Hello and welcome to part two of my November escapade to Budapest! Check out part 1 here.
The remaining two reviews - coming soon!
ARRIVAL AT MUNICH
Having arrived from the previous Adria-operated flight I quickly made my way from the satellite terminal - where I had landed - to Terminal 2, where this evening flight would be departing from.
Riding the shuttle:
Then we head up the stairs, turn left and walk for a bit…
…and we're here! Gate G38, currently empty (not like we're using the gates I'm afraid).
With ample time to spare I decide to just relax for a bit in one of those small free lounges MUC has around - but not before I get myself a bottle of Mezzo Mix…
Not much to do - let's take a tour around the terminal!
Wouldn't be a German airport without scale models for sale! Sadly didn't have time to buy one:
Saw the real D-AILU just today - check out the first trip report in this series!
Napcabs - haven't seen any outside of Munich. No need to use these today.
Heading back to the gate, the place where this EW A330 will be sleeping for the night -
- next to a ANA 787.
Boarding begins on time at 6:55PM, and soon a massive queue of Hungarians carrying their last-minute airport Christmas buys appears (they really like their Lego, apparently!):
We head down stairs to hop on board a ratty old airside bus, which will leads us to today's plane - D-ACNK aka "Merseburg", delivered new to Eurowings (back when it was just a regional carrier) almost 9 years ago, before being transferred to Cityline in 2016:
1ºC outside - but it'll be worse in Budapest!
Horatius test: pass!
Legroom is suprisingly better than expected:
Seatback pocket contents are the same as the previous flight with the sole exception of the safety card:
Pushback began at 6:58PM, and by this point I could barely take any pictures outside:
Not a lot to see outside:
Amazingly, and despite such a short flight time we still get meal service. Nothing different from the last flight, it's either a ham or chicken sandwich + a beverage of your choice (water in my case).
Nothing to take a picture of outside so might as well check the bathroom: all clean (but cramped).
Descent begins at 7:50PM, and by 8:05 we're already on final over the town of Üllő:
We get taxiied to a remote stand, where yet another old bus comes to pick us up to Terminal 2A:
Now it's time for me to grab my bag,
hop on a taxi,
and get some zzz at my Novotel.
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While I had a great 4 days in Budapest, which included a trip to the Gellert baths:
and a ride on the Children's Railway:
the real highlight of this trip was a visit to Aeropark Budapest, the country's only aviation museum, topped off with an airside tour of the airport on Day 2. I had booked the tour on Tripadvisor as aan extra (and expensive, at a hefty €135!) birthday treat for myself.
The museum is located 1 KM away from the airport, right at it's entrance, and is served by the 200E bus (you'll need to get off at Repülőmúzeum). While it is a small museum and by no means has the funds Aeroscopia, Udvar-Hazy, etc. have to maintain their planes in tip-top shape, it's perfectly clear nevertheless that they take great pride in what little they have (ex-Soviet planes, first time in all of them!) - even though some of the planes were tatty on the inside they were still dusted regularly and it showed. When I went to visit them in mid-late November they only opened on Saturday mornings, but during the summer they have a more regular all-day schedule.
Two hours later, my tour guide Balazs came to pick me up in a cute little Lada painted to look like Malev GSE from the 80's. We made a few stops for planespotting (including one to watch the daily Emirates 777 depart), visited the fire brigade and ended the trip taking a look inside Terminal 2B's newly built extension.
If you're visiting Budapest in the future and feel like splurging your hard-earned cash on something different from the usual, do check this experience out. I like to thank everyone at Aeropark Budapest (especially Balazs) for such a memorable airport tour and I only wish the best for everyone at the museum!
Munich - MUC
Budapest - BUD
Lufthansa Cityline: not much different from your usual LH service, crew were nice, the sandwiches were all right... The CRJ900s are... not great, but it's not like it was a particularly long flight either. Munich Airport: Easy to navigate, planespotter friendly, free "lounges" to relax in, couldn't recommend it more. Budapest Airport: Lots of shops but it feels very old and cramped in places and it's a bit of a mess during rush hour, definitely needs renovation.
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