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Travelling from Budapest to Prague by train

Looking to travel from Budapest to Prague by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 8 hours 35 minutes to travel from Budapest to Prague by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 7 hours 1 minute though. You'll usually find 19 trains per day running along the 274 miles (441 km) route between these two destinations. Once you're onboard, you can sit back and relax, as you won’t need to make any changes on your way to Prague. Trains on this route are usually operated by either ÖBB or Regiojet. On board you'll find modern comfortable seating and plenty of room for luggage as standard.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Budapest to Prague start from €16.00 when you book in advance, so use our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.

If you’re feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Prague by train, including our timetable where you can view first and last train times.

Budapest to Prague by train

It takes an average of 8h 35m to travel from Budapest to Prague by train, over a distance of around 274 miles (441 km). There are normally 19 trains per day travelling from Budapest to Prague and tickets for this journey start from €16 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 7h 1m
PriceFrom €16
Distance274 miles (441 km)
Frequency19 trains per day
First train03:10
Last train23:25
Departure stationBudapest
Arrival stationPrague
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRegiojet, Flixbus, ÖBB

Budapest to Prague train times

Check out the next trains departing from Budapest to Prague for Tuesday 14th December 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
06:40 14:19 7h 39m, 1 change
07:28 14:42 7h 14m, 1 change
08:40 15:42 7h 2m, direct
08:40 16:58 8h 18m, 2 changes
10:40 17:42 7h 2m, direct
10:40 18:19 7h 39m, 1 change
12:40 19:42 7h 2m, direct
12:40 20:41 8h 1m, 1 change
13:40 21:14 7h 34m, 1 change
14:40 21:41 7h 1m, direct

ÖBB trains from Budapest to Prague

You can travel from Budapest to Prague 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 Budapest to Prague

The price of train tickets from Budapest to Prague starts at €16 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 Budapest to Prague 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Budapest and Prague is 8 hours and 35 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 Budapest and Prague by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Budapest to Prague is 7 hours and 1 minute.

How much does the train from Budapest to Prague cost?

Train ticket prices from Budapest to Prague can start from as little as €16 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Budapest to Prague?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Budapest to Prague without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Budapest to Prague each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Budapest to Prague leaves at 03:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Budapest to Prague leaves at 23:25. 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 Budapest and Prague by train?

Trains travelling from Budapest to Prague cover a distance of around 274 miles (441 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Prague to Budapest. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Budapest to Prague.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Budapest to Prague for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/14/2021. 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 12/07/2021 for travel on 12/07/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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