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hey guys,

quick question about purchasing rail tickets.

heading to europe end of sept beginning of oct, going to hit oktoberfest then travel around a bit. we bought rail tickets through bahn.de (the super savers) from munich to budapest, no problem at all. However, the next leg of our trip is rail from budapest > prague, and we are trying to figure out if we should buy tickets here on raileurope (or equivalent), or wait until we are in budapest.

I have heard waiting to buy the tickets in europe is cheaper, but i have also that, without knowing hungarian, it can be challenging to explain to the budapest ticket agents which train you want to buy tickets for..

any thoughts/advice/suggestions?

thanks Smile

Chris

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The tickets will cost much more from rail europe than if you buy them at the station. The tickets start out being 35% more expensive, plus prices for reservations are also inflated plus handling fees and shipping — tickets will cost nearly double what you’ll pay in Budapest.

I think you’ll be able to buy the ticket in Budapest by writing out the information with the help of a guide book/phrase book, but it can be daunting. Try to buy it at the international desk in Munich — you’re more likely to be dealing with someone with excellent English skills and the increase in price over buying in Budapest will be minimal. You might even be able to buy a ticket to Prague with a 48 hour stopover in Budapest.

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Thx both, I am also caring about the question.
chrizel, I suggest you just write down the info in notepaper and they can understand.
R 374 PANNONIA, to Praha hl.n., 19:40 — 6:14.

oldlady, would you please advise the actual fare of that train, I cannot find it online. I am trying to compare the full fares with european east pass to decide which one is cheaper. Thanks.

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Search on european east pass on this site for some basic information about that pass. It seldom pazs (sorrz about some oddities in spelling from this Estonian kezboard)

Try this link to the Czech rail website: https://eshop.cd.cz/… click on the British flag for at least some information in English.
You might also check some old posts from Papyr as he has posted some prices on Czech trains and some links that might be helpful. You might PM him if he has that enabled.

You can also check the price and time maps at ricksteves.com — however, those rates are “international tariff” so more expensive than you’re likely to pay.

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The fare from Prague to Budapest is this (and the reverse direction when bought in Budapest should be the same)

2nd class one way €47.50
2nd class return €65.80

1st class one way €71.30
1st class return €104.60

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 both. I checked in this page http://ourworld.comp…, and found the price is about €62 for a one way ticket. Maybe it’s not up-to-date, but I think the reservation fare with eurailpass should be same. About €4, right?

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thanks guys for the help! definitely seems to be cheaper to pick it up there, so that’s what i’ll do..

Chris

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Hi Papyr, the info center of Hungary railway replyed me. That is similar with the information on http://ourworld.comp….

The full price ticket for one-way costs 62,40 EUR for 2nd class, 1st class 93,80 EUR. The return ticket for 2nd class costs 75 EUR, 1st class 112,60 EUR.
Extra fares for one-way and one person: couchette with 6 beds 9,38 EUR, couchette with 4 beds 14 EUR, sleeping-car with 3 beds 14 EUR, sleeping-car with 2 beds 21 EUR, sleeping-car with 1 bed 49 EUR.

You can use the European Eastpass ticket.

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Good to know, at least I’ll know they sell them cheaper in Prague than in Budapest Thanks!

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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Hi. This post has been helpful. We are planning our two week trip to Prague (leaving early Oct) and want to take a few side trips. The first to Budapest for a few days (maybe Vienna on the way). Then back to Prague and a trip to Berlin for the weekend. It looks like the Europass is best for the Prague Berlin trip but I am not sure if that works for the Budapest leg. Flying would be ok but it doesn’t look like the fares are too affordable.

Any suggestions?

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If your plan is just Vienna, Berlin, Budapest and Prague, just buy point to point rail tickets after you get to Europe. I don’t think a railpass will save you any money.

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Hi, very glad to have found this site and thread, I want to make the trip from Budapest to Prague, and was wondering how far in asdvance you need to book?
I am concerned the train will be fully booked up and i won’t be able to travel when I want to.
It seems pretty hard to get to book outside of hungary. We are planning on spending about 3 days in Budapest, and still havent decided whether to get the sleeper or a daytime train.

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Dorian: There are several day trains on this route, but only 3 or 4 that don’t require a connection, so I would try to book a day train about 2 days in advance if a specific time or “no connections” was important. However, if you’re willing to arrive in Prague fairly late at night or make a connection or two there are plenty of choices, so it’s really unlikely that you’ll have to alter your plans by more than a couple of hours if a specific train happens to sell out.

There really isn’t a direct “overnight” train on this route — unless they happen to add one during the summer months. All of the options require at least one connection. I would try to book an overnight train at least 3 days in advance — longer if you’re traveling on the weekend.

What do you mean by “book” this train? Are you talking about buying a ticket for the route or getting a reservation for a specific train? The day trains on this route don’t generally require reservations; the overnight trains do. In any case, you should be able to buy your ticket and reservation at any major train station in Europe.

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How would I find out the cost and what railroad that travels from Prague to Budapest? Where would we buy a ticket? Is it possible to visit Wadowice, Poland for 1 day (no overnight stay) from Prague? If you know how to do that would you let me know? We want to spend about 10 hours in Wadowice.

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From Munich Airport how would you get to Salzburg, Austria? We want to take the train but we don’t know how to get to the train station from the airport.

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How would I find out the cost and what railroad that travels from Prague to Budapest?
You may not be able to find this out in advance. Try the Czechs and Hungarian rail websites:
http://www.cd.cz/sta… http://www.mav.hu/ You should be able to buy the ticket at the station without any trouble, but the ticket agent might not speak English, so you’ll need to use your guidebook or phrase book to write out what you want.

Check schedules (for anywhere in Europe) at the German rail website: http://reiseauskunft…

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lac2006 wrote:
From Munich Airport how would you get to Salzburg, Austria? We want to take the train but we don’t know how to get to the train station from the airport.

try this link for
Munich Ariport-
Then the
german railways site-
Perhaps
austrian rail as well-

I hope you can find the information you need from there.

I got this through google by the way.

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There’s an S-bahn station at the airport. Take the S-Bahn (covered by a railpass if you have one) to Munich Ost. If you put “Munich airport” as your departure on the German rail company website, it will show you the S-bahn trains that easily connect with the trains from Munich ost to Salzburg — about 2 an hour.