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 3x daily using Boeing 737 aircraft. Return prices start from around €130 including checked luggage. KLM is the only carrier with a regular 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 in a variety of ways with one connection in either Munich or Berlin.
Amsterdam-Munich-Budapest: A CityNightLine train runs both ways between Amsterdam and Munich every night.
From Amsterdam Central it departs at 2031 arriving in Munich Hbf the following morning at 0710. From Munich, the train departs at 2250 and arrives the next day in Amsterdam at 0934. One-way prices for this night train range start from €29 (seat only), €49 (couchette) and €79-€199 (sleeper). Note, CityNightLine services are due to be scrapped from 2017.
It is also possible to travel
Amsterdam-Munich by day using ICE trains.
Between Munich Hbf and Budapest-Keleti you can take a Railjet train (runs 4x daily) which travels through Salzburg and Vienna. This journey takes about 7 hours and singles can be booked from €39 (2nd class) and €69 (1st class).
There is also the "Kalman Imre" EuroNight sleeper train service departing Munich at 2336 which arrives in Budapest at 0924. From the other way, it departs Budapest at 2040, arriving in Munich at 0610. Singles start at €29.
Amsterdam-Berlin-Budapest: Take the IC train between Amsterdam and Berlin (runs 5x daily, takes 6 hours 15 minutes), fares from €39 (2nd class) and €69 (1st class).
From Berlin you can take the EuroNight service departing at 1814 which arrives in Budapest the following day at 0835. From Budapest this train leaves at 2005 arriving the next day in Berlin at 0911. Couchette singles start at €39, sleepers from €69.
Or overnight in Berlin and take the daytime Eurocity service which leaves at 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.
3. Amsterdam-Budapest by Coach
Eurolines runs an almost daily (overnight) coach service between Amsterdam Duivendrecht and Budapest (Nepliget bus station). This journey takes 21-24 hours and single fares start from around €41.
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