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Author: tUt
July 20, 2017, 09:28:10 pm
Topic: Re: Journey through the P...
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Author: tUt
July 20, 2017, 09:20:17 pm
Topic: Re: Journey through the P...
Message: Hi again tUt,An extra note.  Is there any rhyme or reason behind the Spanish train
Author: SEL
July 20, 2017, 01:22:14 pm
Topic: Re: Journey through the P...
Message: Thank you very much tUt, I had assumed you might be away. Hope you had a good trip.  It can ann
Author: SEL
July 20, 2017, 03:28:07 am
Topic: Re: Journey through the P...
Message: Dear SEL, first of all sorry for the much delayed reply, this year summer vacation wasn't rail
Author: tUt
July 19, 2017, 07:22:02 pm
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Trains from Budapest to Prague (timetable):

 Train Number
EC 280 EC 172 EC 278 EC 276 EC 274 EC 272 EN 476 EN 10476*
 Train Name
 Jan Jesenius 
 Hungaria 
 Danubius 
 Slovan 
 Jaroslav Hašek 
 "Csárdás" 
 Metropol 
Metropol
Budapest-Keleti 5:25 7:25 9:25 11:25 13:25 15:25 20:05 20:05
Bratislava hl.st. (Pozsony) 8:07 10:07 12:07 14:07 16:07 18:07 22:46 22:46
Praha hl.n. (Prague Main Station) 
12:08 14:08 16:08 18:08 20:08 22:08 4:08 6:43

* EuroNight (EN) Metropol train Budapest-Prague-Berlin consist of two groups of carriages: Budapest-Berlin group & Budapest-Prague group (first group arrives to Prague at 4:08 am, while second one makes a couple hours long stopover at one of the Czech stations in order to arrive to Prague at more decent time - 6:43am, thus de-facto while leaving Budapest on the same train you have chance to arrive to Prague at two different times)

 

Trains Tickets from Budapest to Prague? When traveling between capitals of Hungary & Czech Republic potential passengers can buy different types of train tickets, choosing the right type of ticket can save you quite a lot of money:

  • cheapest rail ticket for the connection is Hungarian discounted ticket called SparDay/SparNight, one-way fare starts from only 19 euro (2nd class seat), 35 euro (1st class seat), 29 euro (6 berth couchette), 39 euro (4 berth couchett), 49 euro (3 bed sleeper), 59 euro (double sleeper) & 99 euro (single sleeper). SparDay/SparNight ticket offered for all the EuroCity (EC) & EuroNight (EN) trains. However you should keep in mind that number of such discounted tickets is limited per each departure, it means that there is quota of cheap Spar tickets per each train, once sold out next price level (e.g. 29 & 45 euro instead of 19 & 35) kicks in. Thus earlier you buy - the better chances you have to catch cheapest tickets on the market. SparDay/SparNight tickets Budapest-Prague can be purchased as early as 90 days before the actual journey (we have a step by step guide on how to do it) and issued for the specific train & date (exchange or refund is not allowed)
  • passengers who aren't sure about their travel plans or simply missed an opportunity to buy SparDay/SparNight discounted ticket can look into another great ticket option - kirándulójegy [Excursion/Tourist Ticket]. It's a return ticket designed for those who want to visit Prague for couple days. Kirándulójegy Budapest-Prague is valid for 4 days, cost 49 euro and can be purchased even before departure, thus no need to buy anything in advance. There is also an upgraded version of the excursion ticket, which includes Prague public transport pass for the first three days of its validity (out of 4). Budapest – Prague + public transport pass (PID P+0) kirándulójegy ticket price is 59 euro. Kirándulójegy Budapest-Prague can be purchased online via Hungarian Railways (MAV) website
  • standard international one-way ticket Budapest-Prague (SCIC-NRT tariff) cost 84,20 euro when bought in Hungary, but it doesn't really make sense to purchase such ticket, since you can always buy cheaper kirándulójegy Budapest-Prague for 49 euro and simply don't use the return part
  • besides the above mentioned options there are also couple legal ticket tricks, which might be of use for those who plan to travel between Budapest & Prague: a) Hungarian Railways (MAV) offer discounted SparDay tickets not only for trips from Budapest to Prague, but also for the journeys from Budapest to Brno. So when 19 euro tickets from Budapest to Prague already got sold out there is still a chance that discounted tickets to Brno (14 euro) are still available due to separate quota of such tickets. What you can do here is purchase 14 euro ticket Budapest-Brno, while next just buy Czech domestic ticket Brno-Prague for the very same train (start from only 189 CZK, which is app. 7 euro), such combination will be much cheaper than kirándulójegy or SCIC-NRT ticket to Prague; b) in case you travel not alone, but with friends or family it might make sense to consider purchase of the so-called CityStar ticket, which is a special return ticket designed for group travelers (up to 5 passengers) - each second passenger pays only 50% from the standard price, while two children count as one adult. And unlike excursion ticket to Prague CityStars are valid for one months period. To give an example, CityStar ticket Budapest-Prague-Budapest for 4 adult passengers will cost you 255 euro (or 63,75 euro per person)

 

Alternatives? Perhaps you aren't in the mood to travel from Budapest to Prague using direct train, then you have a few other options to consider: a) you can always travel by bus (major bus companies operating on Budapest to Prague route are EuroLines, RegioJet/Student Agency & OrangeWays); b) travel with stopover in some interesting place (e.g. already mentioned earlier Brno or maybe Slovak capital - Bratislava); c) in case you in a hurry, then it's possible to fly from Budapest to Prague - Czech Airlines at the moment have direct flights 2-3 times per day