How to get from Vienna to Budapest by train

Map with train route Vienna Budapest Vienna and Budapest, two of Europe's most beautiful capitals, are just a short train ride apart. Traveling between these cities is easy, affordable and fast. Find out everything you need to know to make this journey for yourself.

Train options for Vienna to Budapest
Traveling by high-speed train
Traveling by regional train
Eurail passes

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View of Vienna's famous Belvedere palace

View of Vienna's famous Belvedere palace

High-speed Railjet train that links Vienna and Budapest

High-speed Railjet train that links Vienna and Budapest

View of Budapest's famous parliament building on the banks of the Danube

View of Budapest's famous parliament building on the banks of the Danube

Relax in Budapest's popular Szechenyi thermal baths

Relax in Budapest's popular Szechenyi thermal baths 

Train options for Vienna to Budapest

 

Train

Travel time

Seat reservations

From/to stations

High-speed train

2hr 50min

Mandatory

Vienna (Wien) Meidling -
Budapest Keleti

Regional train

4hr 15min

Not required

Vienna (Wien) Hauptbahnhof -
Budapest Keleti

Traveling by high-speed train

 
Interior Railjet high-speed train, Austria

Interior Railjet high-speed train, Austria

The fastest and most comfortable way to travel from Vienna to Budapest is by taking the Railjet high-speed train. This modern and luxurious train will get you to your destination in just under 3 hours. For actual travel times, check out our timetable.

 

If you're traveling with a Eurail pass you don't need to buy a ticket and only pay a small reservation fee. We recommend you book your seats as far in advance as possible.
Read more about making seat reservations.

Traveling by regional train

 
Regional train in Austria

Regional train in Austria

Taking a regional train from Vienna to Budapest means more travel time than by high-speed train. It also means you can stop along the way and discover some less-visited Hungarian towns, like Győr.


If you're looking to get inspired, check out our blog entry on traveling between Vienna and Budapest.
 

If you have a Eurail pass, you don't need to buy a ticket. You can travel on this train for free and get on and off whenever you like.

Eurail Passes

 
Eurail pass

Eurail pass

The Eurail pass is a pass that lets you travel on nearly every train in Europe. It comes in all shapes and sizes, so you can pick the one that best fits your holiday plans.
Check out our Eurail passes.

 

If you're only looking to travel in Austria and Hungary, the Eurail Austria-Hungary Pass might be just the thing for you. Otherwise you can choose another pass and make this journey part of a larger, exciting European adventure!

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