There is a direct connection between the cities. A EuroCity train shuttles approximately every 2 hours and it takes only 2 hours and 40 minutes. Bratislava's central station is called Bratislava - hlavná stanica, often shortened to Bratislava- hl. st. in some occasions. In Budapest you will arrive to/depart from the Budapest Keleti station.
You can buy tickets directly in the station, however, it is not possible to buy on the internet. You will not get a reservation of a set, so you can sit anywhere in the 2nd class.
Visit the Official Slovak Rail website (SK) for more information.
The train shuttles every 2 hours from both stations. The first train from Bratislava departs at 5:50 and the last direct one at 19:54. From Budapest, the first one departs at 5:25 and the last direct one at 15:25. The journey takes 2 hours and 41 minutes in both directions
The public transport stop is called "Hlavná stanica" and is one of the most important stops in whole city. Visit the Official public transport web site for more information. The basic directions and routes from station:
to city center - you take any bus or trolleybus directing to Račianske mýto and then take a tram to the city center. Or you can just walk following the signs "Centrum"
to the bus station - take the direct bus number 210 towards "Autobusová stanica" and take off at the last stop.
to the airport - take the direct bus number 21 toward "Letisko M.R. Štefánika" and take off at the last stop.
HI im plan to get a train from budapest to brtislava i can book it ahead in the internet ?
or just one day before at Keleti stn in budapest ? will be enough seats ?
how ever if i want buy ticket from budapest to Vienna but i want stop for 2 nights in Bratislva it possible ? how much its cost ?
If I buy round trip Budapest to Vienna and back, can I stop off in Bratislava for a few hours on the way from Budapest to Vienna and then just get on a later train from Bratislava the rest of the way to Vienna without incurring a further charge?
Published by Sanford Hartman on 2013-05-19 04:33:07
Hi. I am looking to book a one-way trip Budapest Keleti to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica. The mav start website will not let me do this online but WILL let me book Budapest to Vienna which, on selected trains, stops at Bratislava Hlavna Stanica. This should be ok shouldn`t it, as it is still much cheaper than other rail booking agencies?
Hi, I will be in Budapest and I am keen on going to Bratislava by train. The return ticket sounds like a better deal but is there a validity period for the return ticket? I'm thinking of going to Bratislava on the 19 of June and go back to Budapest on the 21 June. Will my return ticket still be valid then? Thank you!
hi there. i would like to get to bratislava tomorrow 1/4/13 and it\'s easter monday. will the trains be running on a reduced schedule? also will the train tickets be more expensive than the 15 euro quoted on this site? chad.
May I know if I can buy the train tickets of Budapest - Bratislava at the counter at Budapest Keleti station? Or do I need to buy them online before my trip?
If I can buy it personally at the train station, will the fare be the same EUR15? And under what condition that the reduced tariff applicable? Thanks.
Thanks for your reply.
I actually wrote to Mav-Start to ask for the price of a one-way ticket and they replied saying that it cost 27,80EUR/person, instead of 15EUR that is stated here. This is such a huge difference for a one-way ticket. I am on a budget trip, can you please advise?
Another thing is, my stop before Budapest is Vienna. So, can I buy the ticket at Vienna train station, or must I buy it in Budapest? Thanks.
there is probably this difference because on one way ticket no discount is applicable. I think the truth will be somewhere between, but maybe you should consider buying return ticket as it looks like that the price is lower in this case.
I think you should be able to buy a ticket in Vienna, but I would suggest buying it directly in Budapest in case there are som price changes and discounts applicable only in Budapest or Bratislava.
Have a safe trip
Hi. I see you wrote that reduced tariff is 8.75 euro. Is that price only from Bratislava to Budapest?? Because I found out that there is no discount for the travel from Budapest to Bratislava because in Budapest's railway station don't accept ISIC cards.
I use wheelchair and I would like to traver from Budampest to Bratislava and later to Praha and back by train and just want to know is it wheelchair accessible? And also should I (and could I) reserve it in advance?
I have got the reply from Slovak Rail:
From Bratislava to Praha, there is a train "EC 272/273 Avala" departing daily at 18:13 from Bratislava. From Praha, it departs at 5:39 every day. It is needed to book a ticket at least 48 hours before the journey here: email@example.com .
From Bratislava to Budapest use train "EC 272/273 Avala" departing at 9:50, or train "EC 130/131 Varsovia" departing at 17:50. From Budapest to Bratislava these trains depart at 7:25 or 15:25.
However, if these hours do not suit you, please refer to http://www.cp.sk (change to English on bottom right) and find the route. There are listed several more trains with wheelchair access.
Hi, I'm from Finland and I will come to Budapest next summer. I would like to know how much pay return ticket from Budabest to Bratislava. I know that's 17,50€ from Bratislava to Budabest but is it same price other way. What it is in Hungary currency and can I buy the return ticket in Budapest?
My family and I plan to come to Bratislava by train from Budapest. My wife and I have the rail pass "Bahncard 25" issue by Deutsche Bahn (Germany). Can we both avail the reduced tariff? Also, does my 5 year old son need to buy the train ticket OR can he travel for free?
I think you will not be able to get the reduced tariff with the Bahncard 25 as I was reading the conditions on the official web site. However, I still suggest you to ask on the station. I also think your son will not need to buy a ticket, however, you will need to ask for so called "registration ticket". It is for free and issued for children under 6. Please confirm these information on the station.
Hi, I'm Leaving Lisbon to Budapest by plane and want to do the following itinerary: Budapest-Bratislava-Vienna-Budapest by train. What is the Best Way to Make? from 24.03.2012 to 03.30.2012. Quais as widgets? thanks.
Oi, vou sair de lisboa pra budapeste de avião e quero fazer o itinerario: Budapeste-bratislava-viena-Budapeste de comboio. qual a melhor forma de o fazer? de 24-03-2012 a 30-03-2012. quais as estações?
i did not find literally written that you are eligible for the discounted tariff with european east pass, but I think it will not be any problem. You should better ask on the station directly.
I am wondering how to book in advance a trip that looks like this, to be arranged for some time in February 2013: Budapest to Bratislava (stay 2 days)
Bratislava to Warsaw (stay 3 days)
Warsaw to Budapest
I will be flying to and from Budapest from the USA and want to make this other trip before leaving Budapest the final time. Could you advise the best way to do this - train, airplane, or a combination of both? Thanks, Lisa McCann
unfortunately, there is no possibility to buy a ticket on the internet neither for the Budapest - Bratislava train (shuttles every two hours, takes two hours) nor for Bratislava to Warsaw (shuttles twice a day, takes 8 hours). However, these trains are usually not that full so you will be able to buy a ticket even a few hours before departure on the station. I suggest you to try to buy all the tickets as you arrive to Budapest.
To go back from Warszaw to Budapest, use a plane. See low-cost airlines http://www.ryanair.com - it costs only around 35USD and takes 1 hour.
you can generally get the reduced tariff if you:
- are a child under 15
- are a student with a valid student card (i.e. ISIC) under 26
- own a Junior Railplus Euro<26 card
- own some other European railway card
- are a senior