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Budapest to Bratislava by train


Posted by Jakub  January 17, 2017  Rating 97.00%  Leave a comment

Table of content:

  1. Tickets and prices
  2. Timetable
  3. Transport from the station

It is not possible to buy train tickets online. Consider traveling by bus. It is cheaper, more flexible and takes the same time. Buy bus tickets here!

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.

  • Bratislava Central Train Station (Hlavna stanica)
  • Budapest to Bratislava by bus
  • Bratislava Central Train Station - ticket desks
  • Bratislava Central Train Station - inside hall
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cindy on Oct 19, 2012

Where do we buy train tickets from Budapest to Bratislava? What is the cost for baggage - we will have 3 large bags and some carry on bags too. We will travel on Monday, December 3.

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Jakub on Oct 21, 2012

Hi cindy,

you will have to buy tickets directly on the train station, there is no online sale. You do not pay for baggage.

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Mambo on Oct 28, 2012

Hi, what is the different between normal tarrif and reduced tarrif tickets? In what condition I can buy a reduced tarrif ticket?

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Jakub on Oct 28, 2012

Hi Mambo,

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

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Koen on Apr 01, 2016

Does this include foreign students as well?

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Samuel on Apr 02, 2016

Hi Koen,

yes if you have ISIC card

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RATKA on Jul 21, 2016

But if you have just index and not isic card? :/

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Samuel on Jul 24, 2016


I'm afraid they are not being recognized as a valid student identification (however weird that sounds). Perhaps because different unis use different indices and the ticket controller could know them all.

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Andy Peck on Dec 23, 2012

Will the return ticket from Bratislava to Budapest cover an over night stop in Budapest i.e - Travel from Bratislava Sat Morning to Budapest and return to Bratislava on the Sunday ?

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Jakub on Dec 24, 2012

Hello Andy,

of course, the return ticket covers both directions and is valid 1 month. You are safe :)


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