There are 11 ways to get from Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo by bus, train, night train, car or plane

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Bus FlixBus  •  15 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld to Sofia N982
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo

$55 - $86

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EuroNight, night train  •  26 h 59 min

  1. Take the EuroNight from Budapest-Kelenföld to Gara de Nord Dacia
  2. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Veliko Tarnovo Bosphor Express

$38 - $59

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Bus Arda Tur  •  19 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest to Stara Zagora 595 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Stara Zagora to Veliko Tarnovo

$54 - $58

Train  •  24 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Bucuresti Nord Gara A Ic
  2. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Ruse(BG)
  3. Take the train from Ruse to Gorna Oryahovitsa 461

$43 - $63

Drive  •  10 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo 620 miles

$110 - $160

Fly Budapest to Bucharest Otopeni, bus  •  10 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) BUD - OTP
  2. Take the bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Ruse
  3. Take the bus from Ruse to Veliko Turnovo

Fly Budapest to Varna, bus  •  10 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Varna (VAR) BUD - VAR
  2. Take the bus from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo

$123 - $458

Fly Budapest to Sofia, bus  •  9 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Sofia (SOF) BUD - SOF
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo

$43 - $287

Fly Budapest to Istanbul Ataturk, bus  •  14 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) BUD - IST
  2. Take the bus from Istanbul to Veliko Tarnovo

$76 - $287

Train to Vienna, fly to Varna, bus  •  10 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Kelenföld to Wien Hbf
  2. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Varna (VAR) VIE - VAR
  3. Take the bus from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo

$178 - $449

Train to Vienna, fly to Sofia, bus  •  12 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Kelenföld to Wien Hbf
  2. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Sofia (SOF) VIE - SOF
  3. Take the bus from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo

$128 - $308

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No, there is no direct bus from Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo. However, there are services departing from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld and arriving at Veliko Tarnovo via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo. However, there are services departing from Budapest-Keleti and arriving at Veliko Tarnovo via Bucuresti Nord Gara A, Ruse and Gorna Oryahovitsa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24 h 2 min.

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The distance between Budapest and Veliko Tarnovo is 711 km. The road distance is 992 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo without a car is to bus which takes 15 h 35 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 15 h 35 min to get from Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo, including transfers.

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Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld station.

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

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The best way to get from Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo is to bus which takes 15 h 35 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 24 h 2 min.

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The quickest flight from Budapest Airport to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo bus services, operated by Biomet, arrive at Veliko Tarnovo station.

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  • Distance: 444.7 miles
  • Duration: 15 h 35 min

What companies run services between Budapest, Hungary and Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria?

You can take a bus from Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo via Sofia in around 15 h 35 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo via Bucuresti Nord Gara A, Ruse(BG), Ruse, and Gorna Oryahovitsa in around 24 h 2 min.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Budapest to Sofia via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Vienna to Varna
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $700
Flights from Vienna to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Istanbul Ataturk, Constanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Budapest to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Budapest to Sofia via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Flights from Budapest to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Flights from Vienna to Varna
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $220
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Rome, Sofia
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Sofia
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Bulgaria Air
Website
air.bg
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Sofia
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$35 - $210
Flights from Vienna to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
SunExpress Deutschland
Website
sunexpress.com
Flights from Budapest to Varna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Train operators
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Ruse to Gorna Oryahovitsa
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $8
Website
bdz.bg
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Night train from Budapest-Kelenföld to Gara de Nord
Ave. Duration
17 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
cd.cz
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Kelenföld to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Biomet
Phone
:+3599884551
Email
office@biomet.bg
Website
biomet.bg
Bus from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
biomet.bg
Bus from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
biomet.bg
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Budapest to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
15 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$49
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Eurolines HU
Phone
+36 (1) 382-0888
Email
info@volanbusz.hu
Website
eurolines.hu
Bus from Budapest Népliget to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
15 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Schedules at
nemzetkozi.volanbusz.hu
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Budapest to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
17 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Municipality of Stara Zagora
Website
starazagora.bg
Bus from Stara Zagora to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
starazagora.bg
Bus from Ruse to Veliko Turnovo
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
starazagora.bg
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Stara Zagora to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Ruse to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Plovdiv Express - 2000 LTD
Phone
0888 211 781
Email
plovdiv_ekspres_2000@abv.bg
Website
plovdivexpres-2000.com
Bus from Stara Zagora to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
plovdivexpres-2000.com
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Stara Zagora to Veliko Turnovo
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Ruse to Veliko Turnovo
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Veliko Tarnovo
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr

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Veliko Tarnovo is 1 h ahead of Budapest. It is currently 12:45 PM in Budapest and 1:45 PM in Veliko Tarnovo.

Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), arrive at Gorna Oryahovitsa station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo is 992 km. It takes approximately 10 h 36 min to drive from Budapest to Veliko Tarnovo.

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Tarom offers flights from Budapest Airport to Bucharest Otopeni Airport.

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There are 241+ hotels available in Veliko Tarnovo. Prices start at $26 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Budapest Airport is to bus which takes 33 min and costs .

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