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nancy_41pr Apr 16th, 2016 11:40 AM

Transportation from Budapest to Krakow
Hello I am planning to stay a few days in Budapest, Krakow Poland, Prague. I need help on best and economic way to travel from Budapest to Krakow and from Krakow to Prague.

Michael Apr 16th, 2016 12:39 PM

Type in google and start searching. Bus is probably the cheapest way between the two cities.

thursdaysd Apr 16th, 2016 12:41 PM

Forget google. Use for overall info. For train info, go to

Michael Apr 16th, 2016 12:47 PM

Just curious. Why would be more reliable than the sites listed on the google search?

Christina Apr 16th, 2016 01:39 PM

It's convenient but rome2rio isn't always accurate.

Bus probably isn't cheapest but that doesn't make it best. If you do that, I'd recommend Eurolines rather than Orangeway which has a bad reputation.

Bus would probably be about 20 euro. That's a very long trip, also, the train could be 10 hours (with changes) but the bus about 13. I can't even imagine spending 13 hours on a bus (actually, I can imagine as I did it once and would never do it again).

thursdaysd Apr 16th, 2016 02:54 PM

I don't use google because I don't like having my searches tracked. And rome2rio aggregates the info that would otherwise require checking multiple sites.

Whether or not the bus is cheapest the train will be more comfortable. From Budapest to Krakow I would book a sleeper on the night train. Ditto Krakow to Prague. See for details.

mrsbolshie Apr 17th, 2016 07:42 AM

nancy_41pr Apr 17th, 2016 11:37 AM

I found Polrail service. The difference is significantly between bus and train. A bus $31.53 and $230.18 no sleeper for 2. About the time it indicates 7 hours not 13. By train 91/2 to 11 hours. I am aware by train you can move around or pay $100 more for a sleeper. is not available when I search. Its probably because its exactly 60 days prior reservation.

PalenQ Apr 17th, 2016 11:44 AM

check www.seat61.comfor how to get discounted train tickets in those countries - and with an overnight train or bus you also save daytime travel time and the cost of an accommodation. for lots on night trains and central European trains in general check these other sites as well - and

Anyway to me beats an all-day marathon ride on train or especially on a cramped bus where it is hard to stretch your legs if full as often the case.

Daken Apr 19th, 2016 07:53 AM

from Budapest to Krakow bus is much faster and almost always cheaper (companies on this line are Lux Express, Polskibus and Eurolines), however in case you want to save the time and travel overnight, then train is your option, especially since you can purchase discounted ticket for as low as 25 euro (but you should buy it from Hungarian railways and not some shady resellers/agencies)
from Krakow to Prague works best bus+train option (see Czech Railways, Leo Express and RegioJet)

PalenQ Apr 19th, 2016 10:31 AM

There is also an overnight train I think Krakow to Prague.

PalenQ Apr 19th, 2016 12:48 PM

however in case you want to save the time and travel overnight, then train is your option, especially since you can purchase discounted ticket for as low as 25 euro>

What do you get for 25 euro - a seat in a regular car - a couchette - cheapest is not always the best - at least make sure it is a place in a couchette with a door that locks from the inside- better yet a private compartment but that would cost a lot more - but you will be guaranteed privacy and safety and you still save on the cost of an overnight in a hotel.

Daken Apr 19th, 2016 02:04 PM

PalenQ, indeed there is an overnight train from Krakow to Prague, but trouble there is that polish railways still can't sell ticket for this connection online, thus one either have to purchase such ticket in Poland (=almost definitely all the discounted tickets will be sold out if you do it couple day before the journey) or use agency/reseller (=paying extra to a middle man).

Regarding Budapest-Krakow overnight, ticket+sleeper reservation (3 bed compartment) start from 54 euro, while those who want entire compartment for themselves - single sleeper is 74 euro

nancy_41pr Apr 19th, 2016 02:42 PM

Which Hungarian railways, please?

Daken Apr 20th, 2016 03:22 AM

official website of the Hungarian Railways (MAV)

PalenQ Apr 20th, 2016 08:40 AM

or use agency/reseller (=paying extra to a middle man)>

See for suggested agencies I think.

Polrail Apr 22nd, 2016 11:19 PM

There are SparNight discount rates on this route, but they are extremely limited in quantity (2-3 tickets per night train). Contact Polrail Service directly, and they can check availability.

nancy_41pr Apr 30th, 2016 03:08 AM

It seems that only shows two trips from Budapest to Krakow and no price. Both trips are with 2 to 4 stops which makes it not comfortable to wake up at night and change trains. These two trips are on June 16.

nancy_41pr Apr 30th, 2016 04:42 AM

They just answered me regarding purchasing tickets online.

Dear Passenger,

Thank you for your e-mail.

Due to a technical problem this relation is not available online. Now you can buy the ticket only personally at our interntional ticket offices in Hungary.

Thank you for your understanding.

Is there a possibility to find tickets the same day or can they run out?

nancy_41pr Apr 30th, 2016 04:46 AM

I love seat61 for the detail explanation on traveling by train but the prices are not near accurate!

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