Budapest Flights:

Flights to Budapest

image of HungaryThe capital of Hungary, in Central Europe, Budapest is a beautiful city that’s succeeding in attracting millions of visitors every year, especially for a short city break. With its old architecture and the River Danube winding its way through the city, Budapest is simply beautiful.

Flights to Budapest arrive at the Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (airport code: BUD). The 16 kilometre trip into the city is easy by bus, taxi, rental car or train. There are several airlines offering flights to Budapest from South Africa, most with one connection. Lufthansa and South African Airways both connect in Munich, and Iberia transfers in Madrid. Only BMI has a 2-stop flight to Budapest, through London and Frankfurt, and although it’s two stops this route is only 2 hours longer.

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The Tourist Attractions of Budapest:

Many who visit Budapest claim this is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and they wouldn’t be far wrong! Budapest is now rivalling cities such as Prague and Bruges for a short break, and with more and more airlines offering flights to Budapest it’s becoming easier and cheaper to get here.

The River Danube weaves its course through the heart of the city, dividing it into two halves – Buda and Pest. Buda is the older of the two and is set on the hilly side of the river, while Pest is flatter and newer, however, both halves have plenty to see and do.


Buda is definitely the more popular of the two halves for short break tourists. This historic city is set on the hills overlooking the river and the Pest side of Budapest, so the setting is quite beautiful if nothing else! The Castle Hill District is the prime destination within Buda (see below), yet there are also many other attractions including museums, such as the Bela Bartok Memorial House. The views from Buda are quite wonderful, and there are several places you can go for the best views – The Citadella on top of Gellert Hill is one, or you can get even higher into the Buda Hills and enjoy a few hours away from the city on a peaceful hike. The Children’s Railway or Cog Railway are other popular ways to enjoy the views over Budapest too.

Castle Hill

Castle Hill is the centre for tourism in Buda, and it’s the oldest part of the city. Settlers first came here in the 13th century. The Royal Palace is one of the top attractions, even though it’s never actually been the home of any royalty! The original palace was destroyed in 1686 and since that time it’s been re-built and added to – the National Gallery now sits in one of the palace wings and features works of Hungarian artists.

Underneath the streets of Castle Hill is another popular attractions, the Buda Castle Labyrinth, while above ground Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion lookout point are popular too.


Though Pest is the newer part of Budapest it still contains history and culture. Among the top things to see here is Parliament Building and St Stephen Cathedral, plus you should visit the National Museum, Vajdahunyad Castle, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the State Opera.

When Should You Visit?:

Late spring or early autumn is a good time to visit Budapest for mild temperatures are lower rainfall. This is also a slightly quieter time of year than the summer when temperatures are warmest, though rainfall is high. Around May to August average high temperatures are usually in the mid to high 20’s C. Winters are usually a little too cool for sightseeing.

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