Hungarian trains

Hungarian trains : the authentic way to explore Hungary.

  • Book up to 60 days in advance
  • Regional trains

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Overview

Hungarian trains

Riding the trains in eastern Europe is quite the adventure, and Hungary – being one of the major hubs of travel in this part of Europe – is a great place to start.

Both domestic and international Hungarian trains are operated by MÁV, the national railway company in Hungary. There are a few different types of trains to choose from :

Passenger trains, also known as Szemelyvonat, are basic commuter trains with only second class seats available. These trains are open seating and general run along shorter routes.

Express trains, also known as Gyors, are local trains covering longer distances than passenger trains, and they also do not require seat reservations.

InterCity trains are the fastest trains operating in Hungary. A seat reservation is required for all travelers, and both first and second class are available.

EuroCity/EuroNight trains are international trains requiring seat reservations, and they travel to most countries bordering Hungary.

E-ticketing is not available, so travelers will be issued a paper ticket that they will show to the conductor onboard the train. Hungarian trains are available for booking up to 60 days in advance.



Practical information

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.


Booking :
  • Hungarian trains tickets are open for booking 60 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

A class apart

Classes of service

Services & amenities offered by Intercity & Eurocity trains
Second class First class*
Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.
Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy leather seat with headrest.
Reclining seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy reclining seat.
Bar buffet car Choose from a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, for purchase, to enjoy on your journey.

*primarily offered on InterCity, EuroCity, and EuroNight trains.

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