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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Budapest to Bucharest. Traveling by bus from Budapest to Bucharest usually takes around 18 hours and 31 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in 15 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance400 mi (644 km)
Shortest duration15h 30m
Cheapest price$51.26
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceFlixBus
Bus lines1

How much is a bus ticket from Budapest to Bucharest?

$78.23 is the average price of a bus ticket from Budapest to Bucharest. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper alternative to flying. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in March. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just C$55 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Budapest to Bucharest in December, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to C$101 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

What bus companies travel from Budapest to Bucharest?

On Wanderu there is one intercity bus company that operates from Budapest to Bucharest. FlixBus is the only company that connects the two cities by bus available on Wanderu. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus318h 31m$109.39
  • FlixBus

    FlixBus

    First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 3 trips from Budapest to Bucharest, and usually makes the trip in about 18 hours and 31 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Budapest to Bucharest during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride from Budapest to Bucharest?

The bus takes an average of 18 hours and 31 minutes to cover the 644 kilometers from Budapest to Bucharest. However, the fastest bus only takes 15 hours and 30 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Because many passengers travel from Budapest to Bucharest at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Budapest?

The first bus leaves at 4:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00am. To see the times for all buses from Budapest to Bucharest, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Budapest to Bucharest every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information

Budapest

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As the commercial and cultural hub of Hungary, Budapest is a multi-faceted city that appeals to many different kinds of travelers. The city’s star attraction is the blue Danube, which runs through town, dividing it in two. To explore the river to its fullest, you should go on a boat cruise. This is also a good way to enjoy an unobstructed view of the surrounding architecture. After enjoying the sapphire-colored water of the Danube, take a stroll around the historic Castle Hill quarter, which features cobblestone streets and quaint old buildings. While here, don’t hesitate to visit the area’s iconic Buda Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. For those who do not want to pass up a good photo shoot, Fisherman’s Bastion offers amazing panoramic views.

If you are looking for some unique Hungarian dishes, Arany Kaviar Restaurant offers a great selection. For a more casual experience, Hoppacska is a great choice.

The three main rail stations in Budapest are Keleti, Nyugati, and Déii, which offer access to various other Hungarian and European cities. The main bus station is Népliget and it is located on the edge of Budapest’s popular People’s Park. The main airport in the city is the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.

Bucharest

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Considered one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, Bucharest boasts a unique look that effortlessly blends elements from the East and the West. To marvel at the city’s unique architecture, head over to the Palace of Parliament, which was built during the communist rule of the country. Blending iconic communist architectural elements with modernist Neoclassicism, the building is a living witness to the country’s controversial era. There are walking tours for interested visitors, and the building also houses Romania’s National Museum of Contemporary Art. For those interested in history or cultural lessons, the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, with its impressive collection of pottery, certainly is a good choice. For those who simply wish to enjoy a walk among nature, Carol Park is relatively close to the city center, and it rarely gets crowded.

Like most big European cities, the food scene at Bucharest is vibrant and extremely diverse. For those who enjoy authentically Romanian dishes, Casa Doina is a great choice. If you wish to enjoy something more exotic, Divan could be a great choice.

The main bus station in Bucharest is called Bucuresti Militari Bus Station. It is located on the outskirts of the city and it serves as the local hub for FlixBus. Bucharest’s main railway station is the Gara de Nord, which provides access to other European cities as well. The main airport is the Henri Coandă International Airport, located 10.3 miles north of the city center.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Budapest?

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Main departure station: Üllői út 131

The station at Üllői út 131 is Budapest's center of intercity bus transport, plus a hub for local bus and subway services that run through the Népliget station. The station itself is large and spacious, so you can expect to find public restrooms as well as a comfortable waiting area with seats. The station's location is slightly south of Budapest's inner city, but there are still many cafes and hotels in the area since the immense People's Park and the MVM Dome are on either side of the station. Many of Budapest's local buses stop here, along with intercity service on lines including FlixBus and Slovak Lines.

All bus stations in Budapest:

  • Üllői út 131

  • Etele tér

Where does the bus arrive in Bucharest?

Main arrival station: Bucuresti Militari Bus Station

Bucharest's Militari bus station (also styled as Autogara Militari Bucureşti) is a major center of intercity bus services for the city. It currently serves several popular bus service providers such as Union Ivkoni and FlixBus. The station building has a waiting room with public restrooms, and the outdoor bus bays have roofs for passengers preparing to board. Since the station is located in the Militari residential district, there are several services in the nearby Militari commercial complex, including a supermarket and even McDonald's.

Bus stations in Bucharest:

  • Bucuresti Militari Bus Station

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