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Trip Summary

There are 33 daily trains from Berlin to Budapest. Traveling by train from Berlin to Budapest usually takes around 13 hours and 32 minutes, but the fastest DB Eurocity train can make the trip in 11 hours and 4 minutes.

Distance428 mi (688 km)
Fastest train11h 4m
Lowest price$49.95
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines5

What is the price of a train ticket from Berlin to Budapest?

In the last month, $118.38 was the average price of a train ticket from Berlin to Budapest. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $182.23 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Berlin to Budapest by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$115 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Berlin to Budapest in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$284 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Which train should you take from Berlin to Budapest?

There are 5 train lines with service from Berlin to Budapest. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 20 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity112h 22m$84.22
DB Intercity115h 53m$201.33
DB Intercity-Express311h 57m$189.44
Deutsche Bahn2013h 28m$193.87
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company1514h 2m$218.80
  • DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity train tickets from Berlin to Budapest start from $53, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Eurocity schedules to Budapest. DB Eurocity in Berlin leaves from Berlin Central Station . And in Budapest trains arrive at Rákospalota-újpest and one other train station.

    From Berlin to Budapest train travel on DB Eurocity takes 12 hours and 22 minutes. If you are looking to get to Budapest faster, DB Eurocity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 11 hours and 4 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Budapest on a weekend there is typically one DB Eurocity scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Berlin.

  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Berlin to Budapest start from $91, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Budapest. DB Intercity in Berlin leaves from Berlin Central Station . And in Budapest trains arrive at Budapest-Keleti .

    From Berlin to Budapest train travel on DB Intercity takes 15 hours and 53 minutes. If you are looking to get to Budapest faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 11 hours and 4 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Budapest on a weekend there is typically one DB Intercity scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Berlin.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Berlin to Budapest start from $92, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Budapest. DB Intercity-Express in Berlin leaves from Berlin Central Station and 3 other stations. And in Budapest trains arrive at Budapest-Keleti and 3 other train stations.

    From Berlin to Budapest train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 11 hours and 57 minutes. If you are looking to get to Budapest faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 11 hours and 4 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Budapest.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Berlin to Budapest start from $49, and on average cost . Daily there are 15 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Budapest. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Berlin leaves from Berlin Central Station and 4 other stations. And in Budapest trains arrive at Ferihegy Vasútállomás and 7 other train stations.

    From Berlin to Budapest train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 14 hours and 2 minutes. If you are looking to get to Budapest faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 11 hours and 4 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 19 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Budapest.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Berlin to Budapest during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train 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, train 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 train 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 train.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Berlin to Budapest?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Berlin to Budapest. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Berlin to Budapest?

The distance between Berlin and Budapest is approximately 428 miles, or 688 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 13 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 11 hours and 4 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Berlin to Budapest on Thursday. Tickets for Thursday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Tuesday. Tuesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Berlin at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Berlin to Budapest?

There are 33 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Berlin to Budapest. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Budapest to Berlin.

City Information

Berlin

Berlin is one of the most exciting destinations in Europe for all travelers. One of the most unique landmarks in Berlin is its famous Brandenburg Gate, which was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II. The Gate now represents German unity, and it is perhaps the most photogenic landmark in the capital city. Modern art enthusiasts should visit the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art which is Germany’s first street art museum. Opened in 2017, the museum displays works from various graffiti artists from around the world and it’s located in Schöneberg, one of the city’s edgier areas. If you’re simply looking to enjoy a stroll, the Tiergarten, which spans 519 acres from central Berlin, will offer the relaxing vibes you need.

Berlin has an expansive and vibrant food scene with a good variety. Those looking for traditional German dishes should head over to Zur letzten Instanz, which is the oldest restaurant in Berlin. For a special twist, don’t hesitate to visit the Turkish Market, which offers amazing Turkish delicacies.

The main hub for intercity bus services is the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin. For rail services, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the main train station. The Berlin Brandenburg Airport, located just outside of the city’s south-eastern border, is the main air travel hub of the city.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Berlin?

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Main departure station: Berlin Central Station

Occupying a grand modern glass and steel building on the River Spree, Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) is around 1.5 km from the iconic Brandenburg Gate. Also referred to as Berlin Central Station, the station is German capital's main railway station (hauptbahnhof). The lower platforms serve train lines that run north-south on Deutsche Bahn. The lower platforms are linked with upper platforms – for east-west services – via escalators and a middle floor containing shops, cafés, and other convenient facilities. It has additional connections with U-Bahn (metro) Line 5 and trams (streetcars). The intercity bus station lies on the opposite side of Europaplatz, with FlixBus providing services across Germany.

All train stations in Berlin:

  • Berlin Central Station

  • S+u Bundesplatz

  • Rigaer Straße

  • Bellevue

  • Train Station

Where is the train station in Budapest?

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Main arrival station: Budapest-Keleti

Budapest-Keleti is the central station for railway transportation services in Budapest. Although it is located about 2 miles from the city center, a metro stop at the station connects you to the subway system. The station was constructed in 1884, and it has gone through multiple renovations throughout its lifetime, but the splendor of its eclectic architectural style remains the same. The station features all sorts of amenities, including public restrooms, ATMs, food stalls, and much more. Intercity and international rail routes from Budapest go to such cities as Berlin, Krakow, and Prague.

Train stations in Budapest:

  • Budapest-Keleti

  • Ferihegy Vasútállomás

  • Rákos

  • Kőbánya Felső

  • Budapest-Déli

  • Budapest-Nyugati

  • Kőbánya Alsó

  • Rákospalota-újpest

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