Budapest to Warszawa / Warsaw by train

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Option 1: travelling by day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 3 months ahead of the travel date (generally though tickets may not be available more than 6 weeks ahead)

The price on MAV will be in €s but the transaction will actually be in Hungarian florins - MAV will convert the currency during the transaction.

Rail pass users need to reserve before boarding for journeys from Budapest, reservations can be arranged at the international travel desk at Budapest Keleti station.

Ideally do this when you first arrive at Keleti, or in Budapest, on the preceding train on your itinerary.

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 €19

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.

cd.cz from 552 CZK

cd.cz Guide

CD is the national rail operator in Czechia and its very smart online booking service sells tickets for all express train services which it operates within Czechia, as well international journeys by EC, Railjet, SuperCity and overnight trains.
Some express trains, both within and to/from Czechia are operated by LeoExpress and Regiojet and these cannot be booked with CD.

CD also sells international tickets involving changes of train outside of Czechia for end-to-end journeys:

  • to Belgium
  • destinations in Germany not served by direct trains
  • to Paris
  • to Arhus, Copenhagen and Odense in Denmark
  • to destinations in Italy served by the overnight trains from Austria
  • to Luxembourg
  • to destinations in the The Netherlands, including Amsterdam, which are on the route of the direct trains from Berlin
  • to destinations in Romania, including Bucuresti served by the direct day and night trains from Budapest.

In addition to tickets, seat reservations, reservations for bicycles, plus reservations for couchettes and sleeping cabins, can also be booked online with CD, with no booking fees.

On this journey

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 daily at 08:40 and on some timetables it is named 'Bathory'.

The overnight train to Warszawa still departs from Keleti-station.

Final Destination: Minsk-Passajirskii*

This train now conveys sleeping cars which continue beyond Warszawa to arrive in Minsk
Daytime coaches are available for journeys to Brest via Terespol.

The train also calls at: Katowice (connect for Krakow) and Warszawa Zachodnia

Between Vac and Slovakia Between Vac and Slovakia
Views over the Slovakian countryside Views over the Slovakian countryside

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

But there are few other scenic highlights, so the most interesting aspect of this train ride is that you'll travel through four countries on one journey - Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia and Poland.

But despite that, this is a route on which our preference would be taking the overnight train.

Option 2: travelling overnight

Tickets

Book early and save: No

Tickets will cost the same price if you book at Budapest Keleti station

Online bookings open: 2 months ahead of the travel date

A plus of booking online is that you will have ensured your place on the train.

Your first choice of accommodation MAY be sold out if you don't book in advance.

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

Rail pass users must reserve before boarding these trains, but these reservations cannot be booked online on MAV.

Reservations can be arranged and paid for at the InternationalTravel desk at Budapest Keleti station - ideally do this when you first arrive in Budapest on the preceding train on your itinerary.

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 *

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

Night

Good to Know

The train is usually scheduled to depart Budapest Keleti at 19:25 and arrive in Warszawa Centralna station at 09:16.

On departure from Budapest, the train heading to Warszawa will be joined to another train heading to Berlin.

Final Destination: Warszawa Wschodnia

The train also calls at: Warszawa Zachodnia - before it arrives at Warszawa Centralna

If your rail pass itinerary includes Budapest and Warsaw/Warszawa, the overnight train is a comparatively good option, you won't miss out on experiencing stunning scenery.

Our general guide to taking European overnight trains is available HERE.

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