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Vienna - Prague - Budapest

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Vienna - Prague - Budapest

Hello,

We are trying to finalize an itinerary for the 3 places for early July. Looking to fly into Vienna (from Hong Kong) and then seeking advice for train travel. Should we be securing tickets right away and recommendations on where to purchase the tickets. A bit worried about getting fixed train tickets as we are travelling with a young child and worried about inflexibility of the schedule. However from previous posts it seems like the discounted (fixed tickets) will be the most economical? Also is this the best route? Vienna- Prague- Budapest - Vienna. Hoping to spend 4-4-5 days at each place. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Vienna - Prague - Budapest

" worried about inflexibility of the schedule "

I am not sure why being with a young child affects your flexibility, wouldn't you have the same problem with your flight ?

Here are some typical prices:

Vienna Prague (www.oebb.at), discounted tickets (fixed to the train you booked) from €28, flexible ticket (any train) €66

Prague Budapest (https://www.cd.cz/en/default.htm) about 520 CZK (€21) long journey 6 hrs 30 mins

Budapest Vienna (www.oebb.at) , discounted tickets from €19, flexible ticket €39.60

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2. Re: Vienna - Prague - Budapest

If you want to be flexible use the regiojet train between Vienna and Prague which costs €18.90 in Standard and about €25 in Business. It also operates good buses from €11.90.

You can buy this last minute and cancel free of charge www.regiojet.com

Otherwise the other train costs from €19 from www.cd.cz/eshop or www.oebb.at/en but you need to buy this well in advance and it cannot be cancelled/amended.

Prague to Budapest from €19 www.cd.cz/eshop

Budapest to Vienna from €13 from Hungarian Railways or from €9 by regiojet bus if you want flexibility.

Edited: 15 March 2018, 16:29
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3. Re: Vienna - Prague - Budapest

@hadiwi56a, Thanks for the info. Inflexibility in that its our first time in Europe with our lil one and the general fear of missing 'the' train:) Looks like we will need to pay substantially more for the open ticket.

Edited: 15 March 2018, 22:47
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@GCEK, Thank you for the links. Will check them out.

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5. Re: Vienna - Prague - Budapest

The bus or regiojet train is an excellent alternative if you need absolute flexibility on a budget. I almost always use it when going to Vienna for this very reason.

But saying that, you should always check the other sites just in case there are still discounted tickets left. You shouldn't have to pay the full price in the presence of alternatives.

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Thanks @GCEK. Was checking out the routes. We need to travel from Vienna to Prague (on the 5th of July)and the morning trains on OEBB (railjet) turn up as ticket not available. Is that because they are already full? While EC seems to be available for one train. Can you please advise on the best option? We prefer the train to bus. Can also consider flight if no other option. Also is reserving a seat (3Euros) necessary on WestBahnn?

Thanks again.

Edited: 17 March 2018, 23:18
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7. Re: Vienna - Prague - Budapest

Also checked the route by Regiojet. Looks like the tickets arent open for those dates yet.

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8. Re: Vienna - Prague - Budapest

July 5th is ages away. If trains that far in the future turn up as unavailable this means tickets can’t be bought yet. Trains as a rule do not sell out in that part of Europe. If you went to the station in Vienna right now you’d be able to get a ticket for the next train to Prague without issue. Buying tickets in advance is something you do to save money, and you don’t need to buy half a year in advance for that.

To give you an idea: it’s 17:27 right now and there are still two departures to Prague today, and for both you can still get tickets. 14,- for the 18:10 departure and 21,- for the 19:10 one. Trains are mass transit, and would be useless if they “sold out” days in advance...

Edited: 18 March 2018, 00:30
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9. Re: Vienna - Prague - Budapest

@Kristv Thanks for the info. Not looking to purchase the tickets half a year in advance, but trying to get a grip of the booking system and the travel times in order to plan the hotel reservations and itinerary in general:) Its good to know that tickets will be available at those times even without pre booking. Appreciate the info.

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