About traveling from Budapest to Prague

When planning a European vacation, many travellers ask themselves Prague or Budapest? Both offer rich histories, stupendous architecture, romantic bridges, and buzzing nightlife along the river banks.  need to choose, go for both! Both the cities are beautifully located on the river and filled with history, amazing architecture, romantic bridges and buzzing life.

If you want to make your trip even more exciting, you might consider visiting some truly exciting locations on this route, for example a capital of Slovakia – Bratislava, the UNESCO – listed Lednice Chateau and Park, cozy czech town Mikulov famous as a heart of Czech wine making, Sonberk winery where you can get a king’s wine taste, noble Cesky Sternberk castle with the adjacent village and finally blood cooling but terrific bone church at Kutna Hora.

How to get from Budapest to Prague

There are several options how you can travel from Budapest to Prague. If you are on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Budapest to Prague. The fastest way to travel from Budapest to Prague is by train or car, though if you prefer really comfortable trip a car is certainly the best way to travel from Budapest to Prague. Another option is taking a flight from Budapest to Prague, however it is the most expensive option as well as the slowest one (taking into account airport waiting times).

Budapest to Prague by train

To travel from Budapest to Prague by train, you need to get to the Budapest Nyugati station and purchase a ticket to Prague Central Station (Praha, Hlavní Nádraží in czech language) or you can buy your tickets in advance online. The earliest train is at 5:40 AM, and the last train is at 11:20 PM, with trains departing every 2 hours. The train from Budapest to Prague is operated by EuroCity trains, with train tickets from Budapest to Prague costing €29 for 2 class seats and 64€ for 1st class seats for the 6.5 hour trip. The distance from Budapest to Prague is about 530 kilometers.

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

Departs from Budapest Nyugati station
Time intervalsEvery 2 hours
First/Last Departure 5:40 AM/11:20 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€58 - €128
Duration~6hr 30 min
Operating CompaniesEuroCity - Express train, Ceske Drahy

Budapest to Prague by bus

To travel from Budapest to Prague by bus, there are several journey options. The first is to go to Budapest, Népliget M and buy a ticket to Prague Florenc Central. The second is to go to Könyves Kálmán körút and buy a ticket to Praha, ÚAN Florenc or to Praha, Hlavní Nádraží. The third is to go to Budapest, Kelenföld vasútállomás Etele tér and buy a ticket to as previously Praha, ÚAN Florenc or to Praha, Hlavní Nádraží. Finally you can go to Budapest – Szent Gellért-templom and buy a ticket to Prague – Úan Florenc. 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 11:50 PM, with 2 buses leaving approximately every 2 hours. The bus from Budapest to Prague is run by Infobus, Flixbus, Eurolines, Regiojet, or LeoExpress with bus tickets from Budapest to Prague costing between €16-€26 for the on average 7 hour 30 minute  trip. The distance from Budapest to Prague is about 530 kilometers.

All options offer direct service from Budapest to Prague.

Departs from several stations
Time intervals2 every 2 hours
First/Last Departure 3:50 AM/11:50 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€32-€52
Duration~7 hr 30 min
Operating CompaniesInfobus, Flixbus, Eurolines, Regiojet, LeoExpress

Budapest to Prague Flight

To travel by plane, you need to get to Budapest International airport (Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD). 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 €113 (goes up to €175) for the 1 hour 20 minute flight from Budapest to Prague. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight, making this the slowest and most expensive option.

Departs from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
Departure times3:00 PM, 4:20 PM, 7:50 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€225
Duration~1 hr 20 min
Operating CompaniesRyanAir, CSA

Budapest to Prague Private Car Transfer

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

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