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Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana

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1. Posted by unterwegs (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

I'm planning to visit these three cities this summer but have no idea how to make a proper itinerary to save money.
Anyone who already made this trip can give me some advice please?
I'm starting from Munich btw. Many thanks.

2. Posted by danube (Full Member 63 posts) 8y

Hi,

Direction seems right, though you might want to include Vienna as well (if so, then before Bratislava). Allow at least 1-2 days for Bratislava 2-3 and Budapest, and no clue how many to Ljubjana...
Train is a quite effective way to proceed, but you might want to take advantage of the low-cost bus tickets of http://www.orangeways.com (both between BRA-BUD and BUD-LJU).

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Best way to go about is is with a bunch of tricks involving cheap national train tickets instead of international train tickets.

From Munich I would take Bayern-Ticket to the border (with the Czech Republic) and continue with a national ticket. There are several options:

1) You take Bayern-Ticket to Passau and then take a normal OEBB train to Vienna. There are special trains available that carry bicycles along Donauradweg, look for these. From Vienna take a special Euregio ticket to Bratislava.

2) You take Bayern-Ticket or Bayern-Boehmen-Ticket to the Czech border (Bayrisch-Eisenstein?) and continue with local ticket to Bratislava. Buy the local ticket from the Czech conductor who boards the train at the border, pay in Czech Crowns.

3) My personal favourite: Take Bayern-Ticket to Passau, catch the RBO - bus to the village Haidmühle, walk across the border to Nove Udoli and then continue with the train to Cesky Krumlov. Stay in Cesky Krumlov for the night, then go to Brno and on to Bratislava.

Bayern-Ticket is valid on the RBO bus, when looking for the connections enter "Mühldorfer, Haidmühle" into http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/d

Make sure you time your arrival in Haidmühle so that you reach Cesky Krumlov on the same day.

It is also possible to get special discounted tickets to Budapest from Munich, see www.bahn.de whether there are any offers available for your day of travel.


It is a good idea to get a map with the train lines, a writing pad, a pen, a calculator and then to play around with www.jizdenka.cz to find the cheapest tickets and with http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/d to find the best connections.
Note that 2 national tickets are usually cheaper than 1 international ticket. Avoid international connections that go via Germany or Austria. Also look on ebay for train tickets from Munich to Ljubljana, Vienna and Budapest. When somebody buys a ticket in Ljubljana to Munich s/he gets a 50 % discount on the roundtrip ticket, ie a one-way ticket Ljb-M is the same price as a roundtrip ticket Ljb-M-Ljb. People therefore buy the roundtrip ticket and sell the return they don't need on ebay.

Finally, compare train ticket prices to bus ticket prices. Look at www.eurolines.com.