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

Operated by MAV, the national railway company of Hungary, Hungarian trains offers services within the country but also to neighbouring countries. While local trains do not require a seat reservation, passengers on board trains like InterCity and EuroCity require a seat reservation.

There are different types of trains in Hungary:

Local passenger trains also known as Szemelyvonat have only second class services.

Faster trains like the InterCity, EuroCity and EuroNight offer both first and second class services. EuroCity and EuroNight are international trains 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. What should I do if I am downgraded due to equipment issues, or affected by a traffic disruption or a strike?

  • Q. What information do I need to provide when booking a rail pass? Do the names on the rail pass and the passports have to match?

  • Q. Can I print my rail pass at the station?

  • Q. How can I track my shipment?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Trenitalia (Italy) train?

  • Q. Will the conductor take my passport?

  • Q. What fees does Rail Europe charge?

  • Q. What if I have a group of 10 or more purchasing rail passes?

  • Q. How can I book an itinerary with multiple cities?

  • Q. I have my train ticket. Do I also need to buy a reservation?

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