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There are 35 daily trains from Hamburg to Budapest. Traveling by train from Hamburg to Budapest usually takes around 14 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 12 hours and 16 minutes.
|Distance||576 mi (927 km)|
|Fastest train||12h 16m|
|Trains per day||1|
|Most frequent service||Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company|
Which train should you take from Hamburg to Budapest?
There are 4 train lines with service from Hamburg, Hamburg to Budapest, Budapest. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 20 trains each day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|DB Eurocity||3||14h 1m||€110.87|
|DB Intercity-Express||2||14h 18m||€114.22|
|Deutsche Bahn||13||13h 40m||€127.16|
|Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company||20||15h 24m||€120.95|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Hamburg 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 Hamburg to Budapest?
The distance between Hamburg and Budapest is approximately 576 miles, or 927 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 14 hours and 37 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 12 hours and 16 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 Hamburg 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 Tuesday 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 Hamburg at 03:00 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 Hamburg to Budapest?
There are 35 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Hamburg to Budapest. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.
Hamburg might be often overshadowed by Berlin or Munich, but it certainly is one of Germany’s best hidden gems. A vibrant harbor city with plenty of activities, Hamburg will keep you interested through days and nights. Among the city’s most famous attractions is the Elbphilharmonie, a stunning concert hall that could rival the famous Sydney Opera House. The concert hall also features a public viewing platform that offers a panoramic view of the city and the harbor, a great bonus for visitors who enjoy taking pictures. If you travel with kids, it is a great idea to take them to the Miniatur Wunderland, which many consider to be the largest model railway in the world. If you simply want to take a walk around and enjoy the vibe of the city, Planten und Blomen, nicknamed “the green lungs of the city”, will provide the reprieve you need.
Hamburg’s proximity to the sea allows it to offer the freshest and finest seafood dishes around. Fischereihafen Restaurant is a local favorite that has garnered plenty of attention. For the best beers around, Braugasthaus Altes Mädchen is a popular spot that is worth your attention.
The main bus station in the city is called ZOB Hamburg and it’s located at Adenauerallee 78 in the city center, serving FlixBus and Sindbad, among other carriers. Hamburg Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the city. For international air services, Hamburg Airport, the oldest in Germany, is the main airport.
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.
Where is the train station in Hamburg?
There are two stations in Hamburg where you can board the train to Budapest.
Train stations in Hamburg:
Where is the train station in Budapest?
There are more train stations and stops in Budapest than most cities. Most trains from Hamburg will stop at one (or more) of the 6 following stations in Budapest:
Train stations in Budapest:
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