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from Kraków to Budapest

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

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To get from Kraków to Budapest on Jan 24 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information to Budapest from Kraków

distanceDistance182 miles (294 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight or bus
priceTicket price range$13 - $21
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $13 (€10) • 1 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $13 (€10) • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesryanair sun or Flixbus

Take a flight or bus to travel 182 miles (294 km) to Budapest from Kraków. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a flight is the best option with prices starting as low as $13 (€10). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are ryanair sun or Flixbus among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight or bus from Kraków to Budapest.

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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FAQs

Is cross-border travel to Budapest, Hungary from Kraków, Poland currently allowed?

Travel from Kraków, Poland to Budapest, Hungary is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Budapest from Kraków restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Poland.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Budapest, Hungary from Kraków?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Budapest, Hungary?

The government of Hungary has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

The above information was last verified on 1/17/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip between Kraków and Budapest closer to your planned date of departure here.

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Poland from Budapest, Hungary?

The current restriction level for returning to Kraków, Poland from Hungary is: Partially open.

Am I allowed to reenter Kraków, Poland from Budapest, Hungary?

Reentering Poland is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Hungary

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Kraków from Budapest?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 8 in quarantine
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Health declaration required
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

Which rules do I need to follow in Kraków, Poland regarding COVID-19?

All travelers returning to Poland must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face masks: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 1/20/22. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Kraków from Budapest here.

How do I reach Budapest from Kraków?

There are 2 ways that you can travel to Budapest from Kraków. You can take a flight or bus.

What is the cheapest way to go from Kraków to Budapest?

The cheapest way to get from Kraków to Budapest is by taking a flight. You can find average ticket prices around $13 (€10) compared to other travel options to Budapest:

A flight is $8 (€7) less than a bus for this trip with tickets for a bus from Kraków to Budapest costing on average $21 (€17).

What is the quickest way from Kraków to Budapest?

The fastest way from Kraków to Budapest is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h.

There are alternative travel options to Budapest that can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 6 h 50 min.

How far is it from Kraków to Budapest?

Budapest is approximately 182 miles (294 km) away from Kraków.

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Kraków to Budapest?

The average frequency per day from Kraków to Budapest is:

  • Around 1 bus per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route from Kraków to Budapest as scheduled services by flight or bus can vary by season or day of the week.

When traveling from Kraków to Budapest, what are the departure and arrival points in Kraków and Budapest?

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

  • Most travelers take a flight from John Paul II International Airport Krakow Balice to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
  • Most travelers who buy a bus ticket from Kraków to Budapest depart from Kraków, Aleja Zygmunta Krasińskiego (Jubilat) to Budapest, Thököly út (Budapest-Keleti).

Which travel companies can take me from Kraków to Budapest?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Kraków to Budapest:

  • You can go to Budapest from Kraków by plane with ryanair sun. You'll see cheap plane tickets for $13 (€10) with ryanair sun from Kraków to Budapest on Omio.
  • You can travel by bus to Budapest from Kraków with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Kraków to Budapest tickets for $21 (€17) on Omio.

Can I find a direct route between Kraków and Budapest?

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

  • You can find 1 direct bus per day to take 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.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Kraków to Budapest?

Many of our customers traveling from Kraków to Budapest don't make Budapest their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Budapest are Vienna, Prague or Bratislava, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Budapest to any of these top destinations today!

How far in advance should I purchase tickets to Budapest from Kraków online to get the best deals?

When planning your trip from Kraków to Budapest, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets cost $13 (€10) one way on average.
  • Bus tickets are costing $21 (€17) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Kraków to Budapest online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.