Cheap Flights to Budapest, Hungary

  • Area City                         : 525.2km² (202.8 sq mi)
  • Area Code                       : (+36) 1
  • Currency                          : Hungarian Forint (HUF)
  • Population City                 : 1,859,407 (2016)
  • Official Languages           : Hungarian
  • Time Zone                         : CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
  • Airport                           : Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)

‘BUD’ is around 10 miles from the city centre. Public transport from ‘BUD’ to the city comprises buses, the Metro, train or minibus with Budapest Airport’s official shuttle service ‘miniBUD’.  ‘Főtaxi’ is the official and longest operating taxi company (since 1913) with hundreds of vehicles and drivers that are experienced, well trained and speak at least one foreign language. ‘Főtaxi’ booths are located at the exits of terminals 2A and 2B where reservations can be made or find one at the rank where there are always taxis waiting for passengers. Passengers wishing to hire a vehicle can do with rental partners of Budapest Airport that include ‘Avis’, ‘Buchbinder’, ‘Budget’, ‘Europcar’, ‘Hertz’ and ‘Sixt’. To ensure a hassle-free journey to the city, go to www.bud.hu for comprehensive information on available options.

Travellers have a good choice of airlines from Cape Town, South Africa to ‘BUD’ with one plus with the following airlines:

  • Turkish (via Istanbul) 14h 35m+
  • Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 15h 0m+
  • Air France (via Paris) 16h 20m+
  • Emirates (via Dubai) 16h 40m+
  • British Airways (via London) 16h 50m+
  • South African (via Johannesburg) 16h 50m+
  • Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa) 17h 0m+
  • Swiss (Zurich) 17h 10m+
  • Qatar Airways (via Doha) 17h 15m+
  • KLM (via Amsterdam) 17h 20m+
  • Kulula (via Johannesburg) 18h 30m+
  • Air Namibia (via Windhoek) 19h 0m+

Additional airlines touching down at ‘BUD’ include:

  • Aer Lingus
  • Aeroflot
  • Air Älgerie
  • airBaltic
  • Air berlin
  • Air Canada rouge
  • Air China
  • Air Malta
  • Alitalia
  • Austrian
  • Belavia
  • Brussels
  • Czech
  • easyJet
  • Egyptair
  • EL AL Israel
  • Finnair
  • Eurowings
  • Ibertia
  • LOT Polish
  • Pegasus
  • SAS Scandinavian
  • TAP Portugal
  • Transavia
  • Vueling
  • Wizz Air

Reasons to Visit Destination Budapest:

  • It’s one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, one of the largest in the EU and capital to Hungary with a wealth of history and its strength in finance, commerce, media, fashion, art, technology, research, education and entertainment. Budapest is the most populous city in Hungary with its central area along the Danube River listed as a ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ affording many significant monuments. With a number of nicknames that include ‘Heart of Europe’, ‘Queen of the Danube’ and ‘Capital of Festivals’ the city’s history originally began as a Celtic settlement (Aquincum) later becoming the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia. It was during the 9th century that Hungarians began arriving with their first town being plundered by Mongols in 1241. By the 15th century the re-established town became a centre of Renaissance humanist culture.
  • Budapest enchants visitors with historical castles, fortresses, churches, monuments, statues, architecturally pleasing buildings caves, lush areas, marvellous museums, galleries and festivals. Take respite in ‘Budapest City Park’ with the main entrance, ‘Heroes’ Square’ a ‘World Heritage Site’. Relax on the lake in a rented boat or go ice-skating in winter. Linking ‘City Park’ to the city centre is ‘Andrássy Avenue’, a 2,310m boulevard lined with olden buildings and running underneath the park surface is the ‘Millennium Underground Railway’.
  • The city has plenty of choices for accommodation from classy 5-Star establishments to budget hotels that provide basic needs with free breakfast such as ‘Hotel Chesscom’ or ‘Baross City Hotel. There are backpackers, apartments and numerous B&Bs for a more homely atmosphere. For dining there are superb eateries for traditional meaty Hungarian specialities including international cuisines. One of the city’s finest and third to receive a ‘Michelin’ star is ‘Borkonyha’ located at Sas u. 3 that also offers a great selection of local wines. Vegetarians must experience ‘Macska’ with meals made from fresh, local ingredients including organic juices and wines. It has a wonderful atmosphere with musical events and is located at Bekocsis u. 23. For an excellent Italian and Hungarian meal nothing beats ‘Comme chez soi’ at Aranykéz u. 2. This eatery has taken the award for ‘Best of Budapest’ for nine consecutive years. For a relaxed, laid-back ambiance, ‘Csiga Café’ at Vásár u.2 draws a creative crowd with local artwork, background music and transforms into a bar at night but still great for dinner. For night owls the city has plenty of bars and clubs that include ‘Ötkert’ with great cocktails and an open-air dance floor, ‘Morrison’s 2’ has karaoke and a retro dance floor while ‘Szimpla Kert’ is cosy with vintage décor.

When to Visit Destination Budapest:

Many travellers consider summer to be the best time with the warmest weather but it’s also the wettest and busiest. Ideal for budget travellers is spring between March and May with fewer crowds, pleasant weather and lower accommodation rates. Temperature highs in March climb from around 10°C, to 15°C in April and to 21°C in May. March sees lows of 2°C, rising to 6°C in April and 11°C in May. The hottest month is July with highs peaking at 26°C, lows of 16°C and around 14 hours of sunshine. August is similar to July except for about 70mm of rain.

Places to Visit Destination Budapest:

  • The historical ‘Buda Castle’ is the palace complex of Hungarian kings that was first completed in 1265. After being seized numerous times rebuilding was necessary but there are impressive statues, fountains and interesting museums to visit.
  • A noteworthy landmark and magnificent structure is the ‘Hungarian Parliament Building’ built in Gothic and Renaissance Revival architecture, only guided tours are permitted.
  • ‘St Stephen’s Basilica’ honours the first King of Hungary, Stephen. It was built from 1851 to 1905 in Neo-classical architecture and is the city’s largest church that attracts visitors with pleasurable concerts besides its beauty.
  • Another of Budapest’s arresting buildings is the ‘Budapest Opera House’ that opened in 1884. Glean amazing history and enjoy an evening of ballet or opera at this prestigious venue.
  • One of the most popular and historically imperative attractions with exceptional views of the city is ‘Fisherman’s Bastion’, a terrace located on the Buda bank of the Danube. It was constructed between 1895 and 1902 as part of a number of developments for the celebration of the 1000th birthday of the state of Hungary.
  • Experience the ‘Széchenyi Medicinal Bath’, one of Europe’s largest and most visited. It opened in 1913 and includes outdoor and indoor geothermal pools, massage treatments, saunas, a gym and more for absolute rejuvenation.
  • Great fun for families is the ‘Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden’, one of the oldest globally that opened in 1866. With over 10,000 animals and around 2,000 plant species it includes additional fun and captivating experiences for children.
  • ‘Castle Cave’ was used as a storage facility and battle station by the Germans during WWII. Only recently opened to the public, take a guided tour in English or German. ‘Pálvölgyi Cave’, the longest in Buda Hills and third longest in the country at 7,200m is a dripstone-rich cave that has since 1944 been a protected natural preserved area. Be prepared to climb ladders with suitable boots and dress warmly with its constant temperature of 11°C. ‘Szemöhegyl Cave’ is considered a valuable treasure of the city that’s highly protected. With several roomy passages it affords stunning forms and is beautifully ornamented with mineral precipitations.
  • At the ‘Buda Embankment’ visit ‘Bem József Square’ where in 1956 a rally was organised in support of Polish workers with 200,000 students protesting against Soviet rule. Standing in the middle is the statue of ‘Bem József’, a Polish general that was one of the leaders during the 1848 Revolution. ‘Döbrentei Square and St. Gellért Statue’ is a peaceful park right underneath the causeway going up to the Erzsébet Bridge that has a statue of the Habsburg Empress Elizabeth (Sissi) and facing the bridge is the elevated statue of ‘St. Gellért’ that marks the spot where he was rolled down the hill into the river Danube in 1046. Take a tram to ‘Gellért Square’ that’s shows off a number of fabulous landmarks but stop along the way at the celebrated ‘Rudas Turkish Bath’, one of the oldest in the city.

Getting Around Destination Budapest:

Budapest’s public transport comprises buses, trams, trolleys and metro trains and is owned and operated by the Municipality of Budapest including the well-known ‘Cog-Wheel Railway’, the ‘Budapest Castle Hill Funicular’ and the public riverboat for transport along the Danube. Public transportation is efficient and less expensive than most other Western European cities. Purchasing a ‘Budapest Card’ permits travel on all modes of transportation with discounts to numerous sights, attractions and museums. The cards cover 24, 48, 72 and 96 hours. Citizens from EU countries and Switzerland aged 65 and older can use all forms of public transport for free provided they produce a valid ID and EU member nationality. Check out https://www.budapestbylocals.com/budapest-public-transport.html to ensure you have a fabulous time in Budapest.

Car Hire:
Available car rentals in the city include ‘Sixt’, ‘Europcar’, ‘Hertz’ and others.

Taxi:
The city affords a number of taxi operators that include ‘City Taxi’, 6×6 Taxi Kft’, and ‘Főtaxi’.

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