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Trip Summary

There are 54 daily trains from Berlin to Budapest. Traveling by train from Berlin to Budapest usually takes around 13 hours and 57 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€47.25
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company
Train lines6

Which train should you take from Berlin to Budapest?

There are 6 train lines with service from Berlin, Berlin to Budapest, Budapest. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 28 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity311h 41m€63.80
DB Intercity215h 50m€65.34
DB Intercity-Express313h 46m€96.32
Deutsche Bahn2313h 42m€104.97
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company2814h 20m€113.29
Non-federally owned railway company212h 26m€81.03

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.

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 57 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?

Trains from Berlin to Budapest are the most crowded on Tuesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Berlin at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 22:00. 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 54 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. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Berlin to Budapest for €86.93.

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

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?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 4 stops and stations in Berlin where you can board the train.

Train stations in Berlin:

  • S+u Bundesplatz

  • Rigaer Straße

  • Bellevue

Where is the train station in Budapest?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Budapest than most cities. Most trains from Berlin will stop at one (or more) of the 9 following stations in Budapest:

Train stations in Budapest:

  • Ferihegy Vasútállomás

  • Pesterzsébet Felső

  • Rákos

  • Rákospalota-újpest

  • Budapest-Nyugati

  • Kőbánya Felső

  • Budapest-Déli

  • Kőbánya Alsó

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