Whether you have a layover, an overnight sleepover or you’re just passing through, our Budapest Airport Guide can help you get the most out of your visit. Here, you will find information about services and facilities available inside the airport. These include airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and more.
the only annoying thing was the cleaning lady blasting past me at 3am with her cleaning machine not really worried much about all the ppl trying to sleep. – jaxstar
BUD Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what to expect during your time at Budapest Liszt International Airport.
What to Expect
Budapest Airport (Code: BUD) consists of two terminals (2A/Schengen flights and 2B/Schengen and non-Schengen flights) connected by SkyCourt, a new passenger hall containing a shopping-mall-like selection of restaurants, cafes and shops. There are also some eateries on the landside, including at least two 24-hour eateries in Terminal 2B. You can easily walk between the two terminals. The airport offers free WiFi to help you pass the time. Looking for more comfort while you wait? There are several airport lounges, though none offer showers. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and hours.
Sleeping in Budapest Airport
It is not possible to sleep airside overnight. Be prepared to sleep in the public area. Airport staff are reported to be generally tolerant of overnight sleepers; however, travellers say that the overnight cleaning services can be loud. While there is plenty of seating in Terminals 2A and 2B, travellers report that landside areas and SkyCourt contain more comfortable seating and cushioned benches. For those seeking uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is connected to Terminal 2B and several others within easy shuttle distance. See the Airport Hotels section below or read some traveller reviews for more info.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
- Platinum Lounge (Non-Schengen) – Location: Terminal 2B, airside, Mezzanine Level, Non-Schengen Area. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
- Platinum Lounge (Schengen) – Location: Terminal 2A, airside, Schengen Area, opposite Gate A8. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
- Mastercard Airport Lounge – Location: SkyCourt, airside, second floor, Schengen Area. Entrance: Free access for MasterCard cardholders (Gold, Platinum, World). Guests and children under 18 may enter free of charge.
- SkyCourt Lounge – Location: Location: Skycourt, Airside, Mezzanine Level. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.
Related Pages: Budapest Airport Lounges
If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Budapest Airport:
- ibis Styles Budapest Airport Hotel – Located opposite Terminal 2 within a 5-minute walking distance. » Check Rates
- Airport Hotel Budapest – Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
- Hotel Ferihegy – Airport shuttle available for a fee. » Check Rates
- Budapest Airport Hotel Stacio – Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Budapest Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Free WiFi is available at Budapest airport in Terminals 2A, 2B, SkyCourt and the Visitor Terrace for up to 4 hours. Connect to the “bud:free wifi” network and enter your email address to log in. If you experience difficulty connecting to the network, you may need to try a few times.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
- Post Office – Send your last minute postcards to friends and family from the airport’s Magyar Post office. Location: Terminal 2A Hours: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mon-Fri (closed Sat, Sun).
- SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
- WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.
- Baby Care Facilities – Four nursing rooms are equipped with a comfortable chair, changing table, closet and microwave. Baby changing tables are available and are primarily beside the female restrooms.
- Strollers – You will find complimentary strollers throughout the terminals.
- Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. A small play area is available in the SkyCourt.
Food & Drinks
- Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout both terminals operate with varying schedules. The 24-hour options are Negroni, Seasons and Upper Crust, which are all located at Skycourt.
- Groceries – Head to the Spar Grocery store to stock up on snacks and drink items. Location: Terminal 2B, Landside, Arrivals. Hours: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM.
- Travel Agencies – OTP travel agency can be found in Terminal 2B. Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Mon-Fri), 8:00 – 4:00 PM (Sat-Sun).
- Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage storage room rates are 2750 HUF (4 hours) to 10,500 HUF (72 hours) per bag. Long-term storage is available for 2500 HUF/day on top of 10,500 HUF. Hours: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM.
- Luggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your bags? Baggage carts are available throughout the Terminal and the Car Park.
- Luggage Wrapping – BagWrap provides wrapping services with prices starting from 3750 HUF per bag. Location: Check-in area of both terminals. Terminal T2A Hours: 3:30 AM – 8:00 PM. Terminal T2B Hours: 3:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
- Dental Clinic – Have a toothache? Head to the Kreativ Dental Clinic. Location: T2A, Arrivals. Hours: Unknown.
- Pharmacy – An airport pharmacy is located in Terminal 2B, Departure Hall on the 2nd Floor. Over-the-counter drugs can also be purchased at the Relay Shops situated in all terminals.
- Mobile Charging – A reader let us know that mobile charging can be found under some of the seats. There are also some charging stations near the gates. A reader tells us the food court on the first floor has several phone charging stations with many USB-B and 2 AC outlets.
- ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. They are easy to spot by their orange colour. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you travel internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: SkyCourt, next to the escalator • Baggage Claim, Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B • Outside Hall, five in Terminal 2A and two in Terminal 2B.
- Currency Exchange – Interchange offers foreign currency exchange in six locations: SkyCourt • T2A, landside, Arrivals • T2A, Baggage Claim • T2B, transit area • T2B, Landside, Arrivals • T2B, Baggage Claims Hours: Varies.
- Chapel/Room of Silence – Location: Terminal 2B, Mezzanine Level Hours: 4:00 AM – 12:00 AM.
Rest & Relaxation
- Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
- Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
- Rest Zones – No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
- Fast Track – As a premium service, customers with Fast Track security passes will be given priority service to ensure that wait times are kept to a minimum. Only certain airlines participate, see the website for a complete list. Cost: €6,00 – Tickets are sold online and at the T2A and T2B departure hall kiosks.
- Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available at the Skycourt location of Heinemann and throughout much of the day in Terminals 2A and 2B. Additionally, you will find a wide variety of retail and gift shops.
Showers, Salon & Spa
- Showers – Not available.
- Spa & Salon Services – Unavailable.
- Smoking Rooms – Other than the smoking area provided at the Skycourt Terrace (Rooftop of Terminal 2A, between the visitor terrace and the SkyCourt), there are no designated smoking areas within the Terminals. There are assigned smoke spots outside the terminal.
Things to do & see
- Observation Deck – Enjoy free WiFi or a delicious snack with views of the tarmac and runway at the Observation Deck. There’s no restroom on the Observation Deck, so use one before you enter. Entry is free of charge. Location: T2A, Departure Hall Mezzanine (Level 3) Hours: Open 24 hours (1 March – 30 November) • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (1 December – 28 February), but the Terrace Cafér is only open from 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Budapest airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Aegean Airlines • Air Baltic • Air China • Air France • American Airlines • Austrian Air • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • EasyJet • Egypt Air • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Eurowings • Finnair • Fly Dubai • Iberia • Jet2 • KLM • Korean Air • LOT • Lufthansa • Norwegian • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Airways • Ryanair • Shanghai Airlines • SunExpress • Swiss • TAROM • Turkish Airlines • Wizz Air.
Do you want to make the most of your stopover or long layover by getting out of the airport to do some sightseeing? Check out our Budapest Airport Layover Sightseeing guide or explore Things to do in Budapest on Tripadvisor.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Bus 200E links the airport (Terminal 2) to Kőbánya-Kispest metro station (M3 line). From there, you can take metro trains into the city centre.
A reader tells us, “The combined 200E (bus) and M3 (metro) ticket – still – costs 530 HUF, amazing value for money. The express 200E bus ticket costs 1500 HUF (up from 900 HUF, a steep hike). Both tickets must be [purchased] at easy-to-use machines before boarding the bus (there are four machines right at the bus stop). Tickets [purchased] ON the bus cost more.” (November 2022)
Bus #100E connects the airport to the city centre. This bus route operates 24/7, departing every 7-12 minutes during the day, every 15-20 minutes in the evening, and every 30-40 minutes between midnight and 3:30AM. As of this update, the fare for the the #100E is 2,200 HUF. You can pay with the Pay&Go service simply by scanning your bank card on the bus, or by purchasing a ticket on the BudapestGO app. Alternatively, you can buy your ticket at the BKK customer service centres located in both Terminal 2A and 2B or at the vending machines at the entrance to both terminals.
Car rental services are available in Terminals 2A, 2B and the Skycourt area. Onsite car rental agencies include Avis • Buchbinder/Mega Drive/Global • Budget • Enterprise/National/Alamo • Europcar • Hertz/Dollar/Thrifty • Sixt • Schiller Rent a Car.
Several hotels provide airport shuttle service: Airport Hotel Budapest • Budapest Airport Hotel Stacio Wellness & Conference • Hotel Ferihegy.
See also Airport Hotels above.
miniBUD offers a shuttle-like service to and from Budapest Airport. Prices start as low as 6,00€ for a one-way trip. For more information, visit the miniBUD website.
Taxis can be reserved at Főtaxi booths located at the exit doors of both terminals. At the time of this update, the estimated fare for a one-way trip between BUD airport and the city centre is 10800 HUF.
Last updated: 2023-08-24
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