Hard to beat for sheer beauty, Budapest ticks every box you could want from a European city and seems to do it without trying.
Uber-cool ruin bars in derelict buildings channel the cool of Berlin, while relaxing here can mean an afternoon in one of Budapest's many parks or a dip in waters from its 100-plus thermal springs. The Hungarian capital is, simply, one of Europe's great must-visits.
Arriving at Budapest Airport
Getting to the Hungarian capital is straightforward from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD), which is about 12 miles (20km) from the city centre. When you arrive, you’ll have several options for getting into Budapest.
Firstly, you can get the 100E bus that leaves from outside the arrivals halls. It operates between 0500 and 0030 and goes towards Deák tér in the centre of Budapest. You can buy tickets either at the airport or from the bus driver. You can also get the 200E bus to nearby Ferihegy station and catch the train to Nyugati in the city or to the nearest metro station at Kőbánya-Kispest.
If you’re arriving late at night, you’ll probably find a taxi your best option. The yellow Főtaxis are the official company to use and you can hail one by going to the Főtaxi booths outside the terminals. They’re more expensive than public transport but you can pay by credit or debit card. You could also use the airport’s miniBUD shuttles, which are reasonably priced.
Your final transport option is to hire a car. There are check-in desks for major rental companies in the arrivals halls of both terminals, and it’s best to book in advance to save money and time – arrange your car hire with LCY. Once you’ve got your car, it’s an easy journey along the high-speed road to Budapest, which can take as little as 20 minutes in good traffic.