Transportation in Hungary

How to Get to Hungary


Hungary has 5 international airports, the largest of which, Ferihegy (or, as it is also called, Franz Liszt Airport), is located 16 km from the center of Budapest. Regular flights from Moscow are carried out by Aeroflot: departure from Sheremetyevo, flight duration – from 2 hours 45 minutes. The Whizzair low-cost airline will help save money: it offers routes from Vnukovo, lasting 10 minutes less. By the way, with the same carrier it is more profitable to fly to Budapest from Europe: for example, from Warsaw, Brussels or Frankfurt. See for other countries starting with H.

From St. Petersburg to the Hungarian capital can only be reached with transfers. Aeroflot flies via Moscow: prices – from 130 EUR in one direction, average travel time – 6-9 hours. The fastest flights are with Belavia with a transfer in Minsk: 4 hours 30 minutes for 180 EUR one way. Norra, KLM, Finnair, Air France and other carriers have routes via Amsterdam, Helsinki, Paris, Munich and others.

From Russian regions – Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Perm, Krasnodar – Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, Finnair, Es Seven and other airlines fly to Budapest with transfers in Istanbul, Moscow, Helsinki and other cities.

The second largest Hungarian airport is located in Debrecen. Flights from Moscow are operated by Aeroflot, Lufthansa and Es Seven, from St. Petersburg – by Lufthansa and Rossiya (connections in Munich, tickets – from 407 EUR one way).

You can also get to Budapest by rail. From the Belorussky railway station in Moscow, a train runs daily to Belgrade, following through Hungary. The journey lasts 1 day 5 hours, tickets in a compartment cost from 190 EUR, in luxury cars – 860 EUR. You will have to travel from St. Petersburg with transfers in Vienna, Moscow or Prague (travel time – from 1 day 18 hours, prices – from 220 EUR).

On Thursdays, Ecolines buses run from both Russian capitals to Budapest: departure from the Moscow bus station VDNH or from the Vitebsk railway station in St. Petersburg, the journey takes 52 hours, tickets start from 95 EUR (all details are on the carrier ’s official website).

Details on how to get to the popular regions of Hungary: Budapest, Debrecen.

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Hungary is a small country, so domestic flights are not popular in it. There are only a few regular flights from the capital: to Pécs and Szeged. Rail transport, on the contrary, is developed “perfectly”: from Budapest you can get to almost any city in the country. Transportation is carried out by the state company MAV (off. site in English). For comparison: a trip from the capital to Debrecen will cost from 2900-4000 HUF in the 2nd class and from 6000 HUF in the 1st class.

It should be borne in mind that the map of the railways of Hungary is represented by rays diverging from the central point – Budapest, which makes it inconvenient to move between closely located cities.

Volanbusz Transport is responsible for bus transportation (off. site in English). Prices for travel in Hungarian buses are comparable to railway: for example, a trip from Budapest to Pécs costs from 3550 HUF – the same as by train. Tickets are sold at the box office at bus stations or from drivers.

Both trains and buses are quite comfortable, maintained in good condition, run on schedule, provide “snacks” and toilets.

Budapest and the cities on the banks of the Danube are connected by a ferry service, and in the summer you can sail from the Hungarian capital to Vienna. For example, the Mahart company is engaged in water transportation (off. site in English): tickets from the capital to Visegrad cost from 1500 HUF.

Public transport within cities

Buses, trams and trolleybuses run along the streets of large Hungarian cities, and in the capital there is also a metro, commuter trains and a cable car. Public transport mainly operates from 4:30 to 23:00, in Budapest there are also night routes for late passengers. A direct ticket for one trip will cost 350 HUF, with one transfer – 450 HUF, a ticket for a day costs 1650 HUF, for 3 days – 4150 HUF, for a week – 4950 HUF.

Guests of the capital can use the Budapest Card (4900-9900 HUF, off. site), which gives the right to unlimited riding on public transport, and as a bonus – discounts on visiting attractions for a period of 1 to 3 days.

Getting into a Hungarian taxi costs 470 HUF, 1 km – 280 HUF, a minute of waiting – 60-80 HUF depending on the time of day. At the request of the client, the driver is obliged to provide an invoice.

Rent a Car

Renting a car in Hungary can be done by persons over 21 years of age living in the country (for example, in a hotel), if they have a driving license and a credit card (or on bail). Driving experience must be more than a year. The country has international traffic rules.

Speed ​​limits in Hungary: in cities – 50 km / h, outside – 90 km / h, on highways – 120 km / h. The use of any alcohol by the driver in any quantity is strictly prohibited – violation of this law will result in immediate arrest.

Transportation in Hungary