Transportation from Budapest to Prague

Mar 11th, 2008, 08:54 AM
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Transportation from Budapest to Prague


My wife and I are planning to spend 5 nights each in Budapest and Prague (starting in Budapest) in mid-September.

I have several questions about transportation between the two cities.

1 - Train: can someone give me an idea how much this would cost per person? I was able to find timetables on, but I haven't been able to find how much the trip would cost. Should we try to book ahead of time, or wait until we arrive?

2 - Plane: early research indicates that the cost of this option is prohibitive. Are there discount carriers I should consider that would total less than the $700+ (for both tickets, one-way) I'm currently seeing?

3 - Car: we've taken several trips to Europe, but have not rented a car yet. If you've driven this route before would you recommend it to a couple of newbies? If so, how much would it cost?

I think that should do it for now. Thank you in advance, and if you have any other tips/suggestions for out trip in general, I'd love to hear them.
Mar 11th, 2008, 09:13 AM
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1. I took the overnight train many years ago--if I could afford it then, I'm certain you could now. It will certainly be less than rental (with drop off fee) or flights. Hopefully someone will know the price offhand.
I love night trains though. I don't think you need to book it now, but I would book it while in Budapest in advance of the trip. (so the sleepers don';t get booked up)
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Mar 11th, 2008, 11:26 AM
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Mar 11th, 2008, 12:42 PM
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I am going to Prague next week and initially considered taking a train to Budapest--changed my mind, though, because of time constraints.

I checked, and according to them, the fare is 45 Euros.

I also checked and it computes the cost for a Class 2 ticket from Budapest to Prague at 47.50 euro.

Hope this helps.
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Mar 12th, 2008, 04:57 AM
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Anybody else?
Mar 13th, 2008, 02:55 PM
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Have you checked out They are a low-cost airline, probably similar to Southwest in the US. I have not used them, so can't give a personal recommendation.

I arbitrarily plugged in Sept 19 one-way from Budapest to Prague and got a fare of 59 euros (one person). Perhaps this is an option.
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Mar 13th, 2008, 05:16 PM
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We flew but friends of mine took the train. It took most of the day and she said the trip was quite boring - not much scenery.

I wouldn;t drive unless you plan on seeing things/ stopping on the way.
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