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Trains in Hungary


Budapest is the main railway hub of the Hungarian railway network, with three large stations. From Budapest, a 7,606 km network radiates through the country with various connections to larger towns.


Train types in Hungary

If your Interrail Pass is valid in Hungary, you'll get access to Hungary's national railway company, MAV-START. You'll also get access to GYSEV/Raaberbahn trains that operate in the country.

Map with main train connections in Hungary

Intercity trains in Hungary

  • Regional (RE)

  • Interregional (IR)

  • EuroCity (EC)

  • InterCity (IC)

International trains


Regional train (R)

  • Szeged – Subotica
  •  No reservations
  • Up to five times a day
  • See more details below for trips to/from Budapest and Belgrade


Railjet (RJ)

  • International high-speed trains link Hungary to several European cities on the routes:
    • Budapest Gyor – Vienna – Zürich/München



  • RegioJet trains link Hungary to several European cities on the route:
    • Budapest Gyor – Viena – Brno – Prague


EuroCity (EC)

  • International trains link Hungary to several European cities on the routes:
    • Budapest – Bratislava – Brno – Prague (– Berlin)
    • Budapest – Bratislava – Ostrava – Katowice – Warsaw – Terespol
    • Budapest – Bratislava – Ostrava – Katowice – Krakow – Przemysl
    • Budapest Gyor – Vienna
    • Vienna – Gyor Budapest – Oradea – Cluj Napoca
    • Vienna – Gyor Budapest Debrecen – Satu Mare – Baia Mare


InterCity (IC)

  • International trains link Hungary to several European cities on the routes:
    • Budapest – Kosice
    • Budapest –  Graz
    • Budapest – Ljubljana
    • Budapest – Zagreb
    • Budapest – Timisoara – Craiova – Bucharest
    • Budapest – Arad – Sibiu – Brasov
    • Budapest – Oradea – Cluj Napoca – Brasov
    • Vienna – Gyor Budapest Debrecen Zahony – Chop (Ukraine, Pass only valid till Zahony)

Night trains

EuroNight (EN)

  • Night trains link Hungary to several European cities on the routes:
    • Budapest – Wroclaw – Berlin
    • Budapest – Prague
    • Budapest – Krakow – Warsaw
    • Budapest – Split (summer only)
    • Budapest – Oradea – Cluj Napoca
    • Budapest – Sibiu – Brasov – Bucharest
    • Vienna – Gyor Budapest – Brasov – Bucharest
    • Budapest – Craiova – Bucharest
    • Budapest – Salzburg – München – Stuttgart
    • Budapest – Zürich

Private railway companies

The private railway lines operated by the Austrian-Hungarian railway company GYSEV (known in Austria as Raaberbahn) can also be accessed with your Interrail Pass.

GYSEV operates a number of train routes, including:

  • Sopron to Ebenfurth (Austria)

  • Fertöszentmiklós to Neusiedl/See (Austria)


Popular connections

Route Regional Intercity (reservations)
Budapest to Debrecen 2h 50m 2h 15m
Budapest to Győr 1h 50m 1h 05m
Budapest to Pécs 4h (stopover) 2h 40m
Budapest to Szeged 3h 2h 10m
Route Which train? Travel time Reservations
Budapest to Bratislava (Slovakia) EuroCity 2h 35m Optional
Budapest to Bucharest (Romania) InterCity / EuroNight Ister 15h 40m / 15h 10m (overnight) Required
Budapest to Ljubljana (Slovenia) InterCity 7h 35m Optional
Budapest to Munich (Germany) RailJet 7h Required
Budapest to Prague (Czech Republic) EuroCity 6h 45m Optional
Budapest to Vienna (Austria) EuroCity / RailJet 2h 40m Optional / Required
Budapest to Warsaw (Poland) EuroCity / EuroNight 11h 20m / 13h 25m Required
Budapest to Zagreb (Croatia) InterCity 6h 35m Optional
Subotica to Szeged (from 28/11)* Regional Approx 1h 30m No


*Alternative route Budapest – Belgrade from November 2023:

  • Budapest – Szeged, frequent services via Békéscsaba, check our Rail Planner
  • Szeged – Subotica (Serbia), from November 2023 regional trains will start running 
  • Subotica – Sombor – Novi Sad, direct regional trains
  • Novi Sad – Belgrade, frequent and fast SOKO trains (reservation required)





Which trains in Hungary require reservations?

  • No reservations: Regional trains (RE) and Interregio (IR)
  • Optional: InterCity and EuroCity domestic trains
  • Compulsory: InterCity and Eurocity trains on certain international routes
  • Compulsory: EuroNight on all routes


How can I make reservations for trains in Hungary?

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

An explanation of how each booking platform works can be found here:
How do I book my reservations


Locally at the train station


Get your Pass for Hungary

Interrail Hungary Pass

  • Offers you extensive rail travel in Hungary.

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available.

  • 1st class Pass Holders have free access to the VIP lounge in Budapest.

  • Prices from € 91


View Hungary Passes  

Interrail Global Pass

  • Offers you train travel in 33 European countries including Hungary.

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available.

  • Prices from € 212


View Global Passes 


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Budapest main train stations

Budapest is a train travel hub, with 4 main stations:

  • Keleti: Located in the East. The main international and intercity railway station in Budapest.
  • Nyugati: Located in the North.
  • Deli: Located in the West.
  • Kelenföld: Located in the Southwest.

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