Budapest and Vienna are two fascinating cities in the heart of Europe and just a short destination between them – literally less than 250 km. If you are planning a trip to Europe and Budapest is on your list you definitely should visit Vienna and vice versa. They are both culturally super rich and have to offer so much for any taste. Isn’ that great? It is up to you what city would you like to choose first, depending on your route. There are numerous ways to get from Budapest to Vienna and the most popular are via train and bus. If you have more time you can take Budapest to Vienna one – way sightseeing tour, which costs about € 65 per person and takes 10 hours.
The most budget option is by bus
If you are saving money, this way is perfect for you! Taking a bus from Budapest to Vienna or backwards is the most convenient and cheapest way to get to these cities. The buses are operating almost 24 hours and the earliest is at 00:15 and the latest is at 23:35. The time of this journey varies between 2:45 and 4:10 hour long. If you are thinking what bus company to choose from, there are two main – Flixbus and Regiojet.
In case you don’t have too much time, you can take a train from Budapest or Vienna. The shortest one is the Railjet and it takes about 2:40 hours. There are direct connection between two cities every 1 – 2 hours starting at 6:40 in the morning till 20:40 in the evening. If you take your train in Budapest you need the Kileti Station and in Vienna – Wien Hauptbahnhof. The Kileti station is pretty big one, and if you explore it for the first time, you need to be there at least 30 minutes before the departure because things are not always obvious.
The prices differ between € 13 and € 40 if you book in advance or in the last minute respectively. To book your ticket online you have to go to Hungarian Railways – https://www.mavcsoport.hu/en or Austrian Railways https://www.oebb.at/en/ websites. The only issue you may have if you buy on Hungarian website, you will need to collect your ticket at the ticket office. There is another good option for those who stay longer and need to travel via train more frequently – you can buy the Eurail Pass and travel for instance 5 days within 1 month for $ 244. In this case you don’t have to buy a train ticket but only pay a small reservation fee if you book your seats in advance.
In case you love plains and take a journey from Budapest to Vienna, there is a good opportunity for you too! There is a direct connection despite the short distance and it takes only 45 minutes. However, you must consider time to travel to the airport which is about 1 hour plus check – in. As a result you will have about 4 – 5 hours for your trip by plane which is obviously more than by train or by bus.
The prices for a plane from Budapest to Vienna start at € 80 one way. In order to reach the Airport in Budapest you have to take the bus 100E from Deak Ferenc ter which costs 900HUF or the bus 200E from the Metro station Kobanya – Kispest – the last on M3 line. The easiest way to get from the airport to the city center in Vienna is to use the CAT train, which costs € 12 and takes 16 minutes to the Mitte Station.
Other ways to get from Budapest to Vienna
You can consider another opportunities to go from Budapest to Vienna such as private transfer, renting a car, using Bla bla Car service or hitchhiking. The private transfer is pretty expensive and costs about € 165 for a car with a driver, but if you share it with friends it could be very reasonable. Bla bla car is also very popular service now – you go to the app and find your destination, time and then get a contact with driver. If you like to be more flexible and independent you can rent a car – there are many companies you can trust such as Hertz, Europcar, Car Rental Budapest, Budget Hungary.
Budapest is one of the most beautiful and intriguing cities in Europe and can offer the huge variety of the different activities for any taste. You can explore the numerous architectural masterpieces – the majestic neo – Gothic Parlament building, which is the largest building in Hungary, Buda Castle, Heroes’ Square and a collection of magnificent basilicas. You can take a walk along the Danube river or a daytime cruise and enjoy the panoramic views on the Buda and Pest sides.
Besides the architectural and historical sightseeing Budapest is well-known as the “City of Spas”. After a day of excursions you can soak at the Szechenyi or Gellert baths – the most popular spots for an afternoon relaxation. Szechenyi baths are considered the largest of its kind in Europe and its huge palatial complex has over 20 pools. After the corona virus pandemic Szechenyi baths reopened on July 1st and the opening hours are Monday – Sunday 9 am to 7 pm. The Full – Day ticket costs 6800 HUF on weekdays and 7200 HUF on weekends.
Written by Alex.