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Getting to the City by..


Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport

16km from the centre of Budapest

International connections primarily within Europe and has good connections with London, Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam and others.

miniBUD Airport Shuttle Service

4400 HUF (one-way) or 7900 HUF (return) to ‘CEU (Nádor utca) - V. Budapest Nádor utca 9-11.’

Book at least 48 hours prior to the departure time of your flight by calling +36 1 550 0000, by email:, or visiting the website/using the miniBUD downloadable app.

Airport Taxis

Főtaxi is the official taxi partner of Budapest Airport. Upon arrival simply approach the taxi kiosk, located right outside the terminal building at the airport.

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


The bus station is in the south-eastern part of the city.

“Népliget” is one stop on the Blue (M3) line of the underground.

Major transport companies offer student discounts of up to 10% to students and others under the age of 26.

For more information please click here.


Travelling by car can be the most convenient way to reach Hungary from neighbouring countries, though finding a parking spot in the city centre might prove difficult and expensive.

CEU cannot offer public parking.

For using the highways you have to buy an E-vignette - click here for information and to purchase. Vignettes can also be purchased in any fuel station. You will need to purchase a weekly (valid for 10 days) or monthly vignette.

Getting Around the City by...


The most efficient public transport in Budapest is the underground.

Budapest has four metro lines and three of them meet at Deák Ferenc square, which is very close to the CEU campus.

You can buy single tickets which you have to validate every time you get on another vehicle (a ticket costs 350Ft which is just over €1).

You can also buy a pass for different time periods, and depending on how much you want to travel around, it is recommended to buy one of those.

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

For more information please click here.

Bubi Bicycles

Locals and visitors can ride around Budapest using bicycles called MOL bubi, a self-service rent-a-bike system.

Fares are from as little as 500Ft a day (deposit required).

For more information click here.


If you prefer to travel by taxi, please be aware that the Hungarian Taxi Decree regulates the price of the taxis at a fixed tariff of 280Ft/Km (€0.95/Km) in addition to the one-off basic fee of 450Ft (€1.50) and waiting fee.

Local taxi numbers (you will need to add the country code and the city code +36 1 in front of the number below if dialling from a non-Hungarian telephone):

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

If you need help finding your way around the city the local transportation trip planner website BKK Futar has an app for both iPhone and Android.

Click on the operating system to go to your app store and download the app.