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Ljubliana to Budapest transport advice please..bus or train - either have a/c?

Looking for suggestions for transport from Ljubliana to Budapest, please. Zagreb would also be an option for departure, if that makes a difference? We will be dropping off a rental car and can do so either in Zagreb of Ljubliana. Family of four (Dad, Mom 18-year-old twins.)

Many thanks!
Marisa

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Have you already decided where to pick up the rental car, or is this also flexible? Usually a large fee to pick up and drop off in different countries.

The direct train departs Ljubljana just before 9:00 and arrives to Budapest at 17:30. Pack a lunch with you. The direct train from Zagreb to Budapest is shorter and later, departing 16:30 to arrive 22:30.

Looking Up Train Schedules and Routes Online gives you the Deutsche Bahn train schedule link and tips for using it, all published through Dec. 14 and some later. For flights, try www.skyscanner.com, though there may not be much selection.

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Bus and train will have AC. With a family of 4 you might check into a private transfer. I suspect it would be $400 to $500 and be a lot more comfortable.

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You might consider www.mytrip.com. My 4 cousins used this service last year in Central Europe. They were pleased with this option. They had A/C and had a comfortable journey.

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We used MyDaytrip from Budapest to Ljubljana last May and recommend it highly. Zagreb is closer than Ljubljana so would possibly be cheaper, but check both.

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Thank you all for the responses - great info! And we'll be picking up rental car in Dubrovnik but it seems that there wasn't a huge differential dropping off in either Ljubliana or Zagreb.

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I'm very surprised about that. Usually cross-border drop-offs are a lot more expensive, because someone has to go fetch the car and drive it back to its home country. A Croatian car cannot be rented out in Ljubljana, but it can be used in Zagreb. I'd double-check that you are getting an all-inclusive quote.

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The last time I priced a rental car on line, the drop fee didnt show up till the last step in the reservation process