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There are 7 ways to get from Bucharest to Budapest by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly to Budapest  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Budapest (BUD) OTP - BUD

$33 - $314

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Bus Maxibus Travel  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Bucharest to Budapest

$15 - $38

5 alternative options

Fly to Oradea, train  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Oradea (OMR) OTP - OMR
  2. Take the train from Biharkeresztes to Püspökladany
  3. Take the train from Püspökladany to Budapest-Nyugati

$35 - $174

Bus SC Latino Expres S.R.L.  •  14 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Bucharest to Budapest

$60 - $85

Train  •  16 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Brasov Ir / ...
  2. Take the train from Brasov to Budapest-Keleti Ic

$33 - $54

Night train  •  15 h 50 min

  1. Take the night train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Budapest-Keleti D / ...

$60 - $90

Drive  •  9 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Bucharest to Budapest 523.6 miles

$90 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Bucharest to Budapest is to bus which costs $15 - $40 and takes 8 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bucharest to Budapest is to fly which costs $30 - $320 and takes 4 h 57 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bucharest and arriving at Budapest. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 14 h 26 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight train departing from Bucuresti Nord Gara A and arriving at Budapest-Keleti. This train operates every day. The journey takes approximately 15 h 50 min.

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The distance between Bucharest and Budapest is 643 km. The road distance is 837.7 km.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Budapest without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 20 min and costs $15 - $40.

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It takes approximately 4 h 57 min to get from Bucharest to Budapest, including transfers.

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Bucharest to Budapest bus services, operated by SC Latino Expres S.R.L., depart from Bucharest station.

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Bucharest to Budapest train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), depart from Bucuresti Nord Gara A station.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Budapest is to fly which takes 4 h 57 min and costs $30 - $320. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $15 - $40 and takes 8 h 20 min, you could also train, which costs $30 - $55 and takes 16 h 48 min.

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Map of how to get from Bucharest to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 402.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 57 min

What companies run services between Bucharest, Romania and Budapest, Hungary?

Tarom flies from Bucharest to Budapest twice daily. Alternatively, Maxibus Travel operates a bus from Bucharest to Budapest 6 times a week, and the journey takes 8 h 7 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Oradea
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Blue Air
Website
blueairweb.com
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Oradea
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$21 - $200
Train operators
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
Phone
+36 (1) 3 49 49 49
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Biharkeresztes to Püspökladany
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Püspökladany to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Brasov
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Brasov to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
13 h 23 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Night train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
15 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Night train from Gara de Nord to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
15 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
cd.cz
Bus operators
Maxibus Travel
Phone
004 0756 117 331
Email
contact@maxibustravel.ro
Website
maxibustravel.ro
Bus from Bucharest to Budapest
Ave. Duration
8 h 7 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
maxibustravel.ro
Mayer & Mayer Reisen
Phone
0744509279
Email
arminmayerreisen@yahoo.de
Website
mayer-transport.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Budapest
Ave. Duration
18 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
mayer-transport.ro
Brianna Tour
SC Latino Expres S.R.L.
Phone
0040263701919
Email
latinoexpres@yahoo.com
Website
latinoexpres.ro
Bus from Bucharest to Budapest
Ave. Duration
14 h 26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
latinoexpres.ro

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The quickest flight from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Budapest Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Bucharest to Budapest bus services, operated by SC Latino Expres S.R.L., arrive at Budapest station.

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Budapest is 1 h behind Bucharest. It is currently 3:06 AM in Bucharest and 2:06 AM in Budapest.

Bucharest to Budapest train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), arrive at Budapest-Keleti station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bucharest to Budapest is 838 km. It takes approximately 9 h 30 min to drive from Bucharest to Budapest.

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Tarom offers flights from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Budapest Airport.

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There are 4418+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at $40 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Bucharest to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is to shuttle which takes 44 min and costs $1 - $2.

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