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train @ bus from warsaw to budapest?


lulu   Dec 18, 2009, 04:45am /  #1
hi,is there any train @ bus that goes from warsaw to budapest? is there any website in english? thanks

nguyenek   Dec 18, 2009, 05:03am /  #2
I know there's a train from Warsaw to Budapest. You take the Intercity PKP I think, it should depart around 10-11pm. Not sure if there's information on the PKP website but the best way is to go to Warszawa Centralna train station and ask for information from the Intercity booth. I don't remember how much it cost but it should be no more than $30 both ways.

Warning: the train ride may take 12 hours. When me and my friends took the train, we got stuck in this one place in Slovakia (Srnica or whatever it's called) for straight up an hour. They changed the head engine there and the coach got moving. Next thing we know we're heading back in the same direction and the signboard "Srnica" showed up again. Probably another head engine change or the train conductor forgot his lunchbox.

Torq   Dec 18, 2009, 08:37am /  #3
lulu:
is there any website in english? thanks

rozklad-pkp.pl/?q=en/node/143

nguyenek:
I don't remember how much it cost but it should be no more than $30 both ways.

$30 both ways?

Actually, one way ticket from Warsaw Central to Budapest Keleti costs 405PLN,
so both ways ticket's price is closer to $300 :)

lulu232   Dec 18, 2009, 02:48pm /  #4
hi guys...i'm planning to visit krakow in end of coming january, from there i would like to travel to budapest, is there any cheapest n best way to go there from krakow?thanks
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jwojcie Edited by: jwojcie    Dec 18, 2009, 03:13pm /  #5
The best would be flying, the cheapest hitch-hiking ;-)
But seriously, I think that there is no direct flight to Budapest from Krakow airport or from nearby Pyrzowice airport. But there is direct night train:

Kraków Główny 30.01.10 leaves at 22:11 (10:11 p.m)
Budapest-Keleti pu 31.01.10 arrives at 08:32 a.m.
(it suppose to be everyday train)

source: www.pkp.pl

PS. it says that it is train with couchettes only. Personally I used that kind of train once travelling from Wroclaw (Poland) to Berlin. It was quite long journey, but I just fall asleep in the evening and woke up in the morning. It was quite comfortable and I think quite safe.

lulu232   Dec 18, 2009, 04:13pm /  #6
hi, how bout the fare?they just put the timetable there.


nguyenek   Dec 18, 2009, 05:53pm /  #8
Torq:
Actually, one way ticket from Warsaw Central to Budapest Keleti costs 405PLN,
so both ways ticket's price is closer to $300 :)

Not sure how you found the price out, but if it were $300 I would have never made that trip on a train with my friends.

We booked through a PKP ticketing agent and all I remembered was I gave my friend about 100zl so she can booked me one ticket.

Torq Edited by: Torq    Dec 18, 2009, 06:18pm /  #9
nguyenek:
Not sure how you found the price out

I called PKP today in the morning and asked them the price of:
2nd class, intercity, one way ticket Warsaw Central - Budapest
Keleti for one person (departure from Warsaw - 6:45 AM).

They told me 405PLN

The numbers are 19 757 (for TP S.A. clients) or (022) 19 436

nguyenek   Dec 18, 2009, 06:21pm /  #10
Torq:
I called PKP today in the morning and asked them the price of:
2nd class, intercity, one way ticket Warsaw Central - Budapest
Keleti train for one person (departure from Warsaw - 6:45 AM)

The numbers are 19 757 (for TP S.A. clients) or (022) 19 436

Last-minute holiday pricing, no doubt. That explains it.

Torq   Dec 18, 2009, 06:36pm /  #11
nguyenek:
Last-minute holiday pricing, no doubt. That explains it.

That's possible. However, $30 both ways still sounds incredibly cheap.
Maybe your friend was able to get some sort of a very special discount
on the tickets?

Ordinary train ticket, 2nd class, from Gdańsk to Warsaw (both ways)
costs 120PLN (that's over $40) so it would be odd if Intercity ticket
to Budapest was cheaper than that.


Torq   Dec 18, 2009, 06:42pm /  #13
By the way, it's only 680 kilometres from Warsaw to Budapest,
so it would probably be cheaper to just drive there.

nguyenek   Dec 18, 2009, 06:48pm /  #14
Torq:
That's possible. However, $30 both ways still sounds incredibly cheap.
Maybe your friend was able to get some sort of a very special discount
on the tickets?

Ordinary train ticket, 2nd class, from Gdańsk to Warsaw (both ways)
costs 120PLN (that's over $40) so it would be odd if Intercity ticket
to Budapest was cheaper than that.

We were visiting students at the time, and I did have to present my legitymacja so I think there could be a student discount. That was a year ago in October. You're right that a Budapest ticket should cost more than a Gdansk ticket - but it should not be *that* expensive i.e. 405zl.

delphiandomine :-(   Dec 18, 2009, 07:20pm /  #15
Polrail are highly, highly recommended by me - fantastic customer service. They do charge a premium, but for their highly specific knowledge and ability to book obscure fares that bamboozle PKP Intercity workers, they're second to none.

Certainly, they're recommended if you want to book anything esoteric.

lulu232   Dec 18, 2009, 07:52pm /  #16
thank you guys...i've checked the bus website,but unfortunately for the date that i wanted ( 31st jan) it's very expensive! so, i think i ;ve to cancel my trip to budapest and just spend more time in krakow n warsaw, from warsaw i ll go to prague ( czech train is cheap!)
thank you!

nana Edited by: nana    Dec 19, 2009, 01:20am /  #17
yes there is a direct train from Warsaw to Budapest, but it's quite expensive, I think. it costs about 470 (return ticket). the journey takes about 11 hours. There is cheaper connections going by bus. There are a lot of direct connection form Warsaw for ex Ecolines, Eurolines or Orangeways (it's the chepast, I think- one-way ticket costs 70 zl=17 EUR) but it starts from Cracow.

I'm going to go Budapest next week on Friday, so that's why I know a bit ;)

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