Posted: Thu 7th Mar 2024

Ultimate Guide to Day Trips from Budapest to Vienna

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Embarking on a day trip from Budapest to Vienna offers an opportunity to explore the rich tapestry of history, culture, and beauty these two iconic cities boast. Separated by a mere 250 kilometers, the journey from the architectural allure of Budapest to the imperial grandeur of Vienna is not just a travel between two cities but a passage through history and culture that has shaped Central Europe.

Travel Options Overview

Travelers have multiple options to consider when planning a trip from Budapest to Vienna:

  1. Train
  2. Bus
  3. Car
  4. Bicycle
  5. River Cruise

Each mode of transportation offers a unique experience, with varying levels of convenience, speed, and scenic beauty.

Detailed Travel Methods

Train Travel

  • Trains offer one of the most popular and efficient ways to travel from Budapest to Vienna. With a journey time of approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, direct services like the Railjet or EuroCity trains provide comfort and scenic views of the Danube valley.
  • Key Points:
    • Frequency: Up to 20 services per day
    • Cost: Starts at approximately €20 for second-class tickets when booked in advance
    • Booking: Tickets can be purchased online via ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) or MÁV (Hungarian State Railways)

Bus Journeys

  • Buses offer an economical alternative to trains, with several companies like FlixBus running direct routes between the cities. Though slightly longer at around 3 to 4 hours, buses can be cheaper, especially when booked ahead of time.
  • Key Points:
    • Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms
    • Flexibility: Multiple departure times throughout the day


  • The drive from Budapest to Vienna takes you through picturesque landscapes and allows for stops in quaint towns like Győr or the beautiful region of Lake Neusiedl.
  • Considerations:
    • Toll Roads: Be prepared for tolls on the motorway and ensure you have a valid vignette.
    • Parking in Vienna can be challenging; researching parking options in advance is advisable.

Transfer Tour Option

Opting for a transfer tour enriches the journey with guided visits to key attractions along the route, such as:

  • Tata Castle
  • Győr
  • Eszterházy Palace
  • Sopron

This option combines the ease of transport with the depth of experiencing the regions between Budapest and Vienna.

Cool Places Along the Way

Exploring the route between Budapest and Vienna reveals hidden gems and historical sites:

  • Tata Castle: A picturesque lakeside fortress with rich history
  • Győr: Known for its baroque architecture and vibrant cultural scene
  • Eszterházy Palace in Fertőd: Often referred to as the “Hungarian Versailles”

Practical Tips for the Journey

  • Booking in Advance: Whether choosing train, bus, or a transfer tour, booking tickets in advance can save money and secure your spot.
  • Day Trip or Overnight? While a day trip is feasible, consider staying overnight in Vienna to explore more thoroughly without rushing.

Exploring Vienna

Upon arrival in Vienna, immerse yourself in its imperial history, vibrant coffee house culture, and artistic legacy. Must-visit sites include:

  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • The Belvedere
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • The Hofburg


A day trip from Budapest to Vienna offers an enriching experience that transcends mere travel. It’s a journey through history, culture, and natural beauty, connecting two of Europe’s most illustrious cities.

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