Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport /Ferihegy 1 & 2!

Budapest airport or as it is called “Ferihegy” Liszt Ferenc International Airport is seperated in two terminals which basically devide the low cost airlines from the charter flights. Terminal one which was a long time shut down got rebuild a couple years ago due to the mass of low cost airlines who arose in the last years because they are usually offering a great airfare. A good investment because nowadays the Budapest airport is on a high standard even though it is quiet small compared to other airports in Europe. Terminal two which was the regular airport is still in a not very nice shape. Devided in two parts (a and b) big airlines like BA, Malév or Lufthansa arrive and depart here.

The Budapest airport is around 16 kilometers away from the city center of Budapest. The airport transfer is nowaday quiet flexible and very easy. Within 30 minutes maximum you are in the heart of Budapest. For more information around Budapest airport as well as flight information please visit the official website.

Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport was Malév’s (former Hungarian national airline) home base airport, the grand-scale expansion project of which is currently in progress. Due to its dimensions, Budapest Airport allows passengers to transfer quickly to their connecting flights, while those departing from or arriving at Budapest -whether business or family travellers- can get all their flight-related requirements taken care of efficiently and in a convenient fashion, despite the construction works. Shops in the departure lounge offer major international brand-name products, with a wide range of cafés and restaurants also aspiring to make the time spent waiting more pleasant and enjoyable. The airport is accessible from the city by bus, shuttle service, taxi and, of course, by car.

As of midnight, March 30, 2008, Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport became part of the Schengen area. From this day onwards, passengers arriving from or departing to Schengen countries will be served at Terminal 2A, whereas non-Schengen traffic will be handled by Terminal 2B. The two terminals are connected via a transfer corridor; passengers connecting at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport may use this as the way to move between theterminals. Since passport control has been abolished, Schengen passengers are only required to go through the security checkpoint before entering the departure lounge. If, however, their final destination is outside the Schengen area, they are still subjected to the strict border control measures at Terminal 2B.

A new passenger security system, launched in summer 2008, has greatly contributed to speeding up checking procedures. As a result, passenger security control has become a significantly faster process, causing waiting lines at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport to shrink or even disappear completely.

The year 2008 saw the launch of a EUR 261 million development project, which will result in an expansion and reconstruction of the entire Terminal 2 building and its vicinity. A new, central hall, named Sky Court, in between terminals 2A and 2B is planned to be completed by December 2010. Consequently, Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport will be able to welcome and offer high-quality services to 15 million passengers annually.

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Departure from Budapest Airport at Night Video

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Lounges at Liszt Ferenc Airport Budapest

Along with the opening of the SkyCourt Terminal at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport the new Malév Lounge has opened its doors offering high quality services to our Sky Club Business passengers, our Duna Club Platinum, Gold and Silver frequent flyers and also to the Sapphiere and Emerald card holders of the member airlines of oneworld alliance.

Together with the Malév Lounge the Millenium lounge keeps operating at the non-Schengen terminal of the airport.

Location of the Budapest Airport lounges:

Malév Lounge: SkyCourt, Mezzanine level
Millenium lounge: non-Schengen terminal, near Gate B7

Opening hours if the lounges:

Malév Lounge: daily, from 05.00 to 23.30
Millenium lounge: daily, from 05.00 to 24.00

Check in at Budapest Airport

In order to provide our passengers with a fast and convenient service, besides the conventional check-in desks at the terminals the check-in process may also be completed ,by using the self-check-in kiosks installed at both terminals – or even online (for details see information below). We would like to call your attention that in certain peak periods long queue can be expected in front of the security check-up. In case of non-Schengen flights the passport control might be also time consuming. However, Malév disclaims any liability if passenger is late at the boarding gate due to the above.

Online check-in

On Malév’s website, departing passengers holding electronic tickets may complete their check-in process as early as 36 hours before scheduled takeoff. Online check-in is available until 50 minutes before departure. This way, passengers can avoid unnecessary and time-consuming queuing. The online interface requires identification by means of entering the e-ticket number, the flight number and the passenger name. This is followed by the presentation of a seating chart, where seats may be selected. However, please note that in justified cases (e.g. change of aircraft type), Malév is entitled for changing the pre-seating order, and also that of following boarding the aircraft.

If several passengers have the same reservation identifier, those travelling together may check in as a group, which allows them to select -depending on seat availability- consecutive seat numbers. Members of the Malév Duna Club, as well as preferred oneworld travellers, may also enter their personal identifier during check-in; this way they can ensure that respective mileage bonuses are indeed credited to their accounts.

At the end of the check-in process, the boarding pass must be printed onto an A4 sheet, with barcodes containing both passenger- and flight-specific information. Passengers already holding boarding passes may check in their baggage at the Airport “drop off” desks. These desks provide further services to passengers opting for either online or automated check-in, such as registration for connecting flights and, for US or Canadian destinations, the possibility to enter passport- and visa information.

There are four Malév check-in machines at terminal 2A. Similarly to the case of online check-in, baggage may be checked in at the “drop off” desks.
Check-in at the desks

With regard to Malév flights, check-in desks at Budapest Airport open two hours before scheduled departure and remain so for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The check-in process is always done at the terminal from where the actual flight is scheduled for departure.

At the moment the Budapest Airport is renewing the part between the Terminals 2A and 2B with the so called SkyCourt. The SkyCourt at Budapest Airport connects the Terminals and offers a united shopping area and waiting area for all guests, not like before that Schengen and non-Schengen countries were seperated. The Budapest Skycourt has international standards and hosts shops and restaurants such as Costa Cafe, KFC, Hugo Boss and many others. I also hope that the horrible waiting lines for the security check in will be reduced. Here is an image of the Budapest Airport SkyCourt during construction.

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    Balazsi Gyorgyne
    28th July 2010

    Akkor hol a kur4va eletbe van a cuucom ha majus 31.-n erkezett Ferihegyre???Masfel ora az ut a lakasomig akarmilyen szar autoval?Akkor jelentsem fel a MALEVet is?OKE!

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