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Night Trains Budapest – Bucharest

Between Budapest in Hungary and Bucharest in Romania there are several night trains. Travel by night from one cultural capital to another and find out the many differences between these two cities with similar names. From the rich legacy of Budapest to the elegant architecture of Bucharest – this is your chance to see it all.


Budapest – Bucharest routes

Map with Euronight Ister route

Several trains run daily between Budapest and Bucharest. The larger part of the journey goes through Romania, crossing the country from west to south-east. When taking the Ister or the Dacia, the most interesting stops along the way are Sibiu, Sigisoara, Brașov and Sinaia in the Transylvania region. Here you can visit Bran Castle, more commonly known as Dracula’s castle or embark on a hike in the mountains. From Brașov, you can reach Bucharest in less than 3 hours. The entire journey should take you approximately 17 hours. When waking up, you will see the scenic landscapes of Transylvania from your bed or seat. The highlight of this journey are the Carpathian mountains after Brasov.


The Dacia also has a direct carriage that takes the route via Timisoara and Craiova to Bucharest and one that ends in Cluj Napoca. The third train on this route, the Muntenia, connects Budapest and Bucharest via Timisoara and Craiova, taking the (by daylight) less scenic Southern route.


Between Budapest and Bucharest following routes are in operation:


Ister: Budapest – Bucharest (EN 472/473)

  • Via Szolnok, Arad, Sibiu, Brașov and Sinaia

Dacia: Vienna – Budapest – Bucharest (EN 346/347)

  • Via Győr, Szolnok, Arad, Sighișoara, Brașov and Sinaia
  • One coach runs via Arad, Timisoara and Craiova
  • One coach runs via Oradea and Cluj Napoca

Muntenia: Budapest – Bucharest (IC 79/IC 78)

  • Szolnok, Arad, Timisoara and Craiova




Reservations for the Budapest - Bucharest Night Train (EuroNight Ister) are compulsory. You can book your seat or accommodation up to 3 months in advance. If you're travelling in high-season (May to September) or on a public holiday, we recommend you make your reservations as soon as possible.

How to make reservations?

You can reserve your seat or accommodation on these night trains in the following ways:


Interrail reservation self-service system

Administration costs when booking through Interrail Self Service:

  • € 2,- p.p. per train
  • Additional € 9,-  per order (for paper tickets)

With railway carriers

Locally at the train station

  • In Austria, Hungary and Romania

By Phone

  • Through the Deutsche Bahn booking centre. You can call DB 24/7 on +49 1806 996 633.


Reservation fees

  Budapest - Brașov Budapest - Bucharest
Seat € 3 € 3
6-bed couchette: € 13.40 p.p. € 13.40 p.p.
4-bed couchette € 20 p.p. € 20 p.p.
Triple sleeper € 22 p.p. € 28 p.p.
Double sleeper € 33 p.p.  € 42 p.p.
Single sleeper € 60  € 98 



Facilities and services

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee bar
  • Disabled facilities
  • Luggage racks
  • Power sockets
  • Snack trolley

Facilities may differ per train and route.

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