How to travel from Kraków to Budapest

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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 Dec 08 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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05:40AMJohn Paul II International Airport Krakow Balice3h30 09:10AMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
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Travel Information from Kraków to Budapest

distanceDistance182 miles (294 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$42 - $121
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $42 (€38) • 12 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $121 (€110) • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, Air Dolomiti or RegioJet a. S.

Travel 182 miles (294 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train from Kraków to Budapest. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Flixbus, Air Dolomiti or RegioJet a. S. Among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train 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

International travel from Kraków, Poland to Budapest, Hungary is: Unrestricted.

Can I enter Hungary if coming from Poland?

Entry into Hungary is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Poland.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Budapest if traveling from Kraków?

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

What measures do I need to follow in Budapest, Hungary due to the pandemic?

All travelers in Hungary must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

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

The information above was last checked on 11/17/22; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your upcoming trip to Budapest from Kraków.

The restriction level for your return to Kraków, Poland from Hungary is: Unrestricted.

Is my journey back to Kraków from Budapest restricted?

Entry into Poland is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Hungary.

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

Conditions of reentry into Poland:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Kraków, Poland?

You should observe these safety measures in Poland as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Recommended

This information about your return travel to Poland was last checked on 11/6/22. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Kraków from Budapest closer to your date of departure here.

You can travel between Kraków and Budapest 4 different ways: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Budapest from Kraków is by taking a train, which costs on average $42 (€38).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Budapest:

A train is $8 (€7) less than a bus for this journey with tickets for a bus from Kraków to Budapest costing on average $50 (€45).

A train is generally $79 (€72) less than a flight for the same route. Taking a flight costs on average $121 (€110) from Kraków to Budapest.

The quickest way to travel from Kraków to Budapest is by flight, which takes on average 1 h   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

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

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 12 h 10 min   of travel time.

The distance from Kraków to Budapest is approximately 182 miles (294 km).

The average frequency per day from Kraków to Budapest is:

  • 1 bus a day.
  • Around 1 train per day.

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

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

  • Most travelers who purchase a bus ticket from Kraków to Budapest depart from Kraków, Prokocim Szpital to Budapest, Nyugati pályaudvar.
  • Most travelers board their plane from John Paul II International Airport Krakow Balice and arrive in Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.

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

  • You can take a bus from Kraków to Budapest with Flixbus. Cheap tickets can be found for $50 (€45) with Flixbus from Kraków to Budapest.
  • You can go to Budapest from Kraków by plane with Air Dolomiti. You'll see cheap plane tickets for $121 (€110) with Air Dolomiti from Kraków to Budapest on Omio.
  • You can travel from Kraków to Budapest by train with RegioJet a. S. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $42 (€38) with RegioJet a. S. From Kraków to Budapest.

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

  • You'll find 1 direct bus a 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.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Kraków to Budapest often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Vienna, Prague or Bratislava. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Kraków and Budapest itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Budapest and any of these top destinations today!

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

  • Bus tickets are costing $50 (€45) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing $121 (€110) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $42 (€38) one way.

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.

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