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Lots of questions about Train Tickets Budapest-Vienna and Vienna-Prague

Lots of questions about Train Tickets Budapest-Vienna and Vienna-Prague

Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 05:48 PM
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Amicita, is there a restroom on the bus or do they make a stop? Can you reserve a seat? I checked the price Budapest to Vienna, $26.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 06:11 PM
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No restroom and no stop, which was a bit of a deterrent for us, but it didn't end up being an issue. The trip isn't really that long. I think you can reserve tickets online at that site, but I'm not positive. We tried to reserve the night before the trip, but it doesn't let you book within 24 hours of departure, so we just went and bought tickets there.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 06:36 PM
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I had the same problem last year trying to find prices on line. I did Prague to Brno Then Brno to ( I a little town up north a bit and near the polish boarder. We were there for an event. Then we travelled back from there to Vienna couple days in Vienna and then another train to Budapest. We were tarvelling at the end of June. I gave up in the end and asked a friend of friend whose girlfirend was Czech. She said no need to pre buy tickets you can buy them when you get there and as you go along if you want. She aslo gave me the details of an airport pickup from Prague to the hotel we were staying at. When we mention her name to the driver it turns he knew her quite well. We started talking about all the train tickets we plan to get. He kinldy said I will take you to the train station on route to the hotel, it was on the way. He came in with us we wrote down on a bit of paper all the details. He ordered all of our tickets for us and we just handed over the card to pay for them on the desk. He adivsed going first class as it was hot and we would not have air condition in second class, plus we would have room for our bags.
I was so gld we did it was very hot and to be honest it did not cost that much extra. I can not remeber how much we paid thou as the hubby was the one that dealt with it.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 07:23 PM
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On the issue of 1st class versus 2nd class on trains in Europe.

There is not the dramatic difference between 1st and 2nd as I find on airplanes.

In some cases, 2nd class is better than 1st class!! I remember I rode 1st class from Munich to Zürich and decided that the extra cost of 1st class was wasted money.

On the other hand, riding 1st class from Zürich to Salzburg in 1st class was well worth it. We had the privacy of a compartment.

On the TGV trains, I am not sure if 1st class is better by a wide margin or not. I like the wider seats and more leg room, but the difference is not dramatic.

In Italy, I would opt for 1st class.

I have not ridden a train in Hungary yet.

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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 08:35 PM
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We took the Bus Prague to Vienna and it did make a rest stop about halfway. I imagine it would do the same in the other direction. The price was less than half that of the train. We found the comfort to be on par with other European intercity busses.
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Old Feb 4th, 2007, 08:00 AM
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Wow! Thanks for all the great replies on this thread. I will certainly post my experience when I return.

As to the debate of 1st vs. 2nd class, I usually go 2nd because I too don't see much of a difference on most European trains. Second on a train is already way better than coach on an airplane. When I was much younger, it seemed like the difference was greater, but a lot of the trains have changed in recent years, especially with the addition of high speed ones like the AVE in Spain and the TGV in France.

As for bus vs. train, I'll take either, but I'm also in the camp of those who prefer access to a W/C instead of having to wait for a "rest stop".
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Old Feb 4th, 2007, 08:05 AM
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One more thing...yes, the Eastern European rail pass would work for us, but it certainly wouldn't save us money! For our needs (only 2 tickets each) that pass would end up costing us double what we'll probably pay doing point to point tickets.
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Old Feb 4th, 2007, 09:26 AM
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On our return trip, Vienna to Prague we took the train, 2nd class. Our train was very comfortable, clean with plenty of legroom. In late October, it was about 2/3 full.
Although the bus had no WC, the rest stop was about 1.5-2 hours into the trip.
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Old Feb 4th, 2007, 09:53 AM
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We took the train Vienna- Prague and Prague-Munich. It was rather complicated pricing it, because the Prague Pass only covers within that country, and not beyond its borders. (Although, I don't know if that pass is still available.)

I highly recommend you call BudgetEuropeTravel.com. They are extremely knowledgeable about all the routes, the types of trains, the stops, the timing, all prices, etc. They will patiently answer your questions, and you can purchase tickets from them for a very small shipping and handling fee. It was well worth it to us, having the peace of mind with those tickets in advance of our trip, so I wouldn't have to second-guess the plan while trying to enjoy the cities. I was not interested in spending precious vacation time trying to figure out train schedules in a foreign language. . .
Old Mar 4th, 2007, 02:26 PM
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can anyone tell me what the weather is like in October in Vienna, Prague and Budapest
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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 03:58 PM
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WeŽll spend 3 nights in Budapest and need to move on to Prague for another 3 nights before we take our plane to Geneve... any cheap airline that youŽd recommend for the Budapest-Prague? Train is about 7 hours, right? IŽve also noticed that the overnight train takes about 12 hours, so I donŽt think it really helps. Any suggestion?
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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 04:39 PM
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SmartWings flies the Budapest-Prague route.
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Old Mar 21st, 2007, 11:15 AM
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Thanks TimS !!! Sounds terrific, but just checked and they only fly that route once a week and is just the same they we arrive into Budapest! Still need to look into other alternatves, I guess...
Thanks anyway!
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Old Mar 21st, 2007, 07:48 PM
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Kristina, now that you're back (and thanks for the blog reports!) can you comment on the trains you took -- specifically which stations and public transportation you used? Thanks very much--
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Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:56 AM
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Yes, all the details are on my blog, including some train and station photos.

In short, the train trip from Budapest to Vienna was very easy. Walked up and bought the ticket same day. Got an excellent price (about $35 for two people) and I'm not sure why. I think it was because it was an non-refundable ticket.

Once in Vienna, we bought our ticket to Prague before leaving the station. We came from Budapest to Vienna's Westbahnhof station. We left for Prague from Sudbahnhof. Tickets to Prague were about $45 each.

In both Vienna and Prague we used the metro to get to our hotels. Very easy.

As I said, more details on my blog. And more to come yet there on our time in Prague.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:07 AM
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I don't think there is any problem buying these tickets on the spot in each town - quite a few trains and if push came to shove you'd just buy first class which should always be available. You'll save $ over buying thru RailEurope usually (not always so always check) but i wouldn't worry about it a'tall
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 11:53 AM
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Kristina... I would suggest NOT buying a rail pass. Once in Bpest, you can buy train ticket to Vienna for about $20. I am not sure about buying the Vienna Prague portion there. I would buy them upon arrival at Vienna. I not even sure you can buy them on line since they are considered international transit. Unless of course you go with the rail pass.
Vienna's train page is www.oebb.at Take a look and at least know what you want to purchase ahead of time. Same with Bpest. Once in Bpest, go to the Kelet i (eastern rail station) Palya Udvar. It is a metro stop on the red(2) line. I think the international (Nemzetkozi) tickets are still purchased upstairs. I don't think that you will have to much problem with English most everyone now speaks it.

Best bet, go to www.mav.hu and print out time table, take with and just point. But it is a rare case that they would not understand.

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Old Apr 30th, 2007, 12:37 PM
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Thanks Kristina for this thread -- between it and your excellent blog, I'm feeling very confident re train travel between the cities. (And I thought you looked so darling in your wool hat w/flower!) Thank you.
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