paris-Vienna EuroNight service), where several direct trains run daily to Budapest-Keleti, or via Brussels (Eurostar) to Munich, where several direct trains run daily to Budapest-Keleti (including a EuroNight service).

Luggage allowances: 35kg for adults, 15kg for children.

Note

Tourists leaving Hungary by train must pay their fare in convertible currency. Most generally recognised international concessionary tickets are accepted in Hungary. For further details contact MÁV at Budapest VI, Andrássy út 35 (telephone number: (1) 461 5500 (international timetables) or (1) 461 5400 (internal timetables), website: www.mav.hu). Seat reservations are strongly advised for all the services.

Road

Route is via The Netherlands, Belgium and Austria and from Vienna via the E5 Transcontinental Highway which passes near Bratislava (Slovak Republic).

Bus connections are available from most major of the European cities, check for further details with Volanbusz.

Eurolines, departing from Victoria Coach Station in London, serves destinations in Hungary. For further information, contact Eurolines, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1V 0AU (telephone number: (08705) 143 219).

The Channel Tunnel

Eurotunnel operates trains 24 hours per day through the Channel Tunnel between Folkestone in Kent and Calais in France.

Eurotunnel operates 3 to 4 passenger trains per hour at peak times and the journey takes approximately 35 minutes. All vehicles from motorcycles to campers can be accommodated. For further information contact Eurotunnel Reservations (telephone number: (08705) 353 535, e-mail: callcentre@eurotunnel.com, website: www.eurotunnel.co.uk).
Useful travel links
AA route planner directions and maps within Hungary.