I'm new to this website but have already found it to be extremelly helpful. I'm planning on going away for a week in march and was wondering if anyone could give me some advice.
I'm hopefully going to go to Budapest - 3days, Bratislava - 1day and Vienna - 3days.
Can anyone give me some advice on the trains to and from each place, recommended hostels and things to do in each place. If anyone thinks i'm spending too long, too little in each place, please feel free to say.
I think it is a good schedule, 1 day in Bratislava might be enough, but still very worthwile to visit.
Travelling by rail is fast, comfortable and cheap.
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If you like to do the bit from Bratislava to Vienna by boat, then that is also possible. There is a shuttle boat/water taxi running between these cities. http://www.twincityliner.com/english/fahrplan.shtml
Have you thought about spending 4 nights in Vienna and then visiting Bratislava as a daytrip? It's easily done on the train (or by other methods) as the two cities are very close, but it makes things a bit easier as you don't have to go through the hassle of checking into another hotel just for a one night stay. It's also a little easier to do this from the perspective of travel as going from Budapest to Vienna by train is very simple, whilst Bratislava often requires changing trains at Gyor in Hungary or elsewhere (though there are direct services).
Thanks for your help. I might go straight to Vienna and then go to Bratislava for a day on the boat and get thetrain back. Can anyone tell me a website where I can book train tickets from Budapest to Vienna, and Bratislava to Vienna.
Unfortunately the Hungarian Railways don't have any internet-supported ticket purcase system so far. On the other hand you can book bus tickets on the net for a bargain (you can spare even as much as 50% compared to train tickets). Check these links (the journey takes 3-4 hours, not more than the train):
Enjoy the trip
The fact that the Hungarian tickets are not internet-supported is your big chance to get a bargain on train tickets.
If you intent to go on to Prague from Vienna buy your train ticket Budapest-Bratislava-Prague. Do not buy Bratislava-Vienna until you are in Bratislava. When you are in Bratislava buy a return ticket to Vienna, not a single ticket.
Go over to Virtualtourist.com and contact GyuriFT (tell him t_maia send you) and he will explain. Or look at the posts he made on the subject of travelling from Budapest to Vienna. He is the absolute guru on doing this region on the cheap by train and knows a ton of tricks to save money.
Hey for Vienna I have the ultimate travel/accommodation page.
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