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There are 6 ways to get from Vienna to Budapest by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 22m

  1. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld Rjx / ...

12 000 Ft - 21 000 Ft

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Bus  •  2h 45m

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

2 800 Ft - 6 500 Ft

4 alternative options

Bus via Népliget  •  3h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Vienna, Vienna Central Station to Budapest, Budapest Népliget 902

4 500 Ft - 6 479 Ft

Rideshare  •  3h 5m

  1. Take the rideshare from Vienna to Budapest 242.6 km

4 392 Ft

Drive  •  2h 20m

  1. Drive from Vienna to Budapest 242.9 km

8 500 Ft - 13 000 Ft

Fly, train  •  2h 46m

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Budapest (BUD) VIE - BUD
  2. Take the train from Ferihegy to Budapest-Nyugati

13 234 Ft - 49 794 Ft

Austria → Hungary
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International entry into Hungary from Austria

Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents, as well as residents from Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia

Restricted for: Foreign nationals

Conditions of entry to Hungary

10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
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Rules to follow in Hungary

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Considerations leaving from Austria

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Frequently Asked Questions


No, entry into Hungary from Austria is currently restricted.

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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
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The 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 hotline on 0036 6 80 277 455.

No, returning to Austria from Hungary is currently allowed.

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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 23€ - 35€ and takes 2h 20m.

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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 two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Wien Hbf and arriving at Budapest-Kelenfoeld. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 22m.

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The distance between Vienna and Budapest is 214 km. The road distance is 242.9 km.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Budapest without a car is to train which takes 2h 22m and costs 30€ - 60€.

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The train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld takes 2h 22m including transfers and departs hourly.

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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 Railjet, depart from Wien Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Budapest is to train which takes 2h 22m and costs 30€ - 60€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 7€ - 17€ and takes 2h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Vienna to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 214.2 km
  • Duration: 2h 22m

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

Railjet operates a train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld every 4 hours. Tickets cost 12 000 Ft - 19 000 Ft and the journey takes 2h 22m. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, RegioJet operates a bus from Vienna, Hbf to Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop every 2 hours. Tickets cost 2 800 Ft - 4 000 Ft and the journey takes 2h 45m. FlixBus also services this route every 4 hours.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Vienna to Budapest
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
38 000 Ft - 95 000 Ft
Train operators
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 22m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
12 000 Ft - 19 000 Ft
Website
Railjet
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
Train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
15 000 Ft - 21 000 Ft
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
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 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
26 000 Ft - 46 000 Ft
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
1 900 Ft - 6 500 Ft
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
1 900 Ft - 2 400 Ft
1st Class
5 500 Ft - 6 500 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 2 hours
Estimated price
2 800 Ft - 4 000 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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Vienna, Vienna Central Station to Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
5 000 Ft - 6 500 Ft
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Vienna, Vienna Central Station to Budapest, Budapest Népliget
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
5 000 Ft - 6 500 Ft
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
4 392 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 Railjet, arrive at Budapest-Kelenfoeld station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Vienna to Budapest is 243 km. It takes approximately 2h 20m 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 bus tickets online with Omio, Distribusion and FlixBus.

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There are 5389+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at 30 000 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 line 9011 train which takes 16 min and costs 12€.

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