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On the "EX" Train the Ticket cost more. And which "Euregio" do you mean? The ÖBB Cancel all Euregio Offer.
The Ticket for the EX Train cost 2Class 4,20€.
Hmm... apparently CD didn't cancel it - https://www.cd.cz/typy-jizdenek/mezinarodni-jizdenky/-27145/ . And it is valid on "osobních vlaků (Os), spěšných vlaků (Sp), rychlíků (R), rychlíků vyšší kvality (Rx) a expresů (Ex) Českých drah", no separate price for EX (on the bottom of "Cenik" you can find the price-table per km for Czech & Austrian parts)
The "direct CD Ticket" cost me 30€ and I get more CD Points.
Well, choice here is totally yours + in this case difference of couple euro isn't something essential, so... it's just a simple train geek matter whether there is a cheaper option or not. In real life it might be easier just to go with the direct international ticket and not to think about tricks

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That mean I need a 1Class Ticket Rybnik-Summerau to sitt the hole Trip in the 1Class.
Does Czech conductors really ride all the way to Summerau and check the tickets on leg Rybnmik-Summerau? But even if it is so and you don't want to play "dumb passenger", then there is another small trick to play here - you purchase 2 euro 2nd class ticket Rybnik-Summerau Bahnhof (EURegio offer) and additionally to that 1st class Czech domestic(!) ticket Rybnik-Summerau (Gr.), it cost 27 CZK. As result you with the later 1st class ticket you cover part from Rybnik till gr. point, while after gr. point you are totally fine with your 2nd class Rybnik-Summerau Bahnhof. The only in convenience here is that domestic tickets till gr. can be purchased only at the ticket counter (not online via CD e-Shop)

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Train fares and tariffs / Re: Cheper Ticket?
« on: April 08, 2017, 09:01:55 am »
Well, 1214 CZK for Vienna-Prague-Chomutov-Plzen-Rybnik is pretty decent price for the 1st class train ticket (especially taking into consideration that only Vienna-Prague cost 34 euro in this case), however with Rybnik-Linz-Vienna it seems to be better to go with OeBB sparschiene ticket Summerau-Vienna (if bought in advance via OeBB website it costs only 14 euro + 10 euro for 1st class extra), while for the short cross-border 15 min. Rybnik-Summerau leg you can simply purchase a separate ticket for 2 euro

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Albania train travel
« on: April 04, 2017, 09:51:26 am »
With Albania you hardly can be certain about anything, unfortunately :(

Albanians provide a very outdated train schedule, while the last on spot report we had is only from the summer 2016 (at that point the only Shkoder-Durres train was running 5:45-9:35, while the only Durres-Vlore was 13:30-18:30). As a guess, roughly the schedule should be similar to the 2016 version, perhaps some minor +/- dep./arr., but overall picture (meaning morning Shkoder-Durres & afternoon Durres-Vlore departure) shouldn't be much different.

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If SparNight is the best price, then that is my solution as long as it can be booked online from USA. If so, I would appreciate a link.
Yep, Sparnight (also on Czech Railways (CD) website it might appear as "First Minute Europe" [Včasná jízdenka Evropa]) is the cheapest option and you can purchase it using the same website - http://old.cd.cz/en/default.htm (or they have newer version of the website, but it seem to be in Czech only for now - https://www.cd.cz/default.htm ). However keep in mind that discounted tickets on this connection gets sold out very fast and for many dates already not available (Czech part of the "Metropol" train is just a few carriages, while the German one, which comes from Berlin is already more expensive)

For me a full night, 8.5 hours or ride, I would like the best comfort so the next day I am fully energized to tour.
True, but best comfort in this situation might be simply to catch an evening train and spend a night at a hotel ;)

I looked at the pictures you sent. They are really nice, but I can't tell for which type of carriage they ere taken, so it is difficult to compare.
It's Czech WLABmz (according to the scheme of the train, carriage 362 suppose to be WLABmz, 363 shows as WLABmee)

When I picked an attachment, size was less than max at 62KB, it loaded it but when I tried to post it gave the error:
An Error Has Occurred!
Cannot access attachments upload path!
Ok, now it is clear. In this case it's better just to upload a pic to some online hosting and then post it as a link. Or you can always email it to us - europetrainsguide@gmail.com - and we'll post it

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I am able to do a "seat reservation" of the sleeper. Will I need an additional train ticket as well or is it included in the price?
There are two types of "tickets" sold for this train: a) a discounted ones, so-called SparNight, which is basically a ticket+reservation in one (seats from 29 euro, couchette from 39 & sleepers from 59) and b) standard ticket (issued for the route), as addition to this one you can also purchase a reservation (either for a seat or berth, e.g. 3 bed sleeper reservation cost 386 CZK or app.14 euro)
I noticed that there are two different carriage arrangements. One with sink, and one with shared shower and WC.
Does anyone have experience to compare these? Are there any pictures of the two types of compartments?
Well, for instance this is the pics from a type of sleeper you can expect on Prague-Budapest route, but to be honest on such short connections presence of those extra features aren't so important, imho


I tried to attach a schematic of the 362 and 363 carriages, but it does not work ...
What do you mean by "doesn't work"?

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Moldova/Ukraine - Connections
« on: February 20, 2017, 11:06:46 pm »
I can do the mini bus to Iaşi for the day then (I assume it would be at the same location as the mini bus to Tiraspol and Odessa?).
The official buses appear to be departing from southern bus station (so-called Gara de Sud), however un/semi official ones might be departing from other places (e.g. in front of the railway station or central bus station next to the main market or even pick you up from your location in Chisinau)

I tried looking for Kolontaevska 58 before, but Google wasn't able to locate it for me, so your Google link helped me and I can check up on the time tables and such when I get there for the Autolux buses then since I'll have a few days to orient myself.
Well, perhaps there was some issue with RUS/UA transliteration and google maps when you've searched for Kolontaevska. Central bus station in Odesa located here - https://goo.gl/maps/JBqHLWpv1gv (it's not very far from the center, however a bit further west than the main railway station)

Also will need to find the bus to get to  Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi and back as well, but I assume those would be at the main bus station if I can find it...
It seems that at least some minibuses to Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi depart from the main railway station (bus number 560), but since it's rather popular destination from Odesa, I won't be surprised if there is other minibuses to B.-H. departing from elsewhere in Odesa as well. From the main Odesa bus station on Kolontaivs'ka (see above for the google maps link) you can probably catch only some transit buses, but not direct Odesa-B.-H.

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It is true that Hungary is very Budapestcentric, however in this particular case you can probably avoid westbound Budapest detour by getting off RO-HU train in Püspökladany (one of the first Hungarian stations after the Romanian border near Oradea). From there you can either take direct intercity train to Miskolc or go first to Debrecen (and already from there travel to Miskolc either by direct bus or train). The whole idea here is to catch one of two direct Budapest-Kosice trains in Miskolc (while then it's less than 90 minutes from there to Kosice & only 6,50 € for the ticket)

To help you visualize the route - here is map of Hungarian railway network

... though may be the quickest route?
Well, Püspökladany-Debrecen-Miskolc option won't be very fast, since you will be kind of stuck waiting Budapest-Kosice train anyways (those run only two times per day, morning & evening), but here you can spend most of the time not on the road, but enjoying short stopovers in very nice town Debrecen or Hungarian wine region (meaning instead of Püspökladany-Budapest...wait in Budapest...Budapest-Miskolc option)

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Moldova/Ukraine - Connections
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:05:17 pm »
The other day I was thinking if it was possible being that it's only 2 hours away going to Iaşi for the day.  Though I do remember last time I was in Romania, Moldova was still using the old Soviet train rails and taking a train between the two was long due to switching the trains, so not sure that is an issue anymore, or if a bus is more viable.
Well, change occurs only for the overnight Chisinau-Bucharest train, while daytime trains (i.e. Moldavian Chisinau-Iasi Socola 6:43-11:00 (runs only on Fridays and weekend) and Romanian Ungheni-Iasi (7:55-9:33 & 17:00-18:33) run without change. However most of the locals when traveling Chis.-Iasi would go for a (mini)bus option, there is even special day tours (morning from Chisinau to Iasi and afternoon/evening back to Moldova capital) or direct buses.
If not I could always just go see some of the underground wineries outside Chișinău
Definitely can be an option, good and cheap wine... why not :)

... I've narrowed it down to either the bus or flying (if I can get a good flight to IEV)
I think the company which offered cheapest flights here canceled the Odesa-Kyiv line, at least for low-season time, but, imho, bus option here is almost as fast (taking into consideration that you need to get to/from airports in both cities, security, check-in, etc.) and definitely cheaper
...and the over night train would mean me having to wait around until 11pm or so without a hotel room to go back to etc.
Odesa railway station has luggage storage rooms, so in case you change your mind, you can always drop your suitcase and spend those couple evening hours in a bar, theater, walking around, etc.
Now I looked at autolux.ua, but since I can only read limited Russian/Ukrainian, I was able to see there is a bus leaving at 6am and getting me there around 12:30pm in April (since they don't have May time tables up).  I would think these would be the same times for May.
True, even if there will be any minor change the early morning departure (and arrival around noon) would be there anyways. 
Now with that, I probably wouldn't need to buy my tickets in advance correct?
Yep, doubt that there will high demand for Sat. morning dep. 
I'm just having an issue trying to locate the bus station (Hear it's at Kolontayevskoi 58), but can't find it on a map.
Hmm... it seems like in Odesa autolux buses depart from a stop next to the main railway station. Kolontaevska 58 is where Odesa central bus station is located, but autolux neither in Odesa, nor in Kyiv uses the central bus stations

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Belgrade-Zagreb-Ljubliana
« on: February 16, 2017, 10:55:59 pm »
I've heard it's not a very interesting trip and did notice there is a night train between the two.
You can make it more interesting by stopping at Novi Sad, Osijek, etc. :) Regarding the overnight train... well, it seems that this year it ran only for the winter holidays time and will be running during the summer season (late June-early September) + it will be only seating carriages with arrival to Zagreb at 4am
Would that be better than the 6+ hour long bus ride do you think?  If I'm not really going to see much, than maybe the train would be a better option.
In most cases "by rail" option definitely wins when compared to bus alternative, however with overnight journey in seat and arrival at 4am...perhaps it's too much.
If I did get the night train, are they all going to be sleeper cars?  Or will there also be just regular seats as well (since I could do that if needed).
Nope, listed in the scheme are three seating carriages (one is mixed 1-2 class) only

And what about advanced booking for the sleeper cars?  Is this route in high demand that I would have to pre-purchase well in advance?  Or would a day or two in advance be ok (since I'd be in Belgrade maybe 4 nights)?
Serbian Railways doesn't sell tickets to Croatia online, but it's not really necessary to buy those in advance. You hardly would have any problems buying tickets before departure, especially since it's seat only option

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: CH Interrail?
« on: February 02, 2017, 09:22:12 pm »
haha like the Thurbo who have no WC?
Why not? )))
I dont know where are you from but I never drive on a TGV or ETR610. This will the first real Train ride in CH. (Just Wien - Zürich and arround the Bodensee.)
Ok, then obviously you should try TGV. What I meant when said "nothing extraordinary" is that there are huge number of TGV trains around and it's pretty usual and ordinary rolling-stock for the region (esp. if compared to rc used by some private railways in Switzerland). On the other hand 610 is relatively new, so some would like to try it just in order to compare with the older ones.
To me "interesting rolling-stock" is either something unique to this country or something not widely used (i.e. existing in very limited number). So with this logic I myself would prefer a ride in 50 year old trainset and not some new Alstom/Stadler emu produced in hundreds and running in dozen countries in Europe

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: CH Interrail?
« on: February 02, 2017, 06:52:22 pm »
Well, 610th indeed a kind of interesting, but TGV... nothing extraordinary, imho. At least for me way more fun was to try all the various stock from private railways (Rhaetian, Matterhorn Gotthard, SZU, FART and so on)

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: Moldova/Ukraine - Connections
« on: February 02, 2017, 04:40:32 pm »
Do you need to book in advance for the overnight train as well?  Usually I always just take day trains/buses and have always followed TuT's suggestion about getting tickets at the station the day of or the day before as I've often seen trains or buses that haven't been listed showing up with better times to my destinations in the past.
Well, there is no unifying law here. Everything really depends on each particular country/connection. As far as I know, even in Ukraine alone for some domestic connections you would easily be able to buy good berth on the day of the journey, while on the other you won't be able to do it even a week in advance. Also a big factor is the potential presence of discounted tickets - UZ in this case isn't very progressive, so buying in advance is not essential in terms of money matters.
There's also the option of just flying too from Odessa to Kyiv as it seems very cheap, if there's not a lot to do in Uman' or Vinnytsia?
Uman' & Vinnytsia can be seen as stopover for couple hours-half a day, imho. I don't think it makes sense to stop there for longer time.
With my plans for 2 weeks then and not a lot to do in Chișinău (though I was thinking of taking a day trip to Transnistria from there), and Odessa and Kyiv, what other places then might be worth spending a night or two along the way instead of just those 3 cities then that's along the way?
Btw, besides excellent suggestions to visit Lviv, Kamyanets-Podilsky and Chernivtsi, you can always make a day trips from Kyiv or Odesa. E.g. with Kyiv it can be Chernobyl (if you up for this kind of things) or more usual places like Poltava or Chernihiv. From Odesa you can visit Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (and places around) and so on.
So that might even be an option as Chișinău seems by you and TuT that it might not be somewhere I want to spend a great deal of time in, so I could cut that down a bit and go elsewhere like you mentioned.
As was mentioned earlier, Chisinau might be good option for a day or max two, but it doesn't mean you can't spend more time in Moldova ;) Since besides the Transnistria there are also other places to visit (e.g. related to wine industry)
I'll get more info if I can get a good flight deal then
That's a smart way, because local journeys in Ukraine/Moldova are rather cheap, so you should first of all think about flight to/from cheapest airport. While then it won't be very difficult to built logistics from there

On other hand - there is one sad thing regarding overnight train - the abiity to sleep in overnight train is kinda skill.
I think that if you had a full & busy day before the journey, then 90% of all people won't have trouble sleeping on the train :)

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: CH Interrail?
« on: February 02, 2017, 04:11:15 pm »
What do you mean by interesting? Rolling-stock?

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: CH Interrail?
« on: January 27, 2017, 02:44:02 pm »
Well, with Switzerland it's always better to recheck directly with each railway company (e.g. http://www.interrail.eu/trains/railway-companies/swiss-railway-companies-discounted ), because with all those private companies rules keep changing depending pass type, period, etc. So when it's not SBB, then better to check directly in order to avoid misunderstanding

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