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Itinerary Advice on Central European Trip please

Hi everyone,

I really want to include CK in our travels.
We will be in Krakow for two nights...on third day, we drive to Prague.

Then in Prague for 3 days and 4 nights.
Then we plan to go to CK for a day (3 hours trip- afternoon by the time we get there) and evening.
Then leave in the morning, CK to Linz, Austria Train Station (an hour and 1/2 drive) and then train to Budapest (4 hours) for 4 days and 5 nights.

The extra travel to get to CK for an afternoon and an evening and then to get to Budapest the next day seems like a lot to go through for such a short time in CK. My question is, is all that extra travel worth it to spend an afternoon and evening in CK for such a short time?

thank you for your opinions.

Posted by
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I can't help with your CK question but want to be sure you've checked your car-rental rate very, very carefully. It's my understanding that you will encounter an extremely high drop charge if you pick up a car in Poland and return it in Austria.

Posted by
20 posts

Thank you for your reply.
We have hired a driver to take us from Poland to Prague.

We will not be renting a car on our own at any point.

Thanks again.

Posted by
16632 posts

The travel time from CK to Budapest is no longer than the direct Prague-Budapest train at 6.5 hours, so no loss there.

Just one night in CK is not an unusual plan, so I would do it, but try to get an early start from Prague. I believe you're planning a private shuttle there. Or the direct RegioJet buses usually depart Prague at the top of every hour from 6:00 a.m.

Posted by
20 posts

Thank you so much everyone.

Jason, do you know how long the Dracula show goes for?

Looks fun!


Posted by
20 posts

Tried to get tickets at Revolving Theatre at CK. Difficult. Then now sold out 😔

Now thinking of cancelling CK and spending a day and night in at Lake Balaton outside of Budapest.

Any thoughts?
Thanks again


Posted by
200 posts

Cesky Krumlov was beautiful but it was out of the way to get there and very commercialized.