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There are 4 ways to get from Žilina to Budapest by bus, train, night bus or car

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Bus  •  4h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Žilina to Budapest, Budapest Mexikói út N1311 / ...

5 000 Ft - 6 500 Ft

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Train  •  6h 41m

  1. Take the train from Zilina to Wien Hbf Ic
  2. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Kelenfoeld Rjx / ...

16 563 Ft - 26 781 Ft

Train, night bus  •  5h 38m

  1. Take the train from Zilina to Banska Bystrica 941 / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Banská Bystrica to Budapest, Budapest Mexikói út N911

5 731 Ft - 7 208 Ft

Drive  •  3h 52m

  1. Drive from Žilina to Budapest 397.5 km

15 000 Ft - 23 000 Ft

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The cheapest way to get from Žilina to Budapest is to bus which costs 15€ - 18€ and takes 4h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Žilina to Budapest is to drive which costs 45€ - 65€ and takes 3h 52m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Žilina and arriving at Budapest, Budapest Mexikói út. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 35m.

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No, there is no direct train from Žilina to Budapest. However, there are services departing from Zilina and arriving at Kelenfoeld via Wien Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 41m.

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The distance between Žilina and Budapest is 193 km. The road distance is 397.5 km.

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The best way to get from Žilina to Budapest without a car is to bus which takes 4h 35m and costs 15€ - 18€.

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The bus from Žilina to Budapest, Budapest Mexikói út takes 4h 35m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Žilina to Budapest bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Žilina station.

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Žilina to Budapest train services, operated by Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK), depart from Zilina station.

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The best way to get from Žilina to Budapest is to bus which takes 4h 35m and costs 15€ - 18€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 45€ - 80€ and takes 6h 41m.

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Map of how to get from Žilina to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 193.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 35m

What companies run services between Žilina, Slovakia and Budapest, Hungary?

FlixBus operates a bus from Žilina to Budapest, Budapest Mexikói út twice daily. Tickets cost 5 000 Ft - 6 500 Ft and the journey takes 4h 35m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Žilina to Budapest via Wien Hbf in around 6h 41m.

Train operators
Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK)
Phone
+421 24 48 58 188
Email
info@slovakrail.sk
Website
zssk.sk
Train from Zilina to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
4 500 Ft - 7 000 Ft
Website
Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK)
Regional 2nd Class
4 500 Ft - 7 000 Ft
Train from Zilina to Banska Bystrica
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
1 600 Ft - 2 200 Ft
Website
Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK)
Regional 2nd Class
1 600 Ft - 2 200 Ft
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
12 000 Ft - 18 000 Ft
Website
Railjet
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
15 000 Ft - 20 000 Ft
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Wien Hbf to Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
1 800 Ft - 6 500 Ft
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
1 800 Ft - 2 400 Ft
1st Class
5 500 Ft - 6 500 Ft
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Zilina to Banska Bystrica
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
1 600 Ft - 2 600 Ft
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
1 600 Ft - 2 000 Ft
Business
2 100 Ft - 2 500 Ft
1st Class
2 100 Ft - 2 600 Ft
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Žilina to Budapest, Budapest Mexikói út
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
5 000 Ft - 6 500 Ft
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Banská Bystrica to Budapest, Budapest Mexikói út
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
3 900 Ft - 4 800 Ft
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Žilina to Budapest bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Budapest, Budapest Mexikói út station.

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Žilina to Budapest train services, operated by Railjet, arrive at Kelenfoeld station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Žilina to Budapest is 398 km. It takes approximately 3h 52m to drive from Žilina to Budapest.

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