How to get to Budapest

How to get to Budapest

The most common ways to get to Budapest are by plane, train or by road by either car or bus - although you can even get a boat from Viena and Bratislava.

Located in the heart of Central Europe, Budapest is relatively easy to get to. The most frequent ways to get to the Hungarian capital is either by plane, train, coach or high-speed ferry from Vienna and Bratislava.

If you are touring Europe and are planning to visit Prague and Budapest, we recommend flying from Prague to Budapest or the other way around instead of taking the train. If you book your flights in advance, it is cheaper than the train and a lot quicker, since the train between both cities takes seven hours.

Travelling from the U.S.

Presently, there are no direct flights from the U.S. to Budapest. Most airline stopover once at London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Munich, Paris or Vienna. In the past, American Airlines used to offer non-stop flights between Budapest and JFK (New York), as did Delta Airlines.

Other airlines to fly to Budapest:

  • Delta Airlines: New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boston, Los Angeles, Detroit, Seattle
  • American Airlines: Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Miami, Huston
  • Lufthansa: Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Orlando, Miami, Los Angeles and Houston.

Travelling from Canada

In 2015, the Canadian carrier Air Transat inaugurated a seasonal one-way flight between the two cities Toronto and Montreal and Budapest. In 2016, Air Canada launched a non-stop Toronto – Budapest seasonal service, operating three times a week.

Other airlines to fly to Budapest (with one or two stopovers):

Travelling from Australia

The biggest carriers that fly from Australia to Budapest are the following:

Travelling from Europe

Budapest and the United Kingdom are very well connected with various airlines flying to Hungary’s capital city every day. The following low-cost airlines have good and generally, inexpensive flights from various cities in the country to Budapest:

  • Wizz Air: Birmingham, Liverpool, London Luton,
  • Ryanair: London STN, East Midlands, Bristol and Manchester.
  • EasyJet: London Gatwick,
  • Jet2: Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds, East Midlands

To find the best deals check out our search engine, where you will be able to search and compare flights and airline companies:

Once you have your flights, find out the best ways to get to the city centre from Budapest Airport.

Travelling by train

Budapest has three international railway stations and is well connected with nearby European capital cities such as Vienna and Bratislava. Every 3 hours, trains depart from Budapest to these two destinations.

Try the trainline when booking.

Getting to Budapest by bus

One of the cheapest ways to travel to Budapest from nearby European cities is by coach. The international bus station is located in Népliget (Address: ker. Üllői út 131. See map).

Getting to Budapest by river cruise

Every year, from April until late October, visitors can take a Danube river cruise from Bratislava (Slovakia) to Budapest or from Vienna (Austria) to Budapest. This is probably the most romantic and memorable way to travel to Hungary’s capital. Boats from Bratislava take 3 hours and 4 hours and a half from Vienna. The tickets cost approximately 90 (US$ 98) per journey or 120 (US$ 130.60) for a return ticket.