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

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Fly from Zurich  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Budapest (BUD) ZRH - BUD

$88 - $261

Cheapest option

Bus  •  14 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld N391

$55 - $95

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Train to Basel, fly  •  5 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Budapest (BUD) BSL - BUD

$98 - $306

Train to Stuttgart, fly  •  7 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Budapest (BUD) STR - BUD

$117 - $311

Train  •  10 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Kelenföld Rj

$160 - $270

Train, bus  •  16 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Rapperswil to St. Gallen 1-Y / ...
  2. Take the bus from St. Gallen to Budapest

Night train  •  11 h 44 min

  1. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti En

$180 - $290

Drive  •  9 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Budapest 612.3 miles

$120 - $190

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Budapest is to bus which costs SFr 55 - SFr 95 and takes 14 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Budapest is to fly which costs SFr 85 - SFr 270 and takes 4 h 36 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 14 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Kelenföld. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10 h 22 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Budapest is 789 km. The road distance is 979.7 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Budapest without a car is to train which takes 10 h 22 min and costs SFr 160 - SFr 270.

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It takes approximately 4 h 36 min to get from Zürich to Budapest, including transfers.

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Zürich to Budapest bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich station.

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Budapest is to fly which takes 4 h 36 min and costs SFr 85 - SFr 270. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 160 - SFr 270 and takes 10 h 22 min, you could also bus, which costs SFr 55 - SFr 95 and takes 14 h 5 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 492.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 36 min

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

Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa fly from Zürich to Budapest hourly. Alternatively, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Budapest once daily. Tickets cost $160 - $270 and the journey takes 10 h 22 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Basel to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Basel to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Stuttgart to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Stuttgart to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Basel to Budapest via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Stuttgart to Budapest via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Flights from Stuttgart to Budapest via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $410
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Basel to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $200
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Kelenföld
Ave. Duration
10 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $270
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Night train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
11 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Südostbahn
Website
sob.ch
Train from Rapperswil to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
sob.ch
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld
Ave. Duration
14 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from St. Gallen to Budapest
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Book at
eurolines.ch

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Budapest Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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Zürich to Budapest bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld station.

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Zürich to Budapest train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Kelenföld station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Budapest is 980 km. It takes approximately 9 h 21 min to drive from Zürich to Budapest.

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

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Book your Zürich to Budapest bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 4407+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at $40 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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