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Country info: Hungary (Magyarország)

Rail companies: MAV (Magyar Államvasutak)   

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Currency: 1 euro = app. 315 Hungarian forints (HUF)

 

Train travel in Hungary: train types, tickets, fares, discounts & other info

 
National Train Service:

Train types in Hungary: Passenger, Express, Rapid, InterCity, RailJet and EuroCity/EuroNight/International trains

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  • Passenger trains ( in Hungarian szemely, marked in black on MAV website): passenger trains that stop at all the stations, no seat reservation required, however potential passengers should be prepared that carriages in Hungarian szemely trains might not be very new (or clean)
  • Rapid trains (in Hungarian sebes, marked in green on MAV website): medium and long-distance service, no seat reservation required, but special tariff supplement (depending on distance range from 150 to 735 HUF) applies
  • Express / Fast trains (in Hungarian gyors, marked in red or green on MAV website): long-distance trains with stops only at major stations, no seat reservation required, but special tariff supplement applies (depending on distance ranging from 150 to 735 HUF)
  • InterCity (marked mainly in blue on MAV website): long-distanc service, seat reservation required (ranging from 330 HUF to 1035 HUF depending on distance & purchase channel). NB: on certain MAV connections (e.g. Budapest to Szeged) nominally InterCity trains also can include carriages without obligatory seat reservation (those will be listed as gyors category), which means that potential passenger can de-facto travel on the same train while paying two different prices
  • RailJet (marked in red on MAV website): high-speed international daytime trains connections Hungary with Austria, Germany and Switzerland, seat reservation obligatory on all the journeys within Hungary (from 330 HUF to 1035 HUF depending on distance & purchase channel)
  • EuroCity / EuroNight (marked in red on MAV website): international trains, seat reservation obligatory on all the journeys within Hungary (from 330 HUF to 1035 HUF depending on distance & purchase channel)

Hungarian Railways (MAV) does not offer discount for purchase of return tickets on connections within Hungary, nevertheless there are some tricks allowing potential passengers save money on domestic journeys:

One of the tricks is to rely on international tickets even if you travel within Hungary. Sounds illogical and strange? Maybe, but not in case of Hungary. Absurdly enough, but because of the specific international discounts buying ticket to abroad destination might be cheaper than paying regular MAV domestic fare. As an example, let's take a trip to the picturesque and rather popular among tourists destination in Southern Hungary - Szeged. Full-fare one-way ticket for most common on this route express train cost these days 3705 HUF (or 7410 HUF return, making it roughly 24 euro), while at the same time return ticket Budapest-Horgos (first Serbian station near Szeged) can be purchased for 20,90 euro. What does it all mean? It means that on the trip Budapest-Szeged-Budapest passenger can save about 3 euro basically out of nothing just by smartly (and entirely legally) byuing international ticket till the first Serbian station instead of ordinary MAV domestic ticket.

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And there are many other destinations where it can be cheaper to buy international ticket instead of more expensive domestic return tickets (e.g. same trick can work for many stations nearby the Croatian, Slovenian, Slovak or Ukrainian border)

 

International Train Service:

a) Regular discounts

  • 60% off the SCIC-NRT fare for any return ticket from Hungary to Croatia or
  • 60% off the SCIC-NRT fare for any return ticket from Hungary to Serbia (30% off for one-way tickets Hungary-Serbia, except Subotica-Szeged route, where 60% discount is valid for one-way tickets as well) or from Hungary to Montenegro
  • 60% off the Hungarian part and 55% off the Slovak part for any return journey between Hungary & Slovakia
  • 60% off the Hungarian part and the 50% off Slovenian part for any return journey between Hungary & Slovenia (NB: for "Istria" summer seasonal train discount for SZ part is 65%)
  • 60% off the Hungarian and Croatian parts & 50% Slovenian part for any return journey between Hungary & Slovenia via Croatia
  • 60% off the Hungarian part and Croatian part & 20% off Bosnian part for any return journey between Hungary & Bosnia and Herzegovina via Croatia.
  • 50% off the Hungarian part and Romanian part for any return journey between Hungary & Romania connection (NB: for one-way tickets discount is 35%)
  • 40% off the Hungarian, Slovak & Czech parts for any return journey between Hungary & Czech Republic via Slovakia
  • 40% off the Hungarian, Slovak, Czech & Polish parts for any return journey between Hungary & Poland via Slovakia & Czech Republic
  • 50% off the Hungarian & Serbian parts and 30% off on Bulgarian part for any return journey between Hungary & Bulgaria via Serbia
  • 50% off the Hungarian & Romanian parts and 30% off on Bulgarian part for any return journey between Hungary & Bulgaria via Romania
  • 50% off the Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian part for any return journey between Hungary & Turkey via Romania
  • 50% off the Hungarian, Serbian, Bulgarian part for any return journey between Hungary & Turkey via Serbia
  • 50% off the East-West tariff fare for Hungarian & 40% for Ukrainian part on any one-way or return ticket between Hungary & Ukraine
  • 50% off Hungarian part & 30% off Russian part East-West tariff fare for return journeys between Hungary & Russia via Ukraine
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Passengers as well can take advantage of the special Multilateral Agreement between a number of Central European railway companies. It allows to get 30% (or 40% for youth<26 years old and 50% for groups more than 6 passengers) discount from regular SCIC-NRT tariff fare on any return ticket purchased for connections between countries participants of the tariff Agreement (Czech Republic (CD), Hungary (MAV), Romania (CFR), Poland (PKP), Slovakia (ZSSK), Bulgaria (BZD), Serbia (ZS) and FYR Macedonia (MZ))

Though at the same time potential passengers need to be careful and also consider possible bilateral agreements between Hungarian Railways (MAV) and rail companies in other countries (those might turn out to be cheaper at the end). In case of Hungary it's cheaper to purchase tickets to Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Serbia and FYR Macedonia with a help of other discounts (Special offers and bilateral agreement for Serbia, bilateral agreement for Slovakia, SparSchiene and bilateral agreement for Czech Republic (Budapest-Brno/Prague connections), SparSchiene for Poland (Budapest-Krakow/Warsaw), bilateral agreements for Romania and FYR Macedonia and CityStar for Bulgaria)

b) Special offers (SparSchiene)

Ticket offers with unlimited number of tickets per each departure :

  • Austria: so called "Excursion (Tourist) Ticket" (in Hungarian called Kirándulójegy) with 4 day validity period - from Budapest to Vienna (33 euro or 43 euro additionally including Vienna city transport pass for two days), from Debrecen to Vienna (39 euro or 49 euro with Vienna city transport pass), from Budapest to Graz (39 euro), from Budapest to Linz (39 euro),  from Budapest to Salzburg (45 euro), from Budapest to Bad Ischl, Bad Gastein, Zell am See, Kitzbühel (69 euro ), from Budapest to Klagenfurt, Villach, Radstadt (79 euro ), from Budapest to Innsbruck, Jenbach, Lienz (89 euro ).
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  • Croatia: from Budapest to Zagreb "Zagreb Spezial" (29 euro return ticket); Budapest-Split-Budapest for 77 euro
  • Czech Republic: so called "Excursion (Tourtist) Ticket'" (in Hungarian called Kirándulójegy) with 4 day validity period - from Budapest to Prague (49 euro or 59 euro including Prague city transport pass); Budapest to Brno (39 euro)
  • Montenegro: 'Montenegro Spezial' Budapest-Bar return ticket for 66 euro
  • Romania: so called "Excursion (Tourtis) Ticket" (in Hungarian called Kirándulójegy) with 4 day validity period - from Budapest to Arad (21 euro  ), from Budapest to Oradea (21 euro), from Budapest to Timisoara (27 euro  ), from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca (36 euro  ), from Budapest to Targu-Mures (43 euro), Budapest to Sibiu (46 euro), Budapest to Miercurea Ciuc (53 euro), Budapest to Brasov (55 euro), Debrecen to Oradea (14 euro), Debrecen to Cluj-Napoca (29 euro)
  • Russia: from Budapest to Moscow (currently a direct through carriage once a week via Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Belarus), "global price" tickets (174,90 euro for 3 bed sleeper, 262,60 for double sleeper & 294,60 for single sleeper)
  • Slovakia: so called "Excursion (Tourtis) Ticket" (in Hungarian called Kirándulójegy) with 4 day validity period - from Budapest to Tatras region (Poprad, Strba) - 36,50 euro
  • Slovenia: from Budapest to Ljubljana "Ljubljana-Spezial" (39 euro one-way or 49 euro return)
  • Serbia: from Budapest to Belgrade "Beograd-Spezial" (15 euro one-way or 26 euro return) & from Budapest to Backa region (Backa Topola, Vrbas, Sombor, Novi Sad) "Bacska-Spezial" (12 euro one-way or 20 euro return)
  • Switzerland: from Budapest to Zurich (one-way 71,90 euro or "Zürich Spezial" return ticket 141,80 euro), from Budapest to Basel ("Basel Spezial", return 164,80 euro), from Budapest to Bern ("Bern Spezial", return 176,20 euro), from Budapest to Lausanne ("Lausanne Spezial", return 196,60 euro), from Budapest to Geneva ("Genf Spezial", return 210,80 euro), from Budapest to Luzern ("Luzern Spezial", return 158,40 euro), from Budapest to Montreux ("Montreux Spezial", return 200,20 euro); from Budapest to Chur ("Chur Spezial", return 125 euro)

EURegio Special (4 day validity ticket): Austria (Tatabánya to Vienna and back 26 euro; from Győr to Vienna and back 23 euro (27,8 euro with Vienna city transport pass); from Mosonmagyaróvár to Vienna and back 19 euro (23,8 euro with transport); from Szombathely to Graz and back 19 euro; from Szombathely to Vienna and back 27 euro) etc.


Ticket offers with limited number of tickets per each departure (purchase in advance required):

  • Austria: from Budapest to Vienna (one-way 13 euro 2nd class or 29 euro 1st class); from Gyor to Vienna (one-way 9 euro 2nd class or 19 euro 1st class); Nyíregyházá or Debrecen to Vienna (one-way 19 euro 2nd class or 35 euro 1st class); from Budapest to Graz (one-way 19 euro 2nd class or 35 euro 1st class), Szombathely to Graz  (one-way 9 euro 2nd class or 19 euro 1st class)
  •  Bulgaria (via Romania): SparNight from Budapest to Sofia (seats from 29 euro, couchettes from 39 euro & sleepers from 54 euro)  
  • Germany:  from Budapest to Berlin and Dresden (SparNight: seats from 29 euro; couchette from 39 euro, sleepers from 59 euro); from Budapest to Munich (Muenchen Spezial/SparNight seats from 29 euro; couchettes from 49 euro, sleepers from 69 euro); from Budapest to Dresden (Dresden Spezial: seats from 29 euro in 2nd class and 45 in 1st class); from Budapest to Berlin (Berlin Spezial: seats from 39 euro in 2nd class and 65 euro in 1st class); from Budapest to Hamburg, Hannover via Vienna (SparNight: seats from 39 euro, couchette from 59 euro, 3 bed sleeper from 79 euro)+10 euro for Budapest-Vienna; from Budapest to Frankfurt, Cologne via Vienna (SparNight: seats from 39 euro, couchette from 59 euro, 3 bed sleeper from 79 euro)+10 euro for Budapest-Vienna; from Budapest to Frankfurt/Stuttgart (SparDay: seats from 39 euro in 2nd class and 60/55 euro in 1st class)
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  • Czech Republic: from Budapest to Prague (SparDay from 19 euro in 2nd class or 35 euro in 1st class & SparNight ('Metropol' train) seats from 19 euro, couchettes from 29 euro and sleepers from 49 euro); from Budapest to Brno (SparDay from 14 euro in 2nd class or 29 euro in 1st class), from Budapest to Ostrava (SparDay from 19 euro in 2nd class or 34 euro in 1st class)
  • Italy: from Budapest to Venice (via Vienna) seats from 39 euro, couchettes from 59 euro & sleepers from 79 euro; from Budapest to Verona and Milan (via Vienna) seats from 39 euro, couchettes from 59 euro & sleepers from 79 euro; from Budapest to Rome, Florence, Bologna & Pisa (via Vienna) seats from 49 euro, couchettes from 69 euro & sleepers from 89 euro;     
  • Poland: from Budapest to Krakow (SparNight: seats from 25 euro, couchettes from 35 euro, sleepers from 54 euro); from Budapest to Warsaw/Katowice (SparNight: seats from 29 euro; couchettes from 39 euro, sleepers from 57 euro)
  • Romania: "Fortuna Tickets" from Budapest to Timisoara (seats from 15 euro), from Budapest to Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Targu Mures, Miercurea Ciuc, Sighisoara, Sighetu Marmatiei, Craiova etc. (seats from 19 euro), from Budapest to Bucharest (seats from 29 euro). From Budapest to Sighisoara, Brasov etc. (couchettes from 29 euro, sleepers from 49 euro), from Budapest to Bucharest/Craiova, Sinaia (couchettes from 39 euro, sleepers from 59 euro)
  • Slovenia: from Budapest to Ljubljana with direct daytime EuroCity "Citadella" - 2nd class 19 euro, 1st class 35 euro 
  • Switzerland: from Budapest to Zurich (by 'Wiener Walzer' euroNight 466/467, seats from 39 euro, couchettes from 59 euro and sleepers from 79 euro euro) or SparDay offer for daytime RailJet train - 39 euro (2nd class) or 59 euro 1st class

c) CityStars

  • Austria:
    • 41,7 euro (MAV<100km & OeBB<100km); 47,7 euro (MAV>100km<250 & OeBB<100km); 53,7 euro (MAV>251km & OeBB<100km)
    • 75,6 euro (MAV<100km & OeBB>100km<400km); 81,6 euro (MAV>100km<250 & OeBB>100km<400km); 875,6 euro (MAV>251km & OeBB>100km<400km)
    • 101,6 euro (MAV<100km & OeBB>401km); 107,6 euro (MAV>100km<250 & OeBB>401km); 113,6 euro (MAV>251km & OeBB>401km)
  • Germany (via Austria):
    • without use of ICE trains - 171,6 euro (MAV<100km); 177,6 euro (MAV>100km<250); 183,6 euro (MAV>251km)
    • with use of ICE trains - 193,6 euro (MAV<100km); 199,6 euro (MAV>100km<250); 205,6 euro (MAV>251km)
  • Germany (via Slovakia and Czech Republic):
    • without use of ICE trains - 210 euro (MAV<100km); 216 euro (MAV>100km<250); 222 euro (MAV>251km)
    • with use fo ICE trains - 232 euro (MAV<100km); 238 euro (MAV>100km<250); 244 euro (MAV>251km)
  • Bulgaria (via Romania): 122 euro (MAV<100km); 128 euro (MAV>100km<250); 134 euro (MAV>251km) 
  • Bulgaria (via Serbia):
    • 82 euro (MAV<100km & BDZ<70km); 88 euro (MAV>100km<250 & BDZ<70km); 94 euro (MAV>251km & BDZ<70km)
    • 104 euro (MAV<100km & BDZ>71km); 110 euro (MAV>100km<250 & BDZ>71km); 116 euro (MAV>251km & BDZ>71km)
  • Romania:
    • 60 euro (MAV<100km & CFR<400km); 66 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CFR<400km); 72 euro (MAV>251km & CFR<400km)
    • 90 euro (MAV<100km & CFR>401km); 96 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CFR>401km); 102 euro (MAV>251km & CFR>401km)
  • Czech Republic:
    •  61 euro (MAV<100km & CD<100km); 67 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CD<100km); 73 euro (MAV>251km & CD<100km)
    • 83 euro (MAV<100km & CD>100km<300km); 89 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CD>100km<300km); 95 euro (MAV>251km & CD>100km<300km)
    • 102 euro (MAV<100km & CD>301km); 108 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CD>301km); 114 euro (MAV>251km & CD>301km) 
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Cross-border fares to neighboring countries: 

  • Slovakia: from Budapest to Bratislava return (17,50 euro); from Budapest to Kosice return (20 euro); from Miskolc to Kosice return (6,50 euro); from Budapest to Poprad return via Kosice (28,50 euro); from Budapest to Nove Zamky return (10,50 euro); from Budapest to Sturovo return (6,50 euro); from Vac to Nove Zamky return (8,50 euro); from Vac to Sturovo return (3,80 euro, 2 day validity ticket); from Szob to Sturovo return (1,80 euro, 2 day validity ticket)
  • Austria: see EURegio Austria above
  • Serbia: from Budapest to Subotica (15,70 euro one-way or 18 euro return); from Budapest to Novi Sad (23 euro one-way or 26,3 euro return). NB: note that newly introduced "Bacska-Spezial" (see above) turns out to be cheaper when traveling from Budapest to Northern Serbia
  • Romania: from Püspökladány to Oradea (Nagyvárad), one-way 6,70 euro or return 9,60 euro; from Békéscsaba to Arad (one-way 5,6 euro or return 8,2 euro); from Békéscsaba to Salonta (one-way 5,4 euro or return 7,8 euro); from Debrecen to Carei (Nagykároly) one-way 6,1 euro or return 9 euro; from Mátészalka to to Carei (Nagykároly) one-way 4,4 euro or return 6,4 euro
  • Ukraine: from Budapest to Chop (one-way 19,60 euro or 39,10 euro return); from Zahony to Chop (one-way 2,10 euro or return 4,20 euro, 4 day validity period)

It is also possible to purchase Rail Plus card in Hungary (allows 25% discount on any international ticket between almost all the euroopean countries)

Prices: <26 and >60 – 15 euro and 25 euro for adults.

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How to Buy Train Tickets in Hungary:

National (domestic) and many international tickets (including discounted offers) can be purchased online via MAV website - www.elvira.mav-start.hu (other tickets should be purchased at the International/Domestic counters, travels agencies (Wasteels etc.) or MAV ticket machines)

 Step-by-step guide on how to purchase ticket via MAV Online Ticket Shop - europetrainsguide.com/Advice/How-to-Buy-Train-Tickets/Hungary-MAV.html

 

For short trips (e.g. Budapest to Szolnok, Esztergom, Szob etc.) it is possible to purchase tickets via MAV ticket machines located at all the major train stations


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