Budapest airport shuttle to city centre

Budapest Airport Shuttle

For first time Budapest visitors, there are multiple questions going through their mind about the transport mode from Budapest airport.e.g. Is there a shuttle bus from Budapest airport to City center in 2024?

How much is a shuttle bus from Budapest airport to City centre? Which shuttle to take from Budapest airport to City?

Budapest airport shuttle is a great way to reach Budapest city center from the Liszt Ferenc Airport as its prices are 1/4th compared to taxis. Either you are coming alone, with family or friends, it is good to know the different kinds of Budapest shuttles.

Budapest Shuttles

Shuttles in Budapest can be classified into 2 types. These shuttle services have their own pros and cons,hence, it is better to know which one to take based upon your circumstances.

One is the Airport Shuttle service run by BKK (Budapest transport authority) which costs around 7 USD. This is a blue colored bus  with number 100E which operates between airport and Budapest city center.

Others are private options to book Budapest shuttle,which are like mini vans. These are starting at around 11 USD, Check here if you want to book in advance.

The main luxury to book the private airport shuttle in advance is to have a satisfactory experience. In a beautiful city where foreigners may face language issues at some occasions,and taxi scams are common, it is definitely recommended to have a hassle free journey towards the city center with a private shuttle.

Budapest Shuttle Bus stop

Budapest Airport Shuttle Bus stop
Budapest Airport Shuttle Bus stop

The bus stop for Budapest shuttle 100E is located right next to the arrivals section of Liszt Ferenc Airport. You have to walk on the left side when you come out of the Airport arrival section.

It will not take more than 5 minutes to reach the Budapest shuttle bus stop from airport arrival terminal. However, if you are coming with a lot of luggage, its better to book a taxi in advance.We recommend checking the taxi fares here.

Shuttle Bus Budapest airport

The shuttle bus at Budapest airport has the number 100E displayed in front back and on sideways. It can be easily identified with its blue color. (Make sure you are not taking bus 200E which is similar color but a different bus and not recommended for tourists).

The shuttle bus at Budapest airport will take around 35-45 mins from on boarding till drop to the Budapest city center. This is around similar time what a taxi may take.

The Budapest airport shuttle bus 100E is operating non-stop 24/7 throughout the year,but the frequency at night is less.

Even in 2024, do not expect the drivers on Budapest airport shuttles operated by BKK to speak English.

Additionally, for first time Budapest visitors, it is always confusing to identify how to buy Budapest airport shuttle ticket,where to buy Budapest airport shuttle ticket, how to validate Budapest shuttle ticket and which ticket to use for Budapest airport shuttle, etc.

Therefore, for first time Budapest visitors,we recommend booking a private shuttle online by paying just extra 6 USD or booking a taxi in advance for comfortable airport transfers.

If you want to get a transfer from Budapest airport to city center,you can book your taxi here.You can use the taxi fare comparator from KiwiTaxi and SunTransfers to select the best one.

Budapest Airport shuttle Price

The price for Budapest airport shuttle is around 7 USD which turns out to be 2200 HUF in local currency if you buy it from the BKK machine.

In 2024, if you buy Budapest airport shuttle ticket from the Budapest GO app,which is digital format, the cost will be also around 7 USD.i.e. 2200 HUF

Ticket of Budapest airport shuttle retains the same price if you buy it from any BKK ticket office.

The 7 USD price for Budapest airport shuttle is only for a single direction journey.

Budapest airport shuttle ticket price
Budapest airport shuttle ticket price

Budapest Airport Shuttle ticket

Budapest airport shuttle ticket
Budapest airport shuttle ticket

In order to avoid fines in the Budapest public transport, you need to have the right ticket as well as validate it for Budapest airport shuttle.

Either you are buying from the BKK office,Ticket Vending Machine or from the Budapest public transport app (Budapest GO app), the right ticket for Budapest Airport shuttle is priced at 2200 HUF which is around 7 USD.

In 2024, if you buy Budapest airport shuttle ticket from Vending Machine,BKK office or the driver, it will be in physical paper form. While buying Budapest airport shuttle ticket from BudapestGO app comes in digital format.

The price for Budapest airport shuttle was around 3 USD at start of 2022, but was increased to 5 USD in the mid of 2022 and then it became 7 USD which is 2200 Huf to be exact in local Hungarian currency.

For buying Budapest airport shuttle ticket  with BudapestGO app, you should buy the one called “Airport shuttle bus single ticket”.

You need to understand that Budapest airport shuttle has a specific dedicated ticket,and all other kinds of passes and tickets cannot be used on it.

You may get fined if caught without a valid airport shuttle ticket costing 2200 HUF.

Airport Shuttle Budapest ticket online

bus 100e budapest ticket online
bus 100e Budapest ticket online

You can buy Budapest Airport shuttle ticket online as well.

Online ticket for Budapest airport shuttle can be bought with Budapest GO app as well as SIMPLE by OTP app.

You can buy it in advance but should validate it before on boarding the shuttle.

Online ticket price for 100E ticket is around 7 USD (fixed price in local currency is 2200 huf).

Select Airport Shuttle bus single ticket when buying online on your mobile phone.

In case you are looking for a cheaper shuttle that drops you in front of your hotel, it can be booked well in advance online,check availability here.

For first time Budapest visitors, you can reach the city center from Airport for 12 USD, Book your Airport shuttle here.

How do you pay for Budapest airport shuttle?

Private Budapest Airport Shuttle
Private Budapest Airport Shuttle

It is possible to pay for Budapest airport shuttle with debit card/credit card only if you are buying the tickets from BKK office,Ticket Vending Machine as well as BudapestGO app.

Keep in mind that any foreign currency in cash is not accepted for buying shuttle ticket in Budapest at these official ticket points.

You cannot use a debit/credit card while buying ticket for airport shuttle,which should be the last preferred option,as drivers will push you to buy it from the Ticket machine.

One recommendation is booking a private shuttle online which can be booked with your debit/credit card, and saves you considerable time which can be wasted in figuring out Budapest transport system.

Where to buy Budapest airport shuttle ticket

In general, you can buy Airport shuttle tickets with the following options in Budapest.

  • BKK ticket machines – installed at major bus/metro stations and Budapest Airport
  • BKK Ticket offices – At major bus/Metro stations and Budapest Airport
  • Budapest GO app
  • Driver of the Shuttle 100E – when on boarding the bus.

Airport shuttle ticket at Budapest airport

If you do not plan to use Budapest GO app, there are 3 ways through which you can buy ticket for shuttle transfers at Budapest airport terminals.

On arrival to Budapest airport, there is a BKK office once you come out of the customs counter.

You can buy ticket for shuttle at Budapest airport from the BKK office at the airport.

At BKK office, you can either pay in HUF or use a Debit/Credit card to buy the airport shuttle ticket.

For first time Budapest visitors, you can reach the city center from Airport for 12 USD, Book your Airport shuttle here.

Another option to buy Budapest 100e bus ticket at airport is, to walk out of the airport and after few steps, you will find ticket vending machines,where you can bus shuttle bus ticket.

Ticket for airport shuttle bus in Budapest can be bought with HUF cash, or Debit/Credit cards with BKK ticket Vending Machines.

Either you are coming alone,or with friends, for first time Budapest visitors,we recommend using   best airport transfer shuttle which  gives you best service for airport transfers.

Airport shuttle Budapest timetable

bus 100e budapest timetable
bus 100e Budapest timetable

Just like any other bus service in Budapest, timetable for airport shuttle  is available at the bus stop near the Budapest airport. You can check the timetable for 100E which is the airport shuttle.

As of 2024, the way to check the time table for Budapest Airport shuttle bus is with BudapestGO app. The time table for Budapest shuttle bus shows that it is operating 24/7.

You can definitely take Budapest shuttle 100E if you are arriving late,however, after 12 in the night, its frequency is quite low and we recommend that you pre-book a private shuttle that can pick you late at night from Budapest Airport.

Budapest airport Shuttle Times

From the Liszt Ferenc Airport, Budapest airport shuttle operates quite frequently during the day time but in the late night hours, the frequency is lesser.

Airport shuttle times in Budapest are planned according to the number of arriving flights and traffic at the time.

Hence,if you arrive late to Budapest airport, there is definitely an option to catch public transport bus.

Only challenge to catch Budapest Airport shuttle bus may be that you have to wait 15  to 20 mins for the bus arrival at peak hours.

Following are the Shuttle times from Budapest airport, if you plan to go to city center.

  • Between midnight (01:00) and morning (09:00),the shuttle operates 1 to 3 times in an hour.
  • From morning (09:00) till evening (20:00), airport shuttle 100E operates quite frequently, i.e. between 4 to 6 times.
  • From night (21:00) till Midnight (01:00) the frequency of shuttle varies between 3 and 4 times.

For first time Budapest visitors, you can reach the city center from Airport for 12 USD, Book your Airport shuttle here.

Airport Shuttle Budapest route map

bus 100e budapest route map
bus 100e budapest route map

On its route from Budapest airport to the City center, Airport Shuttle Budapest stops at the following bus stations,as of 2024.

  • Liszt Ferenc Airport 2 (Terminal 2)
  • Kálvin Tér M
  • Astoria M
  • Deák Ferenc Tér M

In the reverse direction, the shuttle route goes in reverse order from Deak Ferenc ter M to Liszt Ferenc Airport – terminal 2.Budapest airport shuttle stops at only at only 3 bus stops.

The reason is that Budapest shuttle 100E is a quick bus service that is specially designed for tourists to save time. On the other hand, 200E also comes from Airport but stops at numerous bus stations and does not come to city center.

How long does the Budapest airport shuttle take?

Budapest airport shuttle journey from Budapest airport to City center will take 35 mins in the off-peak traffic hours.

On the other hand, during the peak traffic hours, the time for Budapest airport  shuttle may be 45 to 50 minutes to reach the city center.

This time is almost comparable to a taxi that will take same amount of time but with 4 times cost of the bus.You must be thinking of taking Uber Budapest, which is unfortunately not available.

In fact, due to dedicated bus lanes in Budapest, buses are not stopping like normal traffic in Budapest, and same is true for 100E.

Hence, in general,traveling by bus can save time compared to taxi in the city. There is always an option to hire a shared shuttle online for 12 USD.

Budapest airport shuttle bus

Budapest airport shuttle from inside
Budapest airport shuttle from inside

Either you are traveling alone or with your family, Airport shuttle bus is a pretty comfortable way for traveling from Airport to city center.
The buses operating as Budapest shuttles are almost new, clean and equipped with latest facilities.

In winters, the heating is working in the Budapest shuttles, while in summer time, Air conditioner also operates.

There is enough space in front and back half of the Budapest airport shuttle to put the luggage.
You will also find dedicated space for baby stroller in Budapest Shuttle bus.

If you are a patient coming in Airport shuttle Budapest,there is wheelchair access as well as special seats for pregnant women and old people.

However, there is no facility of toilets in Budapest airport shuttles.You should also check pharmacy Budapest guide,and guide for public toilets Budapest.

Budapest Airport shuttle stops

Budapest airport shuttle stops
Budapest airport shuttle stops

On its journey from Airport to City center, Airport Budapest Shuttle is stopping at a couple of stops before reaching its destination.

The key reason is that Budapest shuttle is specially designed for providing cheap and quick way for people to arrive from Budapest airport to City.

In fact, Budapest airport shuttle will stop at two of the main tram/Metro stops around the city center, between its journey from Budapest airport to Deak Ferenc ter.

  • Liszt Ferenc Airport 2 (Terminal 2)
  • Kálvin Tér M
  • Astoria M
  • Deák Ferenc Tér M

In case your hotels is not around these bus stops, you can book a shuttle service that can drop you in front of your accommodation for 11 USD/GBP/EUR.

Airport Shuttle Budapest

In the following video you can see a complete journey for Budapest airport shuttle.

The video is a pretty comprehensive for checking the BKK ticket machines for buying Airport shuttle tickets, Astoria and Kalvin ter Bus stops, and Departure and arrivals at Budapest airport.

The video is an older one when Bus ticket price was 3 USD, but still the procedure is same.

Airport Shuttle bus Budapest at Night

If you are arriving late at night to Budapest airport, you might be wondering how is Budapest night transport.If you are willing to use Budapest public transport,instead of Taxi, then Airport Shuttle is still a better option.

In 2024, Airport shuttle Budapest.i.e. 100E is a bus service which is 24 hours operational between Budapest airport and Deak Ferenc Ter M.

The shuttle works on the normal route in night time in the same way as in the day time.However, late at night, the frequency is quite less, but still available.

You should download Budapest GO app on your mobile and check 100E which gives you the live night time table for 100E bus.