Prague or Budapest

Old Nov 5th, 2011, 02:10 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 271
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Prague or Budapest

We are planning a 10 day trip to the area. We will rent a car (if advisable), so we can move around. Can anyone recommend an itinerary.? We are not committed to a town, but we prefer a base in Budapest or Prague. We will likely go in June.
jeterray is offline  
Old Nov 5th, 2011, 02:28 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 479
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You won't go wrong in either city. I prefer Prague simply because it is so beautiful. I would suggest that you plan it so you are there during the week rather than the weekend(s).
Prague gets very crowded and I believe that the weekends are even more crowded than the weekdays. If you choose Prague, be sure to drive down to Ceske Krumlov for a couple days-charming town complete with the remains of an old castle.
There are other nice town in the Czech republic and I suggest that you research thoroughly so you can plan your road trip.

If you choose Budapest, try to find out when the beautiful Parliament building will be open to visitors. I believe it is closed when the legislature is in session. We took a train up to Eger which is a small city about 2.5 hours away by train from Budapest. It also has the remains of an important castle with an amazing history. I know that there are other interesting towns in Hungary but I did not get a chance to visit them.

We visited Prague and Budapest on separate trips. Both visits were combined with stays in Vienna. Vienna is a great town to
visit, also and has good transportation to Prague and Budapest. Enjoy it all!

Pat
wanttogo is offline  
Old Nov 5th, 2011, 02:36 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 15,502
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Well - this is what we did last year.

- Prague 4 nights
- Picked up a car & drove to Cesky Krumlov. Stopped in Konopiste castle on the way. Stayed 2 nights in CK with a day-trip to Trebon.
- Drove to Passau Germany where we stayed 2 nights & visited Regensburg
- Drove along the Danube & stayed 5 nights in Melk. Lots of castle visiting.
- Drove to Sopron & stayed 1 night
- Drove into Budapest, dropped off car, and stayed 5 nights.

Driving into Budapest was a nightmare - going wrong way on a one-way street, U-turn of a freeway, getting lost, etc.

You have half as many days as we had.

If I only had 10 days, I would stay 5 nights in Prague, with a "guided" day-trip to Cesky Krumlov. Then take a train or fly to Budapest & stay there for 5 nights. Prague, Budapest, and CK were the highlights of our trip.

We spend 2 months vacationing in Europe most years - mainly France 75%, Italy 10%, and "others" the remaining 15%.

Stu Dudley
StuDudley is online now  
Old Nov 5th, 2011, 10:14 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 7,561
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
First of all, Budapest is not in the Czech Republic. Second, it's not in the "area" of Prague unless you consider Richmond in the area of New York City - it's about 6-7 hours' drive. Budapest is fairly close to Vienna and Bratislava but Prague is an additional distance.

Third, you should not have a car in Prague nor should you drop a car in Budapest that you rent in Prague unless you know and are willing to swallow the drop charge, which will likely be a couple of hundred dollars. Consider flying between the two - google for discount European airlines.
BigRuss is offline  
Old Nov 6th, 2011, 04:55 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 20,694
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
I'd look at the train systems as well, certainly getting in and out of Budapest by train is very easy. I could find 10 days of entertainment in Budapest and Hungary. Prague would begin to boor and apart from Kumlov and Pilsen 10 days almost too many and too crowded in Prague
bilboburgler is online now  
Old Nov 6th, 2011, 06:08 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 15,502
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
>>nor should you drop a car in Budapest that you rent in Prague unless you know and are willing to swallow the drop charge, which will likely be a couple of hundred dollars
StuDudley is online now  
Old Nov 6th, 2011, 09:51 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,359
Likes: 0
Received 12 Likes on 1 Post
Fly into Prague and out of Budapest.

4 nights in Prague
2 nights in Cesky Krumlov
4 nights in Budapest

You can take a bus, train, or shuttle service from Prague to CK.

You can take a shuttle service from CK to Vienna and a train to Budapest.
joannyc is online now  
Old Nov 6th, 2011, 05:11 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 8,974
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
If you think Stu Dudley's recount of Budapest (or Prague) traffic is, well, no different than Chicago or New York, think again.

Think about if ALL the traffic signs were in Hungarian (or Czech). No one word looks familiar. Heck, no one SYLLABLE looks familiar. It couldn't be less intelligible if it were Chinese.

Luckily, the mass transit is terrific
tomboy is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Bluelark
Europe
22
Mar 5th, 2011 03:07 PM
blackthorn
Europe
7
Jan 14th, 2010 09:49 AM
keli22o
Europe
11
Aug 3rd, 2007 03:21 PM
roma_allen
Europe
4
Dec 30th, 2006 07:24 AM
dave63
Europe
10
Feb 26th, 2005 10:28 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:51 PM.