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Early am travel to Budapest airport

We're coming to Budapest in early September by river and staying over a few extra days.
3 questions...what about airbnb's...best area to stay, and our flight leaves at 6 AM...so best way
to get to the airport so early (4 ish?)

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I have made the 6-6:30 am flight home 3 times and just call City Taxi, +36 1 211 1111. I call as I'm leaving my room and by the time I'm in the lobby of my hotel the taxi is there--fast, friendly service, card or cash. Trip from most areas of Pest is around 7000 HUF. Arriving by 4-4:30 am is good, I allow 30 minutes for the ride.

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christa;

I use the same company .... imagine that. I have one near miss though. I called in the morning and the dispatcher said it would take 15 to 20 minutes. I guess something was going on in town. Dont know. I guess there was a little edge in my voice cause i didn't have 15 or 20 minutes. I thanked him and hung up and started digging for the number for FoTaxi. Before i could dial it i got a phone call from City Taxi. They said a taxi would be out front in a minute and they were going to stay on the line until it was there. I looked out my open door into the street to see a competitor's taxi pull up. City Taxi had actually gotten me a car from a competitor. What great folks. Now I call the night before and the car is always there 5 to 10 minutes early.

Oh, last trip on the way to the airport i left my laptop in the front seat of the cab. It drove away and i was inside before i realized it. I called City Taxi and they turned the car around for me. Lap Top and 6.000 euro in the lap top case, safe and secure.

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Forgot the where to stay and the airbnb

For where to stay in town, here is a discussion: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/hungary/hotel-in-budapest-456b995e-c5c6-4d8e-9e7c-8780753e63bf

For airbnb, lets say "Short Term Rental" as that's more accurate. Sure, i stay in one three times a year in Budapest; but there are great hotels in every price range too.

Find one with good reviews in the area discussed in the link above (Andrassy ut or maybe 2 blocks south of Andrassy or one block north). Just make sure it has good reviews. If you see something interesting but arent sure about the location, pass it along and i will tell you if I know anything about the apartment or the location.