About traveling from Budapest to Lake Bled
Budapest is the Baroque capital of Hungary, while the serene shores of Lake Bled probably the most iconic sight in Slovenia.
Between Budapest and Lake Bled are some exceptional sights, including the charming Bory Castle, quaint town of Maribor, the Lasko Brewery (have a taste of the Slovenian countryside!), the exquisite Ljubljana, and the lovely towns of Skofja Loka and Kranj. However, the only way to experience these is to book a private car transfer with Daytrip.
How to get from Budapest to Lake Bled
If you’re travelling from Budapest to Lake Bled, you have several travel options. For travellers on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Budapest to Lake Bled. The fastest way to travel from Budapest to Lake Bled is by car, and a car is also the best way to travel from Lake Bled to Budapest since it’s so convenient. You have the option of taking the train, but it is the longest and most expensive option.
Budapest to Lake Bled by train
To travel from Budapest to Lake Bled by train, it’s important to know that there are no direct connections, and all trip will require at least 2 changes. You would need to start from Budapest-Kelenfold and go to Vienna Hauptbahnhof, then transfer to Villach Hauptbahnhof, and then finally go from Villach to Lesce Bled. This station is still about 10 minutes by bus from the town of Bled, so you would need to find road transport from the station. The earliest train from Budapest is at 5:55 AM, and the last train is at 6:55 PM, with trains departing twice per hour from Budapest and Vienna, and every 3 hours from Villach. The train from Budapest to Lake Bled is operated by Deutsche Bahn, Austrian, and Slovenian Railways, with train tickets from Budapest to Lake Bled costing €88-143 on average for the 10 hour trip. The distance from Budapest to Lake Bled is about 400 kilometers.
Trains have bathrooms on board, and usually offer a dining car.
|Budapest to Lake Bled by train|
|Time intervals||2 per hour|
|First/Last Departure||5:55 AM/6:55 PM|
|Avg. Price 2 persons||€176-286|
|Operating Companies||Deutsche Bahn, Austrian Railways, Slovenian Railways|
Budapest to Lake Bled by bus
To travel from Budapest to Lake Bled by bus, the only viable journey option is to transfer in Ljubljana. You must first get to Budapest Nepliget and purchase a ticket to Avtobusna postaja Ljubljana. From there, you will be able to buy a ticket to Mlino station in Bled. 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 8:30 PM, with 3 busses leaving every day. The bus from Budapest to Lake Bled is run by Flixbus, with bus tickets from Budapest to Lake Bled costing between €27-€48 for the 9 hour trip. The distance from Budapest to Lake Bled is about 400 kilometers.
|Budapest to Lake Bled by bus|
|Time intervals||3 per day|
|First/Last Departure||7:30 AM/8:30 PM|
|Avg. Price 2 persons||€54-€96|
|Operating Companies||Flixbus, Arriva Slovenia|
Budapest to Lake Bled by Private Car Transfer
For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Budapest to Lake Bled. 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 Lake Bled, and can even add sightseeing stops on the way!
Going the other direction? Check our guide on How to get from Lake Bled to Budapest