How to Get from Budapest to Split, Croatia by Train, Bus or Plane
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 from Budapest to Split by train
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.
Night train from Budapest to Split
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.
Summer season night train from Budapest via Zagreb to Split 2017
Runs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 17 June until 1 September 2017
Summer season night train from Split via Zagreb to Budapest 2017
Runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 18 June until 2 September 2017
Keep in mind that the only one train (number 1204 ) is a direct one, leaving from Budapest Keleti Pu. station. There are also two daily trains from Budapest Deli Pu. station with a compulsory change of the train in Zagreb.
From Budapest To Split By Bus
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:
- Adria Express – Bus line from Budapest to Rijeka, Pula, Rovinj, Porec, Novigrad and Umag.
- Dalmatian Express – Bus line from Budapest to Zadar, Biograd, Sibenik, Trogir, Split, Omis and Makarska.
- Budapest to Zagreb – Euro-lines runs services to Zagreb daily. The buses depart from Népliget Bus Station Budapest, which is easily accessible by public transport.
Flying from Budapest to Split
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.
Traveling by car
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.