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

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Vienna, Hbf to Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop

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Train via Budapest Kelenfold Train Station

  1. Take the train from Vienna Central Train Station to Budapest Kelenfold Train Station

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Train

  1. Take the train from Vienna Central Train Station to Budapest Déli Train Station

Bus via Népliget M

  1. Take the bus from Vienna Erdberg to Budapest Népliget bus station

Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Vienna to Budapest

Drive

  1. Drive from Vienna to Budapest

Fly

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Budapest (BUD)

Vienna to Budapest by bus

69 Weekly Buses
2h 45m Average Duration
2 900 Ft Cheapest Price
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Austria → Hungary
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International entry into Hungary from Austria

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Austria
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Hungary from Austria

  • There are no current restrictions
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Hungary

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Considerations leaving from Austria

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

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Hungary is currently allowed from Austria.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • There are no current restrictions

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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 recommended.

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, returning to Austria from Hungary is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 16 May 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Vienna to Budapest is to rideshare which costs €13 and takes 3h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Vienna to Budapest is to drive which costs €26 - €40 and takes 2h 21m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Vienna, Hbf and arriving at Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Vienna Central Train Station station and arriving at Budapest Déli Train Station station. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 53m.

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The distance between Vienna and Budapest is 214 km. The road distance is 243 km.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Budapest without a car is to bus which takes 2h 45m and costs €7 - €17.

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The bus from Vienna, Hbf to Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop takes 2h 45m including transfers and departs every three hours.

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Vienna to Budapest bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from Vienna, Hbf station.

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Vienna to Budapest train services, operated by RegioJet, depart from Vienna Central Train Station.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Budapest is to bus which takes 2h 45m and costs €7 - €17. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €9 - €28 and takes 2h 53m, you could also fly, which costs €30 - €180 and takes 2h 43m.

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Map of how to get from Vienna to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 214.2 km
  • Duration: 2h 45m

What companies run services between Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary?

RegioJet operates a bus from Vienna, Hbf to Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop every 3 hours. Tickets cost 2 900 Ft - 4 100 Ft and the journey takes 2h 45m. FlixBus also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, RegioJet operates a train from Vienna Central Train Station to Budapest Déli Train Station 5 times a day. Tickets cost 4 000 Ft - 15 000 Ft and the journey takes 2h 53m. Four other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Vienna to Budapest
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
32 000 Ft - 130 000 Ft
Train operators
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
5 times a day
Estimated price
4 000 Ft - 15 000 Ft
Website
RegioJet
2nd Class
4 000 Ft - 6 000 Ft
1st Class
9 500 Ft - 15 000 Ft
Train from Vienna Central Train Station to Budapest Kelenfold Train Station
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
2 600 Ft - 8 500 Ft
Website
RegioJet
2nd Class
2 600 Ft - 3 800 Ft
1st Class
5 500 Ft - 8 500 Ft
ÖBB EuroCity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17 000 Ft - 24 000 Ft
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
48 000 Ft - 85 000 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 Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
20 000 Ft - 31 000 Ft
Website
Railjet
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
3 500 Ft - 11 000 Ft
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
3 500 Ft - 4 400 Ft
1st Class
9 500 Ft - 11 000 Ft
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Vienna, Hbf to Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
2 900 Ft - 4 100 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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Vienna Central Station to Budapest Kelenföld bus station
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
5 000 Ft - 6 500 Ft
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Vienna Erdberg to Budapest Népliget bus station
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
5 000 Ft - 6 500 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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Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Vienna to Budapest
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
4 612 Ft
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Vienna Airport to Budapest Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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Vienna to Budapest train services, operated by RegioJet, arrive at Budapest Déli Train Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Vienna to Budapest is 243 km. It takes approximately 2h 21m to drive from Vienna to Budapest.

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Austrian Airlines offers flights from Vienna Airport to Budapest Airport.

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Book your Vienna to Budapest train tickets online with Distribusion.

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Book your Vienna to Budapest bus tickets online with Omio, Distribusion and FlixBus.

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There are 565+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at 32 500 Ft per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Vienna 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 Vienna to Vienna Airport is to train which takes 20 min and costs €3 - €11.

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