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Cheap train tickets from Vienna to Budapest

Showing times and prices for 24 Apr

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Vienna to Budapest is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
RegioJet a. s. (RJ_AT)
14:342h24
Vienna Hbf
16:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
£111One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
RegioJet a. s. (RJ_AT)
07:342h24
Vienna Hbf
09:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
£111One-way
0 changes
RegioJet a.s.
17:272h31
Vienna Hbf
19:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
£121One-way
0 changes
RegioJet a.s.
10:272h31
Vienna Hbf
12:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
£141One-way
0 changes
ÖBB | Euro City (EC)
12:422h44
Vienna Hbf
15:26Budapest Keleti
£481One-way
0 changes

Train timetableVienna to Budapest

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 24 April
RegioJet a. s. (RJ_AT)
07:342h24
Vienna Hbf
09:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
0 changes
ÖBB | Euro City (EC)
08:023h24
Vienna Airport
11:26Budapest Keleti
1 change
ÖBB | Euro City (EC)
08:422h44
Vienna Hbf
11:26Budapest Keleti
0 changes
ÖBB
09:023h24
Vienna Airport
12:26Budapest Keleti
1 change
ÖBB
09:402h46
Vienna Hbf
12:26Budapest Keleti
0 changes
ÖBB | Euro City (EC)
10:023h24
Vienna Airport
13:26Budapest Keleti
1 change
RegioJet a.s.
10:272h31
Vienna Hbf
12:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
0 changes
ÖBB | Euro City (EC)
10:422h44
Vienna Hbf
13:26Budapest Keleti
0 changes
ÖBB
11:023h24
Vienna Airport
14:26Budapest Keleti
1 change
ÖBB
11:402h46
Vienna Hbf
14:26Budapest Keleti
0 changes
ÖBB | Euro City (EC)
12:023h24
Vienna Airport
15:26Budapest Keleti
1 change
ÖBB | Euro City (EC)
12:422h44
Vienna Hbf
15:26Budapest Keleti
0 changes
RegioJet a. s. (RJ_AT)
14:342h24
Vienna Hbf
16:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
0 changes
RegioJet a.s.
17:272h31
Vienna Hbf
19:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
0 changes

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Train times from Vienna to Budapest

Showing times and prices for 24 Apr

Fastest Journey

2 h 24 m

Average

2 h 53 m

Trains per day

14

Distance

214 km

Of the 14 trains that leave Vienna for Budapest every day 9 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
RegioJet a. s. (RJ_AT)
14:342h24
Vienna Hbf
16:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
£111One-way
0 changes
Fastest
RegioJet a. s. (RJ_AT)
07:342h24
Vienna Hbf
09:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
£111One-way
0 changes
RegioJet a.s.
17:272h31
Vienna Hbf
19:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
£121One-way
0 changes
RegioJet a.s.
10:272h31
Vienna Hbf
12:58Budapest-Kelenfoeld
£141One-way
0 changes
ÖBB | Euro City (EC)
12:422h44
Vienna Hbf
15:26Budapest Keleti
£481One-way
0 changes

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The journey from Vienna to Budapest was the last journey from my trip to Budapest. This time I was generally satisfied with the comfort as well as the wifi. The only thing that bothers me is that the staff can't manage to keep the trains clean. This includes the toilets and the rubbish bins. Unfortunately, the train was late again, which caused stress. Overall, I am satisfied with the price of the trip.
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The train ride from Vienna to Budapest was a great experience. The train was on time and comfortable. The scenery along the route was picturesque and the journey along the Danube was particularly impressive. The train staff were friendly and helpful. The short travel time between the two cities makes this connection ideal for a day trip or a weekend. Overall, a recommendable way to connect these two fascinating cities.
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Overall, the train journey from Vienna to Budapest was a relaxing and enjoyable travel option. The comfortable seats, scenic route and friendly staff contributed to a positive travel experience. However, a few improvements in terms of catering and power outlets could make the journey even more enjoyable. I can recommend this train route to travellers who want to experience a relaxing journey between the two beautiful cities. There were no delays during the journey.
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The train journey from Vienna to Budapest left an ambivalent impression. The train offered modern comfort and was well air-conditioned. The seats were comfortable and adjustable, which was important for the long duration of the journey. The departure was unfortunately delayed without clear announcements to cause, which caused confusion among the passengers. The information provided by the train staff could definitely be improved.
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The Westbahn, on which I travelled, had 2 floors and sockets, like any other Westbahn. Wifi was also there, but was very weak. It is very easy to make a reservation and the staff is nice. The train always arrives on time and is very hygienic inside. The seats are comfortable and the service is nice. You never have to change trains when you travel with the Westbahn and you only travel for a short time, so 4 out of 5 stars.
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I recently had a train journey from Vienna to Budapest and would now like to share my experience here. I was very impressed by the punctuality of the train, both on departure and arrival. The cleanliness of the toilets was also very commendable. Unfortunately, however, the seats were disappointing. They were really dirty and uncomfortable, which affected comfort during the journey. So in summary, the experience for me was mixed, with positives such as the punctuality and cleanliness of the toilets on the one hand, but the dirty and uncomfortable seats on the other.

Overview: Train from Vienna to Budapest

distanceDistance133 miles
durationAverage train duration2 h 29 min
priceAverage train ticket price£34 (€37)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersRegioJet a. S. ÖBB | Euro City (EC), ÖBB, ÖBB | Regionalzug, ÖBB | InterCity, ÖBB | REX, EuroNight, Student Agency or ÖBB | Railjet

Trains from Vienna to Budapest cover the 133 miles long route taking on average 2 h 29 min with our travel partners like RegioJet a. S. ÖBB | Euro City (EC), ÖBB, ÖBB | Regionalzug, ÖBB | InterCity, ÖBB | REX, EuroNight, Student Agency or ÖBB | Railjet. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £13, but the average price of train tickets is £34. Travellers depart most frequently from Vienna Hbf and arrive in Budapest-Kelenfoeld.

Train providers: RegioJet a. S. ÖBB | Euro City (EC) and ÖBB trains Vienna to Budapest

Travel from Vienna to Budapest from £8 with Omio’s train partners RegioJet a. S. ÖBB | Euro City (EC) and ÖBB! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable trip for you.

RegioJet is a Czech train company that offers a wide range of services to its customers including trains between Vienna and Budapest. It operates both regional and long-distance trains, with the latter covering routes across the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary. The regional trains are known as RegioJet Express and offer frequent departures throughout the day. The long-distance trains are called RegioJet Comfort and provide a more luxurious experience with comfortable seating, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. RegioJet offers a variety of ticket types, including single tickets, return tickets, and group tickets. Onboard facilities include a café car, a restaurant car, and a bar car. Passengers can also enjoy a selection of movies and music, as well as access to power outlets. The most popular routes for RegioJet are Prague to Brno, Prague to Ostrava, and Prague to Vienna. These routes offer convenient connections to major cities in the Czech Republic and beyond.

Train information from Vienna to Budapest with Student Agency:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 31 min
  • Cheapest Price: £31
  • Student Agency frequency: 2 a day

Train Vienna Budapest

Passengers can ride on one of 18 trains from Vienna to Budapest that travel along a 133-mile (214-km)route from Monday to Sunday. Fast trains from Vienna to Budapest can complete the trip in approx. 2h 30minwhile regional service involves with journey times lasting nearly 9h. Two providers operate service from one location in Vienna terminating at one of two locations in Budapest. The vast majority of these journeys run express while others require connections or transfers.

Vienna to Budapest Train Times: Daily Departures

You can enjoy 18 daily departures or an aggregate of 126 trains from Vienna to Budapest each week. The first train leaves Vienna around 6:40 a.m., while the last one departs around 12:00 a.m. The Vienna to Budapest train schedule includesat least one train per hour throughout the day and at least two during the 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. hours. To view the complete daily timetable of trains to Budapest from Vienna, go to our website and select your preferred travel date then press "See all Trains" highlighted in red at the bottom of the section.

Boarding your Train Vienna Budapest

All trains Vienna - Budapest depart from Vienna Hauptbahnhof, the city’s central railway station. This is an extremely busy terminal year-round, so plan your arrival at least an hour in advance. Trains running this route usually depart from Platforms 3-12 and track assignments are routinely posted on station information screens for your convenience. We recommend arriving an extra 30min earlier during the busy summer months when station activity is at its highest peak.

Vienna: Aerial view of the city at night.

Vienna: Aerial view of the city at night. Source: Shutterstock

Where does the train depart in Vienna and arrive in Budapest?

Vienna Hauptbahnhofis the principal railway terminal and the departure point for all trains from Vienna to Budapest. The terminal is located about 25min by car, about 15min via public transport and around 40min on foot from Stephansplatz in the city centre. This modern station opened in 2015 providing an environmentally-friendly experience for in-transit passengers. The station offers a variety of facilities including ticketing office with accessible features, OBB First Class Lounge, left luggage facilities and toilets. Cash-point machines and currency exchange offices as well as shops and restaurants are also included. Trains Vienna to Budapest will arrive at either Budapest Keleti Station the central terminal or Budapest Kelenfold Station.

When is the best time to book your train ticket from Vienna to Budapest?

According to the daily schedules the best time to book your tickets on trains from Vienna to Budapest is during the 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. hours when journey times and cost-efficiency are at optimum levels. You can also find very affordable fares during the early morning hours (6 a.m.) and the evening period from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. However, if you wish to find the cheap trains from Vienna to Budapest we recommend you make reservations as far in advance as possible.

What to see between Vienna and Budapest?

Trains from Vienna to Budapest course south from Vienna Hbf and past the Central Cemetery at Kaiserebersdorf where Beethoven’s grave is located before crossing the border into Hungary. The route travels past Lazendorf and Gutenhof then turns east at Ebergassing, continuing via Bruckneudorf and Parndorf to Hegyeshalom. You should see Olimpiai Sportspark as the train passes through Gyor and runs parallel to the Danube from Komarno to Almasfuzito where it turns south. From Tata down to Tatabanya and Szarliget, RegioJet trains turns east and travel via Bicske, past Arizona Carp Lake towards Torokbalint and heads north outside Kelenvolgy on final approach to Budapest.

Information on Budapest Keleti Station and Budapest Kelenfold Station

Budapest Keleti Station is the city’s central railway terminal and the destination for nearly 90% of all trains from Vienna to Budapest. It is located approx. 20min by car, about 40min via public transport and over 2h on foot from the city centre. Arriving passengers should expect a host of essential facilities such as international/domestic ticketing offices, Information Point, cash-point machines and luggage storage lockers. Various transport links including bus and metro are available for your onward travel and there are several area eateries and shops for your convenience.

Budapest Kelenfold Station receives the remaining rail service on this route and has a located approx. 20min by car, about 30min via public transport and just over 1h on foot from Central Budapest. Among the key facilities you can locate there are: Information Point, international and domestic ticketing offices, toilets, cash-point machines, luggage storage lockers in addition to shops and restaurants. Metro, bus and tram links are provided for your onward travel and there is a taxi rank just outside.

Night Trains Vienna Budapest

OBB is the only operator ofnight trainsfrom Vienna to Budapest with three each day. The first one departs at approx. 9:40 p.m. and arrives in Budapest around 12:20 a.m. while the last one leaves Vienna around 11:00 p.m. and arrives in the Hungarian capital around 7:20 a.m. the next day. You should expect Vienna to Budapest travel times of approx. 2h 40min for the quickest night train while the slowest one takes almost 9h. All OBB night service arrives at Budapest Keleti Station.

OBB Vienna to Budapest

OBB or Austrian Federal Railways is the state-owned provider of trains to Budapest from Vienna including OBB Intercity, OBB EuroCity and OBB Regionalzug. The provider timetables 16 trips each day and 112 each week. The first train Vienna - Budapest departs around 6:40 a.m., with an average of one train per hour until the last departure approx. 12:00 a.m. OBB employs a variety of high-speed locomotives, with Vienna to Budapest train speeds approaching 125 mph (200 km/h). Except for night trains all OBB service involves direct trips with travel times averaging about 2h 35min.

RegioJet Vienna to Brussels

RegioJet is a privately-owned Czech operator of passenger train and bus services to 90 cities across the European continent. The provider has only two daily train departures from Vienna to Budapest: at approx. 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and these are direct journeys with no scheduled stops or connections. RegioJet trains Vienna to Budapest average travel times of about 2h 30min via locomotives capable of speeds around 125 mph (200 km/h) and it is the only provider with departures from Vienna Hbf terminating at Budapest Kelenfold Station.

Trains Vienna to Budapest: Sustainable Travel

OBB intends to maintain the advantages of rail and bus travel as the most sustainable means of mass transport. The company installed quiet tracks in heavily-populated areas to lower noise pollution and embraces a comprehensive strategy to reduce, recycle and eliminate unnecessary waste making train travel more efficient and safe for all. RegioJet focuses on updating its current fleet with energy-efficient locomotives and partnering with communities and stakeholders to increase overall efficiencies.

Train Vienna to Budapest: Services on Board

OBB offers Business, First and Economy Class fares on most of its long-distance trains in descending order of preference. Additional onboard facilities vary according to fare class. For example, restaurant cars are available in First and Economy Classes on EuroCity trains, but not on InterCity trains. Also, Wi-Fi is available in Business Class, but unavailable for other classes travelling on EuroCity and InterCity trains. Power outlets can be found at most seats on all trains and toilets with accessible features are standard. For other onboard policies, see below:

  • Two cases and one hand luggage is standard per customer to be stored in luggage compartments, overhead bins or under the seat.
  • Wheelchair bays permit travel with wheelchairs. Priority Seating is available for persons with limited mobility and companions in the First Class compartment. Assistance animals are welcomed aboard.
  • Small pets are permitted to travel if transported in appropriate carriers A separate ticket must be purchased for dogs who must be muzzled and kept on the lead at all times.
  • One bicycle per customer must be reserved at the time of booking. Electric bikes and folded scooters are not permitted for travel on trains from Vienna to Budapest.
  • Requests for specific seating assignments should be made at the time of booking.

Business, Relax and Standard-ASTRA are the main seating classes on RegioJet trains, but you can also travel in Standard, Low Cost and Quiet Compartments on many trains. All seating classes feature comfortable seating with power outlets, free Wi-Fi, and refreshments for your travelling pleasure. Vanity bags, bottled water and newspapers are complimentary per passenger. Additional onboard policies include:

  • Each passenger is allowed to carry one suitcase and one hand luggage for free which can be stored in the overhead bin, under the seat or in the luggage compartments.
  • Priority seating is available for persons with reduced mobility and assistance animals are permitted onboard. Unfortunately, wheelchair are not allowed for travel.
  • Small pets are permitted for travel if kept in an appropriate carrier and dogs must be kept on the lead and muzzled at all times.
  • Unfortunately, bicycles are not permitted for travel on RegioJet trains.
  • Seating requests should be made at the time of booking, otherwise general admission applies.

When to book your train tickets from Vienna to Budapest?

You should book your travel plans at least four weeks prior to departure date in order to find the cheapest trains from Vienna to Budapest. Otherwise you can browse train schedules beforehand to see when you can take advantage of the lowest Vienna to Budapest train costs. Most providers offer discounted fares for young children, persons with reduced mobility and seniors, as well as families and groups. Be flexible with your itinerary to consider off-peak trains, which are generally cheaper than those during rush hours. Also check whether any special plans are available for frequent customers such as business travellers for more ways to save on expenses.

To Budapest by Train: Travel Tips

Budapest is a dynamic capital in Central Europe and a regional centre for technology, research and finance. The city famously straddles the Danube with Buda occupying the west bank while Pest sits across the eastern embankment. The strategic importance of this major shipping lane has contributed to a long history of occupation by foreign powers, most notably the Roman and Ottoman empires and later the Germans during WWII. All of these have left indelible marks on the city’s landscape and architecture.

BKK manages an extensive public transport networks comprising rail, metro, bus, and boat systems, so it’s easy to get around from Budapest Keleti Station. St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Central Market Hall are two famous attractions heading west and there are at least five bridges you can cross over towards the city centre. Buda Castle and Sandor Palace are located just off Szechenyi Chain Bridge while the Gellert Hill cave complex is situated near the western end of Liberty Bridge.

Take a moment to review ourWindow Seat Magazine Budapest Editionfor choice recommendations on restaurants, nightlife and leisure activities before exploring some of the city’s other major attractions including:

  • Dohany Street Synagogue.
  • Buda Castle
  • Matthias Church
  • Hungarian Parliament Building
  • Heroes Square
  • Danube Islands
  • City Park
  • Szechenyi Medicinal Bath

Budapest: night view on Parliament.

Budapest: night view on Parliament. Source: Shutterstock

What are some other cities you can go to from Budapest?

Travel by train is a cheap and exciting way to see the continent, so give yourself a few extra days after wrapping your Budapest trip to explore other fascinating cities in Europe. Head south to Athens where ancient Acropolis, the magnificent Parthenon and revered Academy of Greece echo the achievements of one of the world’s greatest civilisations. The city of Prague has some outstanding landmarks such as Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague Astronomical Clock and Wallenstein Palace. Stuttgart delights with its architectural wonders which include Neues Schloss, the awe-inspiring Ludwigsburg Palace and Mercedes-Benz Museum while Warsaw counters with Wilanow Palace, Sigismund’s Column and Warsaw Grand Theatre.

FAQs: Vienna to Budapest train

FAQs: Travel by train from Vienna to Budapest easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Vienna to Budapest.
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Cheap train tickets from Vienna to Budapest can start from as little as £13 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Vienna to Budapest is £34; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Vienna to Budapest train time is 2 h 29 min   covering the 133 mile long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Vienna to Budapest leaves at 07: 42. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Vienna to Budapest leaves at 22: 23.
There are 10 trains a day from Vienna to Budapest which require at least one change with RegioJet a. S. ÖBB | Euro City (EC), ÖBB, ÖBB | Regionalzug, ÖBB | InterCity, ÖBB | REX, EuroNight, Student Agency or ÖBB | Railjet. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Budapest. Take the fast train with ÖBB | Railjet from Vienna to Budapest.
Take the Vienna to Budapest train with RegioJet a. S. ÖBB | Euro City (EC), ÖBB, ÖBB | Regionalzug, ÖBB | InterCity, ÖBB | REX, EuroNight, Student Agency or ÖBB | Railjet. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the trip from Vienna to Budapest as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, you can take a night train from Vienna to Budapest with EuroNight. Find all the info regarding night trains in Europe.  

When departing from Vienna, you have various train station options to start your route from including Vienna Hbf, Vienna Airport and Vienna Westbahnhof. When arriving in Budapest, you can end your trip in train stations like Budapest-Kelenfoeld, Budapest-Deli and Budapest Keleti.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Vienna Hbf, which is located around 2.9 miles (4.6 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Budapest-Kelenfoeld, located 3.2 miles (5.2 km) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month for a train from Vienna to Budapest is June.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel from Vienna to Budapest including taking a train, coach or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Vienna and Budapest

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Vienna Hbf is the most popular Vienna railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Vienna for your journey to Budapest.
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S-Bahn lines: S1, S2, S3, S4, S60, S80
Tram lines: 18, D, O
Bus lines: 13A, 69A, N66, VAL
Train lines: R, RJ, RJX, REX, EC, NJ, EN, ICE, IC
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