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mav-start.hu form not secure?

Looking to book from Budapest to Vienna (Nov 30th) on the Hungarian rail site but it says “form not secure”. Should I be concerned? I get to Budapest on the 28th but current fare for my preferred train is 19€. I’d hate to pay a lot more by waiting...

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10651 posts

I've never heard of anyone having that problem. Other problems, yes, cause it's a difficult site to figure out. Know, that I have checked prices the night before the train leaves and the same cheap rate has been there. There are other sources for the tickets, but i always prefer going to the first point of sale. You have lots of time, so why dont you send them an email with your concern. Or call. Will help you and others to follow. I've sent email questions and called in the past and they were always helpful. Sorry I cant offer more, but I'm not a computer geek.

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4684 posts

I would not worry about it. I tried the form. Only the page on which you search for tickets is "not secure" - when you get taken to the page to buy your ticket (where you eventually enter personal info and credit info), that page is "secure" again. The "not secure" message is a lot more scary than it looks. It simply means that that page is not encrypted - that someone eavesdropping on your web browsing could, in theory, see what trains you are looking for etc. If you are not browsing a web page with any identifying info (e.g. web email or some page where you type in personal info), the "not secure" message is irrelevant.

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10651 posts

Just for grins, I just went through the entire ridiciolus process up to where you enter a credit card number. No problem to that point.

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10651 posts

It's good you are getting the cheap rate. That way you loose less when you decide Bpest is too good and you hang around for a couple days more.

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40 posts

Thanks so much... I’ll plow past the warning. And I have to collect my ticket at the Station?

James, I see an ongoing theme in your replies! :) This is my second stop in Budapest in 2 years. I’ll stay longer on my 3rd!

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1863 posts

We took the train from Budapest to Vienna at the end of August. We had purchased our tickets online. When we arrived per City Taxi at Keleti Station (gorgeous I might add) we went to the service counter to purchase assigned seats in second class (nominal fee). Could we have done this online? We weren't aware at the time of the online purchase. We happened to be chatting with a couple who were headed on the same train. They asked where we were sitting. OOPS! Glad we found out before we boarded. A few people who did not have seat assignments were moving around a lot. Kind of like musical chairs. ;) We had our reservation tickets ready when the "train security" was validating. Subsequent to that our Passports were checked. All went well. It was a pleasant ride.

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10651 posts

Christine, I do it 2 or 3 times a year. Cant imagine exchanging Bpest for Vienna. I "discovered" Bpest when escaping Vienna.

Just kidding, Vienna is pretty fair. Well worth a few days. sort of ...

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2080 posts

I have purchased tickets from home on the Mav website with no issues, and yes, you can collect them from the machines at any station in Budapest--for example, I was staying near Nyugati and popped in to get my tickets for my journey the next day from Kelenfold as I didn't want to be frazzled in the morning trying to get there for an early train.

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613 posts

Odds are that this means that the from is not encrypted. This does increase your risk of having info you enter hacked.

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4684 posts

Odds are that this means that the from is not encrypted. This does increase your risk of having info you enter hacked.

Need to look at the actual pages (like I did) before making such judgments. If you do, you'll see that the only page with unencrypted data is the one where you are choosing cities, dates, and trains, not the one where you enter your name and payment info. Who cares if someone intercepts the city names you are searching for?