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Train travel in Eastern Europe

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Train travel in Eastern Europe

My husband and I are planning a trip from Amsterdam to Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest (not necessarily in that order) back to Amsterdam to fly back to Cape Town. We would like to travel by train as we want to see the countryside and we think it will suit our budget more. The trip is planned for April/May 2014 and it seems the connections especially to Krakow seems problematic.

Please give us advice as to the best route to follow as well as the best transport to use. We are 40/50 year old, very adventurous and love to mix with the locals.

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1. Re: Train travel in Eastern Europe

The route you describe is as good as any. Use the train, but don't use a rip-off such as Rail Europe or Eurail, use the national rail companies - you can get excellent deals if you book in advance.

You would have to fly Budapest to Amsterdam, though, with this route. There are other permutations - how long have you got?

You won't be going to Eastern Europe on this itinerary, all of these countries are central.

Edited: 10 November 2013, 11:49
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2. Re: Train travel in Eastern Europe

Hi there

Great, thank you for the reply. Where do I get hold of the national rail companies though? Have been looking but I am obviously looking at the wrong sites. Also any special airline you would suggest from Buda to Amsterdam?

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3. Re: Train travel in Eastern Europe

www.europetrainsguide.com for example.

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4. Re: Train travel in Eastern Europe

Amsterdam to Berlin from €39 at www.bahn.de/en

Berlin to Prague from €29 at www.bahn.de/en

Prague to Krakow by direct sleeper train from €49 with bed in a 2-bed sleeper, www.cd.cz/eshop

Krakow to Budapest by direct sleeper train, can't be booked online but can be arranged easily online through reliable agency www.polrail.com

Budapest to Berlin by sleeper train from €79 with a bed in a 2-berth, www.mav-start.hu then Berlin to Amsterdam from €39, www.bahn.de/en

Or Budapest to Vienna from €13, www.mav-start.hu, Vienna to Cologne by sleeper train www.oebb.at from €39 with couchette, from €79 with bed in 2-bed sleeper, Cologne to Amsterdam from €19 at www.bahn.de/en

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5. Re: Train travel in Eastern Europe

Slight correction - Budapest to Berlin costs from €69 in a two-berth cabin, or €59 in a three-berth, there are also couchettes from €39, or if you want to slum it you can sit up all night for €29. These prices are available from MÁV-START (Hungarian Railways - see below).

However you would be going back on yourself so I would probably change it to Amsterdam - Berlin - Prague - Budapest - Krakow - Berlin - Amsterdam which would mean that you don't backtrack.

And Berlin to Prague costs €39 with www.bahn.com or €29 with www.cd.cz/eshop - it is exactly the same ticket, in both cases you can print the ticket off at home for free.

Prague - Budapest from €19 by day train or there is also a night train - see here for prices https:/… from www.cd.cz/eshop

Budapest - Krakow from €45 in a 3-person sleeper - other prices given here mav-start.hu/utazas/… (run it through Google Translate and you'll get the general idea) - a guide for purchasing tickets from Hungary: europetrainsguide.com/Advice/How-to-Buy-Trai…

Krakow - Berlin is €29 by direct rail replacement bus or you can get the slower train with a train in Warsaw which costs €60.60 . This train can get very full, though.

Then back to Amsterdam from Berlin.

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