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There are 7 ways to get from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train via Püspökladany  •  7h 24m

  1. Take the train from Cluj Napoca to Biharkeresztes Ic
  2. Take the train from Biharkeresztes to Püspökladany R / ...
  3. Take the train from Püspökladany to Budapest-Nyugati Ic / ...

$17 - $27

6 alternative options

Train  •  7h 54m

  1. Take the train from Cluj Napoca to Budapest-Keleti Ic

$19 - $26

Bus Kameleon  •  8h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Cluj to Budapest Népliget

$23 - $28

Bus SC Latino Expres S.R.L.  •  8h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Cluj Napoca OMV to Budapest

$55 - $80

Rideshare  •  6h 28m

  1. Take the rideshare from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest 278.7 miles

$27

Drive  •  5h 54m

  1. Drive from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest 282.7 miles

$50 - $75

Fly  •  4h 30m

  1. Fly from Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) to Budapest (BUD) CLJ - BUD

$41 - $327

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The cheapest way to get from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest is to train which costs $16 - $27 and takes 7h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest is to fly which costs $40 - $330 and takes 4h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cluj Napoca OMV and arriving at Budapest. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 44m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest. However, there are services departing from Cluj Napoca and arriving at Budapest-Nyugati via Biharkeresztes and Püspökladany. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 24m.

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The distance between Cluj-Napoca and Budapest is 354 km. The road distance is 452.3 km.

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The best way to get from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest without a car is to train which takes 7h 24m and costs $16 - $27.

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It takes approximately 7h 24m to get from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest, including transfers.

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Cluj-Napoca to Budapest bus services, operated by SC Latino Expres S.R.L., depart from Cluj Napoca OMV station.

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Cluj-Napoca to Budapest train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), depart from Cluj Napoca station.

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The best way to get from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest is to train which takes 7h 24m and costs $16 - $27. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $23 - $29 and takes 8h 13m, you could also fly, which costs $40 - $330 and takes 4h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 221.5 miles
  • Duration: 7h 24m

What companies run services between Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Budapest, Hungary?

You can take a train from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest via Biharkeresztes and Püspökladany in around 7h 24m. Alternatively, Kameleon operates a bus from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest 3 times a day. Tickets cost $23 and the journey takes 8h. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $650
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest via Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Flights from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest via London Luton
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $190
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Cluj Napoca to Biharkeresztes
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Cluj Napoca to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
Phone
+36 (1) 3 49 49 49
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Biharkeresztes to Püspökladany
Ave. Duration
59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Püspökladany to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Bus operators
Kameleon
Phone
0040-264-599182
Email
office@kameleon.ro
Website
kameleon.ro
Bus from Cluj to Budapest Népliget
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
kameleon.ro
Huben
Website
huben.ro
Bus from Cluj to Budapest Népliget
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $25
Schedules at
huben.ro
President Tour
Phone
0720 008899
Email
office@presidenttour.ro
Website
presidenttour.ro
Bus from Cluj to Budapest - Népliget
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Schedules at
presidenttour.ro
SC Latino Expres S.R.L.
Phone
0040263701919
Email
latinoexpres@yahoo.com
Website
latinoexpres.ro
Bus from Cluj Napoca OMV to Budapest
Ave. Duration
8h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
latinoexpres.ro
GIG
Phone
+40722258311
Email
office@gigimpex.ro
Website
gigimpex.ro
Bus from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest
Ave. Duration
7h 29m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$32
Schedules at
gigimpex.ro
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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More Questions & Answers

There is no direct flight from Cluj-Napoca Airport to Budapest Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 35m and has one stopover.

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

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Budapest is 1h behind Cluj-Napoca. It is currently 1:42 PM in Cluj-Napoca and 12:42 PM in Budapest.

Cluj-Napoca to Budapest train services, operated by Hungarian Railways (MÁV), arrive at Budapest-Nyugati station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cluj-Napoca to Budapest is 452 km. It takes approximately 5h 54m to drive from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest.

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LOT, Tarom, Lufthansa and Wizz Air offer flights from Cluj-Napoca Airport to Budapest Airport.

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There are 4659+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at $32 USD per night.

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

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The best way to get from Cluj-Napoca to Cluj-Napoca Airport is to taxi which takes 10m and costs $4 - $5.

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