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Hungarian trains

Hungarian trains are the best way to travel in Hungary.

  • Book up to 60 days in advance
  • Regional trains

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Overview

Hungarian trains

Hungarian trains are operated by MÁV, the national railway company in Hungary. Hungarian trains operate within the country but also offer connections to neighbouring countries. The main hub for train transport in Hungary is Budapest, the capital city. Intercity, Eurocity and Euronight trains require a seat reservation.

There are different types of trains in Hungary:

Passenger trains also known as Szemelyvonat are commuter trains with a low level of modernity and with only second class available. These trains do not require a seat reservation.

Express trains also known as Gyors are local trains which also do not require a seat reservation.

InterCity trains are the fastest train operating in Hungary. A seat reservation is required, while both first and second class are available.

EuroCity/EuroNight are international trains requiring a seat reservation, and operating between Hungary and neighbouring countries.



Practical information

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.


Booking :
  • Hungarian trains tickets are open for booking 60 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

A class apart

Classes of service

Classes and facilities offered by Intercity & Eurocity trains
First class* Second class
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.

*mostly available on InterCity EuroCity and EuroNight trains.

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FAQ's

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Can I bring my pet on board?

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  • Q. Is there a fee to take luggage on a train?

  • Q. How can I contact Rail Europe prior to my departure to Europe?

  • Q. What types of sleeping compartments or accommodations are available on overnight trains?

  • Q. Will I be sharing my sleeping compartment with strangers?

  • Q. Can I use my rail pass on any train within its area of coverage?

  • Q. Can I take any train that travels between the two cities for which I bought my train ticket, or do I have to take a specific train?

  • Q. Can I customize my group trip (meals on board, train station transfers)?

  • Q. I bought the Rail Protection Plan™. Can I exchange my train ticket, even though the ticket is non exchangeable?

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