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Train fares and tariffs / MAV international tickets
« on: November 20, 2010, 04:45:29 pm »
It finally happened, Hungarian railways started to sell international tickets online (MAV website), including discounted Spar tickets.
As of now interface is in Hungarian language only - https://jegyvasarlas.mav-start.hu/eTicketV2/Hogyan_vasarolhatok_i-Ticket.html   
Tickets are sold to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Romania and Slovakia. Enjoy

Full list of routes for which you can purchase tickets online can be found here - http://elvira.mav-start.hu/gyik.htm#jegyajanlataink

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May I know where is yr location? You hv been helping me with never ending answers & patience...I must buy you a drink if I got the chance to meet you  :)
Unfortunately, at the moment not in the cities which you plan to visit, so best reward from your side will be sharing your travel experience on the pages of this forum. Your info might help other fellow travelers  ;)

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Train fares and tariffs / Re: budapest to krakow
« on: November 15, 2010, 07:59:06 pm »
i buy a poland domestic ticket to Miedzylesie for 21pln.
Yes, it is the fare for polish regional train (marked as 'Osobowy'), for a fast train (marked as 'Pos') the fare is 33 PLN. 
then i buy the cross border ticket (bilet przechodowy) from the conductor for 15 czk.
Yes, this ticket can be bought on board
then i buy a czech domestic ticket from the conductor for something czk..
You can either buy it on board or purchase your Czech domestic ticket online from Czech Raillways e-Shop (https://www.cd.cz/eshop/search.aspx, Lichkov-Praha for 2 already including group discount cost 345 CZK). Just make sure that you connect with your arrival from Poland.

Now about exact timetable. As of now there is no direct Wroclav-Prague train. The only direct one is from Wroclav to Pardubice (dep. Wroclav at 6:08, arr. 10:12). All other direct trains from Wroclav can take you only till Miedzylesie (run roughly every 2 hours between 5am-19pm).
From Międzylesie there connecting trains 4 times per day till Lichkov (at 8:37am; 9:48am; 16:29; 18:44), they depart from 12 to 30 minutes after arrival of Wroclav train, so you have enough time to change trains. In Lichkov there are also connecting trains that will take you further towards Prague with change in Usti nad Orlici.

As an example, if you leave Wroclav at 15:35, thus catching Międzylesie-Lichkov 18:44 train, you will arrive to Prague at 22:15. Such trip will require 3 changes. One change is required if you catch morning train Wroclav-Pardubice etc. All these seems a bit tricky, but at the end you save quite a lot.

Unfortunately, no overnight train options on this route. Closest overnight train departs from Katowice.

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Train fares and tariffs / Re: budapest to krakow
« on: November 15, 2010, 05:27:24 pm »
how do i get from Miedzylesie to Lichkov?
You can use the train. It is just a trick with tickets - purchase domestic Polish till Miedzylesie, then international over the border (Miedzylesie to Lichkov, cost 15 CZK) and then from Lichkov Czech domestic. You don't even need to get off train, but simply to have three separate tickets.

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Imho, best thing for you is to check via ATM locator -http://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/
As you can see, ATMs which display Visa PLUS logo is not a problem to find at any of your planned locations, so nothing to worry about.

+ you can always pay with the card directly, in Central and Eastern Europa the number of places where you can pay in such way grew dramatically over last years.

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the forumers were discussing about RON not accepted out of Romania...
Well, RON is not accepted as payment in stores, transport etc., but there are plenty of exchange offices where you can always change RON to HUF

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But not for Romania currency right?
Why not? In Hungary it is not a problem to exchange HUF to RON or vice versa, same thing in Romania. Both countries have rather strong connections, so currency flow is pretty big, especially with Transylvanian part.

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I am now planning on how much money to withdraw at ATMs in every country so that I dont hv too much access currency when I change it back to Euro at local money changers (which normally gv poor rates) when I'm leaving the country.
You can always change the rest in the neighboring country. And try not to use exchange offices at the stations, those usually have not very good rates.
In HUF, normally how much is the fare for Pecs - Sarajevo?
Standard international ticket cost 36 euro, counting nowadays MAV exchange rate of 280 HUF=1 EUR we end up with 280*36=10 080 HUF.

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: 2-person spleeper couchette
« on: November 13, 2010, 01:16:07 am »
- go to Prague the same day (using combination of regional train and bus for 29euro each)
Best choice in case of money and time, so nothing else to contribute here. Just remember to purchase the tickets in advance, since they are in limited numbers.
- overnight train Prague to krakow with stopping by Oswiecim  along the way
Basically we already given all the possibilities, so it's just your choice which one to choose.
- overnight train Krakow to Budapest
This connection might be a tricky one, because regular ticket cost kind of a lot - app. 75 euro + sleeper reservations. There are a number of discounted tickets available (from 39 euro), but you need to buy they in advance and only in Poland from the ticket desk, thus might not be an option for you. So in case you don't get discounted tickets, then maybe it is better to make a stop in Bratislava (regular Krakow-Bratislava ticket cost 56 euro) and then continue to Budapest (ticket for direct train 16 euro, can be purchased any time). Or alternatively, travel during the day via Zwardon-Skalite, thus avoiding Czech Republic= gives you possibility to 'break' ticket via border. Krakow-Zwardon domestic Polish ticket - from 27 PLN (app.7 euro), Skalite-Bratislava - from 10.5 euro, Zwardon-Skalite - 2 euro. From Krakow to Zilina there is a direct morning train via Zwardon-Skalite, so you will need just one train change in Zilina if you choose this option
- day train Budapest to Bratislava, or Vienna
As we already noted, it is 16 euro ticket for Budapest-Bratislava route. For Budapest-Vienna there is a limited amount of 13 euro tickets, but again, you will need to purchase those in advance from the ticket counter in Budapest. If not - regular tariff - 25 euro.
- train Vienna to Salzburg (not sure day, or overnight)
Well, it is only 3-3.5 hours ride, so not really overnight distance. In case of tickets it is better to do a small trick - avoid Austrian domestic tariff (47.5 euro per person), but purchase discounted international ticket from Vienna to Munich (from 29 euro) instead and then just get off train earlier in Salzburg (= saves 18 euro per person out of nothing)
- train Salzburg to Munich (Bayern ticket)
Yes, Bavaria group ticket is the best option for you. You can even drop off you stuff and continue traveling in Bavaria for the rest of the day, since the ticket is valid all day long anyway.
- train Munich to Zurich
Once again, try to purchase in advance discounted international ticket from DB, from 29 euro per person.

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: 2-person spleeper couchette
« on: November 13, 2010, 12:53:28 am »
Is there a bus/taxi from the Czech train station to the Polish train station?  Like the other fellow, we would like to take a train to Oswiecim before moving on to Krakow.
Well, it is less than 2km between the Czech and Polish railway stations, so most people just walk, but we guess that you can get a taxi as well (http://www.google.com/search?q=Cesky+tesin+taxi&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:ru:official&client=firefox)
Also, as a couple, we have to buy the 3-bed compartment as a family which costs 1808 Kc.  To buy a 3-bed for a couple, we have to specify gender, which looks like either man, or woman, but not both.
There is no reason for purchasing whole 3 bed compartment for 1808 CZK, because you can buy double for 705 CZK for the ticket part + 420 CZK*2 for sleeper (both domestic Czech tariff)=1545 CZK. No sense to pay more.

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: 2-person spleeper couchette
« on: November 12, 2010, 10:18:32 pm »
Could you please elaborate on this: "But as you can guess, with a change it is possible to travel much cheaper."
Couple cheaper options here:
a) simplest thing is just to purchase domestic Czech ticket Prague-Bohumin (last station before Polish border). For two passengers it will cost 652 CZK (26.5 euro) + bought separately two tickets Bohumin-Krakow (15 euro each)=56.5 euro instead of 73.6 euro (36.8 euro*2) with purchase of direct international ticket Prague-Krakow. Price for sleeper reservations stay the same. At the end you just show conductor two sets of tickets - one for Prague-Bohumin part and the other for Bohumin-Krakow= no need to get off train at all.
So total for two 56.5+60= 116.5 euro.
b) go via C.Tesin-Cieszyn. Basically it is one town (check google maps), but in two countries, so you can avoid international fares. Prague-C.Tesin overnight for two passengers 705 CZK for the ticket part + 420 CZK*2 for two reservations in double=app.62 euro. From Polish part of the town (Cieszyn) there are frequent buses to Krakow for only 17 PLN (app.4 euro) per person. So in total you pay 70 euro for both.
Or you can do even better with 3 bed sleeper instead of double. For 3 bed sleeper there are discounted tickets available, so you pay only 1205 CZK for two for Prague-C.Tesin 3 bed sleeper (more on this topic here - http://europetrainsguide.com/forum/index.php/topic,88.0.html). So total adds up to 58 euro for the whole route from Prague to Krakow.

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Travel plans, routes and timetables / Re: 2-person spleeper couchette
« on: November 12, 2010, 09:28:11 pm »
Yes, Alex is absolutely correct. If you purchase the whole compartment (in your case Double occupancy), then the gender doesn't matter.
This web site:  https://www.cd.cz/eshop/international/search_int.aspx?tt=5   does not have Prague to Krakow...  Do you know which ones have that info?
What info exactly do you need? This section of Czech Railways website sells discounted tickets for the certain routes only, overnight Prague-Krakow is not among those.

If you need just timetable, then same CD website can give it to you - http://www.cd.cz/spojeni/ or same on Polish Railways - http://rozklad-pkp.pl/ or already mentioned DB website, it has almost all the European timetables.
If you need fares: Prague-Krakow for direct train 36.8 euro for the ticket per person + 30 euro per person for bed reservation (double). But as you can guess, with a change it is possible to travel much cheaper.

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All other train travel questions / Re: Euro east pass
« on: November 12, 2010, 07:32:18 pm »
If you do not intend to travel any time soon, then it might be cheaper just to buy international discounted ticket Frankfurt-Prague instead (start from 29 euro if purchased in advance from DB website) or discounted domestic German ticket till last station before the Czech border (start as well from 29 euro). Because while traveling with pass for the segment Frankfurt-Czech border you will be charged full fare, which is at least 70 euro, but might be even higher depending on a route you choose.

So is there any point to spend additional 70+ euro and travel day from your pass while you can travel Frankfurt-Prague for only 29 euro without a pass?

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For most European countries new timetable already available from DB (http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en?newrequest=yes&protocol=http:&), for the carriages Budapest-Sarajevo via Pecs it is not yet fully available. You can see only Budapest-Beli Manastir part. As you can check on your own, changes are minor - in the new timetable IC 259 still departs Pecs at 13:00am as in previous one, so no need to worry for you. There might be some changes on Croatian and Bosnian legs, but, imho, they won't be radical.

While buying tickets in Hungary you pay in HUF, but tariff is in EUR. Price will the same as before.

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>>Is it safe to walk fr Cesky Tesin train station to Cieszyn train station (the 2kms walk) at 5 something in the morning? Is it still very dark or u hv any idea of sunrise on Nov 27?
It is small town, so nothing really criminal there. And as usual such towns wake up rather early, so it will be not only you on the streets.
Sunset in late November in Poland is around 7am.

Anyway, it is your choice between three options: via C.Tesin/Cieszyn with discounted ticket till Zilina, via Bohumin and waiting for the morning train to Poland there or Praha-Oswiecim by direct Praha-Krakow train (more expensive but not need to make changes, wait or walk). We just tried to present you those options.

Also....do trains in Czech, Poland & Bosnia charge bagage seperately?
If it is enormous, no. They will not charge you for the standard suitcase.

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