Alternative cheap flights to Budapest
wednesday, february 22nd, 2017 / Editors
Flight tickets to Budapest can get very expensive around the period of Sziget Festival and Balaton Sound, but if you don’t mind spending some extra time traveling you can divert to other airports. This also gives you the chance to explore a bit from another city. We’ve selected the most commonly used airports and the costs of getting to Budapest from the UK and Ireland. To find the cheapest flight we recommend using cheapflights.com.
- Direct flights from a.o. London-Luton (Wizz Air)
From Hungary’s second largest city it’s only 2.5-3 hours by train to Budapest. A shuttle bus from the aiport to the train station costs €1 (£0.84) per ride, from where you can get to Budapest for about €13 (£11) per one-way trip.
- Direct flight from a.o. London-Gatwick (British Airways, easyJet), London-Heathrow (Austrian Airlines, British Airways), London-Luton (easyJet), London-Stansted (Eurowings), Bristol (easyJet), Edinburgh (easyJet), Manchester (Austrian Airlines, easyJet) and Dublin (Aer Lingus)
Train tickets for getting from Austrian capital Vienna’s airport to Budapest can be bought in advance from €36.40 (£30.40) per one-way ticket on the website of the Austrian Railways (choose Vienna Airport as your departure station), while Orangeways offers bus tickets from the airport the Budapest for only €10 (£7.87) per one-way trip. It is about a 3 to 4 hour ride.
- Direct flights from a.o. London-Luton, London-Stansted, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Dublin (all with Ryanair)
Slovakian capital Bratislava is only a 3-hour train ride from Budapest. Tickets can be bought at the train station for €17,10 (£14.44) for a one-way trip, or €17,50 (£14.78) for a return trip. A bus ticket to get to the train station costs only €0.90 (£0.76).
- Direct flights from a.o. London-Gatwick (easyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle, SmartWings), London-Heathrow (British Airways), London-Luton (Wizz Air), London-Stansted (easyJet, Ryanair), Belfast (Jet2.com), Birmingham (Czech Airlines, Jet2.com), Bristol (easyJet), Edinburgh (Czech Airlines, easyJet, Jet2.com), Glasgow (Jet2.com), Leeds/Bradford (Jet2.com), Liverpool (Czech Airlines), Manchester (Jet2.com), Newcastle upon Tyne (Jet2.com), Nottingham/East Midlands (Jet2.com), Dublin (Aer Lingus, Ryanair)
From Prague to Budapest is an 8 hours train ride, which train ticket costs around €52 (£43.92).
- Direct flights from a.o. London-Heathrow (Air Serbia), London-Luton (Wizz Air)
To get from Belgrade to Budapest you can get a 8-9 hour train ride to Budapest, it costs €25 (£21.11). Catch a bus €3 (£2.53) to the train station.
- London Stansted (Ryanair), London Luton (Wizz Air)
When travelling from Timişoara to Budapest it takes around 5 hours by both bus and train. A busticket costs €40 (£33.78), but can be a bit more expensive closer to the festivalseason. Traintickets won’t cost you more than €18 (£15.20), which makes it one of the cheapest ways for traveling to Budapest.
In a nutshell
These alternative flights might be cheaper than direct flights to Budapest, but do consider that it may cost you more travel time. Once arrived in Budapest, Sziget Festival is only a few minutes away. For those who travel further to Balaton Sound Festival, it is best to catch the Balaton Sound Bus Transfer from the Airport, which is 1.5 hour for €25 (£21.11) one-way and €45 (£38) two-way ticket. Pick yourself the trip which suits you best, maybe even include a day trip in the city itself and simply use Cheapflights.com to find your cheapest flights.
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