How to take the train from Salzburg to Budapest

Innsbruck to Budapest by train

How to take the rail journey Innsbruck to the capital of Hungary



From Innsbruck Hbf to Budapest Keleti

Travel Information

The train is usually scheduled to depart from Innsbruck Hbf daily at 14:17.

Final Destination: Budapest-Keleti

The train also calls at: Gyor and Budapest-Kelenfold,

1 x train per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

The train is usually scheduled to depart from Innsbruck Hbf at 14:17, so if you want to travel by that train target that departure time.

It is scheduled to arrive in Budapest at around 21:00, but if you want or need to arrive in the Hungarian capital sooner, you can book earlier journey options with one change of train in Wien/Vienna.

Seat reservations are optional, but they're particularly recommended for this journey.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
OBB from €39

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.

On this journey

Good to Know

The train will call at Budapest-Kelenfold station around 10 mins before arriving at Budapest-Keleti.

If the end point of your journey in Budapest is on Metro Line 4, or has an easy connection from Line 4, then leave the train at Kelenfold station and transfer to the Metro there.

Not only will your journey be quicker overall, the Metro transfer at Kelenfold is much easier, than at particularly if you have luggage.

Why are there are no images of this journey?

What used to be the most scenic part of the journey was the first 30mins (ish) from Innsbruck to Kufstein, but this train now travels mainly in tunnels on this part of the train ride.
Then the last two occassions when we travelled from Salzburg as far as Vienna it was pouring with rain.

Though what we did glean is that this journey becomes less memorable, the further the train travels, the next most scenic part of the journey is between Salzbug and Linz.

The views from the train window between Vienna and Budapest are exceptionally uninteresting, where the only thing of note to see are the wind turbines.
So having something to read or watch is highly recommended.

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