From its history as 2 different cities - Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank – Budapest combined in 1873 to make Hungary’s largest city and capital. Budapest is well known in Europe for a jumping nightlife, a strong dance music scene, artistic nightclubs and rooftop bars. Combine this with a deep Magyar culture and fascinating history, quality museums and art galleries all set among heritage architecture and Roman ruins. It also contains some of the biggest and best bathhouses in the country. The city sits on top of around 80 thermal springs and the world’s largest thermal water cave system, which feeds the bathhouses with therapeutic water at varied temperatures. See Student Flights for the cheapest airfares to Budapest and the best advice on making the most of your time in one of the world’s most liveable and beautiful cities.
Flights from Australia to Budapest arrive at the country’s international hub, Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD). The facility was formerly known, and is often still referred to, as Ferihegy Airport. It was renamed in 2011 to celebrate the great Hungarian pianist and composer, Liszt, while Ferihegy is the name of the area the airport is situated in, 16 kilometres southeast of Budapest’s city centre. To get to downtown Budapest, take a bus from the airport to the Kobyanya-Kispest Metro terminal and connect with Metro line 3. There is a night bus service from the airport to the main city bus station. Alternatively, taxis and rental cars are available. Your Student Flights consultant can advise you about shuttle services or arrange a private transfer.
There are no direct flights from Australia to Budapest. If departing from Melbourne or Perth, a stopover will be required in Doha, Qatar. The flight time from Melbourne to Qatar is 14 hours and from Perth, 11.5 hours. The connecting flight from Doha to Budapest averages about 5.5 hours. From Brisbane, first fly to Bangkok (9.5 hours) then choose from cities like Frankfurt, Germany or Vienna, Austria (11 to 12 hours) to connect to a short flight to Budapest (1 to 1.5 hours). A convenient flight path from Sydney is first to Hong Kong (13 hours) then onto either London, England (12.5 hours) or, for a shorter flight, Doha, Qatar (8.5 hours) before boarding a flight to Budapest (2.5 to 5.5 hours). During the flight, airlines will often provide drinks and meals as well as various in-flight entertainment. For specific services, check out our airline guide.
Airlines that fly to Budapest
Major airlines that fly from Australia to Budapest:
Budapest Holiday Packages
Want to spend more time living the experience and less time reading about it or planning? Our Student Flights consultants can organise a Budapest holiday package including the cheapest airfares and the best deals and discounts on hotels, travel, tours and tickets. With firsthand knowledge of all the top sights and also a few lesser-known favourites, we can design a personalised holiday plan for you and your style.
The city often still refers to itself in 2 main sections with Pest (eastern side) being the commercial centre and Buda (on the west), the cultural and historical centre. The city is further divided into 23 districts identified with Roman numerals in the street address. Central Buda is district I and downtown Pest is district V. Deak ter is the central square of Pest, it has excellent transport links to the city with all 3 lines of the metro having stations under the square, as well as tram and bus services from ground level. Heroes’ Square, in the northeast of the city, contains a monument in honour of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and the Museum of Fine Arts. A confronting but popular tourist attraction is the House of Terror, which educates about life in Hungary during the double occupation of Communist and Fascist rule. Buda Castle shines bright on the western side of the Danube at night and is also a popular attraction during the day for its museums and art galleries.
More information on attractions and things to do in Budapest can be found in our destination guide. And if you need more advice about sightseeing, acommodation or holiday packages to Budapest, our experienced Student Flights travel consultants are just a phonecall or a visit away.