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CHEAPEST ROUTE FROM Los Angeles TO Budapest

Los Angeles (LAX) to Budapest (BUD)

Typically, flights to Budapest from Los Angeles are cheaper when flying from Los Angeles to Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl, which has an average price of $806

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO BUDAPEST FROM LOS ANGELESFebruary16% cheaperFlying from Los Angeles to Budapest costs on average just $674 in February
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO BUDAPEST FROM LOS ANGELESDecember23% more expensiveIt costs about $989 for flights to Budapest from Los Angeles in December
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO BUDAPEST FROM LOS ANGELESSeptember197% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Budapest from Los Angeles in September than any other month

When is the best time to fly to Budapest?

On average, you’re most likely to get the best airfare deals, if you book 56 days in advance. The most expensive day to book is typically on the day that you’re planning to fly.

For the lowest prices on airfare, the best day of the week to fly is on Tuesdays and the worst is on Saturdays. Flying on a Tuesday also means a short week on your return if you have to head straight to work on Wednesday.

For the best time of the day to fly, evenings flights (from after sunset until sunrise) are usually cheaper than morning flights. Your time of arrival depends on your destination, so while we can’t be sure if you’ll lose or gain time, flying in the evening can save you money.

  • What is the absolute cheapest flight to Budapest?

    In the past two weeks, users have booked deals to Budapest for $19/person, which is 98% cheaper than the average flight to Budapest. To find the cheapest price to Budapest from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.

  • What is the cheapest month to fly to Budapest?

    The cheapest month to fly to Budapest from United States is in March. Flight prices, which tend to average around $580, are often lower during this time because this is during the off-season. The month of February is another great option to travel to Budapest, with average flight prices from United States averaging around $583.

  • How far in advance should I book a flight to Budapest?

    In general, most travelers find the cheapest time to book a flight to Budapest is about 56 days prior to their departure date when tickets on average are $631. In the past 72 hours, momondo users found flights from United States to Budapest for as low as $422.

  • What is the cheapest day to depart on your flight to Budapest?

    The cheapest day to depart on your flight to Budapest is on a Monday when prices can be found for as low as $655. This is often the case because there is less demand to fly during this day of the week. Flights from United States to Budapest on a Friday will generally be more expensive and average around $687. Keep in mind that these prices on both days could fluctuate depending on the season and the demand.

  • What is the cheapest time of day to depart on your flight to Budapest?

    In the evening is the cheapest time of day to fly from United States to Budapest when you can find flight prices for as low as $626. Flying to Budapest in the evening is an ideal time because this is during off-peak travel hours. Flights at noon are often more expensive with an average ticket price of $713.

  • Is there a good place to hike near Budapest?

    Gellért Hegy is known in Budapest for its amazing views and rigorous terrain. Locals and tourists enjoy making their way up the mountains when temperatures are mild and there is less chance of precipitation. Hiking in the area is often enjoyed most when the weather begins warming up and the chance for rain is low. Considering this, it would be recommended to fly to Budapest during May, June, and July to take advantage of the warmer weather and go for a hike. If you’re looking to do your hiking in warmer conditions, consider planning your flight to Budapest for May, June, and July. Parks like Nepliget are popular hot spots in those months.

  • Is there an alternative airport near Budapest?

    Miskolc Airport can be an alternative airport used for travel to Budapest.

  • Is there a cheaper alternative to flying into Budapest?

    Prices vary based on where travelers are departing from, but on average, the cheapest airport to fly to in Budapest is Miskolc Airport where the average price is $957pp. Users typically find the best prices when using momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.


Can I fly to Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl from United States right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from United States to Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl

Most visitors from United States need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from United States must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from United States are not required to quarantine after entering Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl.

Documents
Travel Authorization Form - Not applicable for Hungarian citizens, Travelers entitled for permanent residence in Hungary and Travellers who have a valid residence permit issued by the Aliens Police Authority. Relevant documents must be presented.


Can I fly back to United States from Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl?

Returning to United States from Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to United States.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl are not required to quarantine after entering United States.

If you are planning to travel to Budapest at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.

Budapest flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United States to Budapest found recently by users on momondo
Multiple Airlines
Nov 26
JFK4:30 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
18h 25m
1 stop
BUD10:55 amBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
Dec 3
BUD3:35 amBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
16h 35m
1 stop
JFK8:10 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
Finnair
Nov 24
JFK6:50 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
29h 00m
1 stop
BUD11:50 pmBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
Nov 30
BUD2:20 pmBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
29h 25m
1 stop
JFK7:45 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
SWISS
Dec 8
EWR4:50 pmNewark
15h 30m
1 stop
BUD8:20 amBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
Dec 15
BUD4:40 amBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
16h 30m
1 stop
EWR9:10 pmNewark
Multiple Airlines
Apr 13
JFK4:05 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
10h 25m
1 stop
BUD2:30 pmBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
Apr 26
BUD12:45 pmBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
12h 35m
1 stop
JFK1:20 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
Finnair
Dec 1
JFK6:50 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
12h 40m
1 stop
BUD7:30 amBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
Jan 12
BUD6:35 amBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
13h 10m
1 stop
JFK7:45 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
Multiple Airlines
Nov 15
EWR6:40 pmNewark
18h 15m
2 stops
BUD12:55 pmBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
Nov 24
BUD12:20 pmBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
28h 10m
2 stops
EWR4:30 pmNewark

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Budapest

If you're looking for one-way flights from United States to Budapest, view some of our deals below.
Multiple Airlines
Nov 15
JFK5:00 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
19h 55m
3 stops
BUD12:55 pmBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
Multiple Airlines
Nov 8
JFK5:00 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
19h 55m
3 stops
BUD12:55 pmBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl
Multiple Airlines
Nov 8
EWR12:45 pmNewark
24h 10m
3 stops
BUD12:55 pmBudapest Ferenc Liszt Intl

Which airlines fly to Budapest?

Here you can see a selection of the most popular and cheapest airlines for flights to Budapest
  • Which airlines fly to Budapest?

    Lufthansa, British Airways, LOT and American Airlines are the most popular airlines that fly from United States to Budapest on a routine basis, according to our data. You should be able to find flights to Budapest with these airlines and other airlines flying from United States.


Airports near Budapest

Below you will find all the airports in Budapest along with the distance from the city center

Budapest Airport (BUD)

Known by various names such as Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, or Budapest Ferihegy International Airport or just Ferihegy, BUD is about 10 miles from Budapest. Here are some of the transportation options from the airport to the city center.

Public transportation

A few of the local city bus routes pass through the airport. Bus route #100E provides a direct link between the airport and city center. Buses run between 5.00 a.m. – 12.30 a.m. and drop passengers to Deák Ferenc tér in Budapest. One-way fare for this route is 900 HUF. Bus route #200E runs between Terminal 2 and the Kőbánya-Kispest metro terminal (metro line M3). From here you can take the M3 metro towards Újpest Központ to reach the city center. One-way fare on this route is 350 HUF for the bus and another 350 HUF for the metro. Tickets can be purchased from several BKK customer service points, newsagents, the post office located on the mezzanine level of Terminal 2A, or from the ticket machines at the bus stop. You can also buy a ticket on-board from the bus driver for 450 HUF. Since this journey involves a transfer, you may want to look at purchasing a Transfer Ticket for 530 HUF. The total journey time is approximately 40 minutes.

Airport shuttles

miniBUD is the official airport shuttle service provider for Budapest Airport. One-way fares start at approximately 2,200 HUF per person. The journey time from the airport to the city center depends on the destination of various passengers, hence it may not be the fastest option for reaching the city.

Taxis

Főtaxi is the official taxi company that transports passengers between the terminals and Budapest. You can reserve a taxi at the Főtaxi booths located at the exits at Terminals 2A and 2B. Fares start at a base fee of 450 HUF, followed by 280 HUF per kilometer and a waiting charge of 70 HUF per hour. A ride to the city center will typically cost around 6,500 HUF – 8,000 HUF and take 30 – 40 minutes depending on traffic.

Car rentals

Most of the major car rental companies have a presence at Budapest Airport. You can also look for deals on car rentals with momondo.


Popular routes to Budapest

Most frequently searched flights to Budapest along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
New York to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time10h 25m
Cheapest price$422
Chicago to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time13h 55m
Cheapest price$495
Boston to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time10h 10m
Cheapest price$503
Los Angeles to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time16h 00m
Cheapest price$535
Miami to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time15h 30m
Cheapest price$540
Washington to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time10h 50m
Cheapest price$543
Dallas to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time13h 10m
Cheapest price$557
San Francisco to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time13h 30m
Cheapest price$557
Atlanta to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time14h 15m
Cheapest price$568
Seattle to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time13h 15m
Cheapest price$570
Austin to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time18h 31m
Cheapest price$580
Fort Lauderdale to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time14h 57m
Cheapest price$583
Raleigh to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time13h 50m
Cheapest price$584
Detroit to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time11h 00m
Cheapest price$584
San Jose to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time16h 30m
Cheapest price$585
Salt Lake City to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time17h 55m
Cheapest price$588
Orlando to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time12h 00m
Cheapest price$588
Tampa to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time17h 00m
Cheapest price$589
Indianapolis to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time18h 20m
Cheapest price$591
Denver to Budapest Flights
Fastest flight time14h 30m
Cheapest price$592

How to travel around Budapest

Budapest’s vibrant neighborhoods, historic architecture, and pedestrian-friendly streets are best explored on foot. An added advantage is that many of the popular tourist attractions are within a short walk from each other. If you do not wish to walk everywhere, you can use the efficient and extensive public transport system. As far as possible, avoid driving in the city, as parking is scarce and several one-way streets make navigation quite tedious.

Public Transportation

The BKK operated public transport network consists of over 200 bus routes, 4 metro lines, and several tram lines. A single ticket on most of the bus routes and all trams and metro lines costs 350 HUF. A transfer ticket which allows 1 transfer costs 530 HUF. You can also purchase a 24-hour Budapest travelcard for 1,650 HUF and enjoy unlimited day long travel on buses, trams, and the metro. There is a scheduled boat service on the Danube river from spring through fall. One-way boat fares are 750 HUF. Use the Funicular service to travel up to Castle Hill from Clark Adam Square. The fare is 1,100 HUF for a single ride and 1,700 HUF for a return ticket.

Taxis

Taxis are easily available throughout the city. Official taxis bear a yellow license plate, a yellow taxi sign and an ID badge on the dashboard.

Biking

Budapest offers close to 100 miles of designated cycling pathways and the city’s official bike-share program is called BuBi (short for Budapest Bicycle). Visitors can buy a 24-hour ticket for 500 HUF and enjoy access to over 1,300 bikes across 100 plus bike stations in the city. Each ride should not exceed more than 30 minutes.


Visa requirements for visiting Budapest

U.S. nationals do not need a visa to enter Hungary for up to 90 days for business or tourism. For foreign nationals, please check the Schengen Visa Info website.


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Best things to do and see in Budapest

Things to do and places of interest in Budapest

A city that dates back to the Old Stone Age, Budapest is steeped in history, and offers a range of sights and attractions. Architecturally, the city is a treasure trove with Roman, Neo-Gothic, Renaissance and Ottoman styles on display. Culturally, you will discover something new in the food, drinks, and round the year line-up of festivals. The scores of thermal baths are reason enough for a dedicated trip for wellness and relaxation. With so much to see and do here, it is quite likely that you may want to travel to Budapest more than just once!

  • Head to the historic Castle Hill District to check out Buda Castle, as well as other monuments such as the Neo-Gothic structure of Halászbástya (Fisherman’s Bastion), the Magyar Nemzeti Galéria (Hungarian National Gallery), and the Romanesque-style Matthias Church. Also visit Museum of Music History and Museum of Telephony while exploring Castle Hill.
  • Visit other popular tourist attractions such as the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Hungarian State Opera House, the Dohány Street Synagogue (also known as the Great Synagogue), St. Stephen’s Basilica, and Hosök tere (Heroes Square).
  • Book a walking tour for a full picture of Hungarian culture, including food and sights.
  • Stroll through Memento Park and see more than 40 statues and plaques of famous leaders like Marx, Lenin and others.
  • Wander along Andrassy Avenue, a mile long Parisian-style boulevard and browse through the quaint shops, cafés and restaurants in the area.
  • Walk across the 380-meter-long Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the first permanent stone bridge that spans Danube river connecting Pest and Buda.

Tips and tricks for visiting Budapest

Invest in a Budapest Card

Earn significant discounts and savings, a few free tours, and unlimited usage of all public transport when you buy a Budapest Card. The card comes with a validity of 24-hours, 48-hours or 72-hours and costs between 6,000 HUF – 11,600 HUF depending on the duration you choose.

Don’t miss the thermal baths

The fürdoks (thermal baths) in Budapest are open all year round. A soak in one of the baths is a quintessential Budapest experience. With over 100 thermal springs, various baths around the city cater to different tastes, from relaxation to cures for illnesses. Check out the 1913-built Széchenyi Spa and Swimming Pool, one of the largest bathing complexes in Europe. Széchenyi offers 18 pools of medicinal natural hot spring waters. Visit the Gellért Spa for its grand Art Nouveau architecture, and Art Deco details. History buffs will appreciate the Király Bath that dates back to the Middle Ages, or the 16th-century dated Rudas Bath. Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit when you visit Budapest!


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