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6am flight from Budapest ..?

Hi, back here again with transport question - grateful for forum.

Any thoughts /experience for 6am departure from BUD airport? I would probably be using cab or transport company I imagine, from city center. It would be for connecting flight to another EU airport (then flight back to States). There is a later flight but it would only give me 1 hour 45min for connecting flight -- including CDG passport control/ different terminal.

What time would you advise getting to BUD airport or would you camp out there?
Are transport/limo services very expensive? No idea of logistics. Thanks in advance

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It's one of the busiest times of the day, but you can easily make it. Allow 30 minutes for a cab ride from the center (pre-order it on the evening before), even though it won't take that long. Arriving 90 minutes before your flight should be alright. Reliable cab companies with English-speaking operators include Főtaxi and City Taxi.

Make sure not to use cabs which say 'freelancer' on the front door, they are invariably scammers. Unfortunately, some receptionists will order such cars because of kickbacks, so specify you want a company cab. A typical fare to the airport is around 8000Fts (~$25).

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Thank you very much, @azzazel and @Rocket!

Before your helpful responses, I had no idea what to expect; leaving super-early to my own local airport via Lyft feels very strange too.

(On a side note, I kind of wish threads would stay open a while before they're shut down for further response. Alas there are a few other posts on this very topic, however I expect things do change from time to time (ie construction, procedures, etc)

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Okay, so my flight home generally leaves at about the same time and I do it two to three times a year; and have been doing the same for nearly 15 years.

The night before I call City Taxi +36 1 211 1111. Why City Taxi, cause its a known and they have never let me down. They have actually done some pretty amazing things for me over the years so they get my recommendation and my business. It will cost you about 8.000 forints and the traffic is pretty light at that time of the morning. When you call, first you will hear a recording in Hungarian, then it will repeat in English. Then a human will come on the line in Hungarian. Simply say "Good Evening" or what ever the time of day dictates, and they will switch to perfect English.

For a 6 am flight i would schedule the taxi to pick me up at 3:45. The taxi always appears 5 to 10 minutes early. In the worst instance leaving at this time will get you to the airport at 4:30. The counter doesnt open before 4:30 for a 6 am flight so getting there earlier doesnt really pay off. They wont even tell you which counter to go to until at least 4:30 so you cant even que up. Well I can, cause I know which counters are used by which arilines from having done it so many times. But you do want to get there by 4:30 cause the counter area can be sort of hectic.

No way I would do anything less than 2.5 hours for a change at Chucky D or Heathrow. Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Munich; 1.5 is "okay", 2 hours provides me a lot more comfort.

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Threads stay open for about six months after the last post, unless there's a specific reason they were removed (such as violating forum guidelines).

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James E. - "No way I would do anything less than 2.5 hours for a change at Chucky D or Heathrow. Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Munich; 1.5 is "okay", 2 hours provides me a lot more comfort."

May I ask - do you mean 2.5 hours if different airline carriers/tickets, or even if same airline connecting flight?

Great info, very specific on cabs and airport. Also it took me a few minutes to realize "Chucky D" = CDG

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Sorry, I detest Chucky D. 2.5 hours under any circumstances. Went through Heathrow about a month ago and took every bit of 75 minutes to get from my BUD arrival gate to my AUS departure gate. But at least they spoke English and would admit they spoke English.

Could you do Chucky D in under 2 hours? Probably. But I will pay $300 not to find out.

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Chucky D? Every circus should have a circus name. Oh, hell, yes, I am being too hard on the place. Put some Vicks under your nose when you land and it's a great place.

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I would like to thank you all too. My flight leaves around 6:00 am and I was thinking of using public transportation from the city center. But I think a taxi would be better as I should be dropped off right in front of where I need to be rather than having to walk around trying to find it from the metro stop.

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I took James’ advice on my first trip to Budapest and it’s spot-on. I’ve now been there 5 times and each time City Taxi has provided perfect and timely service at the hideous hour of 3:45 am—just hearing them say “good morning, Christa!” makes me smile. He’s also right about CDG—if you can avoid it, do so. If not, allow 3 hours and hope for the best.

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Thanks for all of the wonderful advice. We too have an early flight out to Heathrow at the end of our upcoming trip.