Hungarian e-ticket collection point
 

Book online:  You can now book many international trains from Budapest to neighbouring countries at the Hungarian Railways website www.mav-start.hu.  Look for these blue e-ticket collection machines at Budapest Keleti station....  Location of internet ticket collection machines at Budapest Keleti station

This page explains how to travel by train from Budapest to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & few or no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Budapest as shown below and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.

I want to travel by train from Budapest to...

          

       Click here to buy tickets starting in another city

       Click for information about Budapest Keleti station & first class lounge

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

Introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Budapest to other destinations in Hungary...

Budapest to London...

Budapest to Paris...

Option 1, by Railjet to Munich and City Night Line sleeper train to Paris...

Option 2, by Hungarian sleeper train to Munich and high-speed TGV to Paris... 


Budapest to Brussels & Bruges...

Budapest to Amsterdam...

Budapest to Zurich & Switzerland from €49...

Option 1, by direct time-effective sleeper train...

Option 2, by daytime Railjet train through the scenic Arlberg Pass...


Budapest to Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome & Italy...

You can easily reach Italy using a smart Austrian Railjet train to Vienna in just 3 hours, then a time-effective EuroNight sleeper train from Vienna to Venice, Florence, Milan or Rome.  City centre to city centre.


Budapest to Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, & Germany from €29...

Budapest to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €19...

Budapest to Prague from €19...

Budapest to Bratislava from €19...

Budapest to Warsaw from €49 or less in a 2-bed sleeper...

Budapest to Krakow from just €49 including a bed in a 2-bed sleeper...
The Polish sleeping-car on the Budapest to Krakow and Budapest to Warsaw trains   A newly-refurbished sleeper compartment as used on the Budapest to Krakow & Budapest to Warsaw trains

The Budapest to Krakow & Budapest to Warsaw trains have smartly-refurbish Polish sleeping-cars like this, with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin...

 

Cosy 2-bed sleeper with washbasin...


Budapest to Bucharest from €49 or less in a 2-bed sleeper...

Budapest to Belgrade for €15...  Budapest to Sofia for €55...

Budapest to Zagreb for €29...

Budapest to Ljubljana...

Budapest to Sarajevo...

Budapest to Lviv, Kiev & Ukraine...

Budapest to Moscow...

Budapest to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo & Scandinavia...

Budapest to Copenhagen by train from €78 including couchette!


Budapest to Helsinki...

Budapest to Barcelona & Spain

Option 1, using a time-effective sleeper train Budapest-Zurich then Geneva to Barcelona by high-speed TGV...

Option 2, by daytime Railjet train through the scenic Arlberg Pass, hotel in Zurich, then TGV...


Budapest to Istanbul & Turkey for €84...

Option 1, via Bucharest.  This route used to take two nights, but now requires an extra night in a hotel in Bucharest as the connection between trains in Bucharest is now too tight for a reliable same-day connection.  But it's a scenic route, with comfortable sleeping-cars as well as couchettes on both overnight trains.

Option 2, via Belgrade & Sofia.  This route takes 2 nights, includes a day to explore Sofia and is very inexpensive, although there are only couchettes, not sleepers, on both of the overnight trains involved.


Budapest to Athens, Thessaloniki & Greece...

Budapest to other destinations...

Find hotels in Budapest & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash (up to a limit) and belongings.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you're resident in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you're resident in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, and if you're not careful you can return home to find some huge bills waiting for you.  I've known people run up a £1,000 bill in data charges just by leaving their iPhone connected during a simple trip to Europe.  However, if you buy a global SIM card for your mobile phone from a company such as www.Go-Sim.com you can slash the cost by up to 85% and limit any damage to the amount you have pre-paid.  It cuts call costs in 175 countries worldwide, and you can receive incoming calls and texts for free in 75 countries.  It's pay-as-you-go, so no nasty bills when you get home.  It also works for laptop or PDA data access.  A Go-Sim account and any credit on it doesn't expire if it's not between trips, unlike some others, so a Go-Sim phone number becomes your 'global phone number' for life.

 


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