Munich to Budapest by sleeper train

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Introducing the EuroNight sleeper train Kalman Imre...

Every night, a comfortable EuroNight sleeper train called the Kalman Imre links Munich & Budapest.  The train has an air-conditioned Hungarian sleeping-car with 1, 2 or 3 berth compartments with washbasin and an air-conditioned Hungarian couchette car with a bunks in 4 & 6 berth compartments, ideal for families.  City centre to city centre overnight, it saves time even compared to flying and saves a hotel bill too!  The train is named after the composer Emmerich Kálmán.

COVID-19 update:  This train is runningnormally  More COVID-19 travel info.

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Train times 2022...

 Munich ► Budapest


 Budapest ► Munich

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Munich to Budapest is 721 km (448 miles) by train.

What's the train like?

Eastbound, the Munich-Budapest cars leave Munich as part of a combined sleeper train to Budapest, Venice & Zagreb.  Westbound, the Budapest-Munich cars leave Budapest combined with sleepers & couchettes bound for Zurich.

The sleeper train Kalman Imre from Munich to  Budapest

Sleeper train Kalman Imre, boarding on platform 12 at Munich Hbf.

The sleeping-car...

The Munich-Budapest portion of this train has one Hungarian sleeping-car, built in the early 1990s by Spanish manufacturer CAF.  Inside the sleeping-car it's air-conditioned, carpeted, quiet and civilised.  Each sleeping-car has a side corridor off which open 11 sleeper compartments, each compartment can be sold as a 1, 2 or 3 bed room with upper, middle & lower berths folded out as required.  There's a washbasin, crisp clean bedding, soap, towel, bottled water.  Luggage goes in the big recess over the door to the corridor or on a rack over the window.  Morning tea or coffee, croissant & fruit juice is included in the fare.  The compartments have normal locks plus a security deadbolt which can only be locked & unlocked from inside and a security chain.  Sleeper berths are sold individually, if you don't want to pay for a single-bed sleeper you can book one bed in a 2 or 3 berth and share with another passenger of the same gender.  Compartments are single-sex unless your party occupies the whole compartment.  An excellent way to travel.  The cars are being refurbished with more cream panelling, less red & pink.

Munich to Budapest sleeping-car corridor   Munich to Budapest sleeper compartment   Munich to Budapest sleeper compartment in seats mode   Sink

A corridor runs along one side of the car.  Larger photo.


Sleeper compartment set up as a single-berth.  Larger photo.


Same sleeper, converted to seats for morning use.  Larger photo.


Sink, with bottled water & toiletries provided.

Sleeper compartment, Munich to Budapest train   Locks & chain on sleeper door   Breakfast on the Munich to Budapest sleeper train

Other side of the compartment...


Lock, deadbolt & chain...


A light breakfast is included in the fare...

The couchette car...

The Munich to Budapest portion of this train also has a comfortable Hungarian couchette car.  The couchette car has a side corridor off which open 9 compartments, each of which can be used as 4-berth or 6-berth.  Clean sheets and a pillow are provided, the doors have a normal lock and security lock or chain.  Toilets and washrooms at the end of the corridor.  Couchette compartments are not segregated by gender, as you do not normally get fully undressed.  These  couchette cars were built in the early 1990s by Spanish manufacturer CAF, they are now being refurbished with a new blue & white exterior colour scheme.  See generic couchette car numbering plan.  Click the compartment images for larger photos.  If you get any good photos of these cars in the new colour scheme, please get in touch!

Zurich-Budapest couchette at Zurich   4-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   6-berth couchettes on train to Budapest

Hungarian couchette car in the new colour scheme.


4-berth couchettes


6-berth couchettes...

Restaurant car:  New since 2021...

New for the 2021 timetable (in theory, starting 13 December 2020, but in practice starting after local coronavirus restrictions are over), a Hungarian restaurant car will be attached between Salzburg & Budapest in both directions, to serve breakfast eastbound from 04:30 until arrival in Budapest, and to serve dinner westbound from soon after departure until after midnight.  A variety of inexpensive hot and cold freshly-cooked meals is available.  If you get any good photos of this restaurant car and the food, please let me know!

Travel tips...

Route map...

Zurich & Munich to Budapest train route map

Click for larger map   Highlighted = Zurich/Munich-Budapest route.  Green = scenic sections of lineRed = new high-speed line.

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.  I recommend buying the European Rail Map for your travels and a copy of the European Rail Timetable, with shipping worldwide.

How much does it cost?

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