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Travel Information from Kraków to Budapest

distanceDistance181 miles (292 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain, bus or flight
priceTicket price range$37 - $316
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $37 (€32) • 6 h 20 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $316 (€272) • 6 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixBus, LOT Polish Airlines or RegioJet a. S.

Travel 181 miles (292 km) by train, bus or flight to Budapest from Kraków. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are FlixBus, LOT Polish Airlines or RegioJet a. S. Among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Kraków to Budapest.

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from Kraków to Budapest

How to get from Kraków to Budapest by train, bus or flight.

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The best way to travel from Kraków to Budapest is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

FlixBus
04:30PM7h50
Krakow, Dworzec Autobusowy
12:20AMBudapest
$411One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
FlixBus
04:30PM7h50
Krakow, Dworzec Autobusowy
12:20AMBudapest
$411One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
Lot Polish Airlines
03:00PM4h45
John Paul II International Airport Krakow Balice (KRK)
07:45PMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
$5481One-way
1 transfer
Other options
FlixBus
04:30PM6h50
Krakow, Dworzec Autobusowy
11:20PMBudapest
$511One-way
0 transfers
FlixBus
04:30PM7h15
Krakow, Dworzec Autobusowy
11:45PMBudapest, Népliget autóbusz-pályaudvar
$511One-way
0 transfers
FlixBus
01:40PM6h55
Krakow, Dworzec Autobusowy
08:35PMBudapest
$621One-way
0 transfers
Eurowings
01:15PM7h00
John Paul II International Airport Krakow Balice (KRK)
08:15PMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
$2231One-way
1 transfer
Lot Polish Airlines
09:30PM11h35
John Paul II International Airport Krakow Balice (KRK)
09:05AMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
$3141One-way
1 transfer
Lot Polish Airlines
06:25PM14h40
John Paul II International Airport Krakow Balice (KRK)
09:05AMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
$3141One-way
1 transfer

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How to Travel from Krakow to Budapest?

There are regular bus and flight services between Krakow and Budapest every day, and it's a popular route with up to 30 flights and 15 buses per day. The average bus journey takes between 7 and 10 hours, while the average flight duration is around 4 hours. 

What is the Cheapest Way To Get from Krakow to Budapest?

The cheapest way to get from Krakow to Budapest is by bus. Travelers can take a bus from Krakow Dworzec Autobusowy on a direct afternoon FlixBus service, which takes around 7 to 8 hours and arrives into either the Budapest Nepliget, Kelenfold Etele Ter, or Mexikoi Metro stations late at night. They can also travel on the indirect evening and overnight services operated by Eurolines and Regio Jet. These services arrive early in the morning at Budapest Kelenfold Vasut, taking 10 or more hours via a change in Brno or Vienna. All of these services operate daily.

What is the Fastest Way to Travel from Krakow to Budapest?

Flying is the fastest way to travel from Krakow to Budapest, specifically via the direct flights operated by Lot Airlines from the John Paul II International Airport (KRK) in Krakow to the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD). These flights depart early in the morning and operate four times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The total flight duration is only 1 hour and 5 minutes, but travelers should allow at least 30 minutes to drive to the airport (50 minutes if taking the bus) and arrive at least 60 minutes before their flight, as checkin closes 30 minutes before departure.

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Travel from Krakow to Budapest by Bus

Eurolines, Regio Jet, and FlixBus all operate daily bus services between Krakow and Budapest. The Regio Jet and Eurolines services depart in the afternoon and require at least one transfer, while FlixBus offers direct services throughout the day. These direct services are the fastest, taking just over 7 hours on average. Most bus services arrive into Budapest Nepliget (M3 metro line), while some night buses arrive into Mexikoi Ut (M1) or Kelenfold Etele Ter (M4 line) stations. From any station, it should be no more than 10 minutes by car or 25 minutes by metro to the city center.

Travel from Krakow to Budapest by Plane

There are up to 30 daily flight connections from Krakow to Budapest. Air France, KLM (Royal Dutch Airways) and Lot Polish Airlines all operate multiple indirect flights every day, from early morning until early evening, while Lot also offers a direct flight four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday). Norwegian (Friday and Sunday) and Eurowings (Monday-Friday) also operate regular indirect services. All services depart from Krakow's John Paul II International Airport and arrive into Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, which is a 30 minute shuttle bus or 40 minute train ride to the city center.

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Travel to Budapest from Kraków on Lufthansa, Eurowings and Austrian Airlines travel with Omio. When comparing schedules and tickets, we will also show you other options with multiple connections or other travel modes if they’re available.

FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost travel companies, founded in Germany and offering long-distance travel services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight travel on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on luggage and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.

    Eurowings is Germany's leading low-cost airline and offers a choice of Smart, Best and BIZclass fares for your next travel between Kraków and Budapest.

      FAQs: Travel from Kraków to Budapest

      FAQs: Travel to Budapest easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Kraków to Budapest.
      FAQs

      There are 3 travel options from Kraków to Budapest: train, bus or flight.

      The cheapest way to get from Kraków to Budapest is by taking a bus with average ticket prices of $37 (€32) compared to other travel options to Budapest:

      A bus is $279 (€240) less than a flight with an average ticket price of $316 (€272) from Kraków to Budapest.

      Taking a bus costs $14 (€12) less than taking a train, which costs on average $51 (€44) for the same trip.

      The quickest way to travel from Kraków to Budapest is by flight, which takes on average 6 h 5 min   compared to other travel options that take longer:

      Bus takes 6 h 20 min on average.

      Train takes on average 10 h 48 min.

      The Kraków to Budapest distance is around 181 miles (292 km).

      The average frequency per day from Kraków to Budapest is:

      • 3 buses a day.
      • 1 train a day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey between Kraków and Budapest as scheduled services by train, bus or flight can vary by season or day of the week.

      These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Kraków to Budapest:

      • Buses most often depart from Kraków at Kraków, Airport and arrive in Budapest at Budapest, Liszt Ferenc Nemzetközi Repülőtér.
      • Flights from Kraków to Budapest most often leave from John Paul II International Airport Krakow Balice and arrive in Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
      • Trains most often depart from Kraków at Kraków Główny and arrive in Budapest at Budapest-Kelenfoeld.

      The following travel companies offer services from Kraków to Budapest:

      • FlixBus or STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Can take you to Budapest by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for FlixBus from Kraków to Budapest for $37 (€32).
      • Travel with LOT Polish Airlines, Ryanair, Lufthansa, Eurowings, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings Europe, Lufthansa Cityline (2), Norwegian Air or Air Baltic to go to Budapest by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Eurowings Kraków to Budapest tickets on Omio for $150 (€130).
      • Travel with RegioJet a. S. Deutsche Bahn or Student Agency to go to Budapest by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find RegioJet a. S. Kraków to Budapest tickets on Omio for $51 (€44).

      Yes, there are direct routes from Kraków to Budapest with the following travel companies:

      • You can find 3 direct buses per day to Budapest with FlixBus.

      Direct services to Budapest tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your trip.

      Looking to extend your trip from Kraków to Budapest? Many Omio customers who go from Kraków to Budapest usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Munich or Paris. If you're looking to explore Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Munich or Paris from Budapest, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
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