Lounge Review: Platinum Lounge Schengen at Budapest F. Liszt

Lounge Review: Platinum Lounge Schengen at Budapest F. Liszt

The third lounge I visited at Budapest airport before my flight to Helsinki was the Platinum Lounge near gate 12. While that was the Schengen one, there is also a Platinum Lounge in the non-Schengen area.

The lounge is one of four Priority Pass lounges at Budapest airport. It is also accessible to premium passengers of Lufthansa, Swiss, Iberia, and other airlines. Finally, one can also pay 25 EUR to enter the Platinum Lounge for two hours.

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Lounge Overview

The lounge is basically one large rectangular room.

Right after entering, on the left, there is the reception desk with a nice looking wall behind it that separates it from the rest of the lounge.


Reception area.

On the right, there is a self-service bar with some counter-height chairs. There is also a small business center with two computers and a printer next to the bar.


Self-service bar.
Business Center

Computer in the business center.
Business Center

Printer in the business center.

The buffet is right accross the entrance. Newspapers and magazines are located, not so conveniently, below the buffet counter.



Reading materials.

The rest of the lounge consists of various seating options. There are both dining tables and chairs in the middle, as well as a variety of sofa chairs and sofas.


Overview of the main seating area.

Sofa chairs, sofas, and chairs.

Sofa chairs.

Sofa chairs in the main seating area.

Comfortable sofa.

A smaller sitting area at the very back of the lounge.

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Food & Drinks Selection

The drinks are in the self-service bar area. There is a soda machine with Coca-Cola products and bottled water. There are also some juices, tea and coffee.

Soft Drinks

Sodas and water.
Soft Drinks and Beer

Soft drinks, sparkling wine, and beer.

Coffee corner.

On the alcoholic side, there is a selection of wines, beer and spirits.

Alcoholic Drinks


As for meals, there are several warm light meal choices – ranging from chicken meat balls to some salads.


Meat balls and salads.

There are also some yoghurts, pastries and bread, as well as fruits and cereals. Finally, on the bar, there are some snacks.


Bread, pastries, and apples.

Soup and yoghurts.

Snacks on the bar counter.

Platinum Lounge Schengen Budapest Summary

At the time of my visit, on a Friday late morning, the lounge was fairly empty. The lounge quality overall is what one would expect from a contract lounge.

While the food selection is on the subpar side, the seating options are relatively good. Especially, the sofas are comfortable!

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However, I would not recommend paying 25 EUR to visit the lounge. Instead, I would spend it in one of the airport restaurants.

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