Aviation Museum: Aeropark Budapest (Budapest, Hungary)

Aeropark Budapest, HungaryThe second post in the “Introducing Aviation Museums” series looks at another European museum. This time, it brings you information about Aeropark Budapest, an aviation museum conveniently located right next to Budapest airport’s terminal.

With its convenient location and an admirable collection of classic Soviet airliners, this museum should be on every enthusiast’s to-visit list. All of the aircraft in this museum are easily photographable as they are far enough from each other. Furthermore, the friendly museum staff is happy to show the visitors around and even open up most of the aircraft for a cabin and cockpit visit.

Location & Access

Aeropark Budapest is only a ten-minute walk away from Budapest F. Liszt airport terminal.

Exit Terminal 2B on the arrivals floor and turn right. There will be a set of stairs that leads to the departures floor. Walk past it. Behind the staircase, there is a gate with a sign pointing to the museum and to holiday parking. Walk through the gate and head down the walkway. After walking for a couple of hundreds of meters, you will see the museum.

In case you are arriving from the city, check Wikitravel’s “To/From the airport” section to learn how to get to the airport and then follow the instructions above.

Opening Hours

The museum’s opening hours vary by season and are as follows:

Spring & Fall
The last Sunday of March to May 31 & September 1 to the last Sunday of October
Daily: 9:00AM to 6:00PM

Summer
June 1 to August 31
Monday to Thursday: 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Friday to Sunday: 9:00AM to 8:00PM

Winter
The last Sunday of October to the last weekend of March
Monday to Friday: Closed, pre-arranged groups only
Saturday to Sunday: 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Entrance Fees

The entrance fees as of September 2016 are as follows:

Adults: 1,900HUF (approx. 7USD)
Children / Students / Retired / Disabled: 900HUF (approx. 3.5USD)
Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children): 3,900HUF (approx. 14USD)

Aircraft on Display

Below is a list of aircraft on display as of September 2016:

Antonov An-2M / HA-MHI / cn 701647
Antonov An-2R / Malev Aero Club / HA-YHF / cn 1G224-13
Ilyushin Il-14T / Malev Hungarian Airlines / HA-MAL / cn 147001821 [repainted, original reg. RED04]
Ilyushin Il-18V
 / Malev Hungarian Airlines / HA-MOA / cn 180001903
Ilyushin Il-18V / Malev Hungarian Airlines / HA-MOG / cn 184007103
Let L-410UVP-E8A Turbolet / Budapest Air Service / HA-LAF / cn 902518
Lisunov Li-2T / Malev Hungarian Airlines / HA-LIQ / cn 23441206
Mil Mi-2 / Hungarian Air Ambulance / HA-BCB / cn 516302099
Tupolev Tu-134A-3 
/ Malev Hungarian Airlines / HA-LBE / cn 9350802
Tupolev Tu-154B-2 / Malev Hungarian Airlines / HA-LCG / cn 75A-127
Yakovlev Yak-40E / Linair / HA-LRA / cn 9440837
Yakovlev Yak-40E / Flight Inspection Service / HA-YLR / cn 9541044

Other Exhibits, Facilities, etc.

Aircraft parts: Besides complete aircraft listed above, there are also aircraft parts including engines on display (or just lying around) in the museum.

Ground equipment: The museum also hosts a collection of historic airport equipment ranging from radars to historic follow-me cars and passenger transport buses.

Restaurants & shops: There is a refreshment shop in the museum. A wider selection of shops, restauraunts and cafes is available in the nearby airport terminal.

Useful Links

Aeropark Budapest – Home page of the museum. Includes information about the exhibits, as well as about upcoming events. Only in Hungarian.

Aeropark Budapest’s Facebook Page – Features information about upcoming events at the museum including rides in historic follow-me cars, etc. Only in Hungarian, so the “See translation” function of Facebook comes in handy.

Photos

The photos were taken during my two visits to the museum in August 2008 and May 2016.

Entrance
Entrance into the museum.
Sign
Every aircraft in the museum is accompanied by a sign in both Hungarian and English providing extensive details about the aircraft.
Il-18
The pair of Il-18s is arguably the highlight of the museum.
Tu-154
This Tu-154 together with…
Tu-134
…this Tu-134 are not far behind in level of attractiveness to an aviation enthusiast.
Il-14
During my visit in 2007, the Ilyushin Il-14 was still painted in Soviet Air Force colors and wearing RED04 registration. Currently, it is painted in Malev colors.
Il-18
Cockpit of Il-18.
Tu-134
The best seat on Tu-134.
Yak-40
Cockpit of Yak-40.
Yak-40
The Linair Yak-40 cabin is in a spotless condition.
Tu-154
On my second visit, I decided to turn the Tu-154 cabin into a “lie-flat” configuration. (Of course, after this photo, I returned it into its original state.)
Engine
Aircraft parts including engines are displayed at the museum besides complete airframes.
Ground Equipment
Besides aircraft, ground equipment including this catering truck is displayed at the museum.
 

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