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There are 3 ways to get from Žilina to Budapest by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  4h 35m

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

4 200 Ft - 7 000 Ft

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Train  •  5h 38m

  1. Take the train from Zilina to Bratislava hl.st. Zr / ...
  2. Take the train from Bratislava hl.st. to Budapest-Nyugati Ec / ...

9 631 Ft - 19 607 Ft

Drive  •  3h 52m

  1. Drive from Žilina to Budapest 248.4 miles

14 000 Ft - 21 000 Ft

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The cheapest way to get from Žilina to Budapest is to bus which costs 13€ - 22€ and takes 4h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Žilina to Budapest is to drive which costs 40€ - 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 Budapest-Nyugati via Bratislava hl.st.. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 38m.

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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 13€ - 22€.

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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 13€ - 22€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 29€ - 65€ and takes 5h 38m.

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Map of how to get from Žilina to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 120.7 miles
  • Duration: 4h 35m

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

FlixBus operates a bus from Žilina to Budapest twice daily. Tickets cost 4 200 Ft - 7 000 Ft and the journey takes 4h 35m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Žilina to Budapest via Bratislava hl.st. in around 5h 38m.

Train operators
Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK)
Website
zssk.sk
Train from Zilina to Bratislava hl.st.
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2 600 Ft - 3 700 Ft
Website
slovakrail.sk
Train from Bratislava hl.st. to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
7 000 Ft - 10 000 Ft
Website
slovakrail.sk
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
2 200 Ft - 3 300 Ft
Website
cd.cz
Polish Railways (PKP)

The rail network in Poland is conveniently organised, with many connections between cities, making it an effective method of travelling around the country. Tickets for regional and express trains are affordable, with children, students, pensioners, people with disability and large families entitled to discounts. Trains have standard 1st and 2nd class reserved seating, and many overnight trains also offer sleepers and couchettes.

Contact Details
Phone
703 200 200
Website
intercity.pl
Train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
1 200 Ft - 1 900 Ft
Website
Intercity.pl
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2nd Class
1 200 Ft - 1 900 Ft
1st Class
1 700 Ft - 2 500 Ft
Deutsche Bahn

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
10 000 Ft - 16 000 Ft
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
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
4 200 Ft - 7 000 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 Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK), arrive at Budapest-Nyugati 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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