How to take the train from Salzburg to Budapest

Salzburg to Budapest by train

How to take the strightforward rail journey Salzburg to Hungarian capital

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Routes

From Salzburg Hbf to Budapest Keleti

Travel Information

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

5 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

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

Reservations are optional for this journey, but these trains tend to be particularly busy in 2nd class.

So opting to reserve when booking tickets, or using a 2nd class rail pass is recommended.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
OBB from €29

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.

Omio from €29

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Trainline from €29

Trainline Guide

Happy rail from €29

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

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? Well on the last two occasions 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 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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