Car Hire Budapest International Airport
Budapest Ferenc Liszt is the largest of Hungary’s four airports and the international transport hub for the city. It sits 16 km (9.9 miles) east-southeast of the city centre. Formerly called Ferihegy after the surrounding area, it was renamed in 2011 in honour of the famous composer Liszt’s 200th birthday but remains popularly known as Ferihegy. It enjoys an excellent location for hiring a car to either drive into the city or further afield into the countryside. In 2014, the airport saw over 9 million passengers through its gates, and has three main terminals: Terminal 1, Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B. Terminal 1 is the oldest part of the airport, begun in 1939 but not completed until 1950 due to interruptions by the war. It is a unique and architecturally significant modernist building, designed to resemble an aircraft when seen from above. However, it has been closed since 2012, with operations moving to 2A and 2B which are about 7km further out from the city centre. There is a state-of-the-art Sky Court in between 2A and 2B, which offers a host of facilities and attractions to waiting passengers, including the Gundel Bistro Hungarian haute cuisine restaurant. There are also shops, bars, ATMs, bureaux de change, left luggage, first aid, a post office, a chapel, an aircraft museum, and a viewing platform.
Help desks can be found in Terminals 2A and 2B. Additonally, there are tourist information desks directly after customs in the terminals.
Railway: +36 1 444 4499
Metro: +36 1 461 6500
BKV Bus: +36 1 461 6500
Shuttle Minibus: +36 1 296 8555
Taxis: +36 1 222 2222
Lost property: +36 70 332 4006
SkyCourt Lounge: +36 1 296 7370
Celebi Platinum Lounge: +36 1 296 5933
SkyCourt Conference Centre: +36 1 296 6213
Parking: +36 1 296 5553
The golden rule before doing anything else with your car is to investigate it exhaustively for any existing damage. If any is found, make sure the hire company are aware and they have recorded it. Otherwise, you could find yourself with a big bill to cover the damage once you have returned home. It’s also important to return the car with the same level of fuel as when you drove it away. This will similarly prevent a later inflated charge for the petrol.
Always know the road laws of your destination and stick to them. Act as a responsible driver, the same as you would at home – so no drinking and driving, no texting behind the wheel, and no driving tired.
Six car hire companies ply their wares at Budapest Ferenc Liszt, including internationally recognised names. While it’s perfectly possible to just turn up and hire a car, your wallet will thank you for comparing online and booking in advance .
The average price of unleaded petrol in Hungary is €1.22 per litre. Using a medium-priced vehicle such as the Smart for Two, which gives 67 miles to the gallon, the approximate fuel cost per 10 miles would be €1.83.
|Budapest Opera House||21.3 km||35 minutes||https://goo.gl/X1ylnZ||https://goo.gl/E0LHcU|
|Danube Promenade||21.3 km||34 minutes||https://goo.gl/rsrQNJ||https://goo.gl/kqtEbn|
|St Stephen’s Basilica||21.6 km||35 minutes||https://goo.gl/XI1iEw||https://goo.gl/w4Te0f|
|Tour of Parliament Building||22.5 km||36 minutes||https://goo.gl/DZeKk4||https://goo.gl/lKLnr1|
|Gellért Hill||22.2 km||36 minutes||https://goo.gl/7dcMx2||https://goo.gl/BclM2E|
|Palace of Miracles||34.7 km||25 minutes||https://goo.gl/ouk8pC||https://goo.gl/w6jDAX|
|Museum of Fine Arts||22.6 km||33 minutes||https://goo.gl/8CB5qW||https://goo.gl/LYWbv6|
|Margaret Island||26.7 km||46 minutes||https://goo.gl/PMFcBd||https://goo.gl/bbYj8x|
|Hungarian National Museum||19.8 km||29 minutes||https://goo.gl/AZJllx||https://goo.gl/VB3bDU|
|Walk across Chain Bridge||22.1 km||38 minutes||https://goo.gl/2e37Tx||https://goo.gl/xaQWF8|
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Certain documents need to be produced to get your car and conditions met. In general, you have to be 21 to hire a car, but some companies such as Hertz won’t hire to under 25s. A driver’s licence from your home country should be sufficient, as long as you’ve held it for at least a year – you don’t need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
The price you pay for car rental usually includes the compulsory liability insurance which is underwritten by Hungarian law. To cover yourself in case of crashes and theft, you can purchase CASCO, which will mean you only have to pay a specific amount in case of damage or loss, which is stipulated in the rental contract.