Jump on a high-speed Railjet train from Vienna to Budapest and get to the Hungarian capital in just over two and a half hours. Railjets are among the most modern, comfortable and quiet trains in Europe. What’s more, you’ll find draught beer on tap in the restaurant carriage! If you want to travel in style, upgrade to Business Class and enjoy reclining leather seats, a complimentary drink and meals served to your seat.
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. All set to travel to Budapest? Read on to discover more information on taking the train from Vienna to Budapest, including ticket prices and FAQs.
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 Vienna to Budapest 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 Vienna and Budapest is 4 hours and 9 minutes, with around 18 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 Vienna to Budapest is 2 hours and 37 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Vienna to Budapest 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 Vienna to Budapest without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Vienna to Budapest each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Vienna to Budapest leaves at 03:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Vienna to Budapest leaves at 09:58. 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 Vienna to Budapest cover a distance of around 133 miles (214 km) during the journey.