Night Trains Budapest – Bucharest
Between Budapest in Hungary and Bucharest in Romania there are several night trains. Travel by night from one cultural capital to another and uncover the many differences between these two cities with similar names. From the rich legacy of Budapest to the elegant architecture of Bucharest – this is your chance to see it all.
Budapest – Bucharest route
Several trains run daily between Budapest and Bucharest. The larger part of the journey goes through Romania, crossing the country from west to south-east. When taking the Ister or the Dacia, the most interesting stops along the way are Sibiu, Sigisoara, Brașov, and Sinaia in the Transylvania region. Here you can visit Bran Castle, more commonly known as Dracula’s castle or embark on a hike in the mountains. From Brașov, you can reach Bucharest in less than 3 hours. The entire journey should take you approximately 17 hours. When waking up, you will see the scenic landscapes of Transylvania from your bed or seat. The highlight of this journey are the Carpathian mountains after Brasov.
The Dacia also has a direct carriage that takes the route via Timisoara and Craiova to Bucharest and one that ends in Cluj Napoca. The third train on this route, the Muntenia, connects Budapest and Bucharest via Timisoara and Craiova, taking the (by daylight) less scenic Southern route.
Between Budapest and Bucharest following routes are in operation:
Ister: Budapest – Bucharest (EN 472/473)
- Via Szolnok, Arad, Sibiu, Brașov, and Sinaia
Dacia: Vienna – Budapest – Bucharest (EN 346/347)
- Via Győr, Szolnok, Arad, Sighișoara, Brașov, and Sinaia
- One coach runs via Arad, Timisoara, and Craiova
- One coach runs via Oradea and Cluj Napoca
Muntenia: Budapest – Bucharest (IC 79/IC 78)
- Szolnok, Arad, Timisoara, and Craiova
Reservations for the Budapest - Bucharest Night Train (EuroNight Ister) are compulsory. You can book your seat or accommodation up to 3 months in advance. If you're traveling in high-season (May to September) or on a public holiday, we recommend you make your reservations as soon as possible.
How to make reservations?
You can reserve your seat or accommodation on these night trains in the following ways:
Eurail reservation self-service system
Administration costs when booking through Eurail Self Service:
- € 2,- p.p. per train
- Additional € 9,- per order (for paper tickets)
With railway carriers
- ÖBB (Austrian railways): some international trains to Hungary and Romania
Locally at the train station
- In Austria, Hungary and Romania
- Through the Deutsche Bahn booking centre. You can call DB 24/7 on +49 1806 996 633.
|Budapest – Brașov||Budapest – Bucharest|
|Seat||€ 3||€ 3|
|6-bed couchette:||€ 13.40 p.p.||€ 13.40 p.p.|
|4-bed couchette||€ 20 p.p.||€ 20 p.p.|
|Triple sleeper||€ 22 p.p.||€ 28 p.p.|
|Double sleeper||€ 33 p.p.||€ 42 p.p.|
|Single sleeper||€ 60||€ 98|
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