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Bus travel in Central and Eastern Europe
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Does anyone know about bus travel in central/eastern europe? I will be traveling between budapest, vienna, krakow, prague, salzburg, and munich. I have explored trains but they seem to be inconvenient for the route I would ideally like to take. I have heard that the buses in the region are good, but I don’t have any solid info. Can anyone confirm about bus travel between these cities, recommend a good website, bus line, anything?

I am leaving from Knoxville, TN with $3500 for 46 days
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There will be bus service, but I doubt it will be any more convenient than the train. Try www.eurolines.com

Why is it you think train is inconvenient for these cities? All have good rail service.

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Tell me your exact route, the order of cities you want to visit, and I tell you the routes and times. There are bus lines between Prague and Vienna, Prague and Budapest, Budapest and Vienna, Budapest and Krakow.

When I look at your itinerary, I would choose the following order of cities in Central Europe:

Venice – (overnight train) – Budapest
Budapest – (bus or train) – Krakow
Krakow – (overnight or daytime train) – Prague
Prague – (bus) – Vienna
Vienna – (train) – Salzburg

If you have any questions about Prague or Czech and Slovak republics, ask me.
If you only want to search train or bus connection within Czech&Slovakia and/or to neighboring countries, use www.cp.sk or www.idos.cz search engines. For domestic transport, they also show prices.

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Thanks for the info. Maybe I havn’t been able to find accurate train information for travel between these cites. Papyr, that is actually close to the route I ended up deciding upon. Can you recommend websites to view the train/bus schedules for these trips?

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most train schedules can be viewed at www.bahn.de

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Don’s right about the German national rail website. It’s the most complete and easiest for schedules anywhere in Europe. Here’s the direct link to the English page: http://reiseauskunft…

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The train timetables are in my signature or at www.bahn.de.

The bus from Budapest to Krakow is operated by www.orangeways.com – there are 4 departures a week:
Wed+Sat+Sun Budapest departure 06:00, Krakow arrival 13:30
Fri Budapest departure 14:00, Krakow arrival 21:30
price HUF 4990 = USD 25.40 = EUR 18.40
info and reservation: info@orangeways.com

For Prague to Vienna, visit www.studentagency.eu – click International Bus tickets and follow the reservation process. You can even buy the ticket online. The ticket costs EUR 16 or CZK 390. The timetable is here:
PRAHA, Florenc departure: a) 00:15 b) 10:30 c) 12:30
WIEN, Joseph-Roth-Gasse/Praterstern arrival: a) 05:15 b) 15:30 c) 17:30

If you have any questions about Prague or Czech and Slovak republics, ask me.
If you only want to search train or bus connection within Czech&Slovakia and/or to neighboring countries, use www.cp.sk or www.idos.cz search engines. For domestic transport, they also show prices.