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1. Posted by katz (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

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Hello! I want to travel from berlin to krakow in August taking in any interesting places on the way. I know that there is a night train but have heard some weird stories about gassing on the trains - is this true???!!

Anyway, it would be nice to take in some other places on the way (possibly go into CR) so any tips on routes would be much appreciated! I have just under 2 weeks! THANKS!!

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Gassing on the trains???

What do you mean?

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Haven't heard anything lately on this route. Afterall, this is Germany to Poland. The gassing stories were about Bulgarian and Turkish trains.

Have fun!

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Krakow/Warsaw - Prague had a problem a few years ago with gassing/drugging as it is mostly used by backpackers, but I haven't heard anyt problems for a while after a small operation where a few people were arrested.

Only other places i have heard of it are occassional one offs in Italy (mostly unconfirmed) and occassionally in the Balkans. Never heard of any problems on German-Polish services.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Katz

That is something that happens. At least, it is rumoured, to happen. I dont know how often, or on which routes. Apparently, some gas is released into train compartments, to make passengers sleep more deeply, so they can be robbed more easily.
Sleep in your sleeping bag, to protect your moneybelt. That will make it very difficult, for somebody, to rob u, even if they do gas the place. ;)

Mel

6. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

if you hesitate about taking the train, you could always take the plane (Easyjet: Berlin-Schönefeld to Krakow)

7. Posted by katz (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Cheers for advice....anyone know how much the train costs?

8. Posted by zitt (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

http://rozklad.pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en?ld=pkp&seqnr=2&ident=8s.0812529.1174857667&OK#focus

This is the webpage of Polish Railway Service, it's a route planner so you can check whether there is the connection or not. Oh, by the way, you have to enter destination point. Fill in Krakow, and then it will ask you to specify your claim. Click on 'Krakow Główny'. Not sure if prices are given, but check it out. I hope it will help.

Cheers!

9. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

I think the gassing stories are made to scare American backpackers :) i hav never met anyone or heard anything in my travels to lend any amount of truth to these stories.

On the way to Krakow stop in Torun - http://www.torun.pl/portal/index.php?lang=en

we got stuck there for 4 days as it was so nice :)

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 26, 2007, at 3:59 AM by coldwarspy ]

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting katz

Cheers for advice....anyone know how much the train costs?

Hello Katz

The German train company does some very good special offers.
If us live in Europe, u can buy your ticket online.
A very good offer would be Berlin to Krakow for 29Euros(for a seat. A sleeper would cost more. But they also have good special offers, for those). Since u are going in August, u can look out for such an offer, for the next couple of months. Here is the link, for the night trains.
http://www.nachtzuege.de/site/nachtzugreise/de/start.html
Change it to English language, if u want, by just clicking on the tab with English, on it.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 26, 2007, at 1:25 PM by Mel. ]