Has anyone taken the night train from Budapest or Eger and what was the experience. Do you have to awaken and show passports as you cross each country's border and are sleeping cars worth it over couchettes?
Carl - how long ago was this. I believe the border (EU) has now moved out so wouldn't think that this would still be an issue. However, haven't actually done this but will this summer.
If leaving from Eger, I'm assuming this is the train that goes through Kosice and E. Slovakia before entering Poland. Since all these countries are part of the EU and the eastern border is the one with Ukraine, you shouldn't have any passport checks.
If leaving from Budapest, I assume the train will go through Bratislava and then North - in this case too you shouldn't have any passport check - me thinks.
Others may be able to provide a difinitive answers.
If you go from Budapest through Bratislava, you will pass through customs and immigration at Brat. Last time it was very time consuming for us. They are very picky.
Did you get any private responses to this email or go on this route yourself? We are looking at taking this train next summer, so I am curious which train you took (I keep finding conflicting information) and how it was. thanks.
I have read various accouts of the Budapest-Eger-Krakow night train only running during the summer (makes some sense, as it would only be popular with tourists). So checking Bahn or some other rail scheduling site would not show this train as an option until 90 days or so ahead of time.
Going from Eger via Kosice you have to change trains at least 4 times. From Budapest there is one direct overnight train via Bratislava. No more passport controls.
As I said before passports won't be checked. It's all Schengen. True, few years ago they were still checking. Not any more.
Steve, the question was overnight from Eger (Füzesabony) to Krakow, through eastern Slovakia. The route you describe is the more conventional route to the west. The route to the east runs summer only.
I did a Bahn search for June and it did show an overnight train from Eger (Füzesabony) to Krakow but it arrived at 5:10 AM. That is not only awkward - what do you do in Krakow at 5:10 AM - but not very conducive to a good night's sleep.
The route to the west from Budapest arrives in Krakow at around 6:40 AM - still early - but a more reasonable hour.
I did the night train from Krakow to Budapest and was never woken for my passport.
Rode the western route last spring - no passport controls - all countries are in the Schengen zone.