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October 19, 2019

Bus or Train from Krakow to Budapest?

If you are looking to book a train from Krakow to Budapest, check the options to see if it could be more worth it to ride the bus on this trip.

Krakow and Budapest are some of the most popular destinations in Europe. Check our guide and choose a bus or train from Krakow to Budapest and vice versa.

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Budapest and Krakow are two cities in Central Europe that share a lot of common points: they both attract millions of tourists per year, they both have an excellent nightlife and they are somewhat close to each other in geographic terms. Odds are that, if you are in Southern Poland, you might want to extend your journey on a train from Krakow to Budapest.

If you are flying to Krakow or Budapest you can find the cheapest flights on Jetradar.

The road and rail distance between Krakow and Budapest range from approximately 400 to 650 km depending on which route you take. The trip time is usually above 6 hours.

Train from Krakow to Budapest

One of the most evident options one can probably think of is to take the train from Krakow to Budapest, as train lines are interconnected and rather cheap in this area of the world.

Even if this is quite surprising, Krakow and Budapest have quite poor train connection. Depending on the season, there is a direct option (night train) that leaves Krakow in the beginning of the night and arrives in Budapest in the early morning, in a total exceeding 10 hours of travel.

All the other options involving train are quite complicated, involving at least 2 connections via Katowice.

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Bus from Krakow to Budapest

Another option you might consider is taking a bus. There are a few companies operating in this route, such as Flixbus. You might be able to find each leg for as low as 10 to 12 euros in both companies.

The best idea is to compare ticket prices using GoEuro and then choose the best option according to your needs.

Alternatively, you can book tickets for this route directly on and Flixbus.

What to choose from Krakow to Budapest

Certainly a night train on a sleeper car is more comfortable than a bus, and depending on the purpose of your trip, you can save one night of hotel booking, taking the train. If you are on a budget and want to go the fastest way, the bus is invincible at the moment, as there are also no direct flights between Krakow and Budapest.

If you are traveling slowly, you can stop in another city on the way. The best options in this route would be Brno, in the Czech Republic and Bratislava in Slovakia. Finally, another great option might be renting a car, especially if you are traveling in a group of more than 3 persons.  You can compare prices on

Check our guide on where to stay in Krakow, as well as the best places to stay in Budapest to enjoy the most of your trip.

Jon Stotz

Jon Stotz

My name is Jon Stotz and I am an avid traveler. I have been to 45 countries so far and I write many of the articles and news on

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