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Though situated in different countries, these two cities only 200 km apart and relatively simple to get between. The links between the two cities by rail and by bus are fairly frequent and mostly feature direct routes. Trains are not much faster than the bus service, and more expensive. While flights are possible, there are no direct flights available with all flights requiring a change in Prague, which makes traveling by plane a longer, as well as a more expensive, option. For both speed and value the bus is the most efficient method of transport between the two points. The direct bus takes just less than 3 hours.
Bus services traveling from Budapest to Bratislava are fairly frequent, operating from 06.64 am to 23.30 pm from Budapest Nepiget at 131 Üllői Street. There are quite a number of different bus companies providing this service, Regiojet is the cheapest at £7.92, with Orange Ways the fastest at just 2h 45m. Slovak Lines Express and Metro Plus operate a direct through service, and Flixbus operates a service requiring one change. The main bus station in Bratislava is Mlynske Nivy in Ruzinov district.
Eurocity Trains offer a direct service traveling from Budapest to Bratislava on a regular basis throughout the day, with trains approximately every two hours. The journey takes around 2h 40 m and costs from £5.95 to £13.88 depending on discounts and whether it is a one way or return. Trains leave from Budapest Keleti station, starting at 5.25am and with the last direct train setting off at 17.25 pm. They arrive at Bratislava - hlavná.