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Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava

We are doing Rick's Berlin/Prague/Vienna tour in September and plan to go to Budapest for a few days afterwards. I'm toying with the day of getting an early train from Vienna to Bratislava, having a quickie tour and then carrying on to Budapest (about 2.5 hrs. on the train I believe) to arrive 6-ish.
Any thoughts? Is this crazy or a reasonable way to squeeze in another bit of that corner of the world?
Sharon
Ottawa, Ontario

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Bratislava is beautiful and I wouldn't miss it.. Not sure where the train station is to the old city.? Great old city and a very cool new shopping city near the Danube.

Been there twice for only a few hours, but really enjoyed both visits. Much history.

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I have two opinions that deserve to be in the 'minority report' department - meaning 'just because I believe it doesn't mean you will.'
They are these.....as the result of my travels - my two favorite cities in Europe are Oslo and Budapest - two places that share almost nothing in common. Oslo is not in this conversation - let us focus on Budapest.
Simply put, Budapest is the most fascinating city I've visited - unlike anywhere else. Amazing doesn't do Budapest justice - astonishingly unique is a little better - but, be aware - it's not for everyone - it just rings true for me.
It is not my wish to offend, but Bratislava is a wide spot on the river (Danube) compared to Budapest.
As a travel destination, central and eastern Europe are very underrated.
I hope you have a wonderful time.

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Thanks, Blue439. It is always valuable to read another opinion - and I'm really pleased to see your assessment of Budapest. It is what I have heard from other people. I know NOTHING about Bratislava. One person really likes it; we'll have to see how the time works out.

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I think that Bratislava is worth the stop. We did a day trip from Vienna and did a tour with Authetic Slovakia. It was excellent. You can make arrangements for them to pick you up from train station. We did the Post -Communist Tour. Our guide Juro was fun, interesting and a wealth of information. I say do it.

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Bratislava is not absolute must visit but it has a cute small old town. Main train station is about 15 to 20 minutes walk to the old town. That's where you would board train to Budapest. But coming from Vienna you would come to different station quite far from the old town. Take public transportation.

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My first consideration would be whether there is a left luggage facility in Bratislava.

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10906 posts

My first consideration would be how much time you have planned in Budapest. If it's 4 nights or less I would skip Bratislava. But just me.

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51 posts

Thanks all.
Yes, the first thing I checked was that you can leave luggage at the train station.
However, we do have just 3 nights planned in Budapest - 2 full days and whatever is left from our 1st day after getting there.
Food for thought. Thanks again.
Sharon

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In that case, I'd go straight to Budapest.

Less is more.

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Sharon - which departure are you on? We just signed up for the Sept. 23 departure and are planning on going to Budapest for 3 nights after as well. We will be doing 3 nights in Budapest, 3 in Krakow and 4 in Lisbon on the way home. Sounds like a great tour - can't wait!

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Hi Tamara.
We are on the Sept. 9-20 trip so I guess we'll miss you. Wow, you are really adding on! Good for you.
We LOVE Lisbon and the weather should be great - summer for where I come from, anyhow. Krakow sounds good, too.
Sharon

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Thank you for your vote of confidence in Lisbon! I'm very excited to add that. We were very lucky to be able to add on a week and s half to this tour. Hope you have a lovely trip!