What is the best, quickest, cheapest way to get from Budapest to Krakow. Some have suggested night train, others suggest air. Where is the best website to book these reservations?
You might ck the train times on the raileurope.com site and then you can ck air on expedia.com and here...
Having taken the overnight train the other direction in May 2007 (Krakow to Budapest), we can testify that you don't get a lot of sleep on the overnight train-- even in an extra-cost, lockable, sleeping compartment (recommended for privacy/security; reservations are required--the sleeping compartment is NOT included in the price of the train ticket or Railpass).
In addition to passport checks in the middle of the night at EACH border you cross by EACH country (total of 4 checks on this trip), the train stops frequently at remote stations along the way. Eastern European trains are older and rather noisy, and they lack air conditioning among other amenities. Sleep is not restful, and you arrive too early to check in to your hotel (most hotels will store your luggage), but you are unable to catch up on sleep until you can check-in. If you want "adventure," the night train does offer that!
Not sure if you can book online; we used AAA Travel.
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