About traveling from Budapest to Krakow

Both Budapest and Krakow 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 Krakow are some exceptional sights, including the relaxing bear farm, exquisite town of Esztergom, the quaint medieval silver town Banska Stiavnica, the UNESCO listed Vlkolinec, the haunting Oravsky hrad, and fascinating Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. However, the only way to experience these is to book a private car transfer with Daytrip.

How to get from Budapest to Krakow

If you’re travelling from Budapest to Krakow, you have several travel options. For travellers on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Budapest to Krakow. The fastest way to travel from Budapest to Krakow is by bus or car, though a car is of course the best way to travel from Budapest to Krakow since it’s so convenient. It’s also possible to take a flight from Budapest to Krakow, though with airport waiting times it is the slowest and most expensive option. Trains are also available, but with only a couple of departures per day, and trips lasting a minimum of 9 hours, they are hardly a time-conscious choice.

Budapest to Krakow by train

To travel from Budapest to Krakow by train, you need to get to either the Budapest Keleti or Budapest Nyugati station and purchase a ticket to Krakow Glowny, or you can buy your tickets in advance online. The earliest train is at 8:40 AM, and the last train is at 7:25 PM, those being the only available trains through the day. The train from Budapest to Krakow is operated by Polrail, with train tickets from Budapest to Krakow costing €52-104 on average for the 9 hour trip. The distance from Budapest to Krakow is about 400 kilometers.

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

Departs from Budapest Keleti or Budapest Nyugati stations
Time intervals2 per day
First/Last Departure 8:40 AM/7:25 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€104-€208
Duration~9 hr
Operating CompaniesPolrail

Budapest to Krakow by bus

To travel from Budapest to Krakow by bus, there are several starting point bus stations in Budapest: Szent Gellert-templom, Mexikoi Ut M, Konyves Kalman korut, or Kelenfold vasutallomas Etele ter. No matter which station you start from, you will purchase a ticket to Krakow, Dworzec Autobusowy. While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus is at 6:10 AM, and the last bus is at 11:30, with busses leaving approximately every 2 hours (though keep in mind there generally aren’t busses from 2pm until 10pm). The bus from Budapest to Krakow is run by Flixbus, Euroticket, or Regiojet, with bus tickets from Budapest to Krakow costing between €14-€34 for the 7.5 hour trip. The distance from Budapest to Krakow is about 400 kilometers.

Most options offer direct service from Budapest to Krakow.

Departs from several locations
Time intervalsEvery 2 hours
First/Last Departure 6:10 AM/11:30 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€28-€68
Duration~7 hr
Operating CompaniesFlixbus, Euroticket, Regiojet

Budapest to Krakow by Flight

To travel by plane, you need to get to Budapest Ferenc Liszt 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. There is only one direct flight per day, at 87 EUR. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight, making this the least economical option.

Departs from Budapest Ferenc Liszt airport (BUD)
Departure times9:35 AM
Avg. Price 2 persons€180
Duration~1 hr
Operating CompaniesLOT Airlines

Budapest to Krakow by Private Car Transfer

For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Budapest to Krakow. 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 Krakow, and can even add sightseeing stops on the way!

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