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.
Flying to Budapest
Hungary’s capital city, Budapest, is one of central Europe’s brightest stars. Beautifully ornate and super-cool in equal measure, it’s as easy to find a stylish cocktail bar in a disused warehouse as it is a romantic restaurant overlooking the River Danube at sunset. It’s made up of two halves, and the historic Buda bank can give you all the fairytale architecture and cobbled streets you could wish for. Over the Chain Bridge, Pest offers lively nightlife, and the bright lights of a modern, vibrant city. And with a direct flight from London City Airport, Budapest is a surprisingly short hop from the heart of the city.
Flying from London City Airport to Budapest: Q&A
Budapest is a popular destination, but we get a lot of queries about flying to this exciting city. Here are answers to the most common questions about flights from London City Airport to Budapest that we’re asked on a regular basis.
How long is the flight from London to Budapest?
Starting in February 2019 you'll be able to fly direct from London to Budapest, flying from LCY with a flight time of about 2 hours 45 minutes. This will get you straight to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) which is just 12 miles (20km) from the centre of Budapest.
How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Budapest?
There are atwo scheduled flights a day from London City Airport to Budapest; one in the morning and one in the evening, with two return flights that mean you can make the round trip in a day without having to stay overnight if you're visiting for work. Use the LCY booking portal to see available departures and prices, an plan your trip.
What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Budapest?
Flights to Budapest from London City Airport are operated by LOT Polish Airlines. You can also find indirect options with airlines including KLM, Swiss, TAP Air Portugal, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus.
Practical information about flying from London to Budapest
Remember to check that your passport in well within its expiry date before flying to Budapest from London – you'll need it to enter the Hungarian border. Once you arrive, you can take the bus straight from below Budapest airport into the centre of the city. If you’d rather take a taxi, look for yellow Főtaxis, which you can pay for with debit or credit card. The trip takes around 35 minutes.
What to expect in Budapest
Budapest has many different sides, enabling you to see every part of modern Hungarian culture in just a few days. From the historic castle and religious buildings of the Buda part of town, to traditional food markets in central Pest, to Michelin-starred dining in chic, modern restaurants all over the city, Budapest is a place that takes enjoying yourself seriously. Run beside the river, visit Margaret Island in the centre of the Danube or take in the festive sights of the city’s famous Christmas markets throughout November and December. This is a business hotspot, but it’s also a great place to spend a long weekend.