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Train from Vienna to Kosice?
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Hey there —

My wife and I want to travel by train from Vienna to Kosice on Monday, July 13th. Any advice as to how to best do this? I’ve been trying to research it online and have run into some difficulties. We’d like to leave fairly early that morning (8:00 a.m. or so) if at all possible.

What’s our best way? The Austrian railway? The Slovak rail? Something else? I was on the OBB (Austria) site earlier but it seems I need a BUSINESSCARD to purchase a ticket, and I’m not sure what that is or if I’ll able to do it from the States. What’s the best/fastest/cheapest method of going? We’re just traveling one way, and since this is our only train trip of our vacation, we don’t need some sort of monthly or weekly pass.

Ideally, I’d like to get the tickets in advance, since we’d prefer to be on the safe side. Is that possible or will I need to simply buy them at the train station in Vienna?

Any help at all would be great. Thank you so much! You can e-mail me suggestions to:

jon_lemire@hotmail.com

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1. Use the German rail website for schedules anywhere in Europe. http://reiseauskunft…
2. It will probably be best to buy your ticket at the train station in Europe. It’s fairly difficult (sites that sell only in-country tickets, refused credit cards, pages switching back and forth between English and local language, etc.) to buy from the national rail company websites like OBB. The alternative, rail travel agency websites, will charge global fare + shipping and handling, resulting in a ticket that’s 1 1/2 to 2 times what you’ll pay at the station or from the national rail company websites.
3. You really won’t need to buy this ticket very far in advance. Buy it when you first arrive in Vienna — at either of the major train stations or try at the airport train station.
4. There’s a direct train at 8:00 AM — takes just under 7 hours.

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Lemiracle wrote:
Hey there —

My wife and I want to travel by train from Vienna to Kosice on Monday, July 13th. Any advice as to how to best do this? I’ve been trying to research it online and have run into some difficulties. We’d like to leave fairly early that morning (8:00 a.m. or so) if at all possible.


Luckily for you, there happens to be a direct train at exactly 8 am. Category: InterCity. Number: 405. Name: Tatran. Route: Wien Westbahnhof (8:00) – Wien Meidling (8:15) – Bratislava – Trencin – Zilina – Poprad – Kosice (14:53).
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What’s our best way? The Austrian railway? The Slovak rail?

Actually it doesn’t matter, since the moment you cross the national border, the other national railway company becomes your legal carrier, and the price you pay at the cash desk at the starting point is somehow divided among the two.
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Something else? I was on the OBB (Austria) site earlier but it seems I need a BUSINESSCARD to purchase a ticket, and I’m not sure what that is or if I’ll able to do it from the States. What’s the best/fastest/cheapest method of going? We’re just traveling one way, and since this is our only train trip of our vacation, we don’t need some sort of monthly or weekly pass.

I suppose that you will arrive to Vienna a day or more days prior to this departure to Kosice. If so, then the best way for you is this: A day or two in advance, just to be sure, visit any large train station in Austria (e.g. Wien West, Wien Sud, Wien Meidling…etc…)and just buy a single ticket at the cash desk. Usually credit cards of all sorts are accepted, and of course also hard euro cash.

In order to know what price is acceptable, let me reveal that Bratislava-Kosice segment costs €18.50. Since Wien-Bratislava should be about €10-15, then everything above €30 in second class one way one person is a ripoff and you should not buy it. Instead just buy Bratislava, travel there and buy the rest of the trip there. What’s really funny, as you may use a faster route this way, it even saves time:
Take a fast train No. 2514 from Vienna to Bratislava. (Wien Sudbahnhof 8:28, Wien Simmering 8:34, Wien Erzherzog-Karl-Str. 8:41, Bratislava hlavna st.- main st. 9:25). In Bratislava main sta., go straight to the cash desk and buy yourselves a ticket for InterCity 405 to Kosice. This one leaves Bratislava main sta. at 9:55 and arrives to Kosice at 14:53, it’s the very same train that leaves at 8 from Vienna.

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Ideally, I’d like to get the tickets in advance, since we’d prefer to be on the safe side.


Trust me, you’re way way overreacting about the safe side. You simply WILL fit in the train. There’s a hourly interval of fast trains between Vienna and Bratislava and bi-hourly interval between Bratislava and Kosice. If you miss one, you’ll hop on another. No big deal. Most people buy tickets fifteen minutes before departure and guess what, on they go.

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 there,
Very helpful comments. Would you please advise how can we get from Poprad to Vienne arly morning?
Thank you

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The first morning train goes at 6:45 from Poprad, arriving to Wien West at 12:32.

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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Thank you so much for your quick reply. Please advise if all trains go to Wien West or may be some arrive to Wien South? Are these two train stations far way from each other? How often are there trains from Poprad to Wien?
Thanks again for you help.

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Use the German rail website. http://reiseauskunft… It will tell you specifically which station the train stops at. For the most part Westbahnhof serves trains from Germany, Switzerland and most of Northern and Western Europe. Sudbahnhof serves trains from the South (Italy) and from Eastern Europe.

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Hey all —

I started this thread a few months ago and I’d happy to say that the trip from Vienna was very easy. The afternoon before we needed to depart for Kosice, we went to Wien Westbahnhof and purchased a pair of one-way tickets. It was a reserved train (and it eventually sold out), so it was a touch more expensive than we expected, but it was very easy and well-worth it. The next day, we arrived at Westbahnhof about 25 minutes early and had no trouble getting on our train. The trip east was painless.

Thanks to all who helped! And good luck to those making a similar journey….

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Poprad to Wien WESTbahnhof, two direct InterCity trains per day.

Poprad to Bratislava hlavna, bi-hourly fast train.

Bratislava hlavna to Wien SUDbahnhof, hourly semifast train.

Look it up yourself at www.cp.sk – click English down right – enter dates in format D.M.YYYY

Have fun.

Wien West is 20 minutes journey from Wien Sud by a tram line No. 18.

If you decide to use a fast train to Bratislava and then another train to Vienna, use separate tickets, first buy one for Bratislava, then once in Bratislava buy another one to Vienna.

If you have any questions about Prague or Czech and Slovak republics, ask me.
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Great. THANK YOU!!