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Budapest to Krakow

We are driving from Budapest to Krakow and I was looking for driving times and they are anywhere between 4.5 to 6 hours depending on the site you are searching (viaMichelin to google maps...) Can anyone suggest best route

Also need a recommendation for a good GPS system covering Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia


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From what I could tell on these sites it looked like the driving time was going to more in the range of 5.5 to 6.5 hours averaging about 6 hours. All sites look like the fastest route has you going north on the E77.

As for GPS systems, your rental agency may be able to rent one to you. It will expensive though. In many cases its better to buy a GPS unit in the states and a map pack for Central Europe before you go. Always go with a back up fold out map though.

I hope this helps some.

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Best route? It can be different for different people. For some it could be the fastest one, for others the one with the most scenery.

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Thanks for the replies

James, thanks for the suggestion, any suggestions on where we should break the trip on this route.


Posted by
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See if this link works:

For nature it would be hard to beat the Grand Kempinski High Tatras (or one of the other hotels around the lake). The Kempinski will even do the entire transfer for you for an arm and a leg. Did it once. It was an experience.|21769|%2Bkempinski%20%2Bhigh%20%2Btatras%20%2Bhotel||S|b|41915539591&gclid=CP3A_IH9p74CFedj7Aod3W8AZQ

or cheaper, the Hotel Patria

Another Option, for villages, hill top keep, and great city squares and shopping is to stop in Banská Bystrica which is a glorious little town with a couple nice hotels. But be sure to stop in Banská Štiavnica an equally fabulous town closer to the Hungarian Border.

Decent hotel in Banská Štiavnica
Decent hotel in Banska Bystrica

Send me a PM with an email address and I can send you photos from our trips.