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Bus  •  4h 17m

  1. Take the bus from Budapest to Arad

$55 - $80

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Train  •  4h 48m

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Loekoeshaza Ic / ...

$7 - $22

4 alternative options

Bus via Népliget M  •  6h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Budapest Nepliget to Arad Gas Station OMV Budapest - Timisoara

$46 - $251

Night train  •  5h 51m

  1. Take the night train from Budapest-Keleti to Arad Night Train / ...

$15 - $18

Rideshare  •  3h 43m

  1. Take the rideshare from Budapest to Arad 263 km

$13

Drive  •  2h 30m

  1. Drive from Budapest to Arad 263.7 km

$29 - $45

Budapest to Arad by train

The train journey time between Budapest and Arad is around 5h 14m and covers a distance of around 250 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 32m. Operated by Hungarian Railways (MÁV) and Romanian Railways (CFR), the Budapest to Arad train service departs from Budapest-Keleti and arrives in Arad. Typically 21 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 14m
Fastest train time:
4h 32m
Train distance:
250 km
Trains per week:
21
Cheapest price:
$7
Carbon emissions:
13 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
07:05
Last train departs at:
17:05

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Budapest to Arad train schedules

Hungary → Romania
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International entry into Romania from Hungary

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Hungary
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Romania from Hungary

  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 8 in quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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Rules to follow in Romania

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Hungary

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Romania is currently allowed from Hungary.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Arad is 800 800 358.

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

The social distance requirement in Arad is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 800 358.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Hungary from Romania.

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Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Budapest to Arad is to rideshare which costs 3 882 Ft and takes 3h 43m.

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The fastest way to get from Budapest to Arad is to drive which takes 2h 30m and costs 8 500 Ft - 13 000 Ft.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Budapest and arriving at Arad. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 17m.

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No, there is no direct train from Budapest to Arad. However, there are services departing from Budapest-Keleti and arriving at Arad via Lokoshaza. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 48m.

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The distance between Budapest and Arad is 227 km. The road distance is 263.7 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Arad without a car is to bus which takes 4h 17m and costs 17 000 Ft - 24 000 Ft.

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The bus from Budapest to Arad takes 4h 17m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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

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Budapest to Arad train services, operated by Hungarian Railways (MÁV), depart from Budapest-Keleti station.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Arad is to bus which takes 4h 17m and costs 17 000 Ft - 24 000 Ft. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 2 000 Ft - 6 500 Ft and takes 4h 48m.

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Map of how to get from Budapest to Arad.
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  • Distance: 226.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 17m

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

SC Latino Expres S.R.L. operates a bus from Budapest to Arad every 4 hours. Tickets cost $55 - $80 and the journey takes 4h 17m. Alternatively, Hungarian Railways (MÁV) operates a train from Budapest-Keleti to Loekoeshaza every 4 hours. Tickets cost $13 - $16 and the journey takes 3h 5m. Romanian Railways (CFR) also services this route once daily.

Train operators
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
Phone
+36 (1) 3 49 49 49
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Budapest-Keleti to Loekoeshaza
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $16
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Night train from Budapest-Keleti to Arad
Ave. Duration
4h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $17
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Budapest-Keleti to Loekoeshaza
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $19
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
$5 - $8
1st Class
$16 - $19
Night train from Budapest-Keleti to Arad
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $21
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
$6 - $8
1st Class
$18 - $21
Bus operators
SC Latino Expres S.R.L.
Phone
0040263701919
Email
latinoexpres@yahoo.com
Website
latinoexpres.ro
Bus from Budapest to Arad
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
latinoexpres.ro
Christian Transfers
Phone
+44 7440 708355
Website
christiantransfers.eu
Bus from Budapest Nepliget to Arad Gas Station OMV
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $250
Website
Christian Transfers
Shuttle
$45 - $65
Private Shuttle
$170 - $250
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 Budapest to Arad
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13
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blablacar.co.uk

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

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Arad is 1h ahead of Budapest. It is currently 11:48 PM in Budapest and 12:48 AM in Arad.

Budapest to Arad train services, operated by Hungarian Railways (MÁV), arrive at Loekoeshaza station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Arad is 264 km. It takes approximately 2h 30m to drive from Budapest to Arad.

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