Warning to Visitors

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The booking forms should be up to date however, so if tickets for a particular service are available, then the service should be operational.

Budapest

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, split into 23 districts. The city is effectively split into two halves - Buda and Pest. It is often considered to be one of the world's most beautiful and romantic cities, and as such, is very popular with tourists from around the world.

Most of Budapest's most important and popular attractions are situated on Castle Hill. Within this area, the main attractions are the Royal Palace, the National Gallery, the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church.

Highlights include experiencing the opera in the Opera House, as well as the Buda Hill Labyrinth.

Many of Budapest's attractions are easily accessible by foot. The urban area is well connected by metro lines and buses, although public transport is relatively expensive, not particularly clean and not especially reliable.

Budapest is well connected in overland travel terms, with a railway that serves a variety of European countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Slovenia. There are also numerous national connections to the rest of Hungary.

The main railway stations are Keleti palyaudvar (Eastern Railway Station), Deli palyaudvar (Southern Railway Station), and Nyugati palyaudvar (Western Railway Station). Transferring between these stations shouldn't take more than 15 minutes, but build in a comfortable window if connecting between trains.

National and international bus services travel to/from the city' bus stations, which are located outside the city centre, but still are very accessible. International bus services are operated by Eurolines. Orangeways also offer international services to Budapest. The Hungarian national bus service is operated by Volan Association.

How to get to Budapest from
Route 1:

The Drava InterCity train route between Budapest and Sarajevo is pretty quick and comfortable, although this direct service operates only once per day in either direction. First class seating and a buffet car is available between Budapest and Pecs.

The journey is relatively long and prone to delays. We recommend that you take some food and drinks with you for comfort. Passengers are asked for travel documents four times along the way.

An alternative route is also available between Zagreb and Sarajevo which may be of interest.

Route 2:

The service between Prague and Budapest is operated by the EuroNight 'Metropol' sleeper train service. Both first and second class sleeping accommodation is available onboard, as well as second class couchettes. A second class seating carriage is also available, although obviously not as comfortable as the other options.

This route is shared between Berlin and Brno with another EuroNight sleeper train service to/from Vienna.

Route 3:

/// THIS ROUTE IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED - SEE TIMETABLE FOR MORE INFORMATION ///

A night service operates once a day between Venice (Italy) and Budapest (Hungary), onboard the Venezia EuroNight sleeper train. The service offers First and Second Class cabins, as well as Second Class couchettes. For budget-conscious travellers, second class seating is also available, which is the cheapest accommodation option for this journey. A restaurant car is attached for the journey, providing a range of hot and cold food and drinks.

On the way the train stops at Zagreb for a short while (1hr 30mins), enough time to stretch your legs if needs be. Connections are available from Dobova to Split.

The journey between Zagreb and Venice is shared with EuroNight service 413, the service between Venice and Belgrade.

Important Visa Note

Passengers travelling on this route should be aware that the train passes through Croatia, which does not currently take part in the Schengen Agreement. This means that if you may well need a visa that permits you enry into Croatia in addition to your passport/travel documentation. Please check the visa requirements for every country that forms part of your journey to avoid unpleasant surprises.