Flying to Hungary
Thirteen UK airports have direct flights to Budapest and some of these also have direct flights to Bratislava, which is perfect for visiting our clinic in North West Hungary, or Vienna which has brilliant train services from the airport to Mosonmagyarovar and Budapest.
See all the available options for direct flights for each airport below, or use the flight search tool.
From Dublin there are flights to all destination airports in these three stunning cities connected by the Danube.
Low cost airlines such as RyanAir, Easyjet, and small carriers like Wizz Air, EuroWings, Flybe and Jet2 serve these destinations in addition to the traditional national airlines British Airways, Aer Lingus and Austrian Airlines. The Hungarian national airline Malev went out of business in 2012.
Direct flights take between two and a half hours and three hours depending on the UK airport (Edinburgh to Budapest is around three hours for example, while it is a little quicker from London).
It is generally much more expensive to travel in August, but this is not universally the case – some routes which are mainly business routes can actually be cheaper in the holiday periods. Read this section, When To Travel, and you might be surprised.
Airports with Direct Flights
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Birmingham International Airport
If Birmingham is your most convenient airport you can fly to Bratislava with RyanAir for as little as £20 one way, to Vienna with EuroWings and to Budapest with WizzAir.
From Bristol you can fly to Vienna with Easyjet and with RyanAir to Budapest from £20 one way.
Directions to the airport can be found here. There is no railway station at the airport but there is a shuttle bus from Bristol Temple Meads.
Dublin is the best reviewed airport on Google of those listed on this page. You can fly from Dublin to Budapest and Bratislava with RyanAir and to Budapest and Vienna with Aer Lingus.
Arguably the best way to get to Dublin Airport is by bus or coach as the rail system does not service the airport. There are also coaches every hour to the airport from Belfast.
Dublin can sometimes be a good interchange option for clients from the USA.
East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport is, of course, right next to the M1 and very close to Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and Loughborough.
You can fly from here to Budapest with both RyanAir for £29 and Jet2. Shuttle buses run 24 hours a day to the airport from Nottingham, Derby and Leicester and there also a shuttle bus from East Midlands Parkway which is on the main railway line from St Pancras International to Sheffield.
Edinburgh Airport is well connected to Hungary with flights available to Bratislava with RyanAir (as little as £22 one-way), to Budapest with both Jet2 and RyanAir (from £32 one way), and to Vienna with EasyJet and Jet2.
There is a railway station near the airport with a shuttle bus to the terminals but perhaps the most convenient way to get to the airport is via tram since that stops right outside the terminal building. The tram runs from the city centre to the airport every 7 minutes from around 6 in the morning until almost 11 at night via the Edinburgh Gateway rail station for those travelling from further afield.
Glasgow Airport, in Paisley, is unfortunately not well connected to this part of the world with only WizzAir flying direct to Budapest. You may well need to book well in advance and be flexible with dates to get a good value direct flight from Glasgow. Of course it may still be cheaper to fly from Glasgow rather than Edinburgh if getting to and from the airport is taken into account.
The best option to get to the airport by public transport is by bus from the city centre but there is a railway station in Paisley connected by another bus service to the airport.
According to Skyscanner, the cheapest months to fly from Glasgow to Budapest are typically September through to March.
Leeds Bradford Airport
Leeds Bradford Airport is of course more or less equidistant from Leeds and Bradford – around 6.5 miles out from the city centre. There is no railway station at this airport, but there are Flying Tiger shuttle buses from Harrogate (747) and Bradford (737 and 747) and from Leeds Coach Station (757).
From here you can fly to Bratislava with RyanAir from around £24 one way and to Budapest with Jet2.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
From Liverpool Airport you can fly direct to Budapest three days a week with WizzAir. One way fares can be as low as £23 in September and other off-peak months but are relatively expensive in peak season. The airport is a short drive from Liverpool city centre, but has no railway station, being a 15 minute bus ride from Liverpool South Parkway.
Easyjet fly from Gatwick North Terminal to Vienna and Budapest. Fares can be as low as £32 to Vienna and £38 to Budapest but these are typically available for the early morning or late evening flights.
The railway station at Gatwick is next to the South Terminal so you would have to take the two minute overhead shuttle to the North Terminal if you arrive by train. Trains run from Blackfriars and Victoria.
Coaches are said to run direct to Gatwick from more than 100 UK towns and cities. National Express run many services, some of which stop at the North Terminal but not all, so its sensible to check before travelling. There are many inter-airport coaches as well including 81 per day from Heathrow to Gatwick run by National Express alone.
Since you’ll be travelling with Easyjet, you could always take Easybus to the North Terminal from as little as £6 from Earls Court in Central London (the coach from Victoria is still the National Express service though), and £19 from Oxford.
British Airways flies from Heathrow to Budapest and Vienna. Austrian Airlines flies to Vienna. Flying from here is not always the cheapest option.
According to Kayak the best fares are available in March for Heathrow to Budapest and their advice is to book 12 weeks in advance for the best fares. Evening flights are significantly cheaper than morning flights. Flights to Vienna are also best booked in advance, but 4 weeks ahead results in a good price saving. The cost saving of an evening flight needs to be balanced against the potential cost of an extra night in a hotel.
Google Flights is also a good resource for flights from Heathrow since Google does seem to have data from BA and similar airlines. The price graph feature is very easy to use and shows the dates when the best fares are available. The image below shows an £88 round trip fare in June with Austrial Airlines to Vienna.
According to the WizzAir website, one way flights to Budapest start at around £32 but can be considerably more than this at peak periods. The best price we have seen for Luton to Bratislava is £18 one way.
Getting to Luton: the railway station, Luton Airport Parkway is just outside the airport grounds with a shuttle bus to the terminals every ten minutes. There are trains run by ThamesLink on the Brighton to Bedford line via East Croydon, Blackfriars, St Pancras etc., and by East Midlands from St Pancras International (25 minutes) to Leicester and beyond.
There are direct trains run by Greater Anglia to the airport railway station, a short walk from the terminal, from London Liverpool Street Stratford and these take less than an hour.
According to CAA statistics 1,440 passengers flew to Budapest from Southend in March 2018 and 725 to Vienna, which is a promising start but still less than 1% of the total passengers flying from the UK to these airports in that month.
The railway station is integrated with the terminals, just a couple of minutes walk away from check-in, making it very convenient for those travelling from London (Liverpool Street), Cambridge, Peterborough and Norwich or intermediate stations on the Greater Anglian network. The Stansted Express from Liverpool Street often takes only 50 minutes. There are also CrossCountry trains from Birmingham via Leicester and Peterborough.
Manchester Airport is the 3rd busiest airport in the UK and you can fly from here to Bratislava with RyanAir from as little as £27 one way. Direct flights to Vienna are available with EasyJet and Austrian Airlines and to Budapest with Jet2 and RyanAir.
Manchester Airport has a train station on site with great connections to many places in England, Wales and Scotland, though there is a ten minute walk to the terminals via the Skylink Walkway with numerous sections of moving walkway. The Transpennine Express service to the airport serves Edinburgh and Glasgow via Carlisle and Preston, as well as the North East of England via Leeds to Manchester.
Coach and Bus services to the airport are too numerous to list and the MetroLink tram service also stops at the airport station starting from Manchester Victoria or Deansgate.
If any of the other airports in the UK is more convenient for you, you will need to take connecting flights via one of the hub airports in the UK or of course via those in Europe such as Amsterdam or Frankfurt.
RyanAir flies to Budapest from Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, London Stansted and Manchester in the UK and of course from Dublin.
Prices vary, but at this time (May 2018), the lowest one-way prices being offered by RyanAir to Budapest are £22 from Bristol, £28 from Stansted, £29 from East Midlands, £33 from Edinburgh and £52 from Manchester, and 50 Euros from Dublin.
RyanAir flies to Bratislava from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Stansted, Manchester and Dublin with lowest one-way prices ranging from £15 to £27 from the UK and 45 Euros from Dublin.
Easyjet flies to Vienna from Bristol, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, Luton and Manchester. Again prices vary tremendously but in May 2018 Easyjet is advertising the lowest price one way fares to Vienna from £29 (Gatwick) to £34 from Edinburgh. As flight prices are constantly changing, please perform your own search to find the best prices at a time that suits you.
From Vienna International Aiport, the train to Mosonmagyarovar takes around 90 minutes with one easy change at Vienna main station and typically costs around 32 Euros per person. Tickets from Vienna to Hungary can be purchased online and printed off at home (ticket and seat reservation are separate documents). You may want to stay in Vienna for a few days before, after, or even during your treatment in Hungary. It is the most glorious city for lovers of art, music, architecture, and of course cake (in moderation naturally).
For anyone living in London or the South East, flying from Gatwick to Vienna is probably the most convenient and pleasant way to get to the clinic in North West Hungary, especially if like us you dislike the trip up to Stansted.
Wizzair flies to Budapest from Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and Luton. Flight prices are extremely variable and if you want to get the very best prices you have to be flexible with departure dates which is not often possible of course. As of May 2018 Wizz Air’s lowest fares are not often available but start from £27 from Luton to Budapest in September with the return fare starting at £60.
Wizzair also flies to Bratislava from London Luton. Flight prices to Bratislava are consistently lower than those to Budapest, for example £23 outward and as low as £18 return in September, but please check as flight prices fluctuate greatly.
Jet2 flies to Budapest from East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and Manchester. Return flights to Budapest in September 2018 ranged from £94 to £110 when searched for in May, but as always flight prices vary enormously and cheap outward flights on one airline are often best paired with a return on a different airline if possible as the return leg is not always the same price as the outward leg.
Jet 2 also flies to Vienna from Edinburgh with the lowest fares showing from October onwards.
British Airways flies from Heathrow to Budapest and to Vienna.
Austrian Airlines flies from Manchester and Heathrow to Vienna.
Aer Lingus flies from Dublin to Vienna and Budapest.
When to travel
You may of course have little choice when to travel because of work and family commitments, and the cost of flights is not always a significant proportion of the total cost of dental treatment abroad, but if you are looking to save the most amount of money possible and are flexible about dates, there are definitely certain times of year to avoid at least.
Skyscanner published data in January 2018 based on historical searches on their website about the best time to book a flight in terms of prices at any rate. It shows the relative average costs in each month for many destination pair, though not all. It also shows how long in advance it is typically necessary to book in order to get the best fare.
For London to Bratislava the months to avoid are July, August, and December and the best time to book is around 4 to 8 weeks ahead according to Skyscanner’s data. Its the same months to avoid for London to Vienna but the further ahead you book a flight to Vienna the better with the cheapest fares available 20 weeks beforehand. For London to Budapest they claim it is better to book 6 to 10 weeks ahead.
Birmingham to Vienna is a route which according to this data bucks the norm of avoiding July and August with the most expensive months being April and December and August actually being the second cheapest month after October.
This data is historical and a guide only, it is always best to check prices for yourself as the current situation may be very different.
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