After spending 3 months exploring and living in Romania my time in this beautiful and inspiring South-Eastern European country is coming to and end.
Today I’m off to Budapest from Brasov by train.
It wasn’t that easy to find the details on the train routes and where to buy tickets so I decided to write this post to help other travelers making this journey in the future.
How to Get to Budapest from Brasov by Train
In Western Europe it’s a lot easier to buy tickets and you can even buy them online but in Romania that really isn’t the case.
Some tickets for certain routes will be available online but I highly recommend visiting the train station to confirm you’re getting the right ticket with the seats you want.
I found that the tickets were cheaper at the train station than online, so that’s something to think about if you’re on a budget. The train is unlikely to fill up so you don’t have to worry about not being able to get a space.
To buy your tickets online you’ll want to visit the Hungarian Railway website.
From the site you’ll be be able to check what routes are available domestically and internationally, but as I mentioned earlier it’s easier and more practical to buy international tickets from the train station.
Every day there are 7 trains leaving Brasov and heading to Budapest. There are a mix of over-night and direct day trains and it’s up to you which option you want to take. Keep in mind that some of the options will require you to change trains so be sure to consider that when you’re booking your tickets.
If you’re taking the night Brasov to Budapest train I suggest going with a 2nd-class sleeper. There are spaces for two people, which is great if you’re traveling with a partner, and they aren’t that expensive considering it’s a 12-24 hour journey.
The cost for a 2nd-class sleeper is about $70.
The cost for the couchette is about $50.
Where to Buy Train Tickets in Brasov?
You’ll want to buy your tickets from the Main Station in Brasov (Gara Brasov).
It’s a short 15-20 minute walk from the Old Town and, depending on where you’re staying in the city, less than $3 for a taxi.
Once you reach the station be sure to head to the window selling international tickets. It will be well-marked and if you try any other windows they will direct you to the international booth.
It’s unlikely the attendant will speak English so write down the translation of the journey you’re looking to take and what class of seating you want.
Your sheet should look something like this:
- Tren Brasov la Budapesta
Underneath your train route you want to add the class of seating you want.
There are two different seating classes: couchettes and sleepers.
If you’re travelling on a budget you’ll want to go for the second class seats so on your sheet you’ll add:
- Scaun Clasa a Doua
If you want a sleeper then you’ll write:
- Clasa de Dormit
Don’t worry about the exact translations, the attendant will now what you’re looking for and they’ll be happy you made the attempt to provide them with the right information.
Tips for the Journey
- Bring comfortable clothes to sit or sleep in – it’s a long 12-14 hour ride
- Have your passport ready before you reach the border
- Keep an eye on your valuables and, if you’re going to fall asleep, hold onto any of your expensive electronics and cash
- Grab some drinks and snacks before you leave, if they’re even available on the train they will be overpriced
- Once you reach Budapest, use the metro or an Uber to get to your accomodation