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How To Travel Amsterdam to Budapest

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 Train

There are no direct rail services between Amsterdam and Budapest. There are numerous options for getting between the 2 cities by train – you can choose to travel on daytime services (with or without an overnight stop) or make use of night sleeper trains.

Options involve travel via Germany and Austria with possible connections in Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna or taking an alternate Eastern route via Berlin.

amsterdam-budapest rail map
Amsterdam-Budapest rail route map

Amsterdam-Budapest by daytime trains

Whilst it’s possible to do the entire Amsterdam-Budapest journey by the daytime we would recommend either stopping overnight along the way or taking one of the night train services. Trying to do the trip in a single day limits your train options and so prices could be higher and availability restricted.

An example of a journey by day is taking the 0808 ICE International train from Amsterdam to Köln Hbf, arriving at 1045. From Köln you could take the 1153 ICE train to Vienna (arrives 2047) and then taking the Austrian Railways OBB Railjet at 2140 which gets to Budapest at 0019.

ice train at cologne (koln)
ICE train at Cologne station

For a more relaxed journey using daytime trains consider making an overnight stopover in Munich. On day one, travel from Amsterdam to Munich with a change in Frankfurt (Main) Hbf using ICE trains.

ice train 2nd class seats
ICE train 2nd class seats
ice train first class seats
ICE train first class seats

There are a large range of hotels around Munich Hbf for your stopover including Aloft Munchen, 25 Hours The Royal Bavarian, Eden Hotel Wolff and the budget THE 4YOU Hostel/Hotel.

The Amsterdam-Munich journey time takes less than 8 hours and fares start from €37.90 (2nd class) and €59.90 (1st class).

After an overnight stay in Munich, take the modern OBB Railjet train to Budapest via Salzburg and Vienna. For example, the 0929 departure gets into Budapest Keleti station at around 1626, a journey of just under 7 hours. Fares start from €37.90 (2nd class) and €56.90 (1st class).

You can book Amsterdam-Munich and Munich-Budapest fares at the NS International site or at the Trainline site.

If coming from Budapest, do the opposite by taking the Railjet to Munich, making an overnight stop and then using the ICE trains from Munich to Amsterdam via Frankfurt.

Amsterdam-Budapest using sleeper trains

There are 3 possible sleeper options on this route though these still require connections. They are the Amsterdam-Vienna NightJet, the Munich-Budapest Euronight and Berlin-Budapest EuroNight. We would probably recommend the first option.

Amsterdam-Vienna-Budapest with NightJet

Austrian Railways ÖBB operates a NightJet nightly train service both ways between Amsterdam and Vienna.

nightjet train amsterdam
NightJet train at Amsterdam Central

The Amsterdam-departing train runs via Utrecht, Arnhem, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Frankfurt. It continues to Nuremberg where the train splits into a Munich-bound section (via Augsburg) and a Vienna-bound section via Linz.

The train departs Amsterdam at 1900 and arrives in Vienna at 0917 the next day. From Vienna the nightly train departs at 2010 and arrives the following morning in Amsterdam at 0959. Total journey time is around 14 hours.

One-way tickets prices for NightJet range as follows: €35-€165 for a 2nd class seat; €50-€195 for a couchette bunk (4-6 people); €80-€320 for a sleeper cabin for 1, 2 or 3 people.

You can book NightJet tickets at the NS International site or at the Trainline site.

There are Eurocity and RailJet trains running regularly throughout the day between Vienna and Budapest with a journey time under 3 hours. Tickets cost from €19.90 (2nd class) and €29.90 (1st class).

There is also Czech low cost operator RegioJet which runs a 4x daily rail service between Vienna and Budapest with prices from €9.

Vienna-Budapest tickets can be booked at the TheTrainline site

Amsterdam-Munich-Budapest with EuroNight

Travel by ICE train from Amsterdam to Munich via Frankfurt during the day.

Then take the EuroNight Munich-Budapest sleeper train (known as the Kalman Imre) which departs Munich at 2354 and arrives in Budapest at 0919. From the other way, it departs Budapest at 2040, arriving in Munich at 0550.

Single fares range from €50 (6 berth couchette) to €130 (1 bed sleeper). Book at the TheTrainline site

Amsterdam-Berlin-Budapest with EuroNight

Take a morning Intercity Berlin train between Amsterdam and Berlin (runs 5-6x daily each way, takes 6 hours 30 minutes) with fares from €38 (2nd class) and €50 (1st class). Bookable at the NS International site.

ic berlin train at amsterdam central
Amsterdam-Berlin IC train

Then take the EuroNight Berlin-Budapest sleeper train (known as the Metropol) which departs Berlin at 1921 and arrives at Budapest Nyugati station at 0829 – a trip of around 14 hours.

From the other way, it departs Budapest Nyugati at 1930, arriving in Berlin Hbf at 0815.

Fares range from €50 (6 berth couchette) to €130 (1 bed sleeper). Book at the TheTrainline site

You could also make an overnight stop in Berlin. The IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof is very conveniently located across the street from Berlin Central station and is well-rated.

Then take the daytime Eurocity service operated by Hungarian Railways which leaves at 0916, travels via Prague and Bratislava and reaches Budapest at 2028 (11 hour journey). The corresponding train leaves Budapest at 0730 (direction Hamburg-Altona) and arrives in Berlin at 1843.

Singles start at €38 (2nd class) and €70 (2nd class).

To sum up, we would probably recommend the Amsterdam-Vienna NightJet sleeper and Vienna-Budapest Railjet for a really comfortable trip. Or stay the night along the way. Book at the NS International site.

2. 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) has 5x daily non-stop flights between Amsterdam and Budapest using either its Boeing 737 aircraft or KLM Cityhopper-branded Embraer 175/190 aircraft. Return airfares are priced from €170 excluding luggage.

KLM boeing 737 aircraft at Amsterdam Schiphol airport
KLM aircraft at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

3. Amsterdam-Budapest by Coach

Amsterdam-Budapest by coach is rather a long-haul with journey times ranging from 22 to 46 hours.

flixbus at amsterdam sloterdijk
Flixbus stop at Amsterdam Sloterdijk

Flixbus runs coach connections via Berlin, Vienna and Prague and serves Budapest Népliget and Kelenföld stops. There are longer routes offered with 2 connections but try to stick to a 1 stop route.

If booking well in advance prices can start at €50, although ranges of €50-80 are more common for shorter notice trips.

Amsterdam Resources

Looking for a convenient hotel near Amsterdam Central station? Check out the stylish Kimpton-De Witt which is a short walk from the station. For those on a budget the Ibis Amsterdam Centre is literally on top of the western edge of the station platforms.

The I Amsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam museums and attractions. It also includes a free public transport pass, a canal cruise and bike rental as well. You can order your I Amsterdam City Card online here

Budapest Resources

In Budapest you can book your hotel with here. For a selection of tours and attractions in Budapest book with GetYourGuide here

This article was originally published in 2013 and has continuously been updated. Last update 16 April 2024.

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