Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, the bordering southern neighbor of Slovakia. Even htough it is not as close as Vienna, Budapest is still approachable within 3 hours from Bratislava either by bus, train, or a boat.

How to travel to Budapest?

Once choosing Budapest as your final destination to visit from Bratislava, there are several options how to travel there, but which one is the best? Bus, train or boat?

Do you want to enjoy your journey and have a nice experience?

Take a boat trip!

In the summer we definitely suggest you a boat trip! It is a beautiful trip including a chance to spend a day in Hungary’s capital. Boat transport starts to operate in April till October.

What is cheaper? Bus or train?

There is not a significant difference between the prices of bus and train tickets. If you buy the tickets in advance you have no problems with them being sold out There is a big advantage with the bus transport - you can buy tickets online, which is not possible with trains.

Buy bus ticket online: here.

Free luggage, oversize luggage or a lot of luggage?

Take a train!

There is neither size nor quantity limit of luggage you want to transport. So take all the luggage you want with a train. But keep in mind that you need pay for carrying a bicycle.

Wifi, magazines and drinks on aboard?

Take a bus!

Most of the bus companies provide free wifi, magazines and hot drinks or water on aboard in order to make your journey more comfortable.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Paul C

    I need more information about ferry boats between Budapest and Bratislava, in September 2015

    1. Samuel

      Hi Paul C,
      could you be more specific? What kind of information you have in mind?

  2. wpeoptei

    Very nice site!

    1. Jozef

      Hi wpeoptei,
      thank you very much,

  3. woiowriw

    Very nice site!

    1. Jozef

      Hi woiowriw,
      thanks :)

  4. Khuram

    Can I go to bratislava if I have hungarian visa

    1. Jakub

      Hi Khuram,
      yes you can. With these visa you should be able to travel wherever in Schengen area, including Slovakia.

  5. luis sanchez

    You put a link to timetable for trains from Budapest to Bratislava, but when clicking only info is that there is a shuttle every 2 hours. What about the timetable?.

    1. Jakub

      Hello sanchez,
      From Budapest, the first train departs at 5:25 and the last direct one at 17:25. Interval between these trains is 2 hours. There is another one departing at 20:05.