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There are 6 ways to get from Bratislava to Budapest by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 23m

  1. Take the train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Nyugati Ec

3 400 Ft - 12 000 Ft

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Train via Budapest-Kelenfoeld  •  2h 47m

  1. Take the train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Kelenfoeld Ic

2 494 Ft - 7 063 Ft

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Bus  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Bratislava, Autobusová stanica Nivy to Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop RegioJet

3 600 Ft - 5 000 Ft

Rideshare  •  2h 39m

  1. Take the rideshare from Bratislava to Budapest 200.9 km

4 334 Ft

Drive  •  1h 53m

  1. Drive from Bratislava to Budapest 200.3 km

7 500 Ft - 11 000 Ft

Bus, fly  •  3h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Bratislava, Most SNP to Vienna, Schwechat Airport Bbf.
  2. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Budapest (BUD) VIE - BUD

14 709 Ft - 65 204 Ft

Bratislava to Budapest by train

The train journey time between Bratislava and Budapest is around 2h 23m and covers a distance of around 212 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 23m. Operated by Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK), Czech Railways (ČD) and Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, the Bratislava to Budapest train service departs from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica and arrives in Budapest-Nyugati. Typically 35 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Bratislava to Budapest train schedules

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Budapest is 0036 6 80 277 455.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Budapest is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Budapest is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0036 6 80 277 455.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Bratislava to Budapest is to bus which costs 10€ - 14€ and takes 4h 40m.

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The fastest way to get from Bratislava to Budapest is to drive. Taking this option will cost 20€ - 30€ and takes 1h 53m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bratislava, Autobusová stanica Nivy and arriving at Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica and arriving at Budapest-Nyugati. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 23m.

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The distance between Bratislava and Budapest is 161 km. The road distance is 200.3 km.

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The best way to get from Bratislava to Budapest without a car is to train which takes 2h 23m and costs 9€ - 35€.

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The train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Nyugati takes 2h 23m including transfers and departs five times a day.

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Bratislava to Budapest bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from Bratislava, Autobusová stanica Nivy station.

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Bratislava to Budapest train services, operated by Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK), depart from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica station.

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The best way to get from Bratislava to Budapest is to train which takes 2h 23m and costs 9€ - 35€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 10€ - 14€ and takes 4h 40m.

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  • Distance: 161.4 km
  • Duration: 2h 23m

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

Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK) operates a train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Nyugati 4 times a day. Tickets cost 3 400 Ft - 5 000 Ft and the journey takes 2h 23m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, RegioJet operates a bus from Bratislava, Autobusová stanica Nivy to Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop hourly. Tickets cost 3 600 Ft - 5 000 Ft and the journey takes 4h 40m.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Vienna to Budapest
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
29 000 Ft - 60 000 Ft
Train operators
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
3 500 Ft - 6 000 Ft
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
3 500 Ft - 4 300 Ft
Business
4 900 Ft - 6 000 Ft
1st Class
5 000 Ft - 6 000 Ft
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
8 500 Ft - 12 000 Ft
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
2 200 Ft - 7 000 Ft
Website
RegioJet
2nd Class
2 200 Ft - 3 200 Ft
1st Class
4 500 Ft - 7 000 Ft
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Bratislava, Autobusová stanica Nivy to Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
3 600 Ft - 5 000 Ft
Website
RegioJet
Bus from Bratislava, Most SNP to Vienna, Schwechat Airport Bbf.
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
1 100 Ft - 1 600 Ft
Website
RegioJet
Slovak Lines
Phone
+421 2 55422734
Email
info@slovaklines.sk
Website
slovaklines.sk
Bus from Bratislava Most SNP to Vienna Airport
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
1 200 Ft - 1 800 Ft
Website
Slovak Lines
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Bratislava to Budapest
Ave. Duration
2h 39m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
4 334 Ft
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Vienna Airport to Budapest Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Bratislava to Budapest bus services, operated by RegioJet, arrive at Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop station.

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Bratislava 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 Bratislava to Budapest is 200 km. It takes approximately 1h 53m to drive from Bratislava to Budapest.

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Austrian Airlines offers flights from Vienna Airport to Budapest Airport.

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Book your Bratislava to Budapest bus tickets online with Omio and Distribusion.

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There are 2742+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at 27 500 Ft per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Bratislava and Budapest. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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