Traveling to Hungary and flying to Budapest soon? Don't let high roaming costs ruin your trip to Hungary. Get yourself a local sim card on arrival. This is your guide to buying a sim card at Budapest Airport. I will show you where to go, up to date prices and everything else you need to know before buying a Hungary sim card.

This article is updated with the latest info and prices as of January 2022.

Throughout my journey to visit every country in the world I found out that sim card deals at airports are always more expensive than normal. You pay a little extra for the convenience of getting connected straight after you land. My passion for providing valuable travel tips for travelers led to writing more than 150 local sim card guides for countries and airports. That is how I also worte sim card guides for the airports of Geneva, Zagreb, ViennaVenice, Brussels, Copenhagen and many more around the world.

Why buying a sim card for Hungary?

A prepaid sim card will keep you connected during your trip and simply makes your life easier. Think about getting directions from Google Maps, ordering an Uber or searching for a nearby restaurant. With a local sim card you also don't depend on WiFi, which can be not working or too slow to even upload a picture to social media. Also keep in mind that public WiFi is an UNSECURED connection, it is recommend to use a VPN therefore.

Buying a local sim card for Hungary at Budapest Airport is the easiest way to get connected on arrival.

Not a fan of swapping sim cards and changing number? Then probably a portable WiFi device is a good solution for you. Personally, I am not the biggest fan and I will explain you why in my article about how to get internet on the road.

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My recommendation

There is no choice! You can only buy a Vodafone sim card at Budapest Airport and it is rather expensive.

Therefore Traveltomtom recommends buying a sim card at Budapest city center. in my article buying a sim card in Hungary in 2022 I will tell you exactly where to go, which provider has the best network and the best prepaid sim card deal.

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend worldwide sim cards. These travel sim cards with coverage in multiple countries are very expensive compared to local sim cards. For my article about the best international sim cards I reviewed and compared them one by one and came to the simple conclusion that most of them are NOT worth it.

Hungary sim cards and free EU roaming

Good news is that all the Hungary prepaid sim cards include FREE EU roaming, which means that you can use the data, voice and text allowance on your Hungary sim card also in London, Paris, Rome, etc. at no extra costs. If you are traveling onwards to Europe than I highly recommend you to check out my ultimate guide for buying a local sim card in Europe with all the tips and tricks I learned along the way.

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Order your sim card for Hungary online

The sim card deals at Budapest Airport aren't the best and it is even cheaper to order a sim card for traveling in Europe online. I listed the 9 best travel sim cards for Europe and compared and reviewed them all. Have a look or order one directly online through the link below.

Here is the link to order a Europe sim card online. The sim card will be delivered to your home address prior to your to Hungary. You will be redirected to the Simoptions website, specialized in international sim cards for travelers, where you can already find a sim card with 12 GB data in Europe for $30. Click on the link or the banner below to see all the options.

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Budapest Airport - BUD

Budapest Airport is officially called Ferenc Liszt International Airport and is fairly easy to navigate. There are two Arrival Halls 2A and 2B. Most European flights tend to arrive at 2B, intercontinental flights mostly walk into Arrival Hall 2A.

Traveling in Hungary is so much more than Budapest. Rent a car and go on a road trip! Check out the castles in the East in my blog about the best places to visit in Hungary.

Where to buy a sim card at Budapest Airport

May you arrive at Arrival Hall 2B then you will have to walk over (3 minutes) to Arrival Hall 2A to buy a Hungary sim card. They don’t sell Hungary sim cards in Arrival Hall 2B! On your left hand side when walking into 2B you will see all the car rental booths. Head in that direction and keep on walking and you will arrive at Arrival Hall 2A and see the big Vodafone Budapest Airport shop.

When arriving at Arrival Hall 2A you can NOT miss the big official Vodafone Budapest Airport shop on your right hand side! The Vodafone Budapest Airport shop is the only place at Budapest Airport where you can buy a Hungary sim card.

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Prices Hungary sim cards Budapest Airport in 2022

As Vodafone Budapest Airport is the only place to buy a Hungary sim card on arrival there is no such thing as a comparison or the best Hungary sim card for tourists. There is simply only one choice: Vodafone Hungary!

There are 4 Vodafone Hungary sim cards for tourists available:

Price: 7.500 HUF ($26)

  • 5 GB data in all of Europe
  • 100 minutes or text in all of Europe
  • Valid 30 days

Price: 11.000 HUF ($38)

  • 15 GB data in all of Europe
  • Valid 30 days

Price: 12.000 HUF ($41,50)

  • 10 GB data in all of Europe
  • 100 minutes or text in all of Europe
  • Valid 30 days

Price: 15.000 HUF ($52)

  • 15 GB data in all of Europe
  • 100 minutes or text in all of Europe
  • Valid 30 days

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Buying a Hungary sim card is more affordable once you get to Budapest city. Click on the link to find my article about the best sim card in Hungary for tourists.

Although it is relatively cheap to travel to Budapest, a 0.5L beer can already be found for less than $2, prepaid Hungary sim cards at Budapest Airport are expensive! It actually makes sense to order your sim card for Europe online.

Buy a Hungary sim card online

As you have seen Hungary sim cards are NOT the best ones for traveling in Europe. Save yourself the hassle of buying a sim card at Budapest Airport and order one online before your trip to Hungary. Check out and order directly from the Simoptions website, they are specialized in sim cards for travelers. These are some of the best offers:

1. Orange Holiday ZEN - $29.90

  • 8 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Europe
  • 30 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Europe
  • 200 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

2. Three PAYG AIO15 - $29.90

  • 10 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

3. Three PAYG AIO20 - $39.90

  • 12 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

4. Orange Holiday Europe - $49.90

  • 20 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Europe
  • 120 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Europe
  • 1,000 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

Personally I would recommend you one of the Three or Orange sim cards above that are linked. You can order them and many other international sim cards directly through the Simoptions website. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are automatically activated from its first use. Click on the links above or the banner below for more info.

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How to get from Budapest Airport to Budapest city

There are two options: a direct bus or a bus/metro combinations. In case your hotel is close to one of the metro stations I would go for that option, otherwise a direct bus into the city is pretty convenient. 

from budapest airport to the city

The direct bus costs 900 HUF ($3) one way and stops at Deák Ferenc tér, Astoria Metro and Kálvin tér Metro, the combination ticket is only 530 HUF ($1,80).

public transport budapest airport

I hope all the above tips for buying a Hungary sim card at Budapest Airport were helpful. Let me know if you have any additional questions by dropping me a comment below. I am more than happy to help you out, also with Hungary travel tips.

Enjoy your trip to Budapest!

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