The Sava River valley

Budapest to Ljubljana by train



From Budapest Deli to Ljubljana

Journey Summary

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Budapest Deli
Travel Time

Book early and save: Yes*

Online bookings open: around 140 days ahead of the travel date.

*The very cheapest tickets may NOT be available if you book too far ahead - they seem to be more widely available if you're booking no more than 6 weeks in advance.

Book online and you will have to collect your ticket from a machine at Budapest-Deli station.

Rail pass users need to reserve before boarding for journeys from Budapest, reservations can be arranged at the international travel desks at Keleti or Nyugati stations.

However, as this train departs from Deli station in Budapest - ideally book the reservations at either of these stations when you first arrive in the preceding train on your itinerary.

OR if you will have been prevously been travelling through a hauptbahnfof in Germany, you can arrange the reservations at a Reisezentrum travel desk.

OR book the reservations online with Eurail or InterRail, but if  you do so you will have to pay a booking fee.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
MAV from €9

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 - NoRiver views

Good to Know

Final Destination: Ljubljana*

Note that this train departs from Deli station in Budapest and NOT from Keleti station.

* Due to the border controls that are now in place between Hungary and Slovenia, you MAY have to leave the train from Budapest when it arrives at the town before the Hungarian border.

You MAY then have to take a bus across the border and then board another train to continue the journey on to Ljubljana.

It's worth checking with the conductor IF this will be the case when your ticket/reservation is inspected, as it's unlikely that this information will be announced in English on the train.

(The European Rail Timetable states that EC trains are used on the service, but you will be travelling on a train that's no different to a Hungarian IC train).

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