Budapest to Vienna by Train

There are a lot of sights to see and things to do in Budapest, Hungary but if you are visiting Budapest why not extend your visit and take a day trip from Budapest to Vienna by train.

Budapest Keleti Railway Station (Budapest Keleti Pályaudvar)

Budapest Keleti Railway Station (Budapest Keleti Pályaudvar)

It is cheap and easy to visit Austria from Hungary so it is understandable that a lot of people take the opportunity to explore Vienna when they take a trip to Budapest or incorporate a visit to both beautiful cities when on a trip around Europe.

The simplest way to get from Budapest to Vienna is the by train. A high-speed train run by Austrian Railways (ÖBB) operates between Hungary and Austria, it is called Railjet.

From Budapest-Keleti station to Vienna  Wien-Westbahnhof station  takes less than 3 hours by Railjet. The train stops in Budapest-Kelenföld, Györ, Hegyeshalom and Vienna-Meidling. The trains  are air-conditioned and run every two hours. EuroNight trains run at night.

The price of the cheapest Railjet ticket is €25 and if you pay an additional €9 fee, you can use the entire public transport system in Vienna for up to 2 days.

Passengers can choose from 3 different class of ticket when travelling from Budapest to Vienna by train:

Ticket Type Description
Economy Class Expect comfortable ergonomic seats with ample legroom and spacious luggage racks, tables and power outlets for laptop are provided.
First Class Travel in comfortable leather seats in spacious compartments, the ticket price includes a welcome drink, a cold towel and an extensive range of newspapers and magazines to read throughout the journey.
Premium Class Relax in a luxurious adjustable chair which can be adjusted according for your comfort; ticket includes a large selection of snacks, warm and cold beverages, newspapers, magazines and a refreshing hot towel.

The following services are also provided on the Railjet service which runs between Budapest and Vienna.

  • Food & Drinks Bar serving Hungarian food and Austrian food, cold & hot drinks (including alcohol)
  • Children’s area playing films for kids.
  • Journey information displayed on 80 monitors throughout the train showing digital maps charting the progress of the train.
  • Special equipment and services to passengers with limited mobility.

The next time you are visiting Budapest make sure you consider taking a day trip to Vienna and the next time you are in Vienna, travel to Budapest by train and explore Hungary’s capital!


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