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. Kurt


    I want to do day trip from budapest to bratislava on 22nd of April. Where can i buy the tickets and see the schedule of train? And how much does it cost for youth

  2. Lucian

    I plan to have a short visit from Budapest to Bratislava , Friday afternoon till Sunday. Could anyone be so kind and give some tips of nice places to see in a two days visit? Thank you so much!

  3. Roy


    I'm travelling from Budapest to Bratislava in a group of four on Sunday 22nd March.

    Can I buy tickets in advance at the station? Or can I buy on the day? How far in advance should I arrive to get tickets for queues?

    How many is the price of a single?

    Many thanks!

  4. Ivana


    What do you need to get reduced tariff?

    Thank you!

    1. Jakub

      Hi Ivana,
      reduced tariff is only for children under

  5. Hank Collier

    Hello - I plan to travel from Budapest to Bratislava on 28 May. Can you tell me if there is a first-class section of the train, and do I buy the ticket the same day as travel?
    Thank you!

    1. Jakub

      Hi Hank,
      yes there is a first class and you can easily buy tickets at the counter the same day you travel.