About traveling from Budapest to Salzburg
Between Budapest and Salzburg can be found some exceptional sights, including the UNESCO-listed Pannonhalma Archabbey, historic Gyor, Romanesque Liechtenstein castle, river based beautiful Melk, city of media arts Linz and spectacular Sankt Gilgen with it’s breathtaking views on the mountains.
How to get from Budapest to Salzburg
If you’re travelling from Budapest to Salzburg, you have several travel options. For travelers on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Budapest to Salzburg. The fastest way to travel from Budapest to Salzburg is by train or car, though a car is of course the best way to travel from Budapest to Salzburg since it’s so convenient. It’s also possible to take a flight from Budapest to Salzburg, though with airport waiting times it is the slowest and most expensive option.
Budapest to Salzburg by train
To travel from Budapest to Salzburg by train, you need to get to the Budapest Keleti station and purchase a ticket to Salzburg Central Station, or you can buy your tickets in advance online. The earliest train is at 7:40 AM, and the last train is at 5:40 PM, with trains departing every 2 hours. The train from Budapest to Salzburg is operated by Austrian Federal Railways, with train tickets from Budapest to Salzburg costing €120 on average for the 5 hour 12 minutes trip. The distance from Budapest to Salzburg is about 570 kilometers.
Trains have bathrooms on board, and usually offer a dining car.
|Budapest to Salzburg by train|
|Time intervals||2 hours|
|First/Last Departure||7:40 AM/5:40 PM|
|Avg. Price 2 persons||€240|
|Duration||~5 hr 12 min|
|Operating Companies||Austrian Federal Railways|
Budapest to Salzburg by bus
To travel from Budapest to Salzburg by bus, there are several journey options. The first is to go to Budapest, Könyves Kálmán körút and buy a ticket to Salzburg, Lastenstrasse. The second is to go to Budapest – Kelenföld, Somogyi Utca Mhd Stop and buy a ticket to Salzburg, Lastenstrasse. While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus is at 8:00 AM, and the last bus is at 9:45, with 2 busses leaving every 2 hours and after 1:20 pm there is only one last bus at 9:45 pm. The bus from Budapest to Salzburg is run by Flixbus with bus tickets from Budapest to Salzburg costing between €31-€41 for the 7 hour trip. The distance from Budapest to Salzburg is about 570 kilometers.
All options offer direct service from Budapest to Salzburg.
|Departs from various stations|
|Time intervals||2 per hour and only one last departure after 1:20 pm at 9:45 pm|
|First/Last Departure||8:00 AM/9:45 PM|
|Avg. Price 2 persons||€62-€82|
Budapest to Salzburg 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 direct flights from Budapest to Salzburg and the fastest flight takes 5 hours 10 minutes so you actually might consider taking the train which will bring you to the destination faster than airplane. The earliest flight departs at 6:15 am and the last flight departs at 7 pm.
The plane tickets cost from €352 to €543 for the 5 hours 10 minute flight from Budapest to Salzburg. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight, making this the slowest and most expensive option.
|Budapest to Salzburg by Flight|
|Departure times||6:15 AM, 9:20 AM, 2:40 PM, 5:35 PM, 7 PM|
|Avg. Price 2 persons||€704 to €1,086|
|Duration||~5 hours 10 min|
|Operating Companies||Lufthansa, Eurowings, Brussels Airlines, SWISS|
Budapest to Salzburg Private Car Transfer
For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Budapest to Salzburg. 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 Salzburg, and can even add sightseeing stops on the way!
Going the other direction? Check our guide on How to get from Salzburg to Budapest