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Prague -> Krakow -> Budapest

First trip to Central Europe - a few days in each. Question re overnight train travel: should I buy my over-night tickets now (in the U.S. prior to travel - one way tickets only) OR wait until I arrive in Prague? And buy my Krakow-Budapest ticket once I'm in Krakow? thank you for any advice. Also, how challenging to change dates of departure - once purchased - if my itinerary changes?

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Tickets are cheaper when booked in advance. Also, berths on the train are limited, so best to book ahead to guarantee a spot.

For long distance train travel questions, the Man in Seat 61 is the best resource.

Posted by
1965 posts

Have you considered the bus between Budapest and Krakow? It's easier than the train. Polski Bus does it during the daytime in under 7 hours. Cost is under 10 dollars.

Posted by
4637 posts

I agree with Valerie. In this case (Krakow - Budapest) bus would be better because it does not do a big detour through the Czech Republic therefore it takes shorter time and it is cheaper. Another perk is that the scenery is very good; bus goes through the mountains of Slovakia.