Budapest is the capital of Hungary and is located some 1,160km south-east from Amsterdam.
Let's look at the options for travel between these 2 cities by air, train and bus...
1. Amsterdam-Budapest by Air
Flying is by far the quickest and most convenient option with flight times between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) taking around 2 hours.
|Dutch airline KLM (Skyteam) flies the route up to 4x daily using Boeing 737 aircraft. Return prices start from around €110 not including checked luggage. KLM is the only carrier with a regular direct service since Hungarian airline Malev went bankrupt in 2012.|
Airlines flying indirectly between Amsterdam and Budapest include Lufthansa (via Munich), Swiss (via Zurich), Austrian (via Vienna) and CSA Czech (via Prague).
Note that no-frills airline Wizzair operates flights between Eindhoven airport (EIN) and Budapest. KLM-subsidiary Transavia flies up to 6x weekly from Rotterdam-The Hague airport to Budapest.
2. Amsterdam-Budapest by Train
There are no direct rail services between Amsterdam and Budapest. The journey can be done with only 1 stop in Berlin or 2-3 stops via Munich.
Amsterdam-Berlin-Budapest: Take the Intercity train between Amsterdam and Berlin (runs 5x daily, takes 6 hours 15 minutes) with fares from €39 (2nd class) and €69 (1st class).
From Berlin Hbf you can take the EuroNight service departing at 1901 which arrives in Budapest Keleti station the following day at 0837.
From Budapest Keleti this train leaves at 2005 arriving the next day in Berlin at 0907. Couchette singles start at €39, sleepers from €69.
Or overnight in Berlin and take the daytime Eurocity service which leaves at around 0900 and gets you into Budapest at 2035 (11 1/2 hour journey). The corresponding train leaves Budapest at 0725 (direction Hamburg) and arrives in Berlin at 1858. Singles start at €29.
Book your rail tickets as far in advance as you can to secure the lowest possible prices.
Amsterdam-Munich-Budapest: It is possible to travel Amsterdam-Budapest by day, with journey time just under 15 hours. An example would be to leave Amsterdam early on the ICE International to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf. From there take an afternoon ICE train to Munich and connect onto the Eurocity to Salzburg and then the OBB RailJet to Budapest.
For the Budapest-Amsterdam day journey, take an early morning
RailJet to Vienna and connect onto the ICE
train to Frankfurt and then the ICE International to
If you have a bit more time and can overnight in Munich then you can consider taking the comfortable OBB Railjet between Munich Hbf and Budapest-Keleti. This runs 4x daily with a journey time of about 7 hours. Singles can be booked from €39 (2nd class) and €69 (1st class).
Other overnight options which could be used on part of the Amsterdam-Budpest rail route:
Munich-Budapest Euronight - known as the Kalman Imre, this service departs Munich at 2335 and arrives in Budapest at 0924. From the other way, it departs Budapest at 2040, arriving in Munich at 0610. Singles start at €29 (seat) to €139 (1 bed sleeper).
Cologne-Vienna OBB NightJet - this departs Cologne nightly at 2121 and arrives in Vienna the next morning at 0819. From Vienna it departs at 2039 arriving in Cologne at 0815.
3. Amsterdam-Budapest by Coach
Eurolines runs a 5x weekly overnight coach service between Amsterdam Duivendrecht and Budapest (Nepliget bus station). This journey takes 21-24 hours and single fares start from around €35.
Flixbus runs daily coach connections (via Germany/Austria) from Amsterdam SLoterdijk to Budapest. Prices start at €58 single.
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