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Beautiful Budapest is blessed geographically by a stunning setting on the Danube – and aesthetically by its architectural elegance. The romance of the city’s history is complemented by the sophisticated Magyar and contemporary cuisine on offer – and all those thermal baths to soak in after over indulging.
But best is that it’s rarely too hard to find a cheap flight from the UK to enjoy Budapest’s rich rewards.
Let’s show you how.
Summer sees the peak season in Budapest – you’ll definitely get the weather but the air fares will get much higher. The city’s Sziget and Ballet Festivals are in August, pushing prices even higher.
A great time to visit is in spring or autumn. Flight prices are lower and, particularly in the lake region, you’ll enjoy great weather and much less crowds.
Winter can be very cold, with temperatures averaging around -6°C and 0°C. Around the middle of December a lot of tourist attractions and museums close for the season, but Budapest is very romantic in the snow, and its certainly the cheapest time to fly.
Whenever you are flying to Budapest there are always some ways you can bag a cheaper fare for your flight tickets.
Try using our ‘Nearby Airports’ option when you look for flights. You’ll find this under your chosen departure location – and it allows you to explore the deals available from other UK airports that may be easily accessible for you.
Similarly, we allow you to search prices and availability for all London airports – rather than just looking at a specific one.
If you are just browsing for flights – with no fixed dates in mind - you can find the cheapest flights by using our ‘Show Flexible Dates’ feature. This appears just above where your flight options are returned – and it lets you see exactly when the cheapest tickets are.
Direct flights to Budapest are available from many UK airports – with a range of carriers offering you plenty of opportunities to find a great deal.
Here are some popular routes:
Here the most popular airlines offering flights to Budapest:
Flights to Budapest touch down at Ferenc Liszt International (sometimes referred to as Ferihegy). This modern airport is just 13 miles from the city centre.
It’s an easy ride into the delights of the Hungarian capital on the number 200E bus from Terminal 2 to the Metro station. Here you can jump on the Metro line M3 towards Újpest Központ to reach the city centre.
Rather than purchase a single ticket you may wish to consider saving some money with a special pass that lets you use thermal baths, enter museums and enjoy unlimited travel during your stay.
A slightly more expensive – but more convenient option – is to take the private minibus service. You won’t have to change but, depending on the number of door-to-door stops ahead of you, it may end up taking longer.
While the Metro may offer the most efficient form of transport it’s impossible to see the sights when you are underground. For a more scenic way to get around the city consider making use of the BKK boat service, which runs passenger ferries along the glorious Danube. You can also hop on one of the city’s trams or buses.
Just stroll through the city to admire its grand architecture, but try and point yourself in the direction of these destinations.