Budapest to Vienna: Transport Guide

In this travel guide, you’ll find useful information about traveling from Budapest to Vienna by train and bus, including timetable, ticket prices, and tips.

How to travel from Budapest to Vienna?

The distance between Budapest and Vienna is about 240 km (150 miles), and you can get to Vienna by bus, train, and car.

While it takes about 3 hours by bus, a train journey is shorter at 2 hours 40 minutes.

Train2 hours 40 minutesFrom €19Book train ticket
Bus3 hoursFrom €12Book bus ticket
Car2 hours 35 minutes – –

Travel tips

Budapest to Vienna by train

One of the most comfortable ways to travel to Vienna is by train. 

Austria’s ÖBB offers daily trains from Budapest to Vienna, with the first one departing at 5:40 and the last at 11:20 pm.

The journey takes about 2 hours 40 minutes over a distance of around 214 km (133 miles). The ticket starts from €19 if you book in advance.

Note: You must print the ticket before departure for Deutsche Bahn.

Journey timeFrom 2h 38m
PriceFrom €19
Distance214 km (133 miles)
Frequency17 trains per day
First train05:40
Last train23:20
Departure stationBudapest
Arrival stationVienna
train Budapest to Vienna.

Budapest to Vienna by bus

Taking a bus is also an excellent way to travel from Budapest to Vienna

FlixBus and RegioJet offer frequent buses to Vienna, taking approximately 3 hours.

Depending on your choice, the bus ticket costs from $14.2 (€12) to $17.7 (€15).

Journey time3 hours
PriceFrom €12
Distance240 km (150 miles)
Frequency13 buses per day
First bus3 am
Last bus9:05 pm
Departure stationNépliget or Kelenföld vasútállomás Etele tér
Arrival stationVienna International Bus terminal
OperatorsFlixBus, RegioJet

Getting around Vienna

The best way to get around Vienna is by public transport.

The system includes U-Bahn (subway), Schnellbahn or S-Bahn (local train), Straßenbahn (tram) and Autobus (bus).

While there’re no ticket barriers at the station and no formal ticket check, you still should buy tickets.

You should get Vienna City Card for unlimited use of public transport in downtown Vienna.

Best things to do in Vienna

There are plenty of things to do and see in Vienna. Here are my favorite activities:

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