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Visiting Hungary's capital? Find cheap flights before you go

Head to Hungary's capital in style with our guide to flights into Budapest.

Key points

  • Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is Hungary's main airport
  • Ferihegy is what most people call Budapest airport
  • You can fly direct to Budapest from airports across the UK

Is the Pearl of the Danube calling you? The beautiful architecture. The unique paprika-heavy cuisine. The natural thermal baths... Budapest has plenty to offer. So let’s start saving you forints before you fly with our guide on flights to Budapest. 

Flights to Budapest 

If you're hitting up Hungary's capital by air then there's only one place you'll be landing. And that's Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. 

Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport 

Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (IATA: BUD) is about 15 miles south-east from downtown Budapest. A lot of people will call it Ferihegy though, as Budapest Ferihegy International Airport was its name for years. It was rebadged in 2011 to honour Franz Liszt, the Hungarian composer who dropped this sick beat.

Things to remember when flying to Hungary 

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You don't need a visa to enter Hungary if you're a British citizen. If you want to stay for more than 90 days then contact the nearest regional immigration office. Hungary is a member of the EU and in the Schengen area, so sort your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before flying. 

Compare the price of flights from UK airports to Budapest  

You've got the choice of plenty of departure points and airlines to get to Hungary. So let's look at your options on getting to Budapest from Blighty. All deets were correct in May 2018. 

Flights to Budapest from Manchester  

Looking for direct flights from Manchester to Budapest? Then you're in luck and in options. You've got the pick of two carriers. Jet2.com and Ryanair offer flights to Budapest from Manchester all year round. It takes about two-and-a-half hours. So compare flights through us to find the right flights for you.  

Flights to Budapest from London 

Boy, do you have some choices when it comes to London to Budapest flights. You can fly from Heathrow, Gatwick, Southend, Stansted and Luton. The only one missing off that list of London airports is London City. 

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With so many airports to choose from and airlines to pick, the ball's in your court. Shop around and compare flights to find the right deal for you. Flight time is just under two-and-a-half hours BTW. 

Flights to Budapest from Bristol  

You can get to Budapest from Brizzle without changing planes. Ryanair offers direct flights Bristol-to-Budapest style. Flight time is usually two hours and forty minutes. Be sure to compare to lower the cost of flights. 

Flights to Budapest from Birmingham  

Brum to Buda is another option. Wizz Air does direct flights from Birmingham to Budapest. Flight time is two-and-a-half hours. You might also want to look at East Midlands Airport if you're in this neck of the woods. 

Flights to Budapest from East Midlands 

Located between Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, East Midlands Airport offers a convenient way to get to Hungary. Jet2.com and Ryanair offer direct flights to Budapest from East Midlands. Comparing can really bring down the cost of flights, so have a quick go via our flight search service.  

Flights to Budapest from Scotland  

The two major airports in Scotland offer direct routes to Budapest. Closer to Auld Reekie? You may want to look at flights from Edinburgh to Budapest by Jet2.com and Ryanair. Is Glasgae easier for you to get to? Then Wizz Air offers direct flights to Budapest from Glasgow. 

Flight times are a shade under three hours. If you're flying from north of the border, then – you guessed it – shopping around may help you find cheaper flights to Budapest. 

Top tips for cheap flights to Budapest 

Sziget Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Europe. Music fans flock from far and wide to Budapest in August every year. Expect plane tickets to go up around this time. The Hungarian Grand Prix, usually held in July, can also push prices up. 

Dodging these dates can bring costs down. And so can these tips: 

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  • Investigate flying with different airlines there and back. Sometimes a return with the same airline can be more expensive than two one-way tickets with separate carriers. 
  • Direct flights can sometimes be more expensive than flying via another airport. If you don't mind spending a bit of time in transit, look into transfers if you want to try and lower the cost of your plane tickets. 
  • Book early, like the moment they go on sale if you can. Otherwise buying super late can open up bargains, but you run the risk of not getting a ticket. 
  • Midweek flights usually costs less than ones on weekends.  

And always compare a range of flights - the savings you can make may surprise you! 

By Sam Easterbrook