We are travelling around Europe in September 2020 we would like to travel from Hungary to Zagreb by train. Hard to find train times and station it leaves from. Has anyone done this trip???
Read this article from the Man in Seat 61:
Tells you everything you need to know.
Go to www.bahn.com and put it BUDAPEST (all caps means any station) and ZAGREB. Results will show train times and which station trains depart from.
Seat 61 is good though for background and info. To check the schedules and prices of trains departing Hungary, I would suggest the Hungarian rail site. From Budapest there is one direct train each day. http://elvira.mav-start.hu/elvira.dll/x/uf?iehack=%3F&ed=5DEB7378&mikor=-1&isz=0&language=2&k=&ref=&retur=&nyit=&_charset_=UTF-8&vparam=&i=BUDAPEST*&e=ZAGREB+%5BZagreb+Glavni+Kol.%5D&v=&d=19.12.08&u=1156&go=Timetable
Yes, but I went from Zagreb to Budapest. Check www.bahn.com which shows a direct, 6h train ride. You can purchase a ticket 30 days out on Rail Europe.
Please, please do not buy your tickets from Rail Europe as suggested above. Terrible advice as Rail Europe is a ticket reseller and jacks up the prices. Again, follow the instructions from Man in Seat 61 and buy from the actual company that runs the trains, MAV!
And James, I totally agree on your Bahn.de comment. What does Germany have to do with Hungary and Croatia?
They have the schedules on line at one easy-to-use website.
But for this journey, wouldn't it just make sense to check schedules on the same website where you will ultimately buy the tickets anyway? Why visit two websites when you can visit one - the actually real one that sells the tickets?
Bahn, might be great, but if you have any problems not sure what MAV's response will be. And I always prefer working in the local economy. Part of the experience. Also, not long ago a poster was getting crazy prices on Bahn compared to MAV.
I don't expect to find prices for foreign trains on the Deutsche Bahn website, but I love being able to see all the stops a train makes in an easy-to-read format with two clicks. The vast majority of my visits to rail websites (probably over 90%) are not for the purpose of purchasing tickets or even pricing them, but rather just for schedule information.
All the stops, train numbers, etc, are two clicks away on the MAV site too. But this is sort of a silly conversation. I just remember a post recently where Bahn was selling 19 euro tickets for I think 60 euro. Why? Because MAV hadn't published the prices yet. Something that would have been clear on the MAV site. Then there was a period of time when some Hungarian tracks were being repaired and the train trip began on a bus. Not sure Bahn noted that. You had to read a message on the MAV home page to discover it. So even searching schedules is iffy if you dont go to the source.
I dont buy plane tickets from third party brokers either. Just me I guess.