How to get from Salzburg to Budapest
About traveling from Salzburg to Budapest
Both cities Salzburg and Budapest will surprise you with an abundance of history, stunning architecture, diversity and vibrant cultures. Between Budapest and Salzburg can be found 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 Salzburg to Budapest
There are several options how you can travel from Salzburg to Budapest. If you are on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Salzburg to Budapest. The fastest way to travel from Salzburg to Budapest is by train or car, though if you prefer really comfortable trip a car is certainly the best way to travel from Salzburg to Budapest. Another option is taking a flight from Salzburg to Budapest, however it is the most expensive option as well as the slowest one (taking into account airport waiting times).
Salzburg to Budapest by train
To travel from Salzburg to Budapest by train, you need to get to the Budapest Keleti station and purchase a ticket to Salzburg Central Station (Salzburg Hbf), or you can buy your tickets in advance online. The earliest train is at 7:08 AM, and the last train is at 4:08 PM, with trains departing every 2 hours. The train from Salzburg to Budapest is operated by Austrian Federal Railways, with train tickets from Salzburg to Budapest costing from €70 to €120 on average for the 5 hour 12 minutes trip. The distance from Salzburg to Budapest is about 570 kilometers.Trains have bathrooms on board, and usually offer a dining car.[table id=244 /]
Salzburg to Budapest by bus
To travel from Salzburg to Budapest by bus, there are several journey options. The first is to go to Salzburg, PR Süd and buy a ticket to Budapest, Kelenföld vasútállomás Etele tér or Budapest, Népliget. The second is to go to Salzburg, Lastenstrasse and buy a ticket to Budapest, Könyves Kálmán körút or 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 6:15 AM, and the last bus is at 5:22, with 2 busses leaving every 2 hours and after 12 pm there is only 2 last busses at 5:22 pm. The bus from Salzburg to Budapest is run by Flixbus with bus tickets from Salzburg to Budapest costing between €27-€43 for the 7 hour trip. The distance from Salzburg to Budapest is about 570 kilometers.All options offer direct service from Budapest to Salzburg.[table id=245 /]
Salzburg to Budapest Flight
To travel by plane, you need to get to Salzburg Airport (SZG). As usual with flights, you’ll want to buy your tickets in advance. There are no direct flights from Salzburg to Budapest and the fastest flight takes 2 hours 30 minutes (€618). The earliest flight departs at 6:15 am and the last flight departs at 9:20 pm. The plane tickets cost from €362 to €668 for the on average 6 hours flight from Salzburg to Budapest. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight, making this the slowest and most expensive option.[table id=246 /]
Salzburg to Budapest Private Car Transfer
For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Salzburg 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!
Going the other direction? Check our guide on How to get from Budapest to Salzburg