Around 130 miles separate Budapest and Vienna, and one of the fastest and most stress-free ways to make the journey is to go by train. In less than three hours, Austria's ever reliable and highly comfortable ÖBB trains can take you straight from Budapest to Vienna.
You'll arrive at Vienna's main train station, stepping out onto the platform mere minutes from such famous landmarks as St. Stephen's Cathedral, Belvedere Palace, and Schonbrunn Palace. Take a tour of the city’s beautiful buildings or simply grab a scrumptious Viennese coffee at a local café. The choice is yours!
Ready to book your train tickets from Budapest to Vienna? Find out more about the train journey further down the page.
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.
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 Vienna by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Budapest and Vienna is 3 hours and 31 minutes, with around 20 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Budapest to Vienna is 2 hours and 41 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Budapest to Vienna can start from as little as €14.90 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Budapest to Vienna without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Budapest to Vienna each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Budapest to Vienna leaves at 04:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Budapest to Vienna leaves at 22:20. 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.
Trains travelling from Budapest to Vienna cover a distance of around 133 miles (214 km) during the journey.