Thanks to its strategic geographical position, the city of
Budapest is easily reached by car, train, or plane.
Hungary has 5 motorways and 4 main roads, eight start from Budapest (exception: main road No. 8). For using the following motorways you have to buy a motorway sticker: M1, M3, M5, M6 and M7 (available at border crossing
points and at petrol stations).
The Hungarian Highway Code (KRESZ) is based on the Vienna and Geneva Convention, and as such traffic signs and road markings are similar to those found in other European countries. However, it is important to highlight a few important traffic regulations that visitors to Hungary must observe at all times: use of seatbelts in the front
and rear seats are compulsory; only mobile phones fitted with loudspeaker or headset microphone may be used in cars, and it is recommended that drivers making or receiving a call pull over to the side of the road in a safe area; drivers may not consume any alcohol before driving, and drunk drivers can be fined upwards of HUF 300,000 (€
1000); the speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/h, outside built-up areas 90 km/h, on main roads 110 km/h and on motorways 130 km/h; use of the horn in towns is only permitted in moments of danger (despite which, unfortunately, Hungarian drivers frequently use their horns without proper reason).
Caution: as of January 2008, drivers caught drinking ANY alcohol will have their driver’s licences confiscated on the spot, regardless of whether the driver is a local or a foreigner.
There are 3 main international railway stations in Budapest: Eastern (Keleti), Western (Nyugati) and Southern (Déli). More than 50 trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and 25 other European capital cities.
Trains to Vienna run every 3 hours, 7 times a day. There is also a popular network of Inter City trains linking Budapest with the main Hungarian towns. All three international railway stations are part of the Budapest
Underground system, the Metró. The Déli and Keleti are stops on the Red (Number 2) line and the Nyugati is on the Blue (Number 3) line.
It’s very easy to get to Budapest by plane, several airline have great offers and services. Budapest International Airport is sixteen kilometres south-east of downtown Budapest.
- All major car rental companies have offices in the arrivals hall of Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport.
- The Airport minibus is a popular and reasonably priced means of transport between the airport and the city.
- The public airport bus, BKV bus number 200E goes to M3 station Kőbánya-Kispest (blue line), about 20 minutes away. From here, the subway(metro) takes passangers straight into the city centre.
- A taxi to the centre of Budapest will cost anything between 8.000 Ft and 12.000 Ft.
- Trains also commute between the airport and Nyugati Railway Station, 51 times daily on weekdays and 38 times a day on weekends and holidays. The train ticket price is about HUF 370-615 per person.