Paris to Budapest by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $71.44
  2. 30 day advance $151.28
  3. 7 day advance $157.58
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    13hr 39m
  • Distance
    1,247 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    22hr 40m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Paris to Budapest by train

Fast trains from Paris to Budapest take around 13 hours and 39 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 1,247 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Paris and Budapest.

1. Are there direct trains from Paris to Budapest?

Journeys between Paris and Budapest usually involve 2 changes of train.

We usually find around 28 departures on the route from Paris to Budapest every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 23 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Paris to Budapest?

The Paris to Budapest train travel time is normally about 13 hours and 39 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Paris to Budapest train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Budapest is usually scheduled to depart Paris around 06:24 and the last train is around 21:55. This is the same at the weekend.

What's the Paris to Budapest train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Paris to Budapest are $71.44.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $151 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $157. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Paris to Budapest train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Paris to Budapest by train.

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Which train companies operate between Paris and Budapest?

More than one train company operates on the route from Paris to Budapest, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Alleo
  • Euro City
  • Euro Night
  • Eurocity (EC)
  • ICE
  • Inter City
  • Inter City Express
  • Intercites
  • Intercity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Meridian
  • Night Jet
  • RJX
  • Railjet
  • Railjet Express
  • Railjet Xpress
  • Regional-Express
  • Regionalbahn
  • S-Bahn
  • Schnellzug
  • TGV

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Budapest to Paris by train

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TGV & EuroNight

It is an easy journey by train from Paris to Budapest. Our preferred option is to take the mid-afternoon TGV from Paris to Munich, changing there onto an overnight train to Budapest. The TGV service from Paris to Munich is run by French operator SNCF, while the onward overnight service to Budapest is operated by the Hungarian train company MÁV. During the summer months, you’ll be rewarded with some fine scenery on the evening journey through southern Germany towards Munich. Sadly, you’ll not see much of the Alps as that section of the trip is overnight.

There are alternative routes. One option is to take a late-afternoon TGV from Paris to Zurich, from where there is a direct overnight train to Budapest. The travel time is a shade quicker than the Munich option, but it is usually considerably more expensive. You can also travel by day from Paris to Budapest. It’s a longish journey and you’ll need to change trains in Stuttgart and Salzburg.

Paris to Munich

The year-round once-daily direct train from Paris to Munich departs from the Gare de l’Est in Paris and arrives at Munich Hauptbahnhof. A new high-speed line through eastern France opened in 2016, bringing the journey time for the direct Paris to Munich train down to just over five and a half hours. There are several additional Paris to Munich options each day, all requiring a change of train in Stuttgart, Mannheim. Karlsruhe or Frankfurt.

The direct TGV from Paris to Munich tracks east on the high-speed line from Paris towards the German border, sometimes touching 320 kph along the way. After a brief stop in Strasbourg the train crosses the River Rhine and then continues south-east to Stuttgart, where the train reverses. From there it is another two hours with stops in Ulm and Augsburg to Munich Hauptbahnhof, where there is an excellent range of onward connections to destinations in Bavaria, Austria and beyond. The direct train is a French TGV train, with German Deutsche Bahn and French SNCF staff working together on board to ensure the highest levels of customer service.

Munich to Budapest (night train)

Late every evening, a multicoloured rake of carriages pulls out of Munich Hauptbahnhof, carrying overnight travellers to destinations which include Venice, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Budapest. The Hungary-bound portion of the train travels overnight through Austria, pausing in Vienna around six in the morning. From the Austrian capital, it is less than three hours to Budapest. The train terminates at Keleti station in Budapest.

The night train from Munich to Budapest is named after the Hungarian composer Kálmán Imre. You have a choice of seats, couchettes or sleepers – all in air-conditioned Hungarian carriages.

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