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.

Tickets and prices

TicketNormal tariffReduced tariff
Return ticket 17,50€ 8,75€
One-way ticket app. 15€ app. 7,5€

You can buy a ticket directly at the station, however, it is not possible to do so on the Internet. You will not get a reservation of a seat, 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 17:25. Final train departs at 20:05. The journey takes 2 hours and 41 minutes in both directions.

Transport from the station

The public transport stop in Bratislava is called "Hlavná stanica" and is one of the most important stops in the 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" (city center)
  • to the bus station - take the direct bus number 210 towards "Autobusová stanica" and get off at the last stop.
  • to the airport - take the direct bus number 61 toward "Letisko M.R. Štefánika" and get off at the last stop.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Anthony

    I would like to travel to Bratislava from Budapest on 19 Dec, since there's no online booking of the train ticket, will there be any problems getting the tickets over the counter since it's the peak season?

    1. Jakub

      Hi Anthony,
      If you can, buy them some days in advance, but in general there are no problems with buying these tickets. Moreover, trains depart every to hours so it should be fine.

  2. mike zulim

    Hi Jakub, yak se mate? I am writing to ask how much luggage can you bring on train. We have two carry on size bags and two check in size (larger like airline size). Can you please tell me. Thank you

    1. Jakub

      Hi mike,
      generally there is no problem with luggage transportation in trains - no checkins or controls. There are designated places where you can leave your oversize baggage and the carry on baggage is no problem at all.

  3. karen

    is there time table for train from Budapest to Bratislava for Jan 2015 yet?

  4. kiki

    How often and what time does the train runs from Budapest to Bratislava in Christmas time between 18.12.2014 and 30.12.2014 please?

    1. Jakub

      Hi kiki,
      unfortunately there are no timetables for christmas yet. However, there should be no change compared to "normal" time. First train departs around 5am and last around 8pm, every two hours.

  5. rob

    I would like to travel from Budapest to Liptovsky Mikulas on a Sunday can you advise if this is possible?

    1. Samuel

      Hi rob,
      sure it is possible. There are two options : you either want the shortest distance possible, or change the train as little as is possible.

      If you are for the first option, please visit this website (you can switch to english) and it will plan your trip. However I should warn you, that with this much changes, there is a significant possibility of missing a train.

      The other option, which I recommend, is first to get to Bratislava and then change to train to Liptovsky Mikulas (you can use the same website, just add via "Bratislava" ).