Review: Platinum Lounge, Terminal 2B Non-Schengen Budapest (BUD)

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Platinum Lounge Non-Schengen, Budapest Airport

Date of visit: September 20, 2016

Location: Terminal 2B (Non-schengen), by gate B7, mezzanine level
Access: All passengers, regardless of airline and class of service for 25Euro plus tax for 2 hours;
Select premium customers and elite members departing on Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Finnair, Air Serbia, Aeroflot, British Airways and Air China
Opening hours: Daily, 5am to 11pm

Lounge Entrance

Platinum Lounge Budapest Airport entrance

Lounge Access

Lounge access information


Platinum Lounge Budapest Airport seating

Platinum Lounge Budapest Airport seating

Platinum Lounge Budapest Airport seating

Platinum Lounge Budapest Airport seating


Buffet area

The buffet offered chicken meatballs, Greek salad and potato salad

Potato chips, biscuits

Drinks section

Alcoholic drinks, still and sparkling water


Espresso machine

Juices and beers

White wines

Dining area

One can also order from the menu in case the food from the buffet is not to your liking.

Work & Entertainment

There's 2 PCs with printer. Wifi access is also complimentary.

TV screen and newspapers


Coat rack

Coat rack


After visiting the Platinum Lounge Schengen, we decided to go to the Platinum Lounge Non Schengen which is located after passport controls. They actually have the same food offering here which included chicken meatballs, Greek salad, potato salad and tomato cream soup. The chicken meatballs were okay although I guess it would have been better if they had been served warm. The drinks selection was extensive and there was a snack section which offered Lays potato chips which was not offered in the Schengen Lounge. The seats were very comfortable, something I can not say about the ones in the Platinum Lounge Schengen. Overall, this is a nice lounge with good food and drinks offering although still not as impressive as the Fantazja Executive Lounge in Warsaw Airport which is one of my favorite lounges in Europe.

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