Budapest Taxi

Budapest Taxi Guide

Budapest Taxi Numbers? Call a reliable cab in Budapest Hungary. See our guide to Budapest Airport Transfers. If you have already made a little research into Budapest Hungary, you must have heard that it is a rip-off to hail down a taxi on the street off-handedly in Budapest. Instead, you are much better off and safer if you choose one of the official Hungarian cab companies as they will try to live up to their brand and ensure some quality (ISO 9001) at least.

Budapest FoTaxi Airport Transfer Prices Per Zones - Budapest Taxi Guide

Budapest FoTaxi Airport Transfer Prices Per Zones – Budapest Taxi Guide (May, 2012)

Lonely taxi driver wolves may not be fair with the taxi fares (e.g. may overcharge you at the end of the journey). Unfortunately, there are several sad stories of ‘naive’ Budapest travelers taken in by unscrupulous cab drivers who do not belong to a taxi clan. So first of all, here is a listing of the major taxi companies you may wish to call in Budapest Hungary. Check out the DOS and DONTS for Budapest taxis page.

Budapest Taxi Listing

The phone numbers of the taxi companies are shown with the international codes. If you call the taxi from a Hungarian telephone, use 06 instead of 00-36.

Budapest Cab Fares

Budapest Taxi fares start with a basic fee of about 300 HUF (1.2 euros or 1.8 USD or 0.9 GBP), then added is the normal taxi rate of about 220-250 HUF per km. Once you ordered the taxi, they usually arrive in 5 minutes, which may surprise you as many things may involve extra waiting times (e.g. in Budapest restaurants). The minute the taxi arrives, the taxi driver starts to charge the waiting fare almost instantly, which is about 60 HUF/ minute, one fifth of the basic price.

Here we have included two reliable taxi company fares, the upper picture in red and white shows the prices of the official Budapest Airport transfer taxi company, while the lower is a randomly picked other Hungarian taxi company, which has been in service for decades, and is in general a trusted taxi company. As you can see the fares are quite competitive, so it may be worth doing a bit of Budapest taxi price comparison if you are not satisfied with the rates.

Budapest Airport Transfers

The official Budapest Airport taxi company is no longer Zona Taxi, but FOTAXI (Főtaxi, say fur-tu-xy). See the official website of Fotaxi here. However, you can order your own taxi to pick you up, or you can take a look at further, cheaper options and ideas for Budapest Airport Transfers.

Budapest Taxi Zones - Budapest Taxi Guide

Budapest Airport Transfer Taxi Prices Per Zones (Volan Taxi)                 Budapest Taxi Guide (May, 2012)

How to reduce Budapest taxi fares?

In addition to checking which taxi company has the best prices in Budapest, you can save some money on the cab fares if you yourself arrange the taxi via phone (rather than via a hotel, a restaurant). For instance, in case of  Volan Taxi (see the picture of their airport fares),  the prices of the basic fees do not differ, but the per kilometre (per mile) charges do: if you have your taxi arranged with the hotel receptionist or the restaurant assistant, you will pay 240 km/ h, whereas if you personally arrange the taxi you will pay 165 km/h. There is a huge gap in the cab prices, isn’t there?

Moreover, the taxi charges for ‘waiting time’ are also more favourable for self-arranged cabs: HUF 60 per minute (via hotels, restaurants), versus HUF 41 per minute (self, friends, etc.). In short, you can save on the extra profit charged by the intermediaries.

Budapest taxi fares are usually based on which zone or sector in Budapest you are travelling to. These are not the districts, but 4-5 bigger zones consisting of several districts in Budapest. See the image to get an idea for the colour coded zones. Most Budapest hotels and Budapest attractions, or the best Budapest restaurants are in the central districts (5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 – or as traditionally numbered by Roman numbers on Budapest maps: District V, District VI, District VII, District VIII and several streets of District IX).

Budapest taxi fares for more than 4 people will be more expensive than groups of 4 or under 4 people. Surcharges apply for combi cars, minivans, and if you leave Budapest, and use the highway, for motorways. Mind you, airport transfers by taxi to or from Budapest do not involve motorway charges.

Tipping Taxi Drivers in Budapest, Hungary

Please note that it is customary in Hungary to tip taxi drivers, especially who were polite, waited for you in the lobby, helped you with the suitcase, kept you company, etc. The usual percentage of tips is 10%, or simply rounding up the taxi fare: e.g. if you are charged HUF 5,600, the total price including the optional tip would be HUF 6,000, but you can give more, or leave it as it is, with no tips (but it is considered a bit mean in the local Magyar culture).

Please note: the formerly called Ferihegy Airport has been renamed as Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. Zona Taxi is not the official taxi company in Budapest from December 2010 due to business issues, instead it is Fotaxi (Főtaxi).

Last updated: July 16, 2012



Hello, from Budapest airport you will most probably take the official airport taxi company, Zona taxi. Their taxi fares depend on which part of Budapest you are travelling to, and Pillango utca is either zone 2 or zone 3, the difference is minimal, 14 or 16 euros: 3600 HUF for zone 2, and 4000 HUF for zone 3 destinations. I think it is zone 2. You can directly contact them at [email protected]
More about Zona taxi Budapest:
(note: Hungary is not part of the euro zone, Hungarian Forint is the currency)

Hoy much would it cost for to persons to go from Deli Pu. to Nepszinhaz u 55 in Pest? (in Forint or $)

Hello, there are several taxi companies in Budapest that have an online fare calculator on their websites. Here are some of the top search results (shown in HUF):
Taxi 4 Budapest fare calculator:
Fotaxi Budapest fare calculator:
Taxi 2000 Budapest fare calculator:
Radio taxi Budapest fare calculator:

Hope this helps. Have a nice stay in Budapest!

How much would the cab fare be from the Budapest train station to the Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest hotel? Would you advise to pay in local currency vs. Euros, or does it matter?


– Richard

Hello Richard, there are 3 major train stations in Budapest, Hungary (Keleti, Nyugati, Deli) several miles from each other, so your cab fare depends on your departure. Paying in HUF is better and in many cases the only accepted way (if the driver should accept euro your exchange rate will be expensive).

How much does it cost me to go from Budapest airport to Somogyharsagy?

Dear efi,
I am sorry to say that we cannot help you. is a travel guide not a taxi company, neither do we have a taxi fare calculator. Please contact a Hungarian cab company to give you a quote for your trip. I am sure they will send you a quote in email too.

Hi i am looking for a cheap and realiable taxi service from budapest airport to Colors Budapest Hostel
Veres Pálné utca 14, 05. Belváros – Lipótváros, 1053 Budapest? thanks

and how much it would coast?

Hi! Usually 20 to 25 € the price. Do not accept any offers from taxi drivers waiting around the station entrance. Do not belong to taxicab companies and charge much more than the usual. You should pre-book a taxi. If you look at my website, then there is help.

Yours sincerely,

Hello Tom, I think you may say that the average price of Budapest airport taxi transfers is 20 to 25 €, but I wonder how it compares with the current much more favourable and cheaper Zona Taxi fares (i.e. the former official Budapest airport taxi company fees). Their website says a transfer is 14 € which is undeniably better than the price you are suggesting, isn’t it?
Please take a look at their current table of taxi fares:
(as you can see my comment is written on the same day as yours so even the euro – Hungarian forint exchange rate is the same…)
Anna from

The 15€ will be about 27€ at the road of the end … The company officially ceased to exist. The “return price” my company price € 39. And only high-quality hotels, with only Mercedes cars, English language skills are available for our guests. Visit my Web site!

I took a look at the fee calculator of another big taxi company, the current tender winner and official taxi company called Fotaxi (Főtaxi) and their fee calculator says a Budapest airport transfer to the city centre of Budapest (I picked Ferenciek tere, 5th district as an example) is estimated at 5050 HUF (approx. 18 euros) for a one way trip, which is still much better than 27 euros. Even if I add an additional 5% as an error margin (as the footnote of Fotaxi cab fare calculator indicates).
Tom, I do not doubt that your company must be providing high quality services. It may also be that you have a more solid knowledge about the current average prices of Budapest airport transfers. But if a tourist is price sensitive and is on a budget, there are more favourable options to get to Budapest downtown (surely in a less posh car and with a non-fluent taxi driver – still Fotaxi taxis).

Hello! Okay, the big for companies are always large a possibility …

The fotaxi company’s monopoly the airport but the prices difference between are not too large. We value our customer’s satisfaction therefore you are guaranteed quality and reliability. All our chauffeurs are experienced and trained. Our chauffeurs are smartly attired in uniform. We are constantly striving to ensure the highest level of service for all our customers and are committed to making TAXICAB your choice of taxi.

But you are right.

I wish you a nice day,

Tom Kukla – TaxiCab

please can you advice me is it possible to reach taxi near Ikea, for lift to Keleti train station.
And how much will be the price for big car.
Thanks a lot in advance!

Hello Snezana, the route should not be a problem for any taxis in Budapest (i.e. IKEA and Keleti train station – there is a direct metro route too on M2 red metro line). As for the size, I don’t know how big car you need, but taxis are usually not happy to do classic delivery services (e.g. furniture), but of course there are minivan type taxis you can order specifically for bigger packages and luggage. Call one of the taxi companies above, and ask for a quote too.
Top Budapest is a travel guide and cannot give taxi quotes.


If I arrive from Bratislava in Keleti or Nyugati station, there were reliable taxi companies to take me to the hotel?

Hi Edson, as written above, you had better call a taxi company in Budapest by phone, no matter where you leave from. If, for any reason, you cannot make a phone call, try to make it clear to the taxi driver (their English is usually low level) where you are going and make him write down on a piece of paper the address you have given him and the price you are going to pay at the end of the journey – to hopefully avoid any unexpected changes in the price or miscommunication about your destination and the agreed price.

Jag har bokat rum på Halász Airport Panzio. Jag trodde att transfer ingår. Men jag fick svaret: NEJ. Och för 1,5 km avstånd vill de ha 8 euro. Tur-retur blir det 16 euro. Göteborg-Budapest med Ryanair kostar nästan lika mycket.

Min fråga: vad kan en taxi kosta för samma avstånd (cirka pris)?

Tack för svaret,

Hello Constantin, it seems that the pansion you are staying is outside Budapest, in Vecses. I ran a quick calculation for a single (not return) trip for 1 person with and the single taxi trip is about 5 euros. It sounds you got an offer for 15 euros for a return fare, right? I don’t think it is an outrageous rip off, but if you are not satisfied with the offer you can always call a reliable taxi company and order one for yourself. Ask them about the price (in English, not Swedish please).
As mentioned above, there are lots of taxi companies in Budapest with an online taxi fare calculator on their websites. Here are some of the top search results (taxi prices are shown in HUF):
Taxi 4 Budapest fare calculator:
Fotaxi Budapest fare calculator:
Taxi 2000 Budapest fare calculator:
Radio taxi Budapest fare calculator:

Have a nice stay at Halasz Airport Pansion

Guys I live in BP at the moment so my advice would be that you get a metro ticket and take a ride with it. one ticket costs 300 forint or so. The public transport is great since it gets you everywhere and dont be intimidated by its shape, its functional :D

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