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There are 11 ways to get from London to Budapest by plane, train, bus, car, car train or car ferry

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Fly from London Heathrow  •  5h 21m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Budapest (BUD) LHR - BUD

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Fly from London Stansted  •  5h 46m

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Budapest (BUD) STN - BUD

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Fly from London City  •  6h 48m

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Budapest (BUD) LCY - BUD

Train to London Gatwick, fly  •  5h 40m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Budapest (BUD) LGW - BUD

Train to London Luton, fly  •  5h 50m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton Airport Parkway
  2. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Budapest (BUD) LTN - BUD

Train via Stuttgart  •  16h 49m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Intl to Paris Nord Eil
  2. Take the train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof 83 / ...
  3. Take the train from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to München Hbf 62 / ...
  4. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf 90 / ...
  5. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld Rjx

Train  •  20h 44m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Intl to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Eil
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Wien Hbf 425
  3. Take the train from Vienna Central Train Station to Budapest Déli Train Station

Bus via Prague  •  27h 10m

  1. Take the bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Prague, ÚAN Florenc RegioJet / ...
  2. Take the bus from Prague, ÚAN Florenc to Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop RegioJet / ...

Bus  •  35h

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Green Line Station to Erd Annahagyi London Victoria Green Line Station - Sofia Central Bus Station

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  15h 35m

  1. Drive from London to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Budapest

Drive, car ferry  •  16h 56m

  1. Drive from London to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
  3. Drive from Dunkirk to Budapest

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The cheapest way to get from London to Budapest is to bus via Prague which costs £45 - £75 and takes 27h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Budapest is to fly which costs £75 - £400 and takes 5h 21m.

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No, there is no direct bus from London station to Budapest. However, there are services departing from London, Victoria Green Line Station and arriving at Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop via Prague, ÚAN Florenc. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from London to Budapest. However, there are services departing from London St Pancras Intl and arriving at Budapest-Kelenfoeld via Paris Est, Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof, München Hbf and Salzburg Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 49m.

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The distance between London and Budapest is 1449 km.

The best way to get from London to Budapest without a car is to train via Stuttgart which takes 16h 49m and costs £280 - £600.

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It takes approximately 5h 21m to get from London to Budapest, including transfers.

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London to Budapest bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from London, Victoria Green Line Station.

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London to Budapest train services, operated by Eurostar, depart from London St Pancras Intl station.

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The best way to get from London to Budapest is to fly which takes 5h 21m and costs £75 - £400. Alternatively, you can train via Stuttgart, which costs £280 - £600 and takes 16h 49m, you could also bus via Prague, which costs £45 - £75 and takes 27h 10m.

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Map of how to get from London to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 1449.2 km
  • Duration: 5h 21m

What companies run services between London, England and Budapest, Hungary?

British Airways, Brussels Airlines and seven other airlines fly from London Paddington to Budapest hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from London King's Cross to Budapest via Paris Nord, Paris Est, Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof, München Hbf, and Salzburg Hbf in around 16h 49m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Budapest
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
11 000 Ft - 190 000 Ft
Flights from London Stansted to Budapest via Prague
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
11 000 Ft - 190 000 Ft
Flights from London Stansted to Budapest via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
11 000 Ft - 190 000 Ft
Flights from London Stansted to Budapest via Rome Ciampino
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
11 000 Ft - 190 000 Ft
Flights from London Gatwick to Budapest via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
21 000 Ft - 150 000 Ft
Flights from London Luton to Budapest via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
23 000 Ft - 180 000 Ft
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Budapest
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
47 000 Ft - 190 000 Ft
Flights from London Gatwick to Budapest via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
47 000 Ft - 190 000 Ft
Flights from London Gatwick to Budapest via Basel
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
47 000 Ft - 190 000 Ft
Flights from London Gatwick to Budapest via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
47 000 Ft - 190 000 Ft
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60 000 Ft - 340 000 Ft
Flights from London Heathrow to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60 000 Ft - 340 000 Ft
Flights from London City to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
95 000 Ft - 380 000 Ft
Flights from London City to Budapest via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
95 000 Ft - 380 000 Ft
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Budapest via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65 000 Ft - 400 000 Ft
Flights from London City to Budapest via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
70 000 Ft - 400 000 Ft
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Budapest
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
19 000 Ft - 100 000 Ft
Flights from London Luton to Budapest
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
17 000 Ft - 220 000 Ft
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Budapest
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
43 000 Ft - 320 000 Ft
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Budapest via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
60 000 Ft - 300 000 Ft
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Budapest via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
70 000 Ft - 290 000 Ft
Flights from London City to Budapest via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
80 000 Ft - 320 000 Ft
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Budapest via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
70 000 Ft - 310 000 Ft
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Budapest via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
55 000 Ft - 380 000 Ft
Ryanair UK
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Budapest
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
34 000 Ft - 220 000 Ft
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London City to Budapest via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
160 000 Ft - 300 000 Ft
Train operators
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
6 500 Ft - 8 000 Ft
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
6 500 Ft - 8 000 Ft
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
7 500 Ft - 11 000 Ft
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
3 400 Ft - 9 500 Ft
Off-Peak Single
5 500 Ft - 8 000 Ft
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
7 500 Ft - 11 000 Ft
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Phone
+44 343 218 6186
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St Pancras Intl to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
48 000 Ft - 150 000 Ft
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
130 000 Ft - 150 000 Ft
Standard
48 000 Ft - 60 000 Ft
Standard Premier
65 000 Ft - 85 000 Ft
Train from London St Pancras Intl to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
43 000 Ft - 150 000 Ft
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
120 000 Ft - 150 000 Ft
Standard
43 000 Ft - 55 000 Ft
Standard Premier
60 000 Ft - 80 000 Ft
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
42 000 Ft - 60 000 Ft
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
19 000 Ft - 27 000 Ft
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11 000 Ft - 16 000 Ft
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
sncf-connect.com
Train from Paris l'Est to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
39 000 Ft - 55 000 Ft
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
39 000 Ft - 45 000 Ft
1st Class
44 000 Ft - 55 000 Ft
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
20 000 Ft - 24 000 Ft
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
20 000 Ft - 24 000 Ft
1st Class
20 000 Ft - 24 000 Ft
Transdev
Phone
030 200730
Website
transdev.de
Train from Muenchen Hbf Gl.5-10 to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Transdev
WESTbahn Gmbh
Phone
+43 1 89900
Email
meinenachricht@westbahn.at
Website
westbahn.at
Train from Muenchen Hbf Gl.5-10 to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
4 900 Ft - 6 000 Ft
Website
WESTbahn Gmbh
Meridian, BOB & BRB
Phone
+49 8024 997171
Email
kontakt@bayerischeoberlandbahn.de
Website
brb.de
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
5 times a day
Website
Meridian, BOB & BRB
Österreichische Bundesbahnen
Website
delfi.de
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
delfi.de
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 Salzburg Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
4h 54m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
65 000 Ft - 120 000 Ft
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Salzburg Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
4h 54m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
27 000 Ft - 41 000 Ft
Website
Railjet
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
13h 47m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
38 000 Ft - 55 000 Ft
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
38 000 Ft - 55 000 Ft
1st Class
55 000 Ft - 85 000 Ft
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Train from Vienna Central Train Station to Budapest Déli Train Station
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
2 900 Ft - 9 500 Ft
Website
RegioJet
2nd Class
2 900 Ft - 4 200 Ft
1st Class
6 000 Ft - 9 500 Ft
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Prague, ÚAN Florenc
Ave. Duration
19h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
15 000 Ft - 21 000 Ft
Website
RegioJet
Bus from Prague, ÚAN Florenc to Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
6 500 Ft - 9 000 Ft
Website
RegioJet
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Prague to Budapest Kelenföld bus station
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
11 000 Ft - 14 000 Ft
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from London Victoria Green Line Station to Erd Annahagyi
Ave. Duration
33h 30m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
24 000 Ft - 33 000 Ft
Website
Union Ivkoni
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
40 000 Ft - 65 000 Ft
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
40 278 Ft
Standard Car - Premium
64 253 Ft

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Budapest Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 30m.

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London to Budapest bus services, operated by RegioJet, arrive at Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop station.

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Budapest is 1h ahead of London. It is currently 9:43 PM in London and 10:43 PM in Budapest.

London to Budapest train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Budapest-Kelenfoeld station.

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Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Air France and four other airlines offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Budapest Airport.

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There are 512+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at 40 000 Ft per night.

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The best way to get from London to London Heathrow Airport is to train which takes 14 min and costs £4 - £35.

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