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About Budapest

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

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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.

Popular train stations in Budapest:

  • Budapest-Keleti

  • Üllői út 131

  • Etele tér

  • Budapest-Déli

  • Airport Terminal 2A

  • Budapest-Kelenföld

  • Ferihegy Vasútállomás

  • Rákos

  • Budapest-Nyugati

  • Kőbánya Felső

What train companies travel to Budapest, Hungary?

Located in Hungary, Budapest is accessible by train from 53 other cities. You can choose from 1347 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Budapest on Wanderu. FlixTrain usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Budapest are also available..

Train companies serving Budapest

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company19713h 32m€153.92
Deutsche Bahn18411h 23m€131.57
DB Intercity-Express6810h 55m€121.68
FlixTrain2619h 57m€91.71
Non-federally owned railway company2011h 8m€137.15
DB Eurocity910h 2m€103.26
DB Intercity912h 13m€94.40
Bayerische Regiobahn59h 39m€146.96
  • 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.

  • The most popular Deutsche Bahn ICE routes travel to Berlin, Cologne, Paris, and Munich. Seating is spacious with a good amount of legroom, and onboard amenities include complimentary WiFi, restrooms, and a restaurant car selling beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and hot meals. Unlike the rest of the Deutsche Bahn network, ticket prices on Deutsche Bahn ICE services are not based on a per-kilometer rate but on specific station-to-station links.

  • Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles.

  • Deutsche Bahn IC is the German railway's long-distance train service provider with service across Germany and neighboring countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, and Poland. Onboard amenities include restrooms, power outlets, and a restaurant car where passengers can purchase drinks, snacks, and meals.

Frequently Asked Questions

€30.29 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Budapest, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Budapest. In the last month, trains from Frankfurt to Budapest had the lowest average price at €37.99.

The busiest train station in Budapest is Budapest-Keleti. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Budapest are:

  • Budapest-Keleti
  • Üllői út 131
  • Etele tér
The closest airport to Budapest is Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl Airport (BUD), it is located 11 miles from the city center of Budapest.
Budapest is the most popular train destination in Budapest. It also ranks number 11 in Hungary. Budapest has the most train connections in the region. There are 6 train schedules arriving in Budapest each day.
The population of Budapest is 1741041. Budapest ranks number 1 in terms of population in Budapest and number 3 in all of Hungary.
Train tickets to Budapest range from for a short trip to Budapest, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Budapest starts at , and a longer trip by train to Budapest can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as €30.
The closest train station to the city center of Budapest is Budapest-Déli, located just 0.7 miles away. Select Budapest-Déli as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Budapest. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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