From Wednesday, the 100E airport bus will run more frequently, with the ticket price rising from HUF 900 (EUR 2,27) to HUF 1,500 (EUR 3,79) from July, the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) told MTI on Tuesday.
The statement said that due to the easing of the coronavirus epidemic and the resurgence of tourism, the 100E bus has increased its occupancy rate, so the vehicle will run more frequently between Deák Ferenc Square and Liszt Ferenc Airport from Wednesday. It will run every 10 minutes during the day, every 12 minutes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8 and 9 am instead of 15 minutes, and additional services will be added at dawn and late evening. At night, the last bus to the city center departs 25 minutes later, at 1.30am.
However, from 1 July, the airport bus will cost 1500 HUF.
BKK stressed that despite the significant increase in maintenance costs, they still want to guarantee stable operation.
A previous survey on the 100E line showed that 83% of passengers on the line are foreigners who use BKK services only occasionally, and that the price level of €3.7 – approximately HUF 1,500 at current exchange rates – would be acceptable to the majority of passengers.
The price of a regular ticket for a similar product to the Budapest airport ticket starts at 3,000 forints in London, 3,500-4,200 forints in Paris, 2,800 forints in Vienna and 1,300-1,400 forints in Prague.
Buses to the airport will only stop at Kálvin tér – to facilitate transfers from night flights, buses will also stop at Astoria at 3.32 and 4.02 – while buses to Deák Ferenc tér will also stop at Astoria, next to Kálvin tér.