About traveling from Vienna to Budapest

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

Between Vienna and Budapest 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 Vienna to Budapest

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

Vienna to Budapest by train

To travel from Vienna to Budapest by train, you need to get to the Wien Hbf and purchase a ticket to Budapest Keleti station, or you can buy your tickets in advance online. The earliest train is at 00:18 AM, and the last train is at 9:33 PM, with trains departing every 1-2 hours. The train from Vienna to Budapest is operated by Österreichische Bundesbahnen, with train tickets from Vienna to Budapest costing €19 – €45 on average for the 2.5 hour trip. The distance from Vienna to Budapest is about 250 kilometers.

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

Departs from Wien Hbf
Time intervalsEvery 2 hours
First/Last Departure 00:18 AM/9:33 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€38 - €90
Duration~2 hr 37 min
Operating CompaniesÖsterreichische Bundesbahnen

Vienna to Budapest by bus

To travel from Vienna to Budapest by bus, there are several journey options. The first is to go to Wien, U Bhf. Erdberg and buy a ticket to Budapest, Nepliget. The second is to go to Wien, Station Erdberg and buy a ticket to Könyves Kálmán körút. Finally you can go to Vienna Central Station (International Busterminal) and buy a ticket to Budapest, Kelenfold vasutallomas Etele ter. While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus is at 4:30 AM, and the last bus is at 9:05 PM, with several busses leaving every hour. The bus from Vienna to Budapest is run by Flixbus, Eurolines, Infobus or Regiojet, with bus tickets from Vienna to Budapest costing between €9-€33 for the 3 hour trip. The distance from Vienna to Budapest is about 250 kilometers.

All options offer direct service from Vienna to Budapest.

Departs from various stations
Time intervals1 - 2 per hour
First/Last Departure4:30 AM/9:05 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€18 - €66
Duration~3 hours
Operating CompaniesFlixbus, Eurolines, Regiojet, Infobus

Vienna to Budapest Flight

To travel by plane, you need to get to Vienna 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 €106 for the 50 minute flight from Vienna to Budapest. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight, making this the slowest and most expensive option.

Departs from Vienna International airport
Departure times9:50 AM, 5:20 AM, 9:25 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€300
Duration~50 min
Operating CompaniesAustrian Airlines

Vienna to Budapest Private Car Transfer

For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Vienna to Budapest. 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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