About traveling from Budapest to Zagreb

Budapest and Zagreb are both beautiful European cities that will amaze you with their diversity, culture, unbelievable architecture, shopping, museums and vibrant live.

Between Budapest and Zagreb are some exceptional sights, including historical Szekesfehervar, the award winner village Tihany, unique Tapolca Lake Cave, Hungary’s third largest Helikon castle, relaxing Thermal Lake of Heviz and charming city of Varazdin

However, the only way to experience these is to book a private car transfer with Daytrip. 

How to get from Budapest to Zagreb

You can use several options to travel from Budapest to Zagreb. The cheapest option to travel from Budapest to Zagreb is the bus. The fastest way to travel from Budapest to Zagreb is by flight though do not forget about waiting times at the airport. If you are curious to see more of Hungary and Croatia on your way, then of course the best way to travel from Budapest to Zagreb is by car or by train, though the latter one will lead to quite a long journey. 

Budapest to Zagreb by train

To travel from Budapest to Zagreb by train, you need to get to the Kelenföld [Budapest] station and purchase a ticket to Zagreb Glavni Kol., or you can buy your tickets in advance online. Please note, even though you can purchase an online ticket, you will anyway need to pick up the actual paper ticket at the Ticket Collection Points located at railway station before your journey. The earliest train is at 12:47 PM, and the last, the only direct train is at 3:42 PM, with 4 trains a day in total. The train from Budapest to Zagreb is operated by Mav Start, with train tickets from Budapest to Zagreb costing €25 on average for the 5.5 hour trip. The distance from Budapest to Zagreb is about 350 kilometers.

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

Budapest to Zagreb by train
Time intervals4 trains a day
First/Last Departure 12:47 PM / 3:42 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€50
Duration~5 hr 30 min
Operating CompaniesMav Start

Budapest to Zagreb by bus

To travel from Budapest to Zagreb by bus, there are several journey options. The first is to go to Budapest, Könyves Kálmán körút and buy a ticket to Zagreb, Autobusni Kolodvor. The second is to go to Budapest – Kelenföld vasútállomás Etele tér and buy a ticket to Zagreb, Autobusni Kolodvor. While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus is at 7:30 AM, and the last bus is at 4:20, with 2 busses leaving every 3 hours. The bus from Budapest to Zagreb is run by Flixbus, with bus tickets from Budapest to Zagreb costing between €18-€22 for the 4 hour 40 minute trip. The distance from Budapest to Zagreb is about 350 kilometers.

All options offer direct service from Budapest to Zagreb.

Budapest to Zagreb by bus
Time intervals2 per every 3 hours
First/Last Departure 7:30 AM/4:20 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€36-€44
Duration~4 hr 40 min
Operating CompaniesFlixbus

Budapest to Zagreb by 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. There are no directs flights to Budapest from Zagreb, the shortest flight takes 2 hours 40 minutes. 

The plane tickets cost around €400  for the approximate 5 hours 30 minute flight from Budapest to Zagreb. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight, making this the slowest and most expensive option.

Budapest to Zagreb by flight
Departure times earliest/latest6:00 AM / 8:05 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€800
Duration~5 hours 30 min
Operating CompaniesBrussels Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, AirFrance

Budapest to Zagreb Private Car Transfer

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

Book a Private Car Transfer from Budapest to Zagreb

Going the other direction? Check our guide on How to get from Zagreb to Budapest

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