About traveling from Budapest to Bratislava

Both Bratislava and Budapest offer a superb taste of what Central Europe has to offer – from Gothic architecture and centuries of tumultuous history, to the rich, crave-worthy dishes in every corner pub, you can’t help but be drawn straight to the heart of Slavic culture. Get lost on the cobblestone streets, find yourself a pint of world-famous brew, and enjoy!


If you decide to take a car transfer from Bratislava and Budapest, you can also enjoy some exceptional sights, including Esztergom and the Brunszvik Castle, architecturally diverse Komarno, UNESCO listed Pannonhalma Archabbey, the historic Gyor, and Hungarian town of Sopron

 

How to get from Budapest to Bratislava

If you’re traveling from Budapest to Bratislava, you have several options. For travelers on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Budapest to Bratislava. The fastest way to travel from Budapest to Bratislava is by train or car, though a car is of course the best way to travel from Budapest to Bratislava since it’s so convenient.

 

Budapest to Bratislava by train

To travel from Budapest to Bratislava by train, you need to get to the Budapest-Nyugati station and purchase a ticket to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica, or you can buy your tickets in advance online. The earliest train is at 5:40 AM, and the last train is at 5:40 PM, with trains departing every 2 hours. The train from Budapest to Bratislava is operated by Czech Railways and Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, with train tickets from Budapest to Bratislava costing €30-50 on average for the 3 hour trip. The distance from Budapest to Bratislava is about 200 kilometers.

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

Train intervals 2 hours
First/Last Departure 5:40 AM/5:40 PM
Avg. Price €30-50
Distance ~200 km
Duration ~3 hr
Operating Companies Czech Railways and Deutsche Bahn Eurocity 

Budapest to Bratislava by bus

To travel from Budapest to Bratislava by bus, there are several journey options as there are multiple bus stations in each city to choose from.  In Budapest, you will go to Budapest, Kelenföld vasútállomás (sometimes Budapest, Könyves Kálmán körút is also available) and purchase a ticket to Bratislava Bus Station Nivy, Einsteinova, or Novy Most. While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus is at 7:00 AM, and the last bus is at 11:40 PM, with multiple buses departing each hour. The bus from Budapest to Bratislava is run by Flixbus and Regiojet, with bus tickets from Budapest to Bratislava costing between €8-€14 for the 2.5 hour trip. The distance from Budapest to Bratislava is about 200 kilometers.

Most options offer direct service from Budapest to Bratislava.

Time intervals 1 hour
First/Last Departure 7:00 AM/11:40 PM
Avg. Price €8-€14
Distance ~200 km
Duration ~2.5 hr
Operating Companies Flixbus, Regiojet

Budapest to Bratislava Private Car Transfer

For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Budapest to Bratislava. You will be picked up at your accommodation in Budapest, and the driver will take care of your luggage. You’ll then be able to enjoy door-to-door service to your accommodation in Bratislava, and can even add sightseeing stops on the way!

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