How to Get from Budapest to Croatia (Zagreb, Split etc) by Train or Bus
The questions about how to get from Budapest to Croatia I’ve have heard a dozen times. Hungary as Croatia’s northern neighbor is very popular tourist destination, particularly Budapest, the capital.
Summer can be very hot and dry in Hungary. Daily temperature can go well over 30°C (86°F), especially in July and August. In the summer the primary targets are naturally the popular seaside resorts in Croatia, being the nearest place to get some refresh.
It’s relatively easy to travel from Hungary to Croatia, especially if you’re traveling to or from Budapest. Budapest is connected by numerous airlines from almost every European county, especially from various UK airports which means there’s plenty of choice for you.
Anyhow I wouldn’t advise flying to Budapest if your only intention is to visit Croatia. It is much smarter and more practical to fly from Italy, Germany and UK.
The only reason for my advise is because, there are no flights from Budapest to any of Croatia’s seaside destinations.
How to plan a trip from Budapest to Croatia
As there are no flights between Hungary and Croatia, which are other means of transport between two countries? Before I answer this question, let’s see how far is Budapest to the principal destinations in Croatia.
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia is the nearest point from Budapest. The the shortest distance between two cities is 344 Km (213 miles). It takes about three hours and a half by car if you take the road M7 and E65/E71 along the Balaton Lake.
The most of the questions I’ve received are in general related to Split and how to reach this popular destination, either from/to Budapest. The shortest distance from two cities is 750 Km (466 miles) and it will take about 7 hours by car.
If you are heading to Istria (Croatia) peninsula, the distance from Budapest to Pula (capital of Istria) is 608 Km (378 miles) and it will take approximately 6 hours by car.
The longest trip you have to face , if you decide to get to Dubrovnik (Southern Dalmatia) from Budapest. The distance of 945 Km (584 miles) is considerable if you go by car. On this map you have two route options, the first via E71 (passing through Croatia), is faster and the second on (passing over Bosnia and Herzegovina) seems to be more complicated.
Traveling from Budapest to Croatia by train
The most of the trains from Budapest will stop at Zagreb railway station (Zagrebacki Glavni kolodvor). From there you can take any connection to the main seaside destinations or if you prefer Croatia airline company offers daily flights to Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik.
The average travel time between Budapest and Zagreb is 6 hours and 30 minutes. The first train leaving Budapest is at 06:05, the last at 14:45. There is an average of two trains a day between Budapest and Zagreb.
There are two departure stations in Budapest to Croatia (Zagreb)
- The first train to Zagreb leaves at 06.50 AM from Budapest Deli pu (Alkotás utca 1123 Budapest), arriving at 12.48 PM
- The second one leaves at 14.45 PM from Budapest Keleti p (Dohány utcai Zsinagóga VII. Dohány u. 2-8, Pest Budapest) arriving at 20.46 PM.
- Arrival station for both trains: Zagreb gl. kol. (Trg kralja Tomislava 12 10000 Zagreb)
- One-Way ticket is approximately: 18€ – 26€ (130 kn – 190 kn).
Night train from Budapest to Croatia
One of the most popular train routes is a night train from Budapest to Split via Zagreb. This train is running only in the period from June 17th until August 26th, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. This line is handled by Hungarian Railways.
Another option is using one of the daytime trains from Budapest to Zagreb and from Zagreb to Split you can take a night train that runs daily from April 29th to October 29th. This train leaves Zagreb at 23.03 PM and arrives in Split next morning at 06.54 AM.
On night trains 820/821 between Zagreb – Split – Zagreb, Croatian Railways offer also ‘hostel on wheels’ a sleeping car for a surcharge of 77 kuna. There is also a Auto-motor-train for additional 101 Kuna (for your car) or motorcycle for 51 kuna.
Budapest to Croatia by bus
Luckily there are a lot of buses connecting Budapest to Croatia main seaside resorts along the Adriatic coast. All buses depart from Népliget Bus Station Budapest, which is easily accessible by public transport.
Budapest to Zagreb by bus
Volanbusz / Eurolines Hungary connects Zagreb, three times a week until June 01 2016. After that daily up to end of October 2016. Downloadable timetable Budapest/Zagreb/Budapest from June 2.
The address of Zagreb bus station is Avenija Marina Drzica 4, 10000 Zagreb. It is the biggest and most contemporary station in this area of Europe.
Budapest to Rijeka, Opatija, Pula, Rovinj and Porec
Volanbusz runs Adria Express services on every Friday between 15 June and 08 September from Budapest to Istria and Kvarner district. Prizes start fro 31 to 36 Euro one way.
Budapest – Zagreb – Zadar – Sibenik – Trogir – Split – Makarska
Each Friday Volanbusz with Dalmatian Express runs this service between 15 June and 10 September. On Saturday there is the return service to Budapest.
Budapest to Dubrovnik and Budva (Montenegro)
In cooperation with Montenegro express bus service, in the period between June 15th to 10th September, each Friday you can reach Dubrovnik from Budapest.