Transportation from Budapest to Krakow

Old Apr 16th, 2016, 11:40 AM
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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.
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Old Apr 16th, 2016, 12:39 PM
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Type https://www.google.com/webhp?gws_rd=...pest+to+krakow in google and start searching. Bus is probably the cheapest way between the two cities.
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Old Apr 16th, 2016, 12:41 PM
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Forget google. Use rome2rio.com for overall info. For train info, go to seat61.com.
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Old Apr 16th, 2016, 12:47 PM
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Just curious. Why would rome2rio.com be more reliable than the sites listed on the google search?
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Old Apr 16th, 2016, 01:39 PM
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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. http://www.eurolines.hu/en/Destinations/Poland/Krakow

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).
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Old Apr 16th, 2016, 02:54 PM
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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 seat61.com for details.
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Old Apr 17th, 2016, 07:42 AM
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http://www.polskibus.com/en/index.htm
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Old Apr 17th, 2016, 11:37 AM
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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. mavcsoport.hu is not available when I search. Its probably because its exactly 60 days prior reservation.
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Old Apr 17th, 2016, 11:44 AM
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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 - www.ricksteves.com and www.budgeteuropetravel.com.

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.
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Old Apr 19th, 2016, 07:53 AM
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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)
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Old Apr 19th, 2016, 10:31 AM
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There is also an overnight train I think Krakow to Prague.
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Old Apr 19th, 2016, 12:48 PM
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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.
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Old Apr 19th, 2016, 02:04 PM
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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
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Old Apr 19th, 2016, 02:42 PM
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Which Hungarian railways, please?
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Old Apr 20th, 2016, 03:22 AM
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official website of the Hungarian Railways (MAV)
http://elvira.mav-start.hu
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Old Apr 20th, 2016, 08:40 AM
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or use agency/reseller (=paying extra to a middle man)>

See www.seat61.com for suggested agencies I think.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2016, 11:19 PM
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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.
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Old Apr 30th, 2016, 03:08 AM
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It seems that http://elvira.mav-start.hu/ 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.
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Old Apr 30th, 2016, 04:42 AM
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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?
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Old Apr 30th, 2016, 04:46 AM
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I love seat61 for the detail explanation on traveling by train but the prices are not near accurate!
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