How to travel from Budapest to Split, is a question that many travelers are asking each year at the beginning of the summer season.
Although the distance between Hungarian capital and capital of Dalmatia, is only 750 km (466 miles) many travelers have difficulty finding the right info and resources before undertaking this trip.
If Hungary is on your travel plan through Europe, Budapest has been covered by a number of airlines that operate flights from almost all European airports, particularly from British ones.
I wouldn’t advise flying to Budapest if your only intention is to reach Croatia from there. It's more convenient flying to Italy (Venice for example), Slovenia or Austria, and then continue to Croatia depending on where your final destination is.
In 2017 a travel plan between these two cities, hasn't changed a lot and still you can travel by bus, car or by night train via Zagreb. If you are traveling from Budapest to Croatia, Zagreb will be the main junction to all Croatian destinations, specially those along the Adriatic coast (Split, Pula or Dubrovnik).
Traveling by train has always been the most popular and oldest way to reach Adriatic coast from Budapest. Although it's the slowest way of traveling, many tourist consider it the safest and one of the cheapest.
All trains from Budapest leave from Keleti station (Address: Dohány utcai Zsinagóga VII. Dohány u. 2-8, Pest Budapest). This station is the largest among the three stations in Budapest and and is located about 2 miles from Budapest's city center.You can reach this station by metro lines M2 and M4.
This seasonal night train is the most interesting mean of transport from Budapest to the Adriatic coast. It's the only train that goes directly to Split without changing the train at Zagreb station.
Runs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 17 June until 1 September 2017
Runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 18 June until 2 September 2017
Click the banner below and you will be able to find out the train price on this route and to make a train reservation (seat reservation). On this train route, and advance reservation is highly recommended.
Train tickets vary in price depending on several factors, such as how early you book or how many seats are still available.
Euro-lines is Hungarian company that runs direct buses between Budapest and Split. At this moment the ticket for 2017 are still in preparation but the schedules will be the same as in 2016 for period between mid June up to mid September. Check their timetable from this website !
Euro-lines Hungary will run two express lines in the period between mid June to mid September 2017:
This is a door to door service which offers the fastest and easiest way between the Budapest and Split or vice versa.
Eurobusways is one of the fastest ways of reaching Split within 8 hours, much faster than a night train. One way price in 2016 was € 140 door to door from/to Budapest/Split.
This is a van service (for 6 to 8 persons). This company can pick you up in any Budapest hotel and take you to harbor of Split to catch ferry to one of Central Dalmatia Islands or spend few nights in Split city.
Enjoy their bus service on the way from Budapest to Split with full
comfort on board. They stop anywhere you wish to for lunch, breakfast or
dinner and you decide, what time to go. Eurobusways offers full help for passengers with disability. Contact them here !
It's will be quite normal to expect that taking a plane from Budapest to the Adriatic coast, will be the fastest way. Unfortunately there are no direct flights from Budapest, unless you don't mind flying with at least one stop over.
In that case, getting to Split will be time and money consuming. It's more reasonable to reach Zagreb by bus and from Zagreb to Split , Croatia airline offers very frequent and cheap flights to Split (SPU) airport, that last less than 50 minutes, either to Split or Dubrovnik.
The distance from Budapest to Split is about 750 Km (466 miles) and if you decide to drive, it will take you from 7 to 8 hours.
For more information you can find detailed plan how to drive on Budapest to Split page and how to proceed from Zagreb to Split. You'll also find explanation how to stop on the way at Plitvice Lakes National park from Zagreb.