Trains to Budapest Find train times and tickets

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 Hungarian capital lies at the hub of the country’s excellent rail network. Trains leave one or another of Budapest 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.

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Stuttgart to Budapest by train

from £45.50

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Strasbourg to Budapest by train

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Duisburg to Budapest by train

from £234.00

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Dresden to Budapest by train

from £36.50

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Hamburg to Budapest by train

from £238.00

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Würzburg to Budapest by train

from £45.50

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Hanau to Budapest by train

from £45.50

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Heidelberg to Budapest by train

from £45.50

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Passau to Budapest by train

from £82.50

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Hegyeshalom to Budapest by train

from £23.50

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Břeclav to Budapest by train

from £42.50

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Cologne to Budapest by train

from £45.50

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Ljubljana to Budapest by train

from £62.00

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Salzburg to Budapest by train

from £56.50

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Paris to Budapest by train

from £71.50

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Prague to Budapest by train

from £81.50

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Nuremberg to Budapest by train

from £45.50

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Regensburg to Budapest by train

from £73.50

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Venlo to Budapest by train

from £74.00

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Hanover to Budapest by train

from £64.50

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Bratislava to Budapest by train

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Bucharest to Budapest by train

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Frankfurt am Main to Budapest by train

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Munich to Budapest by train

from £36.00

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Leipzig to Budapest by train

from £45.50

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Zagreb to Budapest by train

from £42.50

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Győr to Budapest by train

from £19.00

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Brussels to Budapest by train

from £74.00

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Mannheim to Budapest by train

from £45.50

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Karlsruhe to Budapest by train

from £45.50

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Berlin to Budapest by train

from £45.50

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Düsseldorf to Budapest by train

from £74.00

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Linz to Budapest by train

from £72.00

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Belgrade to Budapest by train

from £44.00

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Amsterdam to Budapest by train

from £66.50

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Vienna to Budapest by train

from £40.00

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Zurich to Budapest by train

from £151.00

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Mainz to Budapest by train

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail 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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