Trains to Budapest

Budapest is a city of two million people that straddles the Danube. It combines monumental style with a very particular kind of local energy and pride. Visitors go to Budapest in search of grand buildings and a feast of Habsburg history. But, once there, newcomers are invariably seduced by the city’s punchy appeal. Budapest has enough to detain you for a week, a month or even a lifetime.

The Castle District (Várnegyed) pulls the crowds, but make time too for the Buda Hills, the Balváros in Pest, the city's Jewish Quarter, and a trip up the river to the Danube Bend. The big attraction for 2019 is the newly reopened Museum of Fine Art which has just gone through serious renovation (it needed it!). Don't miss the museum's Romanesque Hall, now happily restored to its original splendour.

The Hungarian capital lies at the hub of the country’s excellent rail network. Trains leave one or another of Budapest’s four main stations (Keleti, Déli, Nyugati and Kelenföld) at regular intervals for provincial centres across the country. Some of the stations are attractions in their own right.

Budapest is a bridge between central Europe and the Balkan region. No surprise then that the Hungarian capital enjoys excellent international rail connections. There are a dozen direct trains each day from Vienna, seven from Prague, five from Munich, two from Zurich and one from Hamburg, Berlin and Dresden. There is an impressive range of direct overnight services, with the following cities all featuring on the departure boards: Belgrade, Bucharest, Kiev, Kraków, Warsaw and Zurich.

Travellers from Britain heading for Budapest can travel by day from London via Paris to either Munich or Zurich, connecting in one of those cities onto a direct overnight service to the Hungarian capital.

Travel to Budapest by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe.

London to Budapest by train

from $109.01

Avg 3 changes 19hr 15m

Paris to Budapest by train

from $126.55

Avg 2 changes 12hr 39m

Munich to Budapest by train

from $46.36

Avg 0 changes 6hr 28m

Brussels to Budapest by train

from $92.72

Avg 2 changes 13hr 54m

Prague to Budapest by train

from $102.75

Avg 0 changes 6hr 28m

Berlin to Budapest by train

from $45.11

Avg 0 changes 11hr 2m

Cologne to Budapest by train

from $57.01

Avg 1 change 11hr 23m

Amsterdam to Budapest by train

from $83.32

Avg 2 changes 14hr 42m

Frankfurt am Main to Budapest by train

from $54.51

Avg 1 change 9hr 57m

Vienna to Budapest by train

from $15.66

Avg 0 changes 2hr 20m

Stuttgart to Budapest by train

from $198.60

Avg 1 change 9hr 21m

Mannheim to Budapest by train

from $55.13

Avg 1 change 10hr 7m

Bruck an der Leitha to Budapest by train

from $25.06

Avg 1 change 2hr 44m

Hegyeshalom to Budapest by train

from $27.57

Avg 0 changes 1hr 34m

Győr to Budapest by train

from $23.18

Avg 0 changes 1hr 6m

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Passau to Budapest by train

from $43.85

Avg 1 change 5hr 14m

Dresden to Budapest by train

from $57.01

Avg 1 change 8hr 55m

Linz to Budapest by train

from $45.73

Avg 0 changes 3hr 46m

Nuremberg to Budapest by train

from $344.57

Avg 1 change 7hr 37m

Regensburg to Budapest by train

from $44.48

Avg 4 changes 9hr 53m

Plattling to Budapest by train

from $45.11

Avg 1 change 6hr 10m

Würzburg to Budapest by train

from $57.01

Avg 1 change 8hr 20m

Salzburg to Budapest by train

from $45.73

Avg 0 changes 4hr 37m

Hanover to Budapest by train

from $55.13

Avg 1 change 10hr 48m

Düsseldorf to Budapest by train

from $55.13

Avg 1 change 11hr 57m

Bratislava to Budapest by train

from $38.22

Avg 0 changes 2hr 23m

Duisburg to Budapest by train

from $59.52

Avg 1 change 12hr 6m

Karlsruhe to Budapest by train

from $55.13

Avg 1 change 10hr 8m

Belgrade to Budapest by train

from $56.38

Avg 0 changes 7hr 56m

Hamburg to Budapest by train

from $56.38

Avg 1 change 12hr 16m

Heidelberg to Budapest by train

from $55.13

Avg 2 changes 10hr 5m

Zurich to Budapest by train

from $45.11

Avg 0 changes 10hr 39m

Ljubljana to Budapest by train

from $56.38

Avg 0 changes 8hr 11m

Breclav to Budapest by train

from $51.37

Avg 0 changes 3hr 20m

Mainz to Budapest by train

from $68.91

Avg 1 change 10hr 38m

Strasbourg to Budapest by train

from $120.91

Avg 1 change 11hr 48m

Venlo to Budapest by train

from $92.72

Avg 2 changes 13hr 14m

Leipzig to Budapest by train

from $54.51

Avg 1 change 9hr 31m

Bucharest to Budapest by train

from $97.73

Avg 0 changes 14hr 5m

Hanau to Budapest by train

from $80.19

Avg 1 change 9hr 41m

Zagreb to Budapest by train

from $52.63

Avg 0 changes 5hr 34m

Barcelona to Budapest by train

from $149.11

Avg 2 changes 22hr 54m

Lyon to Budapest by train

from $165.39

Avg 2 changes 16hr 41m

Offenburg to Budapest by train

from $57.64

Avg 1 change 10hr 48m

Marseille to Budapest by train

from $139.71

Avg 2 changes 19hr 27m

Ulm to Budapest by train

from $57.01

Avg 1 change 8hr 3m

Innsbruck to Budapest by train

from $92.09

Avg 1 change 6hr 40m

Krakow to Budapest by train

from $105.25

Avg 0 changes 9hr 53m

Edinburgh to Budapest by train

from $273.15

Avg 4 changes 24hr 49m

Frankfurt Airport to Budapest by train

from $57.01

Avg 1 change 9hr 17m

Basel to Budapest by train

from $59.52

Avg 1 change 11hr 46m

Villach to Budapest by train

from $43.85

Avg 1 change 6hr 48m

Geneva to Budapest by train

from $92.09

Avg 2 changes 13hr 37m

Rosenheim to Budapest by train

from $31.95

Avg 0 changes 5hr 55m

Debrecen to Budapest by train

from $34.46

Avg 0 changes 2hr 30m

Manchester to Budapest by train

from $395.19

Avg 4 changes 23hr 24m

Flughafen Wien to Budapest by train

from $15.66

Avg 1 change 2hr 59m

Saarbrücken to Budapest by train

from $226.16

Avg 1 change 11hr 42m

Madrid to Budapest by train

from $228.67

Avg 3 changes 27hr 9m

Hallstatt to Budapest by train

from $92.72

Avg 1 change 6hr 26m

Mühldorf to Budapest by train

from $127.18

Avg 2 changes 6hr 6m

Kufstein to Budapest by train

from $152.24

Avg 0 changes 6hr 9m

Wiener Neustadt Hbf to Budapest by train

from $43.85

Avg 2 changes 7hr 51m

Country guide

Trains to Hungary

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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