Hungarian trains : the authentic way to explore Hungary.
- Book up to 60 days in advance
- Regional trains
Riding the trains in eastern Europe is quite the adventure, and Hungary – being one of the major hubs of travel in this part of Europe – is a great place to start.
Both domestic and international Hungarian trains are operated by MÁV, the national railway company in Hungary. There are a few different types of trains to choose from :
Passenger trains, also known as Szemelyvonat, are basic commuter trains with only second class seats available. These trains are open seating and general run along shorter routes.
Express trains, also known as Gyors, are local trains covering longer distances than passenger trains, and they also do not require seat reservations.
InterCity trains are the fastest trains operating in Hungary. A seat reservation is required for all travelers, and both first and second class are available.
EuroCity/EuroNight trains are international trains requiring seat reservations, and they travel to most countries bordering Hungary.
E-ticketing is not available, so travelers will be issued a paper ticket that they will show to the conductor onboard the train. Hungarian trains are available for booking up to 60 days in advance.
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Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.
- 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
|Second class||First class*|
|Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.|
|Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy leather seat with headrest.|
|Reclining seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy reclining seat.|
|Bar buffet car Choose from a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, for purchase, to enjoy on your journey.|
*primarily offered on InterCity, EuroCity, and EuroNight trains.
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Common Questions, Simple Answers
Q. What is a Friends and Families Saver Pass ?
A. A Friends and Families Pass is available for a group of 2 to 5 travellers at a discounted rate. The group must travel together all the times. The names of every participant will be printed on a unique pass. Therefore travellers won’t be able to travel separately.
Q. Can I obtain a discount in Great Britain when I buy a Eurail or Eurail Select Pass ?
A. You will be eligible to a pass holder fare on the Eurostar. You must purchase other BritRail products to obtain more discounts.
Q. Are pets and animals admitted onboard trains ?
A. Dogs are usually allowed on trains. However they may have to wear a muzzle, be attached to a leash or placed in a pet carrier. A half fare second class ticket is usually required for dogs. Please note that pets are not allowed to travel onboard trains in the following countries : Great Britain, Spain, Ireland, Norway, and Finland.
Exception is made for guide dogs for the blind, which can travel on Eurostar.
Q. What is the baggage limitation when travelling on board Lyria trains ?
A. A single passenger can carry up to 2 suitcases and 1 handbag. Size doesn’t matter, but for your comfort and safety, avoid oversized bags on board Lyria trains.
Q. What are the differences between First class and Second class ?
A. - First class has fewer seats thus allowing more legroom and space. Seats are usually larger and can recline. Other services are available for free. For better comfort on long journeys, First class is preferred.
- Second class has more seats, with less legroom but they are usually 50% cheaper.
Q. Will a National Rail Strike affect my train travel ?
A. A national strike impacting rail services could affect train travel for locals and visitors alike. Typically, during a rail strike there will be a reduced number of trains operating which could lead to more passengers on board trains that are running, changes in schedules, or even alternate modes of transportation (such as buses) to transport passengers to their destinations.
In the event of a strike, Rail Europe will provide as much information as possible to assist those who may be impacted. If a strike has been announced, you can always submit inquiries to Rail Europe through the Contact Us page or, if you’re already in Europe during a strike, go directly to a railway station and ask the local railway official for assistance.
Q. Are there WC and other amenities onboard trains ?
A. Yes, trains have water closet or toilets which are easily accessible and are clearly marked with a WC sign. If you want to use the WC, you will find them in front or at the back or each carriage. They include a washbasin.
Q. Can I pay without a credit or debit card, using another method or payment ?
A.Yes. You can book your train tickets or rail pass by using payment services which include PayPal, Western Union, Boleto Bancario, Moneybookers.com, eNets or BPay. Those services are subject to your country of residence.
Q. How is the trip on an overnight train ?
A. Overnight trains add a sense of adventure to your trips. You can either share your compartement with friends or other fellow train travellers. Of course can also have a private sleeper in the train. For your security and for administrative purposes, railway officials will collect your passport at the beginning of the journey and will return it upon arrival.
Q. Do main train stations provide lockers or luggage storage facilities ?
A. Yes. Most train stations have lockers of luggage storage facilities. Those services are available for a minimal cost. If you want a locker, make sure to have some change with you. You can find more information about luggage storage on our train stations pages.