yeah and might i add....trains are very cheap in the east and the best part of travel in the east are the local trains - so many characters we hav met! wow. last year I traveled with a friend from east slovak to Romania on small local trains to see more of the culture and smaller border towns. The main trainline went to Budapest which was way out of the way we thought. It took 17 hours (7am left Levoca - 12am Arrive Cluj). And 5 trains with stops in some remote parts of hungary and slovakia. eurorail wont give u these trips....get-on get-off is half the fun of eastern euro travel.
and the Baltics - no one uses trains
Thanks for all the help, guys!
I don't know about going to a travel agent's office: I might have to commit to booking something, or making some of a decision about where we are going. Couldn't *possibly* do that. :D
Seriously, though, it'd probably be a good idea - I can at least find out how much the prices are for passses and then sit down and work out if they're worth organising. The friend I'm going with is already in London, so I don't know if she'll be able to get a Eurorail pass anyway there.
here, browse this for "off the beaten path" spots. (external link )
Sorry, this is a pretty general question, but I thought I would ask: does anyone have any tips or recommendations for travelling around Eastern Europe?
A friend and I are looking to go in July/August/September next year. We're sort of interested in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, and maybe Latvia & Lithuania, if we have the time and the funds. Personally, I'd really like to go to Moldova (Moldovia) if I get the chance, but I've heard it's kind of hard to get entry.
Hello, I'm from Balkan region, Croatia to be exact, and I'm sure you will have a lot of fun in any country you choose to visit in EE. Croatia and the rest of ex-Yugoslav republics are also interesting destinations and there is a lot to see, rich culture, preserved nature, clean and warm Adriatic Sea and of course beautiful gearls. Now when war is over it is much safer to travel to places like Dubrovnik, Mostar, Belgrade and anywhere else, with exception of Kosovo. People in ex-YU countries are very friendly and pleasant therefore I would recomment you to visit Croatia, Bosnia and/or Serbia-Montenegro. I wish you a great time wherever you choose to go!
if you want to visit Eastern you have few choices. Each of us gives his own experience.
Hungary is a beautiful country. Yes, you have to visit Budapest which is a very very good city with a good enivornment. But there is also a small city with a lake near slovakia which is called Szob and in summer under the sun it's really good to pass time over there.
It's essential to see Poland and Czech Republic where people are so nice and where you should have fun and see many interesting things.
However i keep good memories from Hungary, and all ex-Yougaslav Reps.
It is not useful to take a train card (eurorail/inter rail) cause trains are very cheap. For example, to cross Czech Republic i paid 4€ from Brno to Plzeñ and it's less expensive in others eastern countries
And if you have time, Bulgarie should be a good surprise too.
We are travelling in August from Turkey to Budapest and then Prague.Still gathering ideas about how to get there and where to stay.Is it possible to find B&B type places in these cities rather than hotels? Any suggestions for must sees between Budapest and Prague?
In Budapest in summer, all universities become youth hostels.
So you can find where to sleep easily and it's not expensive at all.
If you're looking for b&b, someones told me that the Ever Silvester Guest House is very clean and very good to stay in Budapest few days.
You can find it on many websites.
I didn't do that, but i know that by train, you can find a direct one from Budapest to Prague (Praha)
The railways company :
Okay, the possiblility of me going to Western Europe (WE) is now non-existant, due to financial issues. But I keep hearing how cheap EE is. What kind of budget are we talking here? for a 2-3 month trip? How much are hostels, transportation, food, ect?
What EE countries use the Euro? Is changing money ever a problem when in EE?
Am I correct in assuming that EE is more a spur of the moment thing? ie: not really having a definite plan, as opposed to WE were you must make reservations at some hostels and buy Eurail passes in advance?
Bumping this back up because we actually know where we're going now. Huzzah!
Does anyone have any recommendations for Slovakia, Poland, Hungary or Croatia? We're trying to do a round trip starting in the Czech Republic, then through the countries listed above, ending in Slovenia. And we've got about 6-8 weeks from the end of August to do it in.
Is that too ambitious?
if you start in Czech Republic you should cross the country and go to Poland. Try to visit all the south of the country, Krakow, Katowice, Zakopane. It's very easy to get Slovakia from Poland (Krakow) by a night train.
After you would get down to Hungary easily too in few hours..and you'll be at the border of Croatia.
If you have 6-8 weeks you're going to see so many things !
I've already done that in less time.