Heading south from Decin into Czechia

Budapest to Dresden by train

This direct train has been suspended until Sept 1st.



From Budapest Nyugati to Dresden Hbf


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 3 months ahead of the travel date

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for this direct train,

On the DB Bahn booking site look for the journey that has:

0 in the Chg. column

EC (and only EC) in the Products column

and departs Budapest at around 07:40

Our step-by-step guide to booking train tickets (and reservations) on the DB (German national railways) website is available HERE.


Seats will actually be assigned when booking tickets online on MAV and if you book 1st class tickets on DB.

Book 2nd class tickets on DB, or if you have a rail pass, reservations are optional for this journey, but this train tends to be particularly busy in 2nd class between Praha and Berlin.

So if you want peace of mind that you will have an assigned seat for the entire journey, adding a reservation when making a booking is recommended.

However, if you book in person at the international rail desk at Nyugati station, you will have to request that a reservation be added to the booking.

Rail pass users can purchase reservations online on DB Bahn - or in person at the international travel desks at Keleti or Nyugati stations- but do that when you first arrive in Budapest, the office is unlikely to be open before the train makes it early start!

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €39

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.

MAV from €39

MAV Guide

MAV is the national railway operator in Hungary and its newly relaunched website is still at the 'beta' stage, but it can be used to make bookings.
The MAV website also sells tickets for the direct international trains from Hungary and it's booking path for overnight trains is particularly easy to follow.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesRiver views

Good to Know

Note that this train service now departs from Budapest-Nyugati station and NOT Budapest-Keleti station.

It is usually scheduled to depart from Budapest-Nyugati station at 07:40.

Final Destination: Hamburg

The train also calls at: Praha/Prague and Decin and Bad Schandau

Between Vac and Slovakia Between Vac and Slovakia
Between Praha and Bad Schandau Between Praha and Bad Schandau
Between Praha and Decin Between Praha and Decin
Between Praha and Decin Between Praha and Decin

As the train travels through Hungary, either side of Vac, there are some views of The Danube from the left of the train.

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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