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Hungary (MAV) E-mail

Country info: Hungary (Magyarország)

Rail companies: MAV (Magyar Államvasutak)   

How to Buy train Tickets in Hungary? We have a Step by Step Guide

Hungarian Rail Network Map

Currency: 1 euro = app. 305 Hungarian forints (HUF)

 

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

 
National Train Service:

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

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  • Passenger trains (or 'szemely', marked in black on MAV website) – no seat reservation required, however passengers should be prepared that carriages might be not very new
  • Express trains (or 'gyors', marked in red on MAV website) - no seat reservation required, special supplement (depending on distance from 150 to 735 HUF) applies 
  • Rapid trains (or 'sebes', marked in green on MAV website) - no seat reservation required, special supplement (depending on distance from 150 to 735 HUF) applies
  • InterCity (marked in blue on MAV website) – seat reservation required (from 330 HUF to 1035 HUF depending on distance & purchase channel). On some MAV routes (like Budapest to Szeged) nominally IC trains also can include standard carriages without obligatory reservation, which means that passenger can actually travel on the same train while paying two different fares
  • EuroCity/EuroNight (marked in blue on MAV website) – international trains, seat reservation  required on all the journeys within Hungary (from 330 HUF to 1035 HUF depending on distance & purchase channel)

Hungarian Railways (MAV) does not offer any discounts for return tickets within Hungary, but there are some tricks how passengers can save on domestic journeys:

One of the 'tricks' is to use international tickets for journeys within Hungary. Sounds illogical? Maybe, but not in Hungary. Absurdly enough, but because of special international discounts sometimes buying ticket abroad might be cheaper than paying standard MAV domestic fare. For example we take a trip to picturesque and rather popular among tourists city - Szeged. Standard one-way ticket for Express train cost 3705 HUF (or 7410 HUF return, which is roughly 24 euro), while at the same time return ticket Budapest-Horgos (which is first Serbian station next to Szeged) can be bought for 19,7 euro. What does it mean? It means that on the trip Budapest-Szeged-Budapest passenger can save more than 4 euro basically out of nothing, just by smartly bought international ticket till first Serbian station instead of MAV domestic tickets.

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And there is many other destinations (same trick will work for almost any station near the Croatian, Slovenian, Slovak or Ukrainian border) where it is cheaper to buy international tickets instead more expensive domestic return tickets

 

International Train Service:

a) Regular discounts

  • 60% off SCIC-NRT/TCV price for any return ticket from Hungary to Croatia, 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) & from Hungary to Montenegro
  • 60% off Hungarian part and 55% off Slovak part for any return journey between Hungary & Slovakia
  • 60% off Hungarian part and 65% off Slovenian part for any return journey between Hungary & Slovenia
  • 60% off Hungarian & Croatian parts & 50% Slovenian part for any return journey between Hungary & Slovenia via Croatia
  • 60% off Hungarian part, Croatian part and 20% off Bosnian part for any return journey between Hungary & Bosnia and Herzegovina via Croatia.
  • 50% off Hungarian part and Romanian part for any return journey between Hungary & Romania connection (35% off for one-way tickets)
  • 40% off Hungarian, Slovak & Czech parts for any return journey between Hungary & Czech Republic via Slovakia
  • 40% off Hungarian, Slovak, Czech & Polish parts for any return journey between Hungary & Poland via Slovakia & Czech Republic
  • 50% off East-West tariff fare for Hungarian & 20% for Ukrainian part on any one-way or return journeys 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 can also take advantage of 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/TCV 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 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: 'Excursion Ticket' (Kirándulójegyek) with 4 day validity period - from Budapest to Vienna (29 euro or 38 euro additionally including Vienna); from Budapest to Graz (39 euro); from Budapest to Linz (35 euro)  ; from Budapest to Salzburg (39 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); from Budapest-Split-Budapest for 71,4 euro
  • Czech Republic: 'Excursion Ticket' (Kirándulójegyek) 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 for 66 euro
  • Romania: 'Excursion Ticket' (Kirándulójegyek) 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)
  • 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)
  • Switzerland: from Budapest to Zurich (one-way 61,9 euro & Zürich Spezial return ticket 124,7 euro); from Budapest to Basel (Basel Spezial, return 143,5 euro); from Budapest to Bern (Bern Spezial, return 153,5 euro); from Budapest to Lausanne (Lausanne Spezial, return 170,1 euro); from Budapest to Geneva (Genf Spezial, return 182,3 euro); from Budapest to Luzern (Luzern Spezial, return 138,3 euro); from Budapest to Montreux (Montreux Spezial, return 173,1 euro); from Budapest to Chur (Chur Spezial, return 110,9 euro)

EURegio Special (4 day validity ticket): Austria (Tatabánya to Vienna and back: 24 euro; from Győr to Vienna and back: 21 euro (25,5 euro with Vienna city transport pass); from Mosonmagyaróvár to Vienna and back: 17 euro (21,5 euro with transport); from Szombathely to Graz and back: 19 euro; from Szombathely to Vienna and back: 22 euro)


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); from Budapest to Graz (one-way 19 euro 2nd class or 35 euro 1st class)    
  • Germany:  from Budapest to Berlin, 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 59 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)   
  • Poland: from Budapest to Krakow (SparNight: couchettes from 39 euro, sleepers from 45 euro); from Budapest to Warsaw/Katowice (SparDay & SparNight: seats from 29 euro; couchettes from 39 euro, sleepers from 54 euro)
  • Romania: from Budapest to Timisoara (seats from 15 euro), from Budapest to Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Targu Mures, Miercurea Ciuc, Sighisoara, Sighetu Marmatiei 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 (couchettes from 39 euro, sleepers from 59 euro) 
  • Switzerland: from Budapest to Zurich (by 'Wiener Walzer' euroNight 466/467, seats from 39 euro; couchettes from 49 euro and sleepers from 69 euro euro) or 39 euro (2nd class)/59 euro (1st class) 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); 46,7 euro (MAV>100km<250 & OeBB<100km); 51,7 euro (MAV>251km & OeBB<100km)
    • 75,6 euro (MAV<100km & OeBB>100km<400km); 80,6 euro (MAV>100km<250 & OeBB>100km<400km); 85,6 euro (MAV>251km & OeBB>100km<400km)
    • 101,6 euro (MAV<100km & OeBB>401km); 106,6 euro (MAV>100km<250 & OeBB>401km); 111,6 euro (MAV>251km & OeBB>401km)
  • Germany (via Austria):
    • without use of ICE trains - 171,6 euro (MAV<100km); 176,6 euro (MAV>100km<250); 181,6 euro (MAV>251km)
    • with use of ICE trains - 193,6 euro (MAV<100km); 198,6 euro (MAV>100km<250); 203,6 euro (MAV>251km)
  • Germany (via Slovakia and Czech Republic):
    • 169 euro (MAV<100km & CD<100km); 174 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CD<100km); 179 euro (MAV>251km & CD<100km)
    • 191 euro (MAV<100km & CD>100km<300km); 196 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CD>100km<300km); 201 euro (MAV>251km & CD>100km<300km)
    • 210 euro (MAV<100km & CD>301km); 215 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CD>301km); 220 euro (MAV>251km & CD>301km)
  • Bulgaria (via Romania): 122 euro (MAV<100km); 127 euro (MAV>100km<250); 132 euro (MAV>251km) 
  • Bulgaria (via Serbia:
    • 149,7 euro (MAV<100km & BDZ<70km); 154,7 euro (MAV>100km<250 & BDZ<70km); 159,7 euro (MAV>251km & BDZ<70km)
    • 183,6 euro (MAV<100km & BDZ>71km); 188,6 euro (MAV>100km<250 & BDZ>71km); 193,6 euro (MAV>251km & BDZ>71km)
  • Romania:
    • 60 euro (MAV<100km & CFR<400km); 65 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CFR<400km); 70 euro (MAV>251km & CFR<400km)
    • 90 euro (MAV<100km & CFR>401km); 95 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CFR>401km); 100 euro (MAV>251km & CFR>401km)
  • Czech Republic:
    •  61 euro (MAV<100km & CD<100km); 66 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CD<100km); 69 euro (MAV>251km & CD<100km)
    • 83 euro (MAV<100km & CD>100km<300km); 88 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CD>100km<300km); 93 euro (MAV>251km & CD>100km<300km)
    • 102 euro (MAV<100km & CD>301km); 107 euro (MAV>100km<250 & CD>301km); 112 euro (MAV>251km & CD>301km) 
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Cross-border fares to neighboring countries: 

  • Slovakia: from Budapest to Bratislava return (17,5 euro); from Budapest to Kosice return (20 euro); from Miskolc to Kosice return (6,5 euro); from Budapest to Poprad return (28,5 euro); from Budapest to Nove Zamky return (10,5 euro); from Budapest to Sturovo return (6,5 euro); from Vac to Nove Zamky return (8,5 euro); from Vac to Sturovo return (3,8 euro, 2 day validity ticket); from Szob to Sturovo return (1,8 euro, 2 day validity ticket)
  • Austria: see EURegio Austria above
  • Serbia: from Budapest to Subotica (14,7 euro one-way or 16,8 euro return); from Budapest to Novi Sad (22 euro one-way or 25 euro return)
  • Romania: from Püspökladány to Oradea (Nagyvárad), one-way 7,7 euro or return 11,8 euro; from Berettyóújfalu to Oradea (Nagyvárad), one-way 5,2 euro or return 8 euro; from Békéscsaba to Arad (one-way 6,5 euro or return 10 euro); from Békéscsaba to Salonta (one-way 6,25 euro or return 9,6 euro); from Gyula to Salonta (one-way 5,2 euro or return 8 euro); from Debrecen to Valea lui Mihai (Érmihályfalva), one-way 5,85 euro or return 9 euro; from Debrecen to Carei (Nagykároly), one-way 7,15 euro or return 11 euro; from Mátészalka to to Carei (Nagykároly), one-way 5,1 euro or return 7,8 euro
  • Ukraine: from Budapest to Chop (one-way 18,9 euro); from Zahony to Chop (one-way 3,8 euro or return 5,2 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, for instance from Budapest to Szolnok, Esztergom, Szob etc. it is possible to purchase tickets via MAV ticket machines located at major train stations


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