Railjet train from Vienna to Budapest

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Modern air-conditioned Railjet & EuroCity trains link Vienna Hbf with Budapest Keleti every hour taking just 2h37 from city centre to city centre.  The railjet trains have free WiFi & draught beer on tap, the best way to travel between these two cities.  In July 2020 these were joined by several trains run by competing private operator Regiojet.

COVID-19 update:  Vienna-Budapest trains are running, but check COVID-19 entry restrictions for Hungary.  More COVID-19 travel info.

small bullet point  Train times

small bullet point  Which train to choose?

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small bullet point  Option 1, by railjet or EuroCity train from €13

    How much does it cost?

    How to buy tickets

    What are railjets like?

    What are EuroCity & D trains like?

    What the journey like?

small bullet point  Option 2, by competing Regiojet train from €9

    How much does it cost?

    How to buy tickets

    What are Regiojet trains like?

small bullet point  Travel tips

small bullet point  What's the journey like?

Train times eastbound

 Vienna ► Budapest

Days of running:

daily

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Train type:

EN

RJX

EC

Regiojet

RJX

ECT

RJX

EC

Regiojet

RJX

EC

RJX

EC

Regiojet

RJX

EC

ECD

 Vienna Hbf depart:

06:40

07:42

08:42

09:27

09:42

10:42

11:40

12:42

13:27

13:40

14:37

15:42

16:42

17:27

17:40

18:42

19:42

 Budapest Deli arrive | | |

12:14

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16:14

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20:14

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 Budapest Keleti arrive:

09:19

10:19

11:19

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12:19

13:19

14:19

15:19

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16:19

17:19

18:19

19:19

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20:19

21:19

22:20

Train times westbound

 Budapest ► Vienna

Days of running:

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

Train type:

ECD

RJX

RJX

Regiojet

EC

RJX

EC

RJX

Regiojet

EC

RJX

ECT

RJX

Regiojet

EC

RJX

EC

RJX

EN

 Budapest Keleti depart:

05:40

06:40

07:40

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08:40

09:40

10:40

11:40

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12:40

13:40

14:40

15:40

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16:40

17:40

18:40

19:40

20:40

 Budapest Deli depart

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07:45

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11:45

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15:45

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 Vienna Hbf arrive:

08:21

09:18

10:21

10:32

11:21

12:21

13:21

14:21

14:32

15:21

16:18

17:21

18:21

18:32

19:21

20:18

21:18

22:21

23:21

Regiojet = Regiojet train run by private open-access operator Regiojet, air-conditioned, free WiFi, power sockets, 4 classes, buy tickets at www.regiojet.com.

RJX = Railjet Train.  Swish, modern, air-conditioned, free WiFi, restaurant car, power sockets, business, first & economy classes, see photos below.

EC = EuroCity train with reasonably modern air-conditioned Hungarian cars, 1st & 2nd class either open-plan or in classic 6-seat compartments, see photos below.

ECD = EuroCity train with Hungarian restaurant car.  Combined with Dacia Express Vienna-Bucharest sleeper train.  1st & 2nd class Romanian air-conditioned seats cars, reservation compulsory.

ECT = EuroCity train Transylvania.  Air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class cars Vienna-Budapest-Cluj Napoca & Satu Mare, some cars Romanian, some Hungarian, restaurant car.

EN = EuroNight sleeper Kalman Imre to/from Munich & Zurich with Hungarian restaurant car.

seater compartments in 2nd class, open-plan seating in the 1st class car.

Which train to choose?

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.

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Option 1, by railjet or EuroCity train...

The regular trains are run jointly by Austrian & Hungarian national railways (ÖBB & MAV).  Most are smart modern railjet trains provided by Austrians, some are comfortable older EuroCity trains provided by the Hungarians.  One or two trains are just classified 'D' for express.

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

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What are the railjets likeMore information about railjets...

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

A railjet at Vienna Hbf...

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.

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...

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What are the EuroCity & D 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.

The Transylvania is a Romanian train running between Vienna, Budapest & Cluj Napoca in Romania.  It uses Romanian & Hungarian air-conditioned intercity 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.  Change cs to English upper left, then click Train formations, scroll down to 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, the seat layout icon to see a seat plan, if available.  You can also find photos of the Kalman Imre if you click EN and of the Dacia Express if you click G.

EuroCity train from Vienna to Budapest, at Vienna Hbf

A EuroCity train to Budapest rolls into Vienna Hbf, with Hungarian carriages in MAV's latest colour scheme...

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

1st class on the Avala, classic 6-seat compartment type.

 

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

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Option 2, by Regiojet...

From 31 July 2020, private operator Regiojet will run two trains a day between Vienna & Budapest in competition with the regular trains run by national rail operators ÖBB & MAV.  Regiojet is a private Czech travel company, part of Student Agency which also operates long distance bus services to, from and within the Czech Republic.  Under EU law, any company with the necessary licences can operate international train services in competition with the state-owned national operators.  These two daily Vienna-Budapest trains have been created by extending two of Regiojet's successful Prague-Vienna trains to Budapest.  With air-conditioning, free WiFi, power sockets, and 4 classes, Regiojet is a good choice.  There's no restaurant car, but there's at-seat service in Standard, Relax & Business classes with complimentary water & Illy coffee.  All tickets come with a specific reserved seat.  Watch the Regiojet video.

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets: www.regiojet.com

What are Regiojet trains like?

A RegioJet train to Prague at Vienna Hbf

A RegioJet train at Vienna Hbf...

Business class on a RegioJet train from Vienna to Prague   Relax class on a Vienna-Prague RegioJet train

Business class compartment.  Larger photo 360° photo.

 

Relax class seating.  Larger photo 360° photo..

Standard class astra car on a Vienna to Prague RegioJet train   Regiojet train at Prague

Standard class Astra car.  Larger photo360° photo.

Regiojet Astra car at Vienna...

Standard class children's compartment on a RegioJet train   Standard class on a Vienna to Prague RegioJet train

Standard class children's compartment. Larger photo.

 

Standard class compartment.  Larger photo 360° photo.

Orchid in the toilet on a Regiojet train   Low-cost class class seats on a RegioJet train

I think all trains should have orchids in the loo...

 

Low-Cost class Larger photo.


Travel tips...

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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