Railjet train from Prague to Vienna

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Vienna to Budapest in 2h40 from €19...

Modern air-conditioned Railjet & EuroCity trains link Vienna Hauptbahnhof with Budapest Keleti every hour or two taking just 2h40 from city centre to city centre.  The Railjet trains come with free WiFi and draught beer on tap.  It's the best way to travel between these two cities.  Updated for 2019.

  Train times

  How much does it cost?

  How to buy tickets

  Travel tips

  What's it like on board the train?

  What the journey like?

Train times...

 Vienna ► Budapest

2018 timetable:

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

Train type:

EN

RJ

EC

RJ

D

RJ

RJ

EC

RJ

EC

RJ

EC

D Ex

 Vienna Hbf depart:

06:40

07:42

08:42

09:42

10:42

11:40

13:40

14:42

15:42

16:42

17:40

18:42

19:42

 Budapest Keleti arrive:

09:24

10:19

11:19

12:19

13:19

14:19

16:19

17:19

18:19

19:19

20:19

21:19

22:20

 Budapest ► Vienna

2018 timetable:

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

Train type:

D Ex

RJ

RJ

EC

RJ

RJ

RJ

D

RJ

EC

RJ

EC

EN

 Budapest Keleti depart:

05:40

06:40

07:40

08:40

09:40

11:40

13:40

14:40

15:40

16:40

17:40

18:40

20:40

 Vienna Hbf arrive:

08:21

09:18

10:21

11:21

12:21

14:21

16:18

17:21

18:21

19:21

20:21

21:18

23:21

RJ = Austrian Railjet Train.  Modern, air-conditioned, free WiFi, restaurant car, power sockets, Business, First & Economy classes.

EC = EuroCity train.  Reasonably modern air-conditioned Hungarian cars, 1st & 2nd class either open-plan or in classic 6-seat compartments, refreshments.

EN = Kalman Imre EuroNight sleeper to/from Munich/Zurich.  2nd class seats only, mainly in 6-seater compartments, reservation compulsory, no catering car.

D = Transylvania.  Air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class Hungarian cars Vienna-Budapest-Cluj Napoca & vice versa.  Runs from 9 December 2018 onwards.

D Ex = Dacia Express sleeper Vienna-Budapest-Bucharest.  1st & 2nd class Romanian air-conditioned seats cars, reservation compulsory, no catering car.  6-seater compartments in 2nd class, open-plan seating in the 1st class car.

Always check times for your date of travel at www.trainline.eu.

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Route map...

Vienna to Budapest train route map

 

Click for larger map

Highlighted = Vienna-Budapest route.

Green = scenic sections of line

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.

Travel tips...

What are the railjet trains likeClick for more information about railjets...

A railjet train from Vienna to Budapest, arrived at Budapest Keleti

The railjet has landed...  A railjet has arrived spot on time on platform 9 at Budapest's historic Keleti station, built 1881-1884...

Economy seats on a Vienna-Budapest railjet train   Economy seats on a Vienna-Budapest railjet train

Economy class in open saloons with picture windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.  Note the glass-sided luggage stacks amongst the seating.  See larger photo.

First class seats on a Vienna-Budapest railjet train   Luggage rack on a Vienna-Budapest railjet train

1st class with tables for 2 & 4 and unidirectional seats.  Larger photo.

 

There are luggage racks like this in all classes...

Business class seats on a Vienna-Budapest railjet train   Business class seats on a Vienna-Budapest railjet train

Business class on railjet...  Just half a coach, 16 seats per train mostly arranged in 3-seat semi-compartments.

Restaurant car on a Vienna-Budapest railjet train   Meal & drinks are served at seat in first & premium classes

Restaurant & bar counter area.  Larger photo.

 

Food orders are taken & served at seat in 1st & business.

What are the EuroCity & other trains like?

EuroCity (EC) is a generic brand used by many European national railways to describe good-quality air-conditioned international express trains.  On the Vienna-Budapest route EC trains usually consist of MAV (Hungarian Railways) blue-and-grey air-conditioned cars built in the 1980s or 1990s, some cars with seats in open-plan saloons and some with seats in traditional compartments where a side corridor runs the length of the car off which open nine or so 6-seat compartments, 3 seats facing 3 seats.  Although they are older than the railjets and don't have WiFi, some people prefer their old-school comfort with more generous legroom and better alignment of seats with windows.  If you get any more photos of these trains inside or out, please let me know!

The Dacia Express is a sleeper train between Vienna & Romania with limited seating available for Vienna-Budapest passengers, just two 2nd class cars with 6-seat compartments and one 1st class car with spacious open-plan seating, all good-quality Romanian air-conditioned cars.  It's a 'D' train in Austrian terms or 'G' in Hungarian terms, which simply means express.

The Kalman Imre is an EN EuroNight sleeper train between Zurich/Munich and Budapest, with limited seating available for Vienna-Budapest passengers.  It has 2nd class seats only, mostly in traditional 6-seat compartments.  There are no 1st class seats cars.

Tip:  To see photos of these trains and to check the exact car types & composition for your specific departure, go to www.vagonweb.cz/razeni/?&lang=en, look for Hungary and for EuroCity trains click EC.  Select your train to see the train composition, click the camera icon under each carriage to see photos.  You can also find photos of the Kalman Imre if you click EN and of the Dacia Express if you click G.

The EuroCity train Avala from Vienna to Budapest, at Budapest Keleti

The EuroCity train Avala from Vienna arrived in Budapest.  Courtesy of Colin Wilby...

1st class seats on the Vienna-Budapest EC train   2nd class seats on the Vienna-Budapest EC train

1st class, classic 6-seat compartment type.

 

2nd class, open-plan saloon type.  Photos courtesy Colin Wilby...

What's the journey like?

Between Vienna & Budapest it's largely flat, with more wind-turbines than you've ever seen - allegedly over 200.  A journey across two countries is always an insight, but in this case the photo below largely sums up the whole route!  Just before arriving in Budapest eastbound (or just after leaving Budapest, westbound) the train crosses the wide river Danube, although a modern road bridge now obscures the view of the city along the river.  The trains normally keep pretty good time, so expect an on-time arrival into Budapest's historic Keleti station, built 1881-1884.


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