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Bratislava to Budapest by train

There are plenty of direct train services from Bratislava to Budapest throughout the day, with the fastest services taking just 2h 28m to reach Budapest. You’ll arrive at Budapest-Keleti station, the city’s primary railway station in the centre of the city. EuroCity trains link Bratislava and Budapest – they’re comfortable, air-conditioned and come with a restaurant carriage. EuroCity trains are run by the Czech and Slovakian national railways.

As you pull into Budapest, you’ll have the city at your fingertips. Visit the city’s cultural landmarks like Heroes’ Square and Gellert Baths, or go on a fascinating museum trip to the House of Terror. Wherever you choose to go, the train is a cheap and easy way to get from Bratislava to Budapest, not to mention the most scenic!

Bratislava to Budapest by train

It takes an average of 4h 31m to travel from Bratislava to Budapest by train, over a distance of around 100 miles (161 km). There are normally 19 trains per day travelling from Bratislava to Budapest and tickets for this journey start from €23 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 23m
Price€23 - €65.40
Distance100 miles (161 km)
Frequency19 trains per day
Departure stationBratislava
Arrival stationBudapest
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRegiojet, Flixbus, Slovak Lines Express a.s., Nomago (Bus)

Bratislava to Budapest train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bratislava to Budapest for Tuesday 27th Oct 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:13 14:19 4h 06m, 4 changes
11:57 14:25 2h 28m, direct
12:01 16:19 4h 18m, 1 change
12:13 16:19 4h 06m, 4 changes
13:57 16:25 2h 28m, direct
14:13 17:19 3h 06m, 3 changes
15:57 18:25 2h 28m, direct
16:13 19:19 3h 06m, 3 changes
17:57 20:20 2h 23m, direct
18:13 21:19 3h 06m, 3 changes

Cheap train tickets from Bratislava to Budapest

Train tickets from Bratislava to Budapest start at €23 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 €59.51.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price23
on the day
avg. single price59.51

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 Bratislava 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Bratislava and Budapest is 4 hours and 31 minutes, with around 19 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 Bratislava and Budapest by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bratislava to Budapest is 2 hours and 23 minutes.

How much does the train from Bratislava to Budapest cost?

Train tickets from Bratislava to Budapest can start from as little as €23 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 Bratislava to Budapest?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Bratislava to Budapest without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Bratislava to Budapest. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Bratislava to Budapest leaves at 05:53. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Bratislava to Budapest leaves at 22:38. 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 Bratislava and Budapest by train?

Trains travelling from Bratislava to Budapest cover a distance of around 100 miles (161 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Budapest to Bratislava. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Bratislava to Budapest.
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 Bratislava to Budapest for a typical week day using timetable data for 27/10/2020. 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 08/10/2020 for travel on 27/10/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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