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Travelling from Vienna to Budapest by train

Planning to travel from Vienna to Budapest by train? You’ve come to the right place!

The average journey time by train between Vienna and Budapest is 3 hours and 17 minutes, although it can take just 2 hours and 34 minutes on the fastest services.

You can expect to find 20 trains per day running the 133 miles (214 km) between these two cities. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as direct trains are available on this route. You’ll be travelling on one of ÖBB’s trains – Railjet, Regiojet or Eurocity. Railjet trains are among the most modern, comfortable, and quiet trains in Europe; they offer complimentary WiFi connection, restaurant dining options and even quiet and family areas, so you can enjoy the ultimate travel comfort at high speed.

You’ll arrive into Budapest Keleti station, well placed to explore the rest of Budapest. Pay a visit to Heroes’ Square, just 10 minutes on a local bus. The Square contains the Museum of Fine Arts and Hungarian National Museum, both of which are well worth a visit.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train tickets from Vienna to Budapest in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save.

All set to travel to Budapest? Read on for more information on taking the train from Vienna to Budapest, including ticket prices and FAQs.

Vienna to Budapest by train

It takes an average of 3h 0m to travel from Vienna to Budapest by train, over a distance of around 133 miles (214 km). There are normally 22 trains per day travelling from Vienna to Budapest and tickets for this journey start from €9 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 34m
PriceFrom €9
Distance133 miles (214 km)
Frequency22 trains per day
First train04:45
Last train23:05
Departure stationVienna
Arrival stationBudapest
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRegiojet, ÖBB, Flixbus

Vienna to Budapest train times

Check out the next trains departing from Vienna to Budapest for Tuesday 12th July 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
06:57 09:45 2h 48m, direct
07:45 10:19 2h 34m, direct
08:45 11:19 2h 34m, direct
09:45 12:19 2h 34m, direct
10:45 13:19 2h 34m, direct
11:45 14:19 2h 34m, direct
12:45 15:19 2h 34m, direct
13:43 16:19 2h 36m, direct
14:45 17:19 2h 34m, direct
15:45 18:19 2h 34m, direct

ÖBB trains from Vienna to Budapest

You can travel from Vienna 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 Vienna to Budapest

The price of train tickets from Vienna to Budapest starts at €9 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 Vienna 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Vienna and Budapest is 3 hours and 0 minutes, with around 22 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 Vienna and Budapest by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Vienna to Budapest is 2 hours and 34 minutes.

How much does the train from Vienna to Budapest cost?

Train ticket prices from Vienna to Budapest can start from as little as €9 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 Vienna to Budapest?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Vienna to Budapest without having to change trains. There are 16 direct trains from Vienna to Budapest each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Vienna to Budapest leaves at 04:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Vienna to Budapest leaves at 23:05. 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 Vienna and Budapest by train?

Trains travelling from Vienna to Budapest cover a distance of around 133 miles (214 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Budapest to Vienna. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Vienna to Budapest.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Vienna to Budapest for a typical week day using timetable data for 07/12/2022. 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 08/24/2022 for travel on 08/24/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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