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About the train journey from Bern to Budapest

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The train from Bern to Budapest usually takes 13 hours 59 minutes on average to travel 878 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 11 hours 48 minutes. You can expect to find 21 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Bern and Budapest, you'll need to make 1 change on your way to Budapest. You can choose to travel with ICE, SNCF or DB to get to Budapest. As the main rail operators on this route, their trains offer modern comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Bern to Budapest in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $58.45.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Budapest, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Bern to Budapest by train

It takes an average of 13h 59m to travel from Bern to Budapest by train, over a distance of around 546 miles (878 km). There are normally 21 trains per day traveling from Bern to Budapest and tickets for this journey start from $58.45 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 11h 48m
PriceFrom $58.45
Distance546 miles (878 km)
Frequency21 trains per day
First train04:36
Last train23:02
Departure stationBern
Arrival stationBudapest
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsRegiojet, Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB, Flixbus, SBB CFF FFS, Meridian, SNCF

Bern to Budapest train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bern to Budapest for Tuesday Oct 18th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:31 19:19 11h 48m, 2 changes
08:31 20:19 11h 48m, 1 change
09:31 21:19 11h 48m, 3 changes
10:31 22:19 11h 48m, 2 changes
11:31 23:19 11h 48m, 2 changes
12:31 06:04 17h 33m, 4 changes
14:31 07:49 17h 18m, 4 changes
18:38 08:19 13h 41m, 1 change
19:31 08:19 12h 48m, 2 changes
20:36 12:19 15h 43m, 4 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB, SBB and SNCF trains from Bern to Budapest

You can travel from Bern to Budapest on Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB, SBB and SNCF trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Cheap train tickets from Bern to Budapest

The price of train tickets from Bern to Budapest starts at $58.45 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Bern to Budapest by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Bern to Budapest

Want to know more about your journey from Bern to Budapest? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Bern to Budapest take?

The average journey time by train between Bern and Budapest is 13 hours and 59 minutes, with around 21 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Bern and Budapest by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bern to Budapest is 11 hours and 48 minutes.

How much does the train from Bern to Budapest cost?

Train tickets from Bern to Budapest can start from as little as $58.45 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Bern to Budapest?

No, there are no direct train services from Bern to Budapest. Travelling from Bern to Budapest by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Bern to Budapest leave?

The first train from Bern to Budapest leaves at 04:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Bern to Budapest leave?

The last train from Bern to Budapest leaves at 23:02. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Bern and Budapest by train?

Trains travelling from Bern to Budapest cover a distance of around 546 miles (878 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Budapest to Bern.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bern to Budapest for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/18/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 11/15/2022 for travel on 11/15/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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