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night train prices, Bratislava to Krakow, Krakow to Prague
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Hello, can anyone tell me what is the price for the night train (1) from Bratislava to Krakow; (2) from Krakow to Prague? SmileI can find the time for those trains online but not the price.Frown Thank you! Smile

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Oh and I forgot…what are the first class and second class prices? How many beds are there in a first class and second class compartment? We are two girls and have read a lot about bad things about night trains in eastern europe so we’re a bit afraid…

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Jammy, Please don’t take the advice the wrong way, I do not mean to be rude. When you are asking detailed information on pricing, seat/beds/class/fares and when there are so many options & specials and when the train fare can vary greatly due to your dates of travel and your ages, it is best to call a company/travel agent directly that specializes in European train reservations and ask them all the details directly. You may get high prices and wrong information from a fellow traveler who is just trying to help you out on this board. Train schedules change for the summer season and we don’t have access to all the specials and promotions. Google European train reservations (like rail europe or the one that sponsors this board on the booking button above) *and call them on their TOLL-FREE number to get the many options and pricing based on your dates, ages and if you are traveling with a railpass. (information you did not give us). *If you are nervous about night trains, don’t stress yourself or your parents out, get up early and catch the first morning train out and enjoy watching the countryside, chat with the locals and other backpackers, write in your journal, have a picnic on the train and arrive by midday. You can still get ripped off midday if you store daypack under your seat or leave valuables on table or seat when you go to toilette or snackbar (it happens all the time). Stop by the local market the night before and buy Food, snacks, drinks, water and be prepared for your trip. When you call the companies, plaese post the answers to your own questions with all the options to help others.

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One rule of thumb: 1st class is usually 1 1/2 times the price of 2nd class. Ist class roomettes on the train get very expensive.

Here’s some basic information on the most popular overnight trains. It’s not necessarily “to the penny” correct and not updated since 2008. http://ourworld.comp… Of course this does not include specials like the 29 euro Spar Night ticket and seat reservation on bahn.de
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Thanks…we’ll be travelling in May and we don’t have any railpass. Does anyone know how much it will cost without any railpass? If a compartment with two beds is not too expensive, we’ll opt for it as it will be much safer, but we have no idea how much it costs. We don’t want to take the day train as we will fall asleep in the train anyhow…We’ve searched lots of websites and read a few travel books…Frown

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The price for a night train comprises of (a) 1st or 2nd class fare according to mileage and (b) price for the bed / couchette itself.

If you have a railpass, it only covers (a).

I can only find (a) prices, and only its international variant (any major European train station will sell you this ticket for this price. However, the carrier rail company may offer further discounts.

Bratislava to Krakow one way (a): 2nd class EUR 50, 1st class EUR 75.
Special offer by Slovak railways: return ticket Bratislava-Krakow-Bratislava 2nd class 46.40 EUR (valid via Skalite), EUR 56.80 (via Czech rep.)

Krakow to Praha one way (a): 2nd class EUR 36.80, 1st class EUR 55.30.

Special offer by the Czech railways: one way ticket Praha-Krakow Kc 534 (EUR 19.50). Valid only in this direction, the possibility to buy the return ticket (Krakow-Praha) only exists when you already bought the way there.

The (b) price should be about 25 EUR for a couchette, I have no idea how much more for the sleeper. Note: Any couchette, but only the three-bed sleeper compartment can be accessed with the 2nd class (a) ticket. Two-bed and single-bed sleeper compartments not only require hefty (b), but also require the 1st class (a)!

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Anyway, why don’t you reverse the order so that Bratislava and Prague would follow each other? I’d suggest Bratislava-Prague-Krakow. That way you could save A LOT, both of money and of time. Travel b/w Prague and Bratislava is frequent and cheap, but travel from any of these to Krakow is long, tiring and expensive.

Example:
Bratislava to Prague, one way, bus: 12.45 EUR (300 CZK) online, 14.11 EUR (340 CZK) on the spot
Bratislava to Prague, one way, 2nd class seater day-train: 24 EUR
Bratislava to Prague, one way, 2nd class couchette: approx. 32 EUR
(Travel time 4-5 hrs, many connections a day)

Prague to Krakow, one way, 2nd class seater day-train + seat reservation (internet special – limited number of seats): 19 EUR
Prague to Krakow, one way, 2nd class seater day-train (standard price) 36.80 EUR
(Travel time 7 1/2 hrs, one day and one night train)

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Thanks papyr!!!!!!!
Our flight leaves from Prague, so Prague has to be our final destination…

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Then at least go Krakow-Bratislava-Prague in order to save money

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hi papyr

I would like to go prague to bratislava by bus in a couple weeks
could you tell me the options
also does bus station far away from city center
I will be glad for yor help

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starker wrote:
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I would like to go prague to bratislava by bus in a couple weeks
could you tell me the options


Yes. Either you go or you don’t.
Search at www.cp.sk – click English down right, and enter: From “Praha”, To “Bratislava”, date in the format D.M.YYYY and time in 24h format, and check the “direct connections only” box.
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also does bus station far away from city center

No. It’s in the centre in both cases. In Prague, it’s called Florenc and it’s on the Florenc metro station. In Bratislava, it’s at the edge of the centre at Mlynske Nivy.

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Hi Papyr, how are you?

I’m traveling to Europe next month, and I’ll go to Krakow, and from there, I’d like to visit Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Bratislava, and I have already bought a plane ticket departing from Bratislava.
My initial plan is do the following order (according to the prices that I got from the Student Agency for buses tickets): Krakow-Vienna/Vienna-Prague(14.4 EUR)/Prague-Budapest(18 EUR)/Budapest-Bratislava(4.5 EUR) … however I did not find a good and cheap way to depart from Krakow to Vienna, nor to any of the other destinations (because the prices of buses among these cities are not so different, so I could switch the order)… what do you suggest me? What is the cheapest way to depart from Krakow to any of these cities? Is it possible to book online, as I’m in Brazil and I guess there wont be offices here?

Many thanks!

Carlos Parejo

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Krakow to Budapest cheap bus line €18.50 (4990 HUF)
http://www.orangeway…

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Hi I hope this is the right place to ask the question.
My friend and I will be traveling from Prague to Krakow and we are thinking of taking the over night train departing Oct 17 night (Saturaday) in a private compartment (double). Raileurope is quoting me $200 CAD per person which I find excessive, and after reading some of the comments here it seems I can save a fair bit by buying the tickets at the Prague station. I am just concerned about tickets being sold out as I would only arrive Prague the morning before. I would appreciate if the experts here can give me some advice.

Thanks a lot! Smile

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RailEurope 1. uses global pricing for the tickets 2. Charges inflated fees for reservations 3. charges handling fees on the reservations and 4. charges shipping. The result is that the whole package will cost you nearly twice what you’ll pay at the station in Europe.

HOWEVER, a private double is going to be pretty expensive, no matter what. $200 per person is high, but I’d expect to pay over $100 each. I’d book 2 berths in a 4 berth compartment. Hopefully, Papyr will respond with actual prices. Try looking up pricing on the links in his signature line.

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Our experience this summer:
1. Unless you are super rich, don’t use RailEurope

2. For an acurrate price and time check, simply visit the Polish national railway website (http://rozklad-pkp.p…) and write them an email (in English) to ask about the price! They are super friendly and super fast. They replied my emails in a few hours! The email is: infoeuropa@intercity.pl

3. To buy train tickets, just buy them in the nearest train station as soon as you arrive in any Eastern European country.

Our first stop was Hungary. We bought our overnight train tickets from Bratislava to Krakow and Krakow to Prague on our first day of arrival. The staff is helpful and speaks some English. No problem! We (two girls) took the first class compartment for security reasons. It was well worth! We slept well with door locks and a train officer in the compartment who woke us up by knocking at the door early that mornig (Actually the trains and services are exactly like those in western Europe)

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Thanks for the replies!
jammy looks like I will be in a similar situation as well. I will be arriving Budapest on Oct 10, one week away from the Krakow train trip. Did you happen to purchase the tickets at the East Station (Keleti pályaudva)? Any specific advice that you can give is much appreciated! I have also emailed the address you have provided and waiting for a reply. We are just worried about the compartments being sold out.

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Hi Mole
I have forgotten which train station we bought the train tickets, but it’s either the east or the west one. Tip: Look for the train ticket booths that sells International train tickets, not local tickets, write down your itinerary (train time and destination, etc) and hand it to the staff as the staff don’t speak good English, you may have to queue for a long time but that’s Budapest!

I find it really interesting as the Polish railway website staff can provide information on ALL eastern europe railway enquiries, not limited to those in Poland!

Don’t worry! Just buy your train tickets first thing after you arrive in Budapest. There is a money exchange in the train station. Enjoy your trip!

btw, where are u staying in Krakow? We stayed at Tom and Greg Hostel and it was GREAT! It’s right next to the train station. They offer free Polish breakfast and dinners – eat till you drop! That was the best hostel in our whole trip. In Prague we stayed at Sir Toby which was a very nice place too, near to the train station. We booked at www.hostelworld.com

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The international ticket office at Keleti palyaudvar has a separate entrance from the side. If you stand in the same direction as arriving trains, then its on your right, if you stand in the same direction as departing trains, then its on your left. It is open non-stop.

P.S. The Prague to Krakow leg is not EXCESSIVELY used, so I am pretty sure that in October there WILL be vacant beds and couchettes available on the day of the departure. But the SparNight, the special saver price, may be sold out. Anyway, try right after you arrive in Prague. There are 4 stations in Prague that sell intl tickets (Hlavni/Main, Masaryk, Smichov, Holesovice), but the best service (and the best English spoken) is at a Wasteels company stand at the Main station, they have great knowledge of all-European rail travel and can print out any ticket Czech railways can print out. They will offer all possible variants and prices, and, unlike ladies at the Czech railways cash desk, they are friendly, willing to help and good in English.

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Thank you all jammy, papyr and oldlady. I feel more assured now, really looking forward to the trip!
jammy: Thank you for the suggestion I give that website a try.

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I need help, please. My wife and I are travelling to Prague on Nov 22 and leaving November 30. It is our goal to Prague, BudaPest, and Krakow. The question is, what is the most efficient way to get to these three cities to maximize our time? I never considered an overnight train and have read several comments about this. If we do take the train, then obviously we won’t need a hotel for the night(s) travelled. My question – where do I find information about travelling between these three cities? do overnight trips exist? (I’ve read conflicting posts). Because our time is limited – overnight travel makes sense, or should we fly? Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

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First off, 8 days isn’t enough to visit 3 widely scattered cities — especially if that includes arrival day (day one is overnight flight, day two is arrival day with jet lag, culture shock and little sleep) and departure day (most flights leave in the early AM, so that day’s totally shot).

Use the German rail website for train schedules anywhere in Europe — it’s the most complete and most user-friendly in English: http://reiseauskunft… Use the links in Papyr’s signature line to check prices and/or actually buy tickets in Czech Rep and Slovakia. I like www.whichbudget.com as a starting place for finding cheap flights. It will show you which low-fare airlines fly which routes. Also check our “cheap flights” forum for more advice and help.

Either a flight or any overnight train will theorectically save time and sometimes save money. However, any flight takes 5 hours by the time you add check in time, security time and getting to and from the airports to the actual flight time. Plus flying, for me, is a lot of uncomfortable “hurry up and wait” hassle. A flight in the middle of the day usually kills the entire day for sight-seeing.

You don’t always get a good night’s sleep on an overnight train and it can be disorienting to arrive in a strange city at morning rush hour when you’re dead tired. You may want a shower and a nap but won’t be able to check into your hotel/hostel until 3:00 PM. Thus, I try to limit the total of overnight trains and flights to 1 a week — the absolute maximum for me is 2 in any 7 day period.

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There IS a night train between any two of these three cities. The info you have read here is not contradictory, just read precisely and observe the date of posts (last year’s timetable could be different). Use the search engine in my signature to find precise timetable.

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Thank you both very much for the information, extremely helpful. I’m very much looking forward to my trip! The insights were very helpful

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Hallo papyr,

I´m trying to find tickets from Praha to Kraków, but I have just found tickets up to 30 days to buy online.
Do you know how can I buy in a longer period, more or less 50 days? (28/12)
I can´t imagine that they don´t have a longer schedule than this!

Thank´s

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The new 2010 timetable is still not approved in every country, so they cannot sell reservations with departure dates beyond 12th Dec 2009 since they dont know exactly when and if that particular train will run. If the new timetable approval weren’t the case, the pre-sale would start 60 days before departure, as it normally does in any other month of the year.

This makes hunting for cheap specials dated around Christmas very interesting, since the bookings may be open any day and will probably sell out on that very same day. Which day will it be? Let’s be surprised.

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