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. ben


    Is it possible to buy online train tickets from Bratislave to Budapest on the Slovak train site?

    Which bus/tram goes from the train station to the castle?


    1. Samuel

      Hi ben,
      I'm afraid not.

      From the train station take bus num 93 to Zochova (3 stops) and you will be almost there (10min walk).

  2. Sumit


    Is it advisable to book the ticket from Bratislava to Budapest in advance, or are the train tickets the same price if we book just a day before once we reach Bratislava? If yes, where can we actually book the tickets?


    1. Samuel

      Hi Sumit,
      yes, for intercity trains sooner = cheaper. Unfortunately you might not be able to buy them online, you have to try some train station in Budapest.

  3. Sandy Beasley

    Can you accommodate a light weight wheelchair

    1. Jakub

      Hi Sandy,
      the trains are designed to accommodate the wheelchairs.

  4. 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

    1. Jakub

      Hi Kurt,
      please see the timetable here:
      There are no special discounts for youth, only for children.

  5. 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!

    1. Jakub

      Hi Lucian,
      this might be the best source of inspiration for you: