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.
|Train||2 hours 40 minutes||From €19||Book train ticket|
|Bus||3 hours||From €12||Book bus ticket|
|Car||2 hours 35 minutes||–||–|
- Guide: Touring Schönbrunn Palace, riding Giant Ferris Wheel, and listening to Vienna Mozart Orchestra are must-do activities in Vienna.
- Accommodation: I recommend booking your hotel in Vienna in advance. NH Collection Wien Zentrum is an excellent boutique hotel located on Mariahilfer Straße, Vienna’s biggest shopping street. They also offer large rooms, delicious breakfast, and the staff is friendly.
- Day pass: You can get a Vienna Pass that covers admission to over 60 of Vienna’s top attractions.
- Transport: Taking a hop-on hop-off bus is a fun way to explore Vienna. You can also get Vienna City Card for unlimited rides on public transport in downtown Vienna.
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 time||From 2h 38m|
|Distance||214 km (133 miles)|
|Frequency||17 trains per day|
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 time||3 hours|
|Distance||240 km (150 miles)|
|Frequency||13 buses per day|
|First bus||3 am|
|Last bus||9:05 pm|
|Departure station||Népliget or Kelenföld vasútállomás Etele tér|
|Arrival station||Vienna International Bus terminal|
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: