About traveling from Prague to Budapest

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 Prague to Budapest

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

Prague to Budapest by train

To travel from Prague to Budapest by train, you need to get to the Prague Central Station and purchase a ticket to Budapest Nyugati station or you can buy your tickets in advance online. The earliest train is at 4:48 AM, and the last train is at 11:50 PM, with trains departing every 1 hour. The train from Prague to Budapest is operated by EuroCity trains, with train tickets from Prague to Budapest costing €29 for 2 class seats and 64€ for 1st class seats for the 6.5 hour trip. The distance from Prague to Budapest is about 530 kilometers.

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

Departs from Prague Central Station
Time intervalsEvery 1 hour
First/Last Departure 4:48 AM/11:50 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€58 - €128
Duration~6hr 30 min
Operating CompaniesEuroCity - Express train, Ceske Drahy

Prague to Budapest by bus

To travel from Prague to Budapest by bus, there are several journey options. The first is to go to Praha, Zličín and buy a ticket to Budapest, Kelenföld vasútállomás Etele tér. The second is to go to Praha, Hlavní Nádraží and buy a ticket to Budapest, Kelenföld vasútállomás Etele tér. Finally you can go to Praha, ÚAN Florenc and buy a ticket to Budapest, Kelenföld vasútállomás Etele tér. While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus is at 2:25 AM, and the last bus is at 11:59 PM, with 2 buses leaving approximately every 2 hours. The bus from Prague to Budapest is run by Infobus, Flixbus, Eurolines, Regiojet, with bus tickets from Prague to Budapest costing between €16-€35 for the on average 7 hour 30 minute trip. The distance from Prague to Budapest is about 530 kilometers.

All options offer direct service from Prague to Budapest.

Departs from several stations
Time intervals2 Every 2 hours
First/Last Departure 2:25 AM/11:59 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€32-€52
Duration~7 hr 30 min
Operating CompaniesInfobus, Flixbus, Eurolines, Regiojet, LeoExpress

Prague to Budapest Flight

To travel by plane, you need to get to Budapest International airport (Prague Vaclav Havel Airport (PRG). 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 €70 for the 1 hour 20 minute flight from Prague 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 Prague Vaclav Havel Airport (PRG)
Departure times12:00 PM, 5:55 PM, 5:55 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€140
Duration~1 hr 20 min
Operating CompaniesRyanAir, CSA

Prague to Budapest Private Car Transfer

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

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Going the other direction? Check how to get from Budapest to Prague

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