ECPR Summer School
Central European University, Budapest
26 July - 9 August 2019


Getting to Budapest by...


Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport

16km from city centre. International connections primarily within Europe and good connections with London, Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam and others.

miniBUD Airport Shuttle Service

Fares to CEU, Nádor utca 9–11:

One way 4,400Ft / around €14

Return 7,900Ft / around €25

Book at least 48 hours prior to the departure time of your flight. Call +36 1 550 0000, email or book online. A miniBud app is currently in development.

Airport taxis

Főtaxi is the official taxi partner of Budapest Airport – find the kiosk right outside the terminal building.

At the kiosk counter, show the destination address. You will be given a ticket which includes the price of the fare and taxi number.

One journey to the city centre should typically cost around 7000Ft / €22 depending on traffic conditions.

Stand by the pavement and wait for your taxi to arrive (it takes minutes!).

Please do not travel with drivers who might approach you in the arrival halls; always use the taxi kiosk.


Budapest has good rail links with all large European cities.

More than 50 trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and 25 other European capital cities.

The international station Keleti is part of the Budapest Underground (Metró). It is one stop on the Red (M2) line. MÁV (Hungarian Railway Company) may be able to offer discounts to students and others under the age of 26.


Bus station Népliget is in southeast Budapest, one stop on the Blue (M3) line of the underground.

Discounts of up to 10% are available to students and others under the age of 26.

More on the VolánBusz International Travel website


To use some Hungarian motorways you have to buy an E-vignette, valid for either 10 days or one month, which can also be purchased in any petrol station.

Be aware that finding a parking spot in the centre of Budapest is difficult, and expensive. CEU cannot offer public parking.

Getting around Budapest by...


The most efficient public transport in Budapest is the underground.

There are four underground / metro lines, three of which meet at Deák Ferenc square, very close to the CEU building.

Buy single tickets for 350Ft / just over €1, which you have to validate every time you get on another train.

You can also buy a pass for different time periods, which work out better value than singles.

Hungarian Public Transport (BKK) does not take international student IDs.

More information at the Center for Budapest Transport.

Bubi bicycles

MOL Bubi is a self-service rent-a-bike system – fares from as little as 500Ft / around €1.50 a day (deposit required).

More on the MOL Bubi website.


The Hungarian Taxi Decree set a fixed tariff of 280Ft / €0.90 per km in addition to the one-off basic fee of 450Ft  / €1.40 and waiting fee.

Local taxis 

prefix with the country and city code +36 1 if dialling from outside Hungary

Buda Taxi 2-333-333

Budapest Taxi 4-333-333

City Taxi 2-111-111

Rádió Taxi 7-777-777

Taxi 2000 2-000-000

Taxi4 4-444-444

Trip planner app

Local transport website BKK Futar offers a trip planner app for iPhone and Android


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