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Buying ticket on Mav (Budapest to Vienna)

I'm trying to buy online tickets on http://elvira.mav-start.hu:
1. It shows a lot of schedules from Budapest to Vienna on 12/Aug, but when I go to prices page to really buy the ticket, there are only few of the schedules available, only those ones that are on railjets, does anybody knows why?
2. I tried to buy the ticket and entered my master card datas, inserted password, returned succesful and after on next step an error that I inserted some card data invalid, but I tried more than once and always the same error, so I'm not inserting any data wrong, does that occurred with any of you??? is there any error on Mav site?

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When you reach the page with the schedules , there is a field which requires date of travel , birthdate and number of passengers and a few other items ; THEN , click on tickets and prices . On the next page that appears there will be a price shown on the left , click it . NEXT page shows a description of the ticket , click where it says OPEN . Next page will show a list of choices click in the circle to the right to choose , then on TICKET to THE CART . You should be able to go on from there .

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Steven, I did that you described, but it only shows options with railjet, not all options like in initial page, as I wanted at 19:10, at this time is not available to buy, I don't know if that one is only sold at station and not online, any idea????

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My best explanation is that this is a regional train to Kelenfold and a change there to a night train which proceeds to Zurich . Since it is a regional train , advance booking is not possible . Sorry , it's my considered judgement , at this point .

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I could see the final destination is Zurich and it goes through Kelenföld, but there isn't any change of train on schedule (19:10) between Budapest and Vienna according to the timetable.

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True , as I consider this , a more appropriate answer is that since this is a night sleeper ( about ten hours from Vienna to Zurich ) the regional carriages may be uncoupled from the train somewhere along the way . Even if not , and no change of train , this is still essentially a regional leg and an EN leg . My experience in other countries is that generally , regional trains only sell tickets a relatively short time in advance ( I had a similar experience in Italy several years ago - I was able to buy Venice to Milan way in advance for a discounted price , but had to wait until I got to Venice to buy the last ( regionale ) leg which was Milan to Stresa ( about an hour ) . That ticket was only available about eight days ahead . That being said , you could probably buy the segment you need when you get to Budapest , or more simply , use one of the Railjets and go a bit earlier .

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Thanks Steven, that makes sense.
I'm afraid to leave to buy when I arrive there and it's not possible to reserve seats anymore (as I will be there only for 2 days), also my second issue to buy online on earlier schedule is that I got error (invalid Master card data), but I inserted data more than once to certify that was all right and also I already bought on DB BAhn and OBB without problems, so I don't know if that is an issue on validation of MAv website.

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10899 posts

This may sound obvious but double check the date format and double check with your bank to make sure they aren't the problem.

I can't guarantee anything but the odds are very, very good that you can easily get the tickets when you arrive. You might also consider calling MAV. I have called them with questions in the past and they were very helpful. Maybe your hotel can help? A last resort is a company called

Helpers.hu

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I sent an email to Mav, but I didn't receive any answer about problem with credit card. Anyway, I tryed 2 more times to buy online with Master card and got the same error, then I decided to try with Visa card, then it worked, finally :-), so something going wrong with master cards I believe.

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10899 posts

Well done! Congratulations!
Now you need to plan your week in Budapest.

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2936 posts

Glad it worked out . James will have a lot of great information that will make your time in Budapest a real joy , it's a great place .