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.

Throughout my journey around the world I found out that sim card deals at airports are always more expensive than in a mobile internet provider shop in the city center. At for example Geneva, Zagreb, Vienna and Venice Airport tourists would get less value for money than if they would buy the same sim card outside of the airport. Let’s see how that is at Budapest Airport.

On a trip to Europe? Check out my article about the best European sim cards and I tell you which one especially is great for tourists.

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Hungary sim cards and traveling in Europe

As Hungary is part of the EU there are no roaming charges. Although this is a law since June 2017 for some sim cards in some neighbouring countries this still does not apply. I found out that in Croatia, Poland and Slovenia they sell prepaid sim cards WITHOUT free roaming in Europe. So always ask when you are buying a sim card in Hungary.

Get your Hungary sim card online

If you travel to Europe and want to order a Europe sim card online then click on the link and you will be redirected to the Simoptions website, specialized in international sim cards for travelers. You can already get 12 GB and unlimited calls and texts 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 2021

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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Portable WiFi for Hungary

When traveling to Budapest with kids TEP Wireless could be a great option for you as you can connect up to 5 devices at the same time. Click on the link to see the prices for unlimited internet per day with a Teppy.

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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).

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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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