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

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Fly Budapest to Zurich  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Zurich (ZRH) BUD - ZRH

$87 - $262

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Bus  •  15 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest, Budapest Népliget to Zurich N391

$56 - $101

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Fly Budapest to Basel, train  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Basel (BSL) BUD - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB

$94 - $306

Train to Vienna, fly to Zurich  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Kelenföld to Wien Hbf
  2. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Zurich (ZRH) VIE - ZRH

$127 - $343

Train  •  11 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Kelenföld to Wien Hbf D / ...
  2. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Feldkirch Rj
  3. Take the train from Feldkirch to Zürich HB Rj / ...

$165 - $276

Bus, train  •  16 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest to St. Gallen
  2. Take the train from St. Gallen to Rapperswil 2-Y / ...

Drive  •  9 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Budapest to Zürich 612.4 miles

$120 - $190

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Budapest to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Deák Ferenc tér M and arriving at Zurich via Budapest, Budapest Népliget. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Budapest to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Kelenföld and arriving at Zürich HB via Wien Hbf and Feldkirch. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 21 min.

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The distance between Budapest and Zürich is 789 km. The road distance is 979.8 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 11 h 21 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 47 min to get from Budapest to Zürich, including transfers.

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Budapest to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Budapest, Budapest Népliget station.

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Budapest to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Kelenföld station.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Zürich is to fly which takes 4 h 47 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 11 h 21 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 15 h 23 min.

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The quickest flight from Budapest Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 40 min.

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Budapest to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Zurich station.

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Map of how to get from Budapest to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 492.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 47 min

What companies run services between Budapest, Hungary and Zürich, Switzerland?

Swiss, Lufthansa and two other airlines fly from Budapest to Zürich every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Budapest to Zürich via Wien Hbf and Feldkirch in around 11 h 21 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Budapest to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Flights from Vienna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Budapest to Zurich via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Vienna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Budapest to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Budapest to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Flights from Budapest to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Budapest to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Budapest to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Vienna to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Vienna to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Budapest to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $410
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Budapest to Zurich via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Budapest to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $170
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Vienna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$90 - $350
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Feldkirch to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Feldkirch
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Train from Feldkirch to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Südostbahn
Website
sob.ch
Train from St. Gallen to Rapperswil
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
sob.ch
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 Népliget to Zurich
Ave. Duration
14 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Budapest to Zürich
Ave. Duration
14 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Book at
eurolines.ch
Bus from Budapest to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Book at
eurolines.ch

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Budapest to Zürich train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Zürich is 980 km. It takes approximately 9 h 22 min to drive from Budapest to Zürich.

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Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Budapest Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 501+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $89 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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