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Train tickets in Hungary

Facts about Hungary

  • Currency: Forint (HUF)
  • Timezone: 1+ UTC
  • Language: Hungarian (plus Serbian, Slovak, Romanian or Croatian in some isolated communities)

Overview

Modern Hungary overflows with Habsburg tradition and sees itself as quintessentially central European. Some older Hungarians hanker after a lost imperial era, but a new dynamic generation of Hungarians are keen that their country should be centrally involved in European affairs. The European rail network is on their side, for few other countries are as well connected with the rest of Europe.

The national rail operator is Magyar Államvasutak or MÁV for short. It operates most passenger train travel in Hungary. Head to Keleti station in Budapest and you might see a sleek red Austrian Railjet train leaving for Zurich or passengers climbing aboard Slovak couchettes for an overnight journey to Berlin or Warsaw.

Visiting Hungary by train is particularly easy because it is a natural transit country for many European journeys. For example, there are excellent connections south from Budapest to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Comfortable EuroCity or Intercity services also link Budapest with Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia. For passengers travelling to Hungary by train from western Europe, the preferred routes are via Zurich or Munich. Both cities offer a good choice of either daytime or overnight services to Budapest.

The national rail network has one major hub in Budapest. It’s easy to find cheap train tickets in Hungary, but travel times may be slow. We do not currently sell tickets for domestic train travel in Hungary, only when you buy them in conjunction with an international one. Once you get there, it's worth knowing that EU citizens (plus Norway and Switzerland) over 65 years old, travel for free on all local trains in Hungary.

Train companies

What are the train companies to travel with to Hungary?

  • Railjet
  • EuroNight
  • EuroCity
  • Airport train stations

    Airport train stations in Hungary

    Hungary's main airport is in Budapest. There is a bus to the main train station from Budapest airport, which can be purchased locally.

    Child and youth passengers

    The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

    Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

    Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.