Orangeways Bus from Budapest to Vienna30 July, 2009
Our Orangeway Bus to Vienna departs at 7am from Budapest. That means we have to take a cab from our apartment to a stadium near Nepliget metro station at abt 6.30am. How to hail a cab so early in the morning especially with at such an isolated part of Budapest? Definitely my experience of being scammed by a taxi driver on my first day of arrival of hailing one on the street.
Thus I decided to reserve a taxi online at City Taxi. I read on forums that a number of taxi companies in Budapest are quite reputable and City Taxi is one of them. Another plus point is that their reservation forms are easy to use and most importantly they promised to reply within 15 minutes of reservation.
And guess what? They did! I was able to confirm my reservation in just less than 30 minutes. I was even able to ask them to give me an approximate quote so i know i will not get scammed.
At 6.15am we crossed our fingers and hoped that our reservation really worked and a taxi is coming for us. As I opened the lobby door to brave the cold to look outside, out of nowhere, our savior – a City Taxi switched on its engine and rumbled towards us! phew!
We arrived at the Orangeways Bus Terminal at about 6.40am. The cab ride cost us just 1900 HUF – 300 HUF cheaper with twice as much distance covered compared to the journey from Keleti to Hollo Utca.
We are 20 minutes early but we cant board the bus yet because the check-in counters have not been setup yet. Yes! check-in counters and they even have stewardess on the buses too.
Tickets from Budapest to Vienna were booked online at the Orangeways website. There is an English version (just select from the top right flags)
The Orangeways bus is very cool – there is a toilet just beside the steps to the bus and also a vending machine that serves hot chocolate, coffee etc. The stewardess will serve you the hot drinks after the bus sets off. Not sure if you are allowed to served yourself though. I saw someone being reprimanded for trying to serve herself drinks.
The vending machines and airplane-like tables at each seat. The entire journey from Budapest to Vienna took 3 hours and it was very comfortable – a movie was being played too – Mystic River but it was in Hungarian with English subtitles.
If you are interested in seeing more on Orangeways buses, check out the 4-minute video below.
For those keen in knowing the location of Budapest Orangeways pick-up point:
1091 Üllői út 129.
Chee Wei30 July, 2009 at 9:50 pm
hey thanks for dropping by my photoblog.
Nah i dont think its tulips season now… the photos were taken during my trip to Munich in June.
Seems like you have been travelling quite abit.
Anyway, you have a nice blog!
keep in touch,
.-= Chee Wei´s last blog ..Munich in Full Bloom =-.
Zhiqiang30 July, 2009 at 10:21 pm
Thanks for dropping by! You got pretty nice pictures in your blog too.. Will check back often
tachi6 August, 2009 at 4:03 am
Hi there, I’m tachi, from Madrid.
I’ve tried many times to book two tickets in the 16.30 hs bus from Buda to Prague next 1º September, but it was impossible to pay by credit card online.
I’ve got a Mastercard.
Could you please let me know if there is another way to make my reservation?
When you call them, they told me that your web page is OK(?)
Do you think I would take my change and buy the tickets when arrive at Buda?
Do you believe the buses will be very crowded for that time?
Tank you for your answer, and excuse me about my poor English
Zhiqiang6 August, 2009 at 9:36 pm
@tachi, I am not too sure abt the Budapest to Prague route. Perhaps you might want to try again at the website. I agree with you that it could be quite difficult to navigate the site’s booking system; anyway i will be doing a simple guide on how to book Orangeways bus tickets soon
Zhiqiang18 August, 2009 at 8:41 pm
One of my readers, Lori had shared with me via email about her unpleasant experience at the Hungarian-Serbian border:
“I am just back from a trip travelling through Hungary on my way from Serbia to Austria via 75. I had no idea of the choas at the Hungarian border. I have travelled far and wide and have never seen a hang up like this in my life.
We arrived at 6:30am on a Sunday morning & it took us 3 1/2 hours to go approx 1 mile. It was not so bad going out of Serbia, but the Hungarian side was out of control. We had people turn off their cars and just walk around..they would go walk around and just leave their cars in 3 lanes of traffic..they would lean on their horns…little happened.
Finally when we got to the border control, they could not have moved any slower..if they did, they were going backwards. They were chatting with each other, stopped to drink water and were very rude…I guess this country is still stuck behind the iron curtain. I was later told that if we had come hours later, we would have been stuck there for 8 1/2 hours.
In this day and age, I cannot understand how a country could let this happen. There are such things as efficiency experts and perhaps hiring people that are motivated to move things along. Our check out took about 7 minutes by the time the guard came over and asked for the passports, registration, etc.
It is too bad that Hungary hasn’t advanced as well as some of the old Eastern countries..It is very pretty, just they had no idea how to efficiently run a border crossing. Please warn your readers…I would hate for folks to miss a full day sitting at a border crossing. This was really a crime.”
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[…] Student Agency Bus is just the name of the transport company. You can also buy tickets (Adult ticket price: 150 Kc) if you are not a student (discounts available for students). Hot chocolate is served during the ride and you can also enjoy a 70s-80s era Czech movie with weird English subtitles. The services available are similar to that provided by our Orangeways bus from Budapest to Vienna. […]
Mark D. Parker4 April, 2010 at 7:21 am
Here is a tip that is very well known. Take City Taxi in Budapest. Any other taxi could cost four times the money. Take the time and get the number into your cell phone.
Here is a tip you won’t here anywhere else. We took a cab for $300 from the front door of our hotel in Budapest to the front door of our Vienna hotel. It was a City Taxi. We had to negotiate a bit. However, it avoided all sorts of delays and extra costs and transfers. We stopped at McDonalds for big coffees and had a very nice driver.
It took a little over two hours. We saw great country. We were just two people, but if you spread the cost over four people it would maybe even save some money.
Plus, it makes a great story.
Zhiqiang4 April, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Shawn8 September, 2010 at 10:40 pm
Sorry to Zhiqiang to disturb u hehe, regarding the orange bus and student agenc, is both seat like those kind of coach going from sg to malaysia?(Better seat) Is not those our sbs bus seat that kind of? Thank you . 🙂
Zhiqiang & Tingyi8 September, 2010 at 10:42 pm
Yes its like those coach bus seats – not the sbs bus seat.
Leng | Globe Nomads23 January, 2011 at 7:18 am
I am very interested to know why didn’t you take train to Wien instead? Discounted Railjet tickets (takes about 2 and a half hours) costs only 13 euros. I noticed you didn’t post the price of the bus tickets? The bus tickets can’t have cost much less than 13 euros. Unless of course the discounted tickets are sold out.
In my experience train journeys are usually more comfortable than taking bus. Usually you get more space and the ride itself is more comfortable since you are not subjected to traffic or bad road conditions. In additions, some rail tracks cut across some dramatic landscapes treating you to some amazing scenery!
Zhiqiang & Tingyi23 January, 2011 at 1:52 pm
I believe it was because we need to arrive at Vienna early at abt 9+ am and that offers the best timing plus it cost abt 9 Euros
I know what you mean abt long bus journeys but this 3-hour bus ride was surprisingly quite comfortable. We slept most of the way and the seat reclines by quite a fair bit and the bus was 1/3 full only.
johnny ong9 March, 2011 at 12:23 am
in this case, u didn’t experience any delays in crossing the hungarian/austrian border checkpoint?
Zhiqiang & Tingyi9 March, 2011 at 12:24 am
There was no passport control at the Austrian-Hungarian border so yup – no delays and checking of passport.
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Hungary Wanderer20 October, 2011 at 3:07 pm
So far I’ve only had good experiences with Orangeways, I took the bus to Vienna one time and it was a quick and comfortable trip, but I also went on longer trips (Budapest to Cluj Napoca in Romania), and I’m very happy with the service. About the drinks – you always have to ask the stewardess for them, because unless you want to go to the toilet, you are not really allowed to get up from your seat – or at least that’s what we were told at the beginning of the trip…
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Karens4 February, 2015 at 8:31 am
Hey there, saw your blog while googling for orangeways feedback. We’re planning to travel from Budapest to Vienna. as we plan to do some pre wedding photo shoot we have many luggages, there will be 5 between two of us. train is out of question as it’s too hard to move them inside the station, but what’s your experience carrying luggages with Orangeways? Were there limited storage or was it not a problem? TIA
Zhiqiang & Tingyi5 February, 2015 at 3:48 pm
When we took the bus, it was quite empty – maybe 20% full so it wasnt a problem. Dp note that according to their website: “Settle the third luggage is possible if there are free places, and it costs extra charge: 2100.HUF/item” Also see paragraph 10: http://www.orangeways.com/usr/file/UTAZASI_FELTETELEK/GENERAL%20CONDITIONS%20OF%20CARRIAGE%202014.pdf
You can check-in 2 luggages for free – anything beyond is chargeable
Karens5 February, 2015 at 5:02 pm
Thanks for the reply. Yes i read their baggage policy before. I was just afraid that if the bus was too full they might refuse our luggage since according to the rules thye have a right to refuse carrying the third luggage and beyond. But from your reply seems like the bus aren’t that packed which should be ok i guess.. Thanks again!
Zhiqiang & Tingyi5 February, 2015 at 10:16 pm
but that was 6 years old… so i can’t be sure if the bus will still be as empty as last time.