Travelling to Budapest
International travel restrictions due to the COVID 19 pandemic
⚠️ To help ticket holders with the key decisions that come next, we have summarised the key entry requirements when travelling to Budapest for UEFA EURO 2020. This information is constantly evolving and changing and is based on the latest information received by UEFA from the local authorities. UEFA cannot guarantee that it will be accurate or reflect the latest position, although we will do our best to keep this up to date. It is your responsibility to check the Government websites to verify the latest information before your date of travel.
If you're travelling from abroad, remember you will have to comply with the border entry restrictions and requirements enforced in Hungary at the time.
Good news for Budapest ticket holders:
Hungary have put in place special procedures that will exempt fans from abroad from entry bans or quarantine requirements. This is subject to fulfilling the COVID-19 PCR test entry requirement (see 2️⃣ below for more details).
Your match ticket is key when travelling to Budapest from abroad. Travel exemptions only apply to fans who are attending matches at Puskás Aréna.
- You need to be able to present your match ticket at border control.
- Your mobile match ticket will be delivered to the EURO 2020 Mobile Ticket App five days before your match at the very latest.
- If you’ve purchased several tickets, make sure you transfer them to each attendee via the EURO 2020 Mobile Tickets App (Download iOS / Android).
Negative COVID-19 PCR test result
- If you are travelling to Hungary for a UEFA EURO 2020 match, you must provide one negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours before entry to Hungary. Your test result must be certified either in Hungarian or English language and you need to have a print copy ready. You will only be exempt from the quarantine requirements in Hungary if you provide this test result.
To enter Hungary you can also provide:
Certificate of previous COVID-19 infection
- The certificate must not be older than six months before the date of entry to Hungary.
Proof of vaccination
- You may also enter Hungary from abroad if you have a certificate of vaccination, provided that this certificate was issued by a country that has a reciprocal agreement with Hungary. At the moment, this agreement is only in place with a few countries. Check out the government website for the up-to-date list.
If you arrive at the airport on your matchday or the day before, you can pick up your COVID-19 wristband directly at the Spectator Info Point at the airport.
- Airport: Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD)
- Distance to city centre: approximately 20km
- Alternative airports: Vienna or Bratislava – both are only a 2–3 hour train ride from Budapest
Budapest’s airport has often been voted Eastern Europe’s best. It’s located in the south-east of the city. If you're travelling to or from Budapest via BUD Airport, make sure you read the COVID-19 information that is available on the airport website.
All roads lead to Rome and all rail tracks lead to Budapest. Note that there are three main train stations: Nyugati (West), Keleti (East) and Déli (South). International and long-distance trains (IC) are fast and comfortable, whereas local trains are slower but equally enjoyable. Buy your tickets online through the Hungarian State Railway (MÁV) website.
If you’re on a budget and have a bit more time on your hands, travelling to Budapest by coach can be an excellent option. While travel times can be long, it’s still a comfortable way of getting around – all coaches have WiFi, AC and an onboard toilet. Budapest has two main bus stations (Kelenföld and Népliget), so it’s best to check where you’ll be arriving to plan your onward travel.
There are toll roads in Hungary, so make sure you purchase an e-vignette in advance to avoid being caught out. If you’re renting a car outside of Hungary to drive to Budapest, we recommend you double check with the agency if your contract allows you to drive across borders. Please bear in mind that there will be no parking at the stadium, so driving the car might not be the most convenient or economic option.
Let me give you a top tip:
If you are a disabled passenger, please inform your airline or travel agent and let them know about the kind of assistance you need. You can do this either when booking your flight or closer to your travels, but make sure it's at least 48 hours before you start your journey.
- Keleti Railway Station to the stadium: 10-15 min on foot
- Airport to city centre: 1 hour by public transport
Transport from the airport
🚍 By bus
Two buses run between the city centre and the airport:
- Bus 100E: direct express line to Deák Ferenc tér (from 14 of June)
- Bus 200E: a 24 hour service to the nearest metro station (Köbánya-Kispest, metro line M3)
Tickets can be bought at ticket machines outside the terminal at the bus pick-up point. Remember to validate them once you board the bus.
🚖 By taxi
The official company serving the airport is Főtaxi. Avoid non-regulated taxi service providers around the terminal buildings. You can buy your taxi ticket at the booth next to the taxi rank outside the terminal. A ride to Budapest centre should typically cost around HUF 7200 (€21) and take about 30 minutes.
🚗 By rental car
Major rental car companies have their offices inside terminal 2B. Keep in mind that there will be road closures around UEFA Festival sites, the stadium and major attractions, and parking options are limited. It’s best to stick to public transport.
Let me give you a top tip:
Will you be needing assistance at Budapest Airport? Find out how to access their assistance service on the Budapest airport website.
Transport in the city
🚶 By foot
Budapest is easy to discover on foot. Grab a walking map from the tourist information centre or download a city map on your phone to use when you’re offline.
🚍 By public transport
Fun fact: Metro line 1 is the oldest underground railway in continental Europe. There are four metro lines in total, complemented by a well-developed and efficient tram and bus system. The most charming way to discover the city is by tram. Public transport is very affordable, and tickets can be purchased at ticket vending machines (by cash or card) or at newspaper kiosks. Good news for night owls: Tram line 6 runs all night and there are plenty of night buses to get you home safely after a night out.
For information about COVID-19 related travel guidelines on public transport in Budapest, check out the official BKK website.
Let me give you a top tip:
While there are no barriers, metro tickets need to be validated as you enter the station. Bus and tram tickets can be validated on board.
🚖 By taxi
There are a number of private operators who have apps to request a ride so you’ll know your exact fare in advance. If you prefer a traditional taxi, you can easily hail one in the central areas of the city, but avoid unlicensed providers. Official taxis usually have the price per km displayed on the door and they always use a meter. The base fare is HUF 700; the rate per km is HUF 300 and for standing and waiting time HUF 75 is charged per minute.
🚗 By car
If possible, avoid using the car in the city. There will be road closures around UEFA Festival sites, the stadium and major attractions. Parking spaces in the centre are scarce and can be expensive, and there won’t be any parking available at the stadium.