To get from Bratislava to Budapest, we once again chose the bus over the train. We were originally planning on the train, but the front desk agent at the Park Inn Bratislava recommended the bus over the train.
We booked tickets online for 9 euro each. The bus is scheduled to take about 3 hours. It departs from AS Mlynské Nivy in Bratislava and drops off at Népliget in Budapest, which is on the blue line. Again, this could be super convenient depending on where you’re staying.
The Regiojet buses are kinda funky in that they’re yellow and look like they have antennas. The bus arrived at the station in Bratislava 15 minutes late, so we ended up departing 30 minutes after schedule. In general, there was a fair amount of confusion about the bus, as there wasn’t really anyone at the station who could answer questions.
That being said, the bus ride itself was pretty nice. The bus has lots of amenities like in-bus entertainment with a fair number of movies on offer. In addition, they offer free hot and cold drinks, and they have snacks for sale. They also advertise wifi, but I couldn’t get it to work on my phone.
The bus is a good alternative to the train. Bus tickets are usually cheaper, and there’s more entertainment built in to the buses, but the schedules might be less reliable given that buses have to deal with road traffic. The bus stations might be more or less convenient than the train stations depending on where you need to go, so that’s also something to keep in mind.