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Bus  •  7h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Krakow to Budapest Mexikói út 1260 / ...

7 000 Ft - 9 000 Ft

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Train  •  8h 34m

  1. Take the train from Krakow Glowny to Wien Hbf Ic
  2. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld Rjx / ...

29 237 Ft - 52 502 Ft

Drive  •  5h 48m

  1. Drive from Kraków to Budapest 389.7 km

13 000 Ft - 19 000 Ft

Fly  •  6h 50m

  1. Fly from Krakow (KRK) to Budapest (BUD) KRK - BUD

7 779 Ft - 34 665 Ft

Bus, shuttle  •  8h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Jubilat to Zakopane ZDA
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Zakopane to Budapest Eurobusways

22 173 Ft - 32 011 Ft

Kraków to Budapest by bus

The bus journey time between Kraków and Budapest is around 7h 10m and covers a distance of around 397 km. The fastest bus normally takes 7h 10m. Operated by FlixBus, the Kraków to Budapest bus service departs from Krakow and arrives in Budapest Mexikói út. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
7h 10m
Fastest bus time:
7h 10m
Bus distance:
397 km
Buses per week:
7
Cheapest price:
7 000 Ft
Carbon emissions:
49 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
13:40
Last bus departs at:
13:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Kraków to Budapest bus schedules

Poland → Hungary
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International entry into Hungary from Poland

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Poland
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Austria, Bahrain, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine

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Conditions of entry into Hungary from Poland

  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from Poland
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area

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Rules to follow in Hungary

1.5m

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Considerations leaving from Poland

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

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Hungary from Poland.

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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
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Budapest is 0036 6 80 277 455.

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

The social distance requirement in Budapest is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0036 6 80 277 455.

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

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Last updated: 25 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Kraków to Budapest is to bus which costs 90 zł - 120 zł and takes 7h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Kraków to Budapest is to drive which costs 160 zł - 250 zł and takes 5h 48m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Krakow and arriving at Budapest Mexikói út. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Kraków to Budapest. However, there are services departing from Krakow Glowny and arriving at Budapest-Kelenfoeld via Wien Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 34m.

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The distance between Kraków and Budapest is 292 km. The road distance is 389.7 km.

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The best way to get from Kraków to Budapest without a car is to bus which takes 7h 10m and costs 90 zł - 120 zł.

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The bus from Krakow to Budapest Mexikói út takes 7h 10m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Kraków to Budapest bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Krakow station.

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Kraków to Budapest train services, operated by PKP Intercity, depart from Krakow Glowny station.

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The best way to get from Kraków to Budapest is to bus which takes 7h 10m and costs 90 zł - 120 zł. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 370 zł - 700 zł and takes 8h 34m, you could also fly, which costs 95 zł - 450 zł and takes 6h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Kraków to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 292.5 km
  • Duration: 7h 10m

What companies run services between Kraków, Poland and Budapest, Hungary?

FlixBus operates a bus from Krakow to Budapest Mexikói út once daily. Tickets cost 7 000 Ft - 9 000 Ft and the journey takes 7h 10m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Kraków to Budapest via Wien Hbf in around 8h 34m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
49 000 Ft - 120 000 Ft
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
49 000 Ft - 120 000 Ft
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
9 500 Ft - 47 000 Ft
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
9 500 Ft - 47 000 Ft
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
9 500 Ft - 47 000 Ft
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via London Luton
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
9 500 Ft - 47 000 Ft
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
27 000 Ft - 80 000 Ft
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via Prague
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
6 500 Ft - 38 000 Ft
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
6 500 Ft - 38 000 Ft
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
6 500 Ft - 38 000 Ft
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
38 000 Ft - 130 000 Ft
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
28 000 Ft - 100 000 Ft
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
28 000 Ft - 100 000 Ft
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Krakow to Budapest via Vienna
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
50 000 Ft - 140 000 Ft
Train operators
PKP Intercity

The rail network in Poland is conveniently organised, with many connections between cities, making it an effective method of travelling around the country. Tickets for regional and express trains are affordable, with children, students, pensioners, people with disability and large families entitled to discounts. Trains have standard 1st and 2nd class reserved seating, and many overnight trains also offer sleepers and couchettes.

Contact Details
Phone
703 200 200
Website
intercity.pl
Train from Krakow Glowny to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 31m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
4 200 Ft - 7 500 Ft
Website
PKP Intercity
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Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
4 200 Ft - 5 500 Ft
1st Class
6 000 Ft - 7 500 Ft
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
12 000 Ft - 18 000 Ft
Website
Railjet
ÖBB EuroCity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
13 000 Ft - 19 000 Ft
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 39m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
2 400 Ft - 8 000 Ft
Website
RegioJet
2nd Class
2 400 Ft - 3 500 Ft
1st Class
5 000 Ft - 8 000 Ft
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
1 800 Ft - 6 500 Ft
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
1 800 Ft - 2 400 Ft
1st Class
5 000 Ft - 6 500 Ft
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 Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
25 000 Ft - 45 000 Ft
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Bus operators
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 Krakow to Budapest Mexikói út
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
7 000 Ft - 9 000 Ft
Website
flixbus.co.uk
MajerBus
Phone
669 060 060
Email
biuro@majerbus.pl
Website
majerbus.pl
Bus from Jubilat to Zakopane ZDA
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
1 100 Ft - 2 100 Ft
Schedules at
majerbus.pl
Eurobusways
Phone
+36 70 282 1827
Email
info@eurobusways.com
Website
eurobusways.com
Shuttle from Zakopane to Budapest
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
21 000 Ft - 30 000 Ft
Schedules at
eurobusways.com

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

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Kraków to Budapest bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Budapest Mexikói út station.

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Kraków to Budapest train services, operated by Railjet, arrive at Budapest-Kelenfoeld station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kraków to Budapest is 390 km. It takes approximately 5h 48m to drive from Kraków to Budapest.

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Austrian Airlines, KLM, Eurowings and four other airlines offer flights from Krakow Airport to Budapest Airport.

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Book your Kraków to Budapest bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 620+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at 27 500 Ft per night.

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The best way to get from Kraków to Krakow Airport is to train which takes 17 min and costs .

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