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Prague-Krakow-Budapest-Bratislava
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Hi

We’re planning to take a two and a half/three week trip through central Europe, starting the weekend of Dec 18-20. Our priorities are to visit 1) Auschwitz (and, thus, Krakow), 2) Prague, 3) Budapest, 4)Vienna/Bratislava. The last week we want to visit Berlin (and a city near Berlin where a friend lives). We live in Barcelona, thus the cheapest outbound flights I’ve found (60/70 euros one way) are to either Prague or Budapest. The return to Barcelona will be from Berlin.

The question is what is the cheapest and most time efficient way to travel between all these cities assuming a) we start at either Prague or Budapest and b) we end up in Berlin ?
In terms of getting to Krakow (again thinking in terms of time, money, and the other cities on the list we want to visit) is it better to leave from Prague or Budapest ?

Thank you very much in advance for your help.

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Ira

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There are more possibilities. The most likely is this:
Budapest-train/bus-Bratislava-train/bus-Prague-train-Krakow-train-Berlin.
or
Prague-train/bus-Bratislava-train/bus-Budapest-bus/overnight train-Krakow-train-Berlin

Buses are generally lots cheaper than trains. For details about the possibilities, see this thread http://www.eurotrip….

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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I’d vote for train over bus for all of this unless budget is the major consideration. Train will be more comfortable and probably faster. It’s possible that a railpass may save some money over point to point tickets, but I think it’s unlikely with this itinerary.

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thanks for your help

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thanks so much for your help

another question if you don’t mind: we’ve decided first to fly to Budapest; we’re going to end up in Berlin; we’re going to meet a friend either in Prague or in Bratislava/Vienna; and we’re going to visit Krakow before meeting our friend.

So would it best to go budapest-krakow-bratislava/vienna-prague-berlin or budapest-krakow-prague-bratislava/vienna-berlin?

Or what about budapest-bratislava/vienna-krakow-prague-berlin ?

thanks again for all your help

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I’d probably go for Budapest-Bratislava/Vienna-Krakow-Prague-Berlin, but would probably base the final decision on how the train schedules work out. Use the German rail system website http://reiseauskunft… for schedules anywhere in Europe — it’s the most complete and easiest to navigate in English.