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Krakow-Prague Day Train... help!
Federico
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Hello!

My name is Federico and I´m from Argentina. Me and my soon-to-be-wife will be traveling around europe on our honeymoon.

We´ll be from April 29th to 2nd of May in Krakow, and we wish to travel to Prague in the day train (Krakow-Katowice-Prague, departure 09:36 from Krakow, arriving 17:50 in Prague)

The thing is, I´ve contact Polrail Service some time ago and now they post me a reply with the prices: 672 PLN or 163 euros for two tickets.

I´ve been reading your posts to learn a little… I´ve used the IDOS page (http://jizdenka.idos…) and the price for the two tickets is 80 euros. So, either Im wrong, or they are 100% up in the prices…

Should I book with Polrail (even with that kind of price) to get some peace of mind, or can I buy the tickets in Krakow Train Station two days early for a better price?

Note: we´ll be in Berlin from April 25 to 29… is there a convenient way to buy them in Germany?

Thank you very much for your help!

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I get a different price every time I enter it on the IDOS page and it sometimes changes my request back to 1 person when I thought I was asking for 2. I do not know what this site is, or if it is trustworthy. It appears that you are buying an open ticket for the route, not a ticket for a specific train which means you may need to buy a reservation for the train you actually take. However, I’d think that would only be 5 to 10 € each, so certainly not enough to double the price. Is there a possibility you are comparing a roundtrip ticket to a one-way ticket??

What site did you use for Polrail??? If you ended up on a travel agency website, you could end up paying nearly double.

You should be able to buy this ticket At either major train station in Berlin, but it may be slightly cheaper in Prague. Is there a reason not to buy it in Prague?

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First of all I would like to thank you for your response!

For Polrail Im using a link they e-mail me:

http://beta.booking….

On “International Trains” tab, Im asking only to One Way ticket, on May 2. Two passengers, Male 32 years old, Female 30 years old.

The first train option that appears is the one Im interested in.

I can buy it either in Berlin or in Krakow, because the full scale trip is:

London
Amsterdam *Berlin
Krakow*
Prague
Barcelona
London (again)
Moscow

In your opinion, are the Polrail prices reasonable?

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Your websites may be totally legitimate and safe, but I would not buy this ticket on-line unless I could buy it from either the Czech or Polish national rail company website. The links to the national rail company websites are in a sticky at the top of this forum and under “transportation” on the “travel tips” tab.

I’d buy the ticket in Amsterdam or Berlin if I couldn’t buy on-line from a site I trusted — a distinct possibility since I don’t think either the Polish or Czech national rail website sells international (one European country to another) tickets on-line.

I don’t know if prices are reasonable or not, but I think we’ve had a lot of discussion about this route in the past, so look at some old posts in this forum.