We are just back from a spectacular trip that included 4 nights in beautiful Budapest, and before we left I had been searching out the most economical option for travel between Budapest and Vienna. I'd found a company called Orangeways Bus but couldn't find many reviews about it online. Here is my review:
We waited until we got to Budapest before making the decision for how to travel a few days later to Vienna (bus vs. train). First, we went to Keleti pu train station to price out the train and were quoted a rate of 10,000 HUF per person (roughly USD$51 or €38). Side note: I tried to book the ÖBB special €19/per person online rate before we left on the trip, but was unable to do so.
Later in the afternoon, we took the Metro (M3 line) to the Nepliget station and followed the Orangeways Bus signs to their bus station/ticket office (which is right at the top of the Nepliget metro stairs). We were able to book 2 seats on the noon bus for the next day from Budapest to Vienna and the price per person was 2110 HUF per person (roughly USD$11 or €8).
The following day we got to the bus station again via metro, loaded up on the bus around 11:45, and it departed promptly at 12:00 pm. The bus was spotlessly clean, comfortable, and there was a stewardess on board who was super friendly, multi-lingual, and never stopped smiling. She passed out free headphones with which to watch the movie and came around a few times offering complimentary coffee beverages (made to order in some sort of espresso machine). The ride took exactly 3 hours as advertised (same amount of time as the train, I believe), and dropped us off in Vienna at the Südtiroler Platz, which has a U-bahn metro stop right there that can get you to the Opera House in about 5 minutes.
Based on our experience, I cannot recommend Orangeways highly enough, especially if you are traveling on a budget. The money savings alone was compelling enough reason to give it a whirl, and we are so glad we did.
A few notes:
- The sign on the ticket office door indicated they (just the ticket office) are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, something to keep in mind if you need to get tickets once you are in Budapest.
- We were charged an additional 600 HUF for 2 pieces of luggage (300 HUF each)
- I believe you can book advance tickets online at http://www.orangeways.com
Hope this review is helpful to others. For us, it couldn't have been easier or more economical and I'm happy to answer any questions to the best of my ability.