How to Book Train Travel From Bratislava To Budapest

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Going from Bratislava to Budapest via train is an easy trip made even more enjoyable by fast trains and excellent service. Budapest is a busy transportation hub and more than 50 trains stop at this city daily.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access for booking reservations
  • Passport
  • Valid credit card

Book Your Train Travel From Bratislava to Budapest

  • Buy your ticket in the station. You can use major credit cards at any desk marked with the credit card logos and it's usually easy to find an attendant who speaks English.

  • Book your tickets during the hours of operation for the international ticket desks. They are generally open during traditional business hours, so you won't be able to purchase your ticket at night.

  • Get a reservation for an InterCity train from Bratislava. They make fewer stops and have generally better service than some regional lines (see Slovak Railways for details, below).

  • Book some of your trip on the Hungarian Gyorsvonat trains, which offer fast service and first class seats.

Ride the Train From Bratislava to Budapest

  • Check your departure time in the center of the train station's main hall.

  • Enjoy views of the Lower Tatras on your way out of Slovakia. These stunning mountains and lush valleys surrounding them are surprisingly undeveloped.

  • Relax on the 2.5 hour trip from Bratislava to Budapest.

  • Enjoy your journey on a EuroCity train. These are considered the fastest trains that you can take and are the cleanest and most modern.

Plan Your Transportation From the Budapest Train Station

  • Take the metro from any of Budapest's three main train stations. Keleti and Deli Train Station are found on the Red Line, while Nyugati is on the Blue Line.

  • Take a tram. Budapest has the busiest traditional tram line in the world, and the lines run at night as well.

  • Walk from Nyugati Train Station. You are in the heart of the city, so it's a perfect chance to explore if you are traveling light.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can't find an attendant who speaks English, you can try to communicate in German, use your phrase book or find younger English-speaking patrons.
  • Buy your ticket to Budapest one day in advance, if possible. They may sell out.
  • If you plan to travel from Budapest by train at a later date, be advised that international train tickets must be purchased at the train station with your passport.
  • Find a cash machine before leaving the train station. You'll need to get some forint, the official currency, to travel to your destination by taxi, tram or bus.
  • To use the Slovak Railways website in English, click the British flag in the upper right-hand corner of the home page.
  • To book train travel From Bratislava To Budapest, call Raileurope at 1-888-382-RAIL or visit the link below.
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