Getting There & Around – Hungarian Grand Prix

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Advice on getting to Budapest and the Hungaroring circuit for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The next race is on July 27-29, 2018.

Budapest benefits from a convenient location in the heart of Central Europe. Whether you fly, take the train or drive yourself, it’s easy to get to the Hungarian Grand Prix in July. Budapest has a well-developed public transport network with an efficient three-line Metro serving most central parts of the of the city. Taxis are plentiful and new regulations have largely eliminated dishonest drivers. The Hungaroring circuit is 20km to the northwest of the center and can be reached fairly easily by train, bus or taxi.


Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD), 16km South East of the city center, serves a range of European and long-haul flights. Hungary’s national flag carrying airline, Malev, collapsed under crippling debts in 2012, which reduced some of the long-haul destinations served from Budapest. More successful is the Hungarian budget airline, Wizz Air, which is based in Budapest and flies to a large number of European destinations and also further afield. Other budget carriers flying to Budapest from numerous European destinations include EasyJet, Ryanair, German Wings and Jet2. Major European flag carriers also regularly fly direct to Budapest including British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, LOT, Turkish Airlines and Aeroflot. You could into Vienna or Bratislava if you want to see more of the region and potentially save a few Euros; both cities are just a few hours from Budapest.

Budapest airport to the city

Bus nr 200E travels from Terminal 2 to Kõbánya-Kispest metro stop, which is the southern terminus of the blue M3 metro line. From there, you can reach Deák Ferenc tér, the main central interchange metro station. The total travelling time is around 40-50 minutes. You will need two individual tickets for each leg of the journey which cost 290 HUF (less than 1) each. An official Főtaxi airport taxi from the airport to central Budapest should cost around 20. Beware of unlicensed taxis at the airport. There’s also an airport minibus, which offers a door-to-door service for 3000 HUF (10) one way or 5000 HUF ( 17) return. Look for the desk in the arrivals hall.


If you have a little more time and want to see some of the countryside, taking the train to Budapest is a great choice. The city is well connected to Europe’s extensive rail network and there are day and overnight trains available. Seat 61 is a great source of information on trains to Budapest. You can book online via the Hungarian rail company, Mav Start. Here’s some routes, journey times and one-way ticket prices: Vienna or Bratislava (3 hours), from 19 / Prague (6 hours), from 19 / Munich (7 hours) from 29 / Krakow (10 hours), from 49 in two-bed sleeper / Berlin (12 hours), from 39.


On a budget? Regular buses connect Budapest with many Western, Central and Eastern Europe capitals, even as far afield as the UK. The main international bus station in Budapest (Népliget) is close to the city centre and on the Metro. Check out Eurolines or Orangeways for more information and to book tickets. Here’s some routes, journey times and one-way prices from Orangeways: Bratislava (2.5 hours), 4000 HUF (13) / Vienna (3 hours), 3200 HUF (11) / Prague or Krakow (6-7 hours), 6000 HUF  (20) / Berlin (12 hours), 9000 HUF (30).

How to get to the Hungaroring circuit

Depending on where you are staying and your chosen mode of transport, the 20km trip from Budapest to the Hungaroring will take you anywhere from 30-90 minutes. If a helicopter transfer is beyond your budget, then the next most effective way to get to the track is via taxi, which only takes 30 minutes but costs 40 each way. Alternatively, if you don’t mind a trip which takes more like 90 minutes and involves at least 30 minutes of walking, then you can take the free bus or the cheap metro/train option.


Taking the metro/train to the Hungaroring will take anywhere from 60-90 minutes, depending on where you stay in the city. The last 30 minutes involves a cross country walk to the track. Follow these instructions. Take the metro to the last station on the eastern end of the red metro line (M2), Örs vezér tere. If you are staying near a station on one of the other metro lines (M1 or M3), you will have to change for an eastern-bound M2 train at the main central interchange station, Deák Ferenc tér. It’s only 6 stops from Deák Ferenc tér to Örs vezér tere which should take around 15 minutes. Once you have reached the end of the M2 line at Örs vezér tere, exit the station and cross to the opposite corner of the intersection (via an underpass), where you will find a small suburban train stop. A ticket office is nearby and there is also a large shopping center (a good place to stock up on water and snacks).

Trains only go in one direction from here, as it’s the end of the line – you need the train to Gödöllő. Tickets cost 250 HUF each way (less than 1) and trains run regularly on Grand Prix weekend. You can purchase your ticket before you get on the train or buy from the conductor after you have set off. The trains are pretty old and rickety, but the trip to the special Hungaroring stop (only used on race weekend) only takes around 25 minutes. You can get off one stop earlier at Szilasliget or one stop later at Mogyoród as the walk to the circuit is a similar distance. After you get off the train, it’s a 30-40 minute cross-country walk to the track. Just follow the crowds, you won’t get lost. Taxis are available if you don’t fancy the walk, but make sure the driver uses the meter or agrees to a reasonable fare upfront. Be patient if you are using the train to get home on Sunday after the race; the trains can become very overcrowded at peak times.


The organizers put on free buses to the circuit from central Budapest on Grand Prix weekend. As long as you have a valid ticket for the race, you can take the bus. The buses leave from the Volánbusz bus station on the Pest side of the Árpád bridge. The closest metro is Árpád híd on the M3 (blue) line, five stops north of Deák Ferenc tér. The bus takes around 45 minutes, but doesn’t actually get you to the circuit proper. You will get dropped off in nearby Mogyoród (Templom tér), which is about 40-minutes walk from the circuit. The service is pretty orderly and hassle free for most of the weekend, but don’t be in a hurry to leave the circuit after the race. Stay a while to let the crowds die down. A timetable for the buses will be available closer to the race weekend on the Hungaroring website.


Fares from the city to the circuit are no longer fixed, but the following guide prices are given: 33 EUR from the center (Deák Square) or 49 EUR from the airport. Use one of the official companies or you run the risk of paying a lot more (and the trip will take longer, see below). At the circuit, there is a taxi stand next to the main entrance to the circuit (near turn 1). Official taxis use a special VIP access road, so are less likely to get stuck in traffic jams near the circuit and the total trip shouldn’t take longer than around 30 minutes. If you are travelling as a group, or just tired and don’t fancy the long walk to the bus or train, taking a taxi is a good choice. Official Hungarian Grand Prix taxi companies: Taxi 2000 (+36 12 000 000), 6 x 6 Taxi (+36 16 666 666), City Taxi (+36-1-2-111-111)

Helicopter to Hungaroring

Planning to do the Hungarian Grand Prix in style this year? Several companies offer transfers from either downtown Budapest or the airport to the Hungaroring. Expect to pay 300-400 per person for a return helicopter transfer to the circuit. Details/bookings: Fly 4 Less or Hidroplan Nord


The Hungaroring is located just off the M3 motorway which heads northeast out of Budapest. Don’t forget that you will need to buy a vignette to use the motorway; a weekly pass costs around 10 and can be purchased at service stations. There is a 0% blood alcohol limit for driving in Hungary – do not drink and drive. Access to the circuit is well signposted and the drive from central Budapest should only take around 20 minutes, but be ready for traffic delays, particularly when leaving the circuit on Saturday and Sunday. The roads around the circuit are narrow and were not designed to handle the volume of traffic the area experiences on Grand Prix weekend. Trackside parking is free for ticket holders. Check the attached map for circuit access roads and parking locations. Note: if you have purchased a minimum of 4 Super Gold tickets, then you are entitled to park in a special parking zone within the circuit, close to your grandstand.

General Advice on Getting Around in Budapest


Taxis used to be a bit of a lottery in Budapest, with a big variation in rates between companies and lots of drivers out to fleece tourists. Luckily, things have improved since September 2013, when a new law came into force which regulates taxi fares. There is a new fixed tariff of 280 HUF per km ( 0.95/km) in addition to the one-off basic fee of 450 HUF ( 1.50. Look for licensed taxis (normally yellow) which have a clearly identified price list on the window.


The metro is a great way to get around the city, and there are also trams, trolley buses and regular buses. If you are planning on using a lot of public transport when you are in town, it makes sense to purchase a travel card which is valid for either 24, 48 or 72 hours.

There are two types of card to choose from: Budapest Travelcard, which is good for unlimited journeys on all forms of public transport within the city limits. Valid for 24 hours (1650 HUF / 5.50) or 72 hours (4150 HUF / 13.70) OR Budapest card, which offers the same benefits as the Travelcard, but also includes extras such as free entry to museums and the famous Szent Lukács Thermal Baths as well as lots of discounts. Valid for 24 hours (4500 HUF / 15), 48 hours (7500 HUF / 25) or 72 hours (8900 HUF / 30).

Single tickets on public transport cost 350 HUF (just over 1) and you can also buy a book of ten individual tickets for 3000 HUF ( 10). Don’t forget to validate your ticket as the public transport inspectors in the city have a fearsome reputation and have been known to shake down tourists. More information about public transport in Budapest.

Been to the Hungaroring? Leave a comment with your travel tips.

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. Lukasz says:


    I have found on the internet that folding chairs are not allowed on the general admission site. Are there any other restrictions on what I can bring with me, like camera, food, drinks (including alcohol)?


    • Editor says:

      Czesc Lukasz, I am not 100% sure, but I think you should be ok bringing in folding chairs to the circuit. No problem with food and drinks, just don’t bring glass bottles. Here is the information from the circuit website:

      No animals will be admitted to the venue or any car parks. The following articles must not be brought within the venue – knives, fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. Any person in possession of such items will be refused entry to the venue. Personal electronic devices, including still image cameras/mobile telephones/other handheld personal communication devices are permitted provided that any images/films/recordings/data that are created/recorded/stored thereon are used for personal/private/non-commercial use only.

  2. Garry Dickinson says:

    Where do you get a taxi to return back from the circuit? Do you have to pre book?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Gary, there’s an official taxi stand near the Main gate (close to turn 1, Gate 8). You don’t have to pre-book, but you may have to wait a little longer at peak times, like right after the race. You should pay around 30-40 EUR to get back to the center after the race.

  3. dave says: taking my elderly father to hungaroring next year,which area is easiest to enter and exit. was looking at bronze 2. we will probably have a hire car.
    many thanks

  4. dave says:

    hi will bronze tickets give you access to general admission area aswell ?

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