About traveling from Budapest to Vienna

Both Budapest and Vienna are beautiful historical cities in the heart of Europe with rich histories dating back to the Middle Ages. In each, you can enjoy beautiful architecture, and vibrant cultures.

Between Budapest and Vienna are some exceptional sights, including the exquisite town of Esztergom, the relaxing Etyeki Kúria Winery, the UNESCO-listed Pannonhalma Archabbey, historic Gyor, the Slovak capital of Bratislava, and the deal-centric Parndorf Outlet. However, the only way to experience these is to book a private car transfer with Daytrip.

How to get from Budapest to Vienna

If you’re travelling from Budapest to Vienna, you have several travel options. For travellers on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Budapest to Vienna. The fastest way to travel from Budapest to Vienna is by train or car, though a car is of course the best way to travel from Budapest to Vienna since it’s so convenient. It’s also possible to take a flight from Budapest to Vienna, though with airport waiting times it is the slowest and most expensive option.

Budapest to Vienna by train

To travel from Budapest to Vienna by train, you need to get to the Budapest Keleti station and purchase a ticket to Wien Hbf, or you can buy your tickets in advance online. The earliest train is at 5:40 AM, and the last train is at 8:40 PM, with trains departing every 1-2 hours. The train from Budapest to Vienna is operated by Österreichische Bundesbahnen, with train tickets from Budapest to Vienna costing €35 on average for the 2.5 hour trip. The distance from Budapest to Vienna is about 250 kilometers.

Trains have bathrooms on board, and usually offer a dining car.

Depart from Budapest Keleti station 
Time intervalsEvery 2 hours
First/Last Departure 5:40 AM/8:40 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€70
Duration~2 hr 37 min
Operating CompaniesÖsterreichische Bundesbahnen

Budapest to Vienna by bus

To travel from Budapest to Vienna by bus, there are several journey options. The first is to go to Budapest, Könyves Kálmán körút and buy a ticket to Wien, Station Erdberg. The second is to go to Budapest – Kelenföld, vasútállomás Etele tér Stop and buy a ticket to Wien, Station Erdberg. Finally you can go to Budapest, Szent Gellert Templom and buy a ticket to Wien, Südtiroler Platz. While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus is at 3:50 AM, and the last bus is at 10:00, with several busses leaving every hour. The bus from Budapest to Vienna is run by Flixbus, Eurolines, Infobus or Regiojet, with bus tickets from Budapest to Vienna costing between €9-€30 for the 3 hour trip. The distance from Budapest to Vienna is about 250 kilometers.

All options offer direct service from Budapest to Vienna

Departs from various stations  
Time intervals2 per hour
First/Last Departure5:30 AM/11:40 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€18 - €50
Duration~3 hours
Operating CompaniesFlixbus, Eurolines, Regiojet, Infobus

Budapest to Vienna Flight

To travel by plane, you need to get to Budapest International airport. As usual with flights, you’ll want to buy your tickets in advance.

For travelling such a short distance, only direct flights make sense. The plane tickets cost around €300 for the 50 minute flight from Budapest to Vienna. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight, making this the slowest and most expensive option.

Departs from Budapest International airport
Departure times8:00 AM, 11:15 AM, 6:40 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€600
Duration~50 min
Operating CompaniesAustrian Airlines

Budapest to Vienna Private Car Transfer

For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Budapest to Vienna. You will be picked up at your accommodation, and the driver will take care of your luggage. You’ll then be able to enjoy door-to-door service to your accommodation in Vienna, and can even add sightseeing stops on the way!

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