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1. Posted by pschwerdt (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

Hi there,

I am planning a 2+ week trip through Eastern Europe this Summer. I visiting the following places, Krakow, Tatras region of Slovakia, Budapest, Cesky Krumlov, and end in Prague.

What I am wondering, is it better to rent a car and drive or take trains? I will be travelling with 4 other people, so I am thinking it might be better to just to rent a large car for the time we are there. Any ideas?

Also, does anyone have any suggestions about Slovakia? I am thinking about visiting Levoca, since it looks like it is near the Tatras and close to an interesting looking castle.

Thanks!

- Paul

2. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 10y

Sounds like a great trip. I like taking the train, but then again I like to drink all day long while travelling and this ofcourse doesnt go well together with driving around. Trains are inexpensive and you can meet locals, so all good there.

Slovakia, totally goto Ledova...then take the bus to the castle called Spissky Hrad. From the outside this castle is dramatic..absolutly massive and perched upon a strategic hill above a small village. You can totally imagine how hard it would have been to attack this castle. After a fire, it fell into decay and is more or less ruin with some limited renovated rooms to showcase the history. Some great photo ops and a must day trip from Ledovca.

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

Yeah I was with Moscow at this castle, its Brill! the largest in east/central europe - its nearby Levoca. We spent 2 days via small local buses and trains to get there but its worth it! Its a HUGE castle on a hill - u need to get to Spissky Nova not far from Levoca. From there you can take a local bus.

And take trains - the peeps we met in the trains are half the fun of travel. it gets u closer to the locals.

4. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 10y

Hi, train is always the best bet for travel as road signs can be tricky things if you dont understand the language, plus you have to rely on a sense of direction to get u places and deal with congestion and stuff. Trains are so cheap in Eastern Europe that renting a car probs wont be worth it considering petrol and everything as well.
Nicola

5. Posted by pschwerdt (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

Thanks everyone! I am going to look into the trains. Cheers!

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7. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

Cesky Krumlov to Prague isn't that easy to do by train, I mean it's ok I guess but it takes a lot longer than it should. Apart from that I'm all for using trains, driving may in theory give you a bit more freedom but I'd imagine it would become a bit of a hassle.