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The buzzing capital of Hungary, in-the-know travellers snap up flights to Budapest to unearth a treasure trove of attractions...
Split by the River Danube, Budapest is an enchanting city. Fairy-tale castles are scattered around the hilly woodland of Buda, while in Pest urban life plays out around striking masterpieces of architecture. There's a car-free island in the middle of the river and hot springs get visitors all steamed up across the city. Add all of these enchanted elements to the beautifully illuminated fairs and markets at Christmas and you've got a storybook setting for your next short break.
Flights arrive into Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD), though you can call it Budapest Airport. Flight time ranges from two to three hours from UK airports.
Once you've arrived and checked into your hotel in Budapest, make a beeline for the main sights and get your bearings on this great European city. A cruise on the mellow waters of the Danube is a great way to start as you plot out your next steps. These could include a dip in the healing waters of a Budapest bathhouse, or a horse-drawn carriage ride around Castle Hill.
A range of spring and summer festivals bring dance, opera and music to the masses. There's never a bad time to be in Budapest! Find your flight to Budapest by comparing prices on TravelSupermarket.
With a flight time of around two and a half hours on non-stop flights, Budapest is a really accessible city from the UK...
Ryanair is the biggest operator into the Hungarian capital, with flights from Manchester, Bristol and London Stansted. British Airways is the only carrier from Heathrow; WizzAir flies from London Luton, as does easyJet - complementing that service with a Gatwick departure, too. Norwegian joins them from Gatwick. The remaining direct services come from Jet 2, which offers flights from East Midlands, Manchester, Edinburgh and Leeds Bradford.
If you need to connect from the regions or the direct flights do not suit, then consider a connecting service via London or through Paris with Air France, Amsterdam with KLM or various German cities with Lufthansa.
Transport options between the city and the airport are speedy, good value for money and efficient...
You can catch a public bus to connect to the city's metro service from early in the morning to late at night. Get the 200E bus, stopping at Kobanya-Kispest metro terminal, and then use metro line M3 to journey onwards to the city centre. This service also stops at Ferihegy train station, where you can hop on a train to travel to the city centre's Nyugati railway station.
The airport's own AirportShuttle-Minibus service runs shared taxis on a door-to-door basis, which can be cheaper than a private taxi - though if you are last to be dropped off the journey can obviously be longer. You can book these at the official desks in the terminal buildings.
Taxis are in good supply at the official rank. There are set mileage and baggage charges from the airport to the city centre and a journey should cost no more than 6600 Hungarian Forint (HUF), around £18.
Once you've booked your bargain Budapest flights with TravelSupermarket, use our guide to figure out where to stay...
Booking early, especially during the Christmas and summer peaks in visitor numbers, is the best way to ensure that you find a good rate on a hotel in Budapest.
The attractions of Buda are surrounded by some of the city's best luxury hotels. While the tourist highlights are a draw - and the views from the hills a bonus - Pest is where to stay if you'd prefer to be among lots of restaurants, bars and shops. There's a much larger range of hotels on this side of the river, and you can find both budget and five-star accommodation in central areas. Belvaros is the central core of Budapest and a great place to stay as a tourist. The network of public transportation in the city is excellent, however, so staying a little further out of the central area to save money will not put visitors at a huge disadvantage.
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