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Budapest to Berlin by train

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Option 1: travelling direct through the night

Travel Information

Final Destination: Berlin-Charlottenburg

This station is in West Berlin, but if you'll be heading to the area around Berlin Zoo station, leave this train at Berlin Hbf and take an S-Bahn train to Zoologischer station.

This train also calls at: Berlin Ostbahnhof

If you will be heading to Berlin city centre, then it's likely that your best option will be to leave this train at this station - and connect there into one of the frequent S-Bahn trains to Alexanderplatz or Friedrichstrabe stations.

This train is usually scheduled to depart from Budapest-Keleti Hbf station at 19:25 and it also stops in Vac at 20:07.

It is usually due to arrive in Berlin Hbf station at 09:16.

1 x train per night

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

This train is usually scheduled to depart from Budapest at 19:25, so target that time when looking up this journey.

Online bookings open:
6 months ahead of the travel date on OBB
3 months ahead of the travel date on DB Bahn

Our guide to booking night train tickets on the DB (German national railways) website is available HERE.

The choice of accommodation - summary:

- Compartment Seats (Sitzwagen)
- Couchettes (Liegewagen); 4 berths AND 6 berths
- Standard sleeping cars (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins
- Deluxe sleeping cars (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins

Click the yellow train button above for more info including the rail pass reservation fees:

The first price you will see on the OBB ticketing site will be for the compartment seats.

Travelling with a rail pass:

Rail pass users must reserve before boarding these trains

However, these rail pass reservations can NO longer be booked online the DB website.

If you want to reserve seats, berths in couchettes or beds in the sleeping cabins before you arrive in Germany, the best option is to pay a booking fee and use the Eurail or InterRail reservation services.

Or you can avoid the booking fees by arranging the reservations when you arrive in Germany, by purchasing them at a Reisezentrum travel desk, which you will find in any hauptbahnhof.

Though it's best to do this at the first hauptbahnhof (city centre station) that you will arrive at, the later you leave booking your accommodation, the more likely it is that your preferences will be sold out.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
OBB *

OBB Guide

OBB is the national rail operator and its booking service offers journeys by express trains within Austria, as well as international journeys which don't involve making a connection outside of Austria.

It pays off to book online, as the discounted 'Sparscheine' tickets are only ever made available on the website, and when making international journeys to and from Austria, these Sparscheine tickets tend to be cheaper.
OBB can offer particularly good value for money when travelling with children on international rail journeys, but something to watch out for when travelling between Austria and Germany on daytime trains, is that reservations are an optional extra; but if you book 1st class tickets with the Germany railways website DB, the reservations are complimentary.

OBB often takes a unique approach to its booking path, but a key thing to keep in mind is that the first price you will see for any journey is that of a Second Class seat.
The costs of upgrading to first class, a reservation, or a sleeping cabin etc, is then added to this price.

DB Bahn *

DB Bahn Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.

Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

On this journey

Journey Features

Night

Good to Know

Budapest and Berlin are connected by what it now one of Europe's ;ongest daytime train journeys; though this train is suspended due to works on the line until Sept 21st.

The daytime journey isn't without scenic highlights, but this is a route on which the balance can tip in favour of taking this night train; particularly as it has a comfortable arrival time in Berlin.

Note that this overnight train departs from Keleti station in Budapest, but the daytime train departs from Budapeseet-Nyugati station.

Option 2: travelling by day and connecting in Czechia

Travel Information

Due to works on a key railway route in Czechia, the direct daytime train from Budapest to Berlin, the 'Hungaria', has been suspended and will resume on Sept 1st.
Therefore until that date the optimum daytime route is to travel via Czechia, and make connections between trains in Breclav it tends to be cheaper and is also more scenic than the other options for a daytime journey.

The reason being that the 07:40 departure from Budapest, the replacement for the 'Hungaria' is terminating at Praha hln station, but it is due to arrive there less than 20 mins after a train will have departed to Berlin!~

The 09:40 train from Berlin to Praha also arrives at hln station in the city, but the next train on from the Czech capital to Berlin departs from Praha-Hoselvice station; but this 09:40 departure from Budapest calls in Breclav an hour before that train on to Berlin will also call there.
So making the connection at that station becomes the easier option.

1 x optimum connection per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

There are multiple routings for train journeys between Budapest and Berlin while the direct train service is suspended, but this suggested routing allows an hour to make a connection between trains.
Most of the alternative options involve making a 25 min connection in Munchen hbf, which can't be guaranteed; and that routing also tends to be more expensive too

On the DB Bahn booking site look for journeys that have:

  • 1 in the Chg. column
  • EC and RJ in the Products column.
    • a departure time of 09:40,

General booking tips:

Use the earlier/later buttons to search for the cheapest ticket prices.
Other journey options departing at different times may be cheaper

Making the connection or extending the transfer time:

If you extend the connection time, the alternative journeys via Munchen/Munich will still be available, but you'll then typically have more than an hour to make the transfer; time enough for a a late lunch in Munchen Hbf.

Do this, by

  • clicking on the 'Change' button on DB
  • clicking on 'Change Other Data
  • increasing the 'Duration Of Transfer to 'more than 45 mins'
  • and then click 'Search'
Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €49.90

DB Bahn Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.

Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Good to Know

The train which departs Budapest daily at 09:40 will be heading to Praha, but leaving the train at Breclav and connecting there for Berlin avoids the need to switch between stations in the Czech capital.

It's not a particularly stunning journey but there are views over The Danube between Vác and Slovakia; from the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel).

So you won't miss on a particularly special travel experience, if you opt to come this way on the overnight train.

Train 2

Journey Features

Scenic - YesRiver views

Good to Know

You will be connecting into the Graz to Berlin train which travels via Praha/Prague, but doesn't call at the city's main station, Praha hl.n, hence it being easier to make the connection in Breclav.

This train will also call at Bad Schandau and Dresden.

Approaching Decin and the German border Approaching Decin and the German border
By the River Elbe to the north of Prague By the River Elbe to the north of Prague
The river views can be enjoyed for more than an hour The river views can be enjoyed for more than an hour
Between Decin and Bad Schandau Between Decin and Bad Schandau

Between Prague and Dresden, the train travels through the beautiful Elbe River valley, but sit on the right of the train (when facing the direction of travel) for the best views.

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