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transport from airport

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transport from airport


a pretty detailed question for anyone who knows alot about the transport system.

We have a 12 hour stop over in budapest and want to go to the zoo for some of it.

it is on the M1 metro line so I'm wondering what stop to get off the airport bus(200) at.

also,for getting back to the airport do the busses pick up in the same places(just going in the opposite direction) and where do I find the times for these.I tried on the bkv website but i cant understand any of the timetables!

can we buy tickets for the busses at the airport or is it on the bus that we get them?

finally,what else would anyone recommend to do in budapest.remembering we only have a few hours.

please respond-we're going on tuesday!

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Not sure how long your layover is, but I would plan on 2 and a half hours on the train/bus if you're going into Budapest....you might be better off taking a cab. IMHO the airport transport from the airport is worse than it should be and very slow.

I'm not sure where you buy the tickets, I've never taken public transport into budapest, but I've taken it from Budapest to the airport.

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Dear friend

I have never understood what the meaning of these semi-translated webpages are. Fortunately the bus no. 200 is the better case, at least the airport-KK way is translates, the opposite direction is not.

Munkanapokon - on weekdays

Szombaton - on Saturday

munkaszuneti napokon - on holidays (including Sundays)

óra - hour, perc - minute


contains the schedule for bus 200 from the airport to Kobanya-Kispest.

The first column below the 200 nuber contains the stops, obviously, and the average distance (in minutes) from the terminus. So the travelling from the airport to Metro 3 (blue line) takes about 25 minutes. The larger column shows the departure times from the airport in each hours. For example, the first bus leaves from the airport at 04:55 on weekdays, at the weekend and on holidays, too.

But if someone wants to cathc the bus at Terminal 1, the bus stops there at 04:55 + 10 min = 05:05. (approx)

Anyway, take the previously discussed bus 200 to Kőbánya-Kispest, then the blue metro line to Deák Ferenc tér then change to the yellow line (Metro 1 or Földalatti) and travel to Hősök (Heroes' square) tere or Széchenyi fürdő (Széchenyi bath).

The average one-way travelling time (I have added some additional "undecided tourists" and waiting time, if you do not mind :) ) is about 80 minutes.

Tickets are sold at every newspaper kiosk, and at the entrance of every metro stations. (its much better than throwing coins in ticket vending machines. You have better chances at the casino of Monte Carlo than "winning" a ticket from those more likely defunct machines) Sometimes buying a ticket from the driver is also possible, but the price is slightly more expensive.

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As an ex shepherd, I always preferred my sheep to be off-white, but anyway:

You could try and use the airport minibus service but frankly I would avoid it, especially if there is more than one of you (it's only cheaper if you are alone), as there can be a long wait at the airport. Public transport is a no-no for what you want to do, I suggest.

As you have such a short time I suggest you use a taxi, should be about 15 quid each way BUT make sure you agree the price up front and try and get a driver who speaks English so you can arrange a pick up. Last week my taxi from the hills of Buda was 6,000 forints (about 15 quid): the zoo is a lot nearer to the airport, but they may still want around that amount.

When you come into the arrivals hall look for someone with a clipboard, that will be the 'gangmaster' (they may well approach you): if there is no-one in the hall, go straight outside and there is a sort of desk - it will be obvious once you get there: tell him where you want to go and ask for the price: he will give you a ticket with a price on, MAKE SURE THE DRIVER SEES THAT TICKET BEFORE YOU SET OFF, otherwise he will try and charge you what is on the meter: the ticket also gaurantees a return fare (which is lower) but your problem is going to be arranging a pick up. It also has the phone number to call if you decide to be picked up elsewhere, but they need a bit of notice for that.

As I say, try and get a driver who speaks good English so you can arrange a pick up: the Hungarian for zoo is allatkert (allaht kurt) but I suspect zoo will be understood. I suggest a 1,000 forint tip might be a good idea......especially after the first trip: there are ATMs in the arrivals hall which will dish out forints, I got 406 for a pound last week, but I have no idea what the pound/ euro rate is at present.

There is a very good restaurant (not cheap) if you come out of the zoo and turn right, its about 500 metres, sorry I cannot remember it's name.

Is there a specific reason why you want to go to this particular zoo ? I was there in April and didn't think it was that special: I can think of better things to do in Bpest for 12 hours.

Hosok Ter (heroes square) is near to the zoo, but everything else involves using the metro or walking: you will need tickets (buy a book at the metro station, if there is a ticket office) but these are not sold on trams or buses: alternatively you could take the risk, but the fine is not cheap if they catch you. From Hosok Ter (or Szecheny Furdo (baths), which is the zoo station) take the metro to Vorosmarty Ter, and go into the Gerbeaud coffee house (by the station) and have some gestzteny puree (chesnut puree), a sweet, it's a Hungarian speciality: I never fail to go there every time I go to Bpest (my son lives there).

From there parliament is not far, and that is on the river bank. From there you can see the Var etc, and there are loads of other things to see around there, and you can easily hop back on the metro to get back to the zoo. Try and get a street map off he net before you go: the metro map is here


The yellow line is actually called the foldlati, and is one of the oldest in the world: it is absolutely brill, it was sympathetically re-furbished a few years ago. The other lines were built in the 70s.

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hey, im also from Ireland and i am going to have a 12 hour stop-off in budapest. I was in the airport before and its awful so am hoping to get out into the city. The transport system over there is really bad and taxi-men will try rip you off! will you please let me know how you got on? thank you

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If you decide to take a taxi, try Zona Taxi firm. They have fixed rates between the airport and Budapest. It's 4200 forints to the centre and 3500 forints from the city back to the airport.

There are representatives at the airport and a number of Zona taxis available just outside the airport building, so you shouldn't be hanging around.

Their website is www.zonataxi.eu

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I agree with the query: why the zoo? There's plenty better to do, unless you have some special reason to go there. That being said, using Zona taxi service is your best bet, as suggested, if you need to get to the zoo.

The restaurant mentioned by Roman citizen is probably Bagolyvar (Owls' Castle) which is next to the zoo, behind the fine arts museum, staffed by women. From the outside patio it used to be possible to go directly into the zoo wihtout a ticket! Also nearby is the famous "sister restaurant" (& much more expensive) Gundel - where lunch is more reasonably priced than the dinner .

Assuming that I had not previously been to the city, I would take the 200 bus to the blueline (#3) metro and take it to Kalvin ter. Walk over to the National Museum just to the right (on the outer side of the inner ring street, Muzeum krt). Afterward, leave the museum & go left & retrace back past Kalvin ter to the central markethall (Csarnok) and then if I had the time I'd walk across the street from the market & up pedestrian Vaci ut to Varosmarty ter. If you don't have the time to go up Vaci ut., just walk the short distance to the Danube near the markethall). Then I'd look at the Danube (short walk to the left & I'd get back to the blue line metro at Deak ter & return to the airport on the blue line metro/200 bus.

No taxi needed, no change of metro lines (so only two tickets), mcuh less confusing than changing lines, less time than getting to the zoo by transit and no need to try to arrange for a taxi to retrieve you to return to the airport.

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