The sleeper train from Zurich to Budapest

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Introducing the EuroNight sleeper train Kalman Imre

Every night, a Hungarian Railways EuroNight sleeper train called the Kalman Imre links Zurich & Budapest.  The train has a comfortable air-conditioned Hungarian sleeping-car with 1, 2 or 3 berth compartments with washbasin and two air-conditioned Hungarian couchette cars with 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.

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Train times 2024

 Zurich ► Budapest


 Budapest ► Zurich

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 Zurich HB depart:


 Budapest Keleti depart:


 Vienna Hbf arrive


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if you're travelling to or from Vienna.  ÖBB (Austrian Railways) provide sleeping-cars & couchettes between Zurich & Vienna as one of their Nightjet trains, with exactly the same departure/arrival time in Zurich, but a later (more civilised) arrival in Vienna eastbound and an earlier (not as late-night) departure from Vienna westbound.  If you are travelling from Zurich to Vienna or Vienna to Zurich I recommend using this Austrian Nightjet train as there's a better breakfast in sleepers, a light breakfast in couchettes as well, and there are deluxe sleepers with en suite toilet & shower as well as standard ones with washbasin.

* 20:40 or 21:40?  This train leaves Zurich HB at 20:40 until 24 October 2024.  From 25 October it will revert to its traditional departure time, 21:40.

Zurich to Budapest by train is 1,043 km (648 miles).

What's the sleeping-car like?

The Zurich-Budapest portion of this train has one Hungarian sleeping-car.  Inside the sleeping-car it's air-conditioned, carpeted, quiet and civilised.  The sleeping-car has a side corridor off which open 10 sleeper compartments.  Each compartment can be sold as a 1, 2 or 3 bed room with upper, middle & lower berths folded out as required.  Luggage goes in the big recess over the door to the corridor.  The compartments have normal locks plus a security deadbolt which can only be locked & unlocked from inside.  There's crisp clean bedding, a washbasin, soap, towel, bottled water, fruit juice.

When you board, you'll find a complimentary fruit juice in your compartment and (if you have a single-berth sleeper) an individual bottle of Hungarian sparkling wine.  Morning tea or coffee and a light breakfast are included in the fare, you're given a menu in the evening and can choose 7 items from the list.  You can pay extra items if you want additional items.  See generic sleeper numbering plan.

This route is scheduled to use one of Hungarian Railways CAF sleeping-cars as shown below, occasionally they use one built by DWA instead, as shown here.

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.  Watch the video.

Hungarian sleeper train from Zurich to Budapest

The sleeper from Zurich to Budapest at Zurich HB.

Sleeper corridor   2-bed sleeper from Zurich to Budapest   Washbasin in sleeper train from Zurich to Budapest

Sleeper corridor.

Sleeper, set up as a 2-berth.

Washbasin & bottled water.

Single sleeper in the train from Zurich to Budapest   Complimentary sparkling wine   Single sleeper at night

Single sleeper, corridor side.

Sparkling wine (in single).


Breakfast in the Zurich to Budapest sleeper train   Sleeper from Zurich to Budapest set up for day use

Breakfast, included in the fare.

Sleeper with seats set up for morning use.

What's the couchette car like?

The Kalman Imre has two comfortable couchette cars between Zurich & Budapest.  Each couchette car has a side corridor and 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, there are several European-type 2-pin 240v power outlets in each compartment.  Toilets and washrooms at the end of the corridor.  Couchette compartments are not segregated by gender, as you do not normally get fully undressed, but women can book a berth in a women-only compartment.  See generic couchette car numbering plan.  Click the interior photos for larger photos.

4-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   6-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   Hungarian couchette car to Budapest

4-berth couchettes.


6-berth couchettes.

Couchette car at Zurich HB.

6-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   6-berth couchettes on train to Budapest

Hungarian couchette car at Budapest Keleti.


6-berth couchettes & corridor.

Travel tips

Route map

Zurich to Budapest train route map

Click for larger map   Highlighted = Zurich/Munich-Budapest sleeper 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?

How to buy tickets

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