I can't find a place for booking online, but if you book the day before or even just arrive early, I'm sure you'd get a train as there are loads every day.
This website shows you the times
odkial = where from
kam = to
put in the date and time you want to travel and press 'vyhladat' (search) TWICE, it'll give you the times. For later times press 'nasledujuce' on the right hand side, it'll give you later times.
Any idea how much this would cost?
That website usually shows prices, too, but it hasn't for that trip - maybe because it's an international route.
I shouldn't think it would cost more than around £12-15 each way
One way cost aprox 10 GBP 2 class
Departures from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica (main terminal)
are: 4:54, 6:24, 7:09, 11:45, 15:45, 19:45
You can buy ticket 10 min. before departure.....only in Slovak crown or with credit or debet card.
Luxury buses student agency from main bus terminal Mlynske nivy:
10:45 , 20:15 price is aprox: 5 GBP
booking and info by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
13:15 katev travel bus
15:15 Slovak Lines
HYDROFOIL for 50 GBP one way
departure is daily: 10:30 am
Hi, just go to the main train station-Hlavna Stanica-
and buy a ticket. It is around 496SKk for a return and takes just on 3 hours. Some services run with a buffet car and some don't. The trains coded "EC"+number are generally the quickest.
Booking on line is a mess and to be quite honest you won't get much of a better deal. Just remember that they don't speak good English over here and to get the ticket robot (sorry, lady) to smile is virtually impossible and a mission in itself.
... and the 'fast' boat takes 4.5 hours compared with 3 hours by train - the boat only goes 1x daily, at 1030. it is also much more expensive, at 42 Euros.
With the train you have many more options, both direct and involving changes.
For times, see http://cp.atlas.sk/vlakbus/spojenie/ (click on the English button)
It IS possible to book on-line using the Slovak Railways site, but as mentioned above, don't bother - there is no real advantage in doing so, and you will only end up throwing your PC out of the window. Whatever you do, don't try and do it through Rail Europe - I have just checked and as I expected, they are charging $51 (over 1000 Crowns) for a journey that costs less than half that in reality.
Just write your itinerary on a piece of paper (time of train departure and 'BUDAPEST, PROSÍM' followed by 'x2' or however many passengers are going) and show it to the nice lady at the ticket desk.
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