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Zürich to Budapest by train

It takes an average of 13h 44m to travel from Zürich to Budapest by train, over a distance of around 491 miles (790 km). There are normally 14 trains per day travelling from Zürich to Budapest and tickets for this journey start from $35.26 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 11h 09m
Price$35.26 - $277.68
Distance491 miles (790 km)
Frequency14 trains per day
Departure stationZürich
Arrival stationBudapest
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Zürich to Budapest train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Budapest for Tuesday Jul 7th 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:40 19:49 11h 09m, 4 changes
08:40 20:49 12h 09m, 3 changes
10:40 22:19 11h 39m, 2 changes
10:40 22:20 11h 40m, 1 change
10:43 22:19 11h 36m, 5 changes
10:43 22:20 11h 37m, 4 changes
12:40 05:39 16h 59m, 3 changes
14:40 07:19 16h 39m, 4 changes
14:40 07:24 16h 44m, 3 changes
16:40 08:49 16h 09m, 4 changes

ÖBB trains from Zürich to Budapest

You can travel from Zürich to Budapest on ÖBB 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Zürich to Budapest

Train tickets from Zürich to Budapest start at $35.26 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around $168.65.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price$65.59
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price$109.75
on the day
avg. single price$168.65

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 Zürich 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Zürich to Budapest

Want to know more about your journey from Zürich 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 Zürich to Budapest take?

The average journey time by train between Zürich and Budapest is 13 hours and 44 minutes, with around 14 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 Zürich and Budapest by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Budapest is 11 hours and 9 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Budapest cost?

Train tickets from Zürich to Budapest can start from as little as $35.26 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 Zürich to Budapest?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zürich to Budapest without having to change trains. There are 1 direct train from Zürich to Budapest. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Zürich to Budapest leaves at 00:17. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zürich to Budapest leaves at 21:40. 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 Zürich and Budapest by train?

Trains travelling from Zürich to Budapest cover a distance of around 491 miles (790 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Budapest to Zürich.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zürich to Budapest for a typical week day using timetable data for 07/07/2020. 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 06/29/2020 for travel on 07/15/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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