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There are 8 ways to get from Geneva to Budapest by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly from Geneva  •  4h 50m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Budapest (BUD) GVA - BUD

28 915 Ft - 94 334 Ft

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Bus  •  20h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva - Bus station to Milan Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine > Geneva - Bus station > Milan
  2. Take the bus from Milan to Budapest Népliget bus station 1922

20 829 Ft - 25 805 Ft

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Train to Lyon, fly  •  7h 26m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Budapest (BUD) LYS - BUD

37 735 Ft - 100 781 Ft

Train to Zurich, fly  •  7h 34m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Budapest (BUD) ZRH - BUD

58 328 Ft - 133 968 Ft

Train  •  15h 9m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB Ic1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Wien Meidling Rjx
  3. Take the train from Wien Meidling to Budapest-Deli Ic

100 294 Ft - 187 226 Ft

Bus, train  •  19h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Genève to Bratislava
  2. Take the train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Nyugati Ec

Train, night train  •  15h 57m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB Ic1 / ...
  2. Take the night train from Zuerich Hb to Budapest-Keleti En

93 054 Ft - 139 026 Ft

Drive  •  11h 42m

  1. Drive from Geneva to Budapest 1248.9 km

48 000 Ft - 70 000 Ft

Switzerland → Hungary
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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Budapest is to bus which costs SFr 60 - SFr 80 and takes 20h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Budapest is to fly which costs SFr 85 - SFr 290 and takes 4h 50m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Geneva station to Budapest. However, there are services departing from Geneva - Bus station and arriving at Deák Ferenc tér M via Milan and Népliget M. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20h 31m.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Budapest. However, there are services departing from Genève and arriving at Budapest-Deli via Zuerich Hb and Wien Meidling. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 9m.

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The distance between Geneva and Budapest is 990 km. The road distance is 1248.9 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Budapest without a car is to train which takes 15h 9m and costs SFr 300 - SFr 600.

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It takes approximately 4h 50m to get from Geneva to Budapest, including transfers.

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Geneva to Budapest bus services, operated by Blablabus, depart from Geneva - Bus station.

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Geneva to Budapest train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Genève station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Budapest is to fly which takes 4h 50m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 290. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 300 - SFr 600 and takes 15h 9m, you could also bus, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 80 and takes 20h 31m.

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  • Distance: 990 km
  • Duration: 4h 50m

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

easyJet, Austrian Airlines and two other airlines fly from Geneva to Budapest 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Geneva to Budapest via Zuerich Hb and Wien Meidling in around 15h 9m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
49 000 Ft - 120 000 Ft
Flights from Geneva to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
49 000 Ft - 120 000 Ft
Flights from Lyon to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35 000 Ft - 160 000 Ft
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55 000 Ft - 150 000 Ft
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
55 000 Ft - 150 000 Ft
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Budapest via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
26 000 Ft - 110 000 Ft
Flights from Zurich to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
33 000 Ft - 110 000 Ft
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Geneva to Budapest via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
32 000 Ft - 140 000 Ft
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
60 000 Ft - 160 000 Ft
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Geneva to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
24 000 Ft - 75 000 Ft
Flights from Lyon to Budapest
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
16 000 Ft - 75 000 Ft
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Lyon to Budapest via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
38 000 Ft - 130 000 Ft
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Budapest via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
36 000 Ft - 120 000 Ft
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
17 000 Ft - 31 000 Ft
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
28 000 Ft - 55 000 Ft
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
27 000 Ft - 49 000 Ft
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Wien Meidling
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
70 000 Ft - 130 000 Ft
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
13 000 Ft - 17 000 Ft
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
14 000 Ft - 17 000 Ft
1st Class
13 000 Ft - 16 000 Ft
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Train from Wien Meidling to Budapest-Deli
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
2 500 Ft - 8 500 Ft
Website
RegioJet
2nd Class
2 500 Ft - 3 600 Ft
1st Class
5 000 Ft - 8 500 Ft
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
3 500 Ft - 6 000 Ft
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
3 500 Ft - 4 300 Ft
Business
4 900 Ft - 6 000 Ft
1st Class
5 000 Ft - 6 000 Ft
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica to Budapest-Nyugati
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
8 500 Ft - 12 000 Ft
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Night train from Zuerich Hb to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
11h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
65 000 Ft - 90 000 Ft
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Bus operators
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Geneva - Bus station to Milan
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
4 400 Ft - 5 500 Ft
Website
Blablabus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Milan to Budapest Népliget bus station
Ave. Duration
14h 16m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
16 000 Ft - 20 000 Ft
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Budapest Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 45m.

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Geneva to Budapest bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Budapest Népliget bus station.

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Geneva to Budapest train services, operated by RegioJet, arrive at Budapest-Deli station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Budapest is 1249 km. It takes approximately 11h 42m to drive from Geneva to Budapest.

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easyJet, Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Geneva Airport to Budapest Airport.

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There are 2742+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at 27 500 Ft per night.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to train which takes 7 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 18.

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