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Flying Into BUD And PRG - A Few Questions  
User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2050 posts, RR: 15
Posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3742 times:

I've just booked a trip to Budapest and Prague for Thanksgiving next month... I'll be flying ZRH-BUD on Malev, and then BUD-PRG-BUD on CSA. I had a few questions for anyone familiar with those airports...

- Which side of the plane should I sit on for good views of each city during landing? I know that good views are largely dependent on wind direction, but just in case we have a good approach path I want to be sure I'm sitting in a good spot.

- Hungary and the Czech Republic aren't scheduled to join the Schengen area until January 1 of this year. Does that mean I'll get a passport stamp upon arrival in each country? (I'm always looking to add more!)

- What's the best way to get from the airport to the city? At BUD there appears to be a train from Terminal 1 (the LCC terminal) that goes straight to the main city station. If I take a bus from Terminal 2 and then catch the train at T1, is that the best option? At PRG I assume I'll want to catch a bus as well, since taxis are pretty much out of my price range.

- Where should I go to get views in each terminal? Is the observation deck at BUD's Terminal 2 still open?

Thanks in advance!

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User currently offlineCyba From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2005, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

Sorry to disapoint you but you wont' get too good views coming into either of those airports - the approaches are clearly away from the city. The only good views of those cities come when you're overflying them on a clear day. So it doesn't really matter which side of the plane you're sitting.

Not sure how to get into town by public transport nor about viewing gallery. Hope this helps


User currently offlineSpeedbirdEGJJ From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3691 times:

Not sure as to what you class as a 'good view' but arriving into Prague i've always found sitting on the left hand side has given views of the city. As you say it depends on the wind but the 6 times i've flown into PRG its been the same way.

BUD isn't anywhere near the city from memory and it was dull and overcast when i flew in there.


User currently offlinePRGLY From Czech Republic, joined Dec 2004, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3688 times:

Well talking about approach in PRG and view over city, it very much depend on the runway in use. In case of 24 is in use, you may see some parts of the city (northern) from seat A. If 31 than take the other side. Than you will see most of the city from the south to the north. But mostly runway 24 is beeing used. In case of 06 or 13 you will se nothing of the city.
You did not mention when you will travel which is very important talking about terminal to be used. FYI eff 28OCT all flights to all countries going to join Schengen will be moved to terminal 2 which is most probably your case. In PRG observation terace is opened in both terminals. In terminal 2 it is accesible from public side in terminal 1 you may enter only after immigration check from tranzit restaurant in the first floor.
You can get to the city from both terminals using bus 119 connecting airport with underground A or with bus 100 connecting airport with underground B. Price of the ticket is 20 CZK (1USD more or less) ticket is transferable to all kinds of public transport for 75 minutes. If you will spend more time in PRG recommend you to buy public transportation ticket valid for 3 days. I fyou need more info let me know.
Cheers



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3680 times:

I flew into BUD last week, from LHR. The approach was to fly easterwards to the north of the city before eventually swinging to round and make an approach from the east for landing. I sat on the right of the plane -- facing forward, and to be honest, knowing Budapest very well, you don't see much other than suburbs and a bit of Szentendre (an ancient town to the north) as i approached - oh and the Hungaroring F1 motor racing circuit.

Having said that, the flight over was in beautifully clear skies and I did get a lovely if distant and high view of Prague as i flew over.

But i have made landings coming in from the west into BUD in the past and had a much better view flying over the city. Whether that no longer happens or not I'm not sure.

But by next month, it may be so overcast that you won't see much regardless.

But both cities are great, so don't worry if you miss the views flying in, as they both have big hills and views once you are in the cities themselves  Smile



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User currently offlinePEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3669 times:

Quoting Cyba (Reply 1):
Sorry to disapoint you but you wont' get too good views coming into either of those airports - the approaches are clearly away from the city. The only good views of those cities come when you're overflying them on a clear day. So it doesn't really matter which side of the plane you're sitting.



Quoting SpeedbirdEGJJ (Reply 2):
BUD isn't anywhere near the city from memory and it was dull and overcast when i flew in there.

Well, hate to argue, but not really true remarks... I can not think of an international airport being closer to the city, it is basically right at the perimeter, sometimes even too close. Although it is correct if you arrive for any of the 31 oriented runways (which is the most likely scenario, with your MA and CSA flight it will most likely be 31R) all flights will go around the city and you will see nothing, especially coming from ZRH. On the other side (13) 13R is the only landing runway (well at least during normal operation) and that will bring you in from the city, especially coming from ZRH. I suggest you sit on the right side and in this case you will basically see the city center with all the biggest monuments and all... a really nice view.



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User currently offlinePEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3662 times:

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
- What's the best way to get from the airport to the city? At BUD there appears to be a train from Terminal 1 (the LCC terminal) that goes straight to the main city station. If I take a bus from Terminal 2 and then catch the train at T1, is that the best option? At PRG I assume I'll want to catch a bus as well, since taxis are pretty much out of my price range.

It is an option with the train, but as long as you are on the bus, you might remain on it and go to Köbánya Kispest (the last station) and catch the Metro line to the center. But you have to know that the blue metro line is to be reconstructed, so it is not the most pleasing experience of Budapest. The trains run to The Nyugati Central station... it is quicker and more confy ride. Unfortunately the dedicated fast train to Terminal1 and 2 is not yet ready  Sad

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
- Where should I go to get views in each terminal? Is the observation deck at BUD's Terminal 2 still open?

Access all around the fence is pretty easy, however no public transportation to carry you around. The observation deck at Terminal 2 was open, but I know they close for the winter... not really sure about the time or if they will close this year too... I'll try to get some info for you once I arrive back home.



Peet7G
User currently offlinePEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

Let me add one more thing, since I just got off the plane to BRU and I reminded myself to add this too:

-When leaving BUD for PRG and the take-off roll is from 31L sit on the left side, although all departing planes shoot up like rocket because of the new noise regulations (this being because the airport is really near the city) ,but it will make a left turn thus giving you a nice view of the Budapest...

Sorry for giving so much input in so many comments, but I add them as they come Big grin



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