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What is the cheapest way to get to Budapest from Munich?

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1. Posted by rose315 (Inactive 8 posts) 5y

Hi guys,
I need to go to Budapest from Munich, in the first week of July 09. I have not been to Germany, Hungary, Austria or the other neighbouring countries before.
What is the best and cheapest way to get to Budapest from Munich? Flights tickets seem to be very expensive!
So, I am thinking of going by coach, bus or train.
One more thing, I do not speak German, French or Hungarian, would that be problem when travelling in those countries?
I would appreciate any suggestions guys.
I like to thank you all for helping and trying to help.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jun-2009, at 17:26 by rose315 ]

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 5y

Going by train is possibly cheapest (Eurolines (bus) may be cheaper, but is terribly uncomfortable). Visit Die Bahn; tickets seem to sell for as little as €39,00, although I doubt whether you'll be able to get that price at short notice.

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jun-2009, at 00:06 by bentivogli ]

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 5y

The cheapest and possibly quickest train route, is from Budapest Keleti and change at Vienna. Then Vienna to Munchen.
It would always be cheaper, if you have the time to avoid international trains and cross the border on foot before picking up another internal service. If booked in advance, the fare from BUD-VIE will be around €30 one way.
Had you been able to book a little further in advance, you could have got a flight with Easyjet from Budapest to Dortmund for under €30 (inc. tax, fees etc.). Bit late for that now though.
Then an internal train from Dortmund to Munchen would have been around another €15 one way. Around the same price overall, but much quicker. Because you're travelling next week - the fares aren't gonna be on your side.

4. Posted by rose315 (Inactive 8 posts) 5y

Hi guys,
As you know, I am completely new to things like forums. It was just a last minute attempt to have some ideas before travelling. It is interesting to know that there are people out there who are willing to help others. I am so grateful for all the suggestions that I have had so far.
I guess, it is the last minute nerve before travelling to a new country without any knowledge of the languages spoken!
Like you guys said, it is probably too late to get a good deal.
Could someone tell me about crossing the border on foot please? I have not done this before as I normally fly.
How far do I have to walk from Germany before I come to a train station or bus station in Austria?
Is there any website in English that I could check for more info?
Has anybody heard of “Orangeways"? I have tried checking the website, but it is not in English! Does anybody know, if there are any other websites that I could check or an office in Munich that I could contact and possibly reserve a seat before I go?
Once again, thank you all for the information, it means a lot.
Have a great day guys!

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 5y
  • Orangeways' website has an English version as well; if you mouse over the Hungarian flag, you'll see other language options. It appears that they charge €50 for a one-way ticket Budapest - Nürnberg, which I find surprisingly cheap. I've never heard of them before, but their website at least looks professional.
  • Re crossing on foot: it might work out cheaper all right, but it's a lot of hassle. Instead of crossing borders on foot, taking regional instead of international trains does a lot already to reduce costs. Your itinerary could look like: Budapest - Györ - Hegyeshalom - Parndorf (Austria) - Vienna - Salzburg - Freilassing (Germany) - Muenchen. Mind you, this will take substantially longer than a direct international train or bus
6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 5y

Post#5#bentivogli.... It's a lot of hassle - crossing on foot?? Never experienced any hassle myself. Your experiences please....

7. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 5y

Well, for a moderately experienced traveller, going to a country where she doesn't speak the local language nor the local lingua franca (German), who may be under somewhat of a time limit, your solution is not exactly easy.

Nor is my own, by the way. Imo, it would be wisest for the OP to spend the extra buck on a direct international train or a bus. Only if the total price is much higher than the EUR39 or EUR50 quoted earlier, one of the other solutions may become a viable alternative.

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jun-2009, at 14:27 by bentivogli ]

8. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 5y

Well, perhaps I just travel a little differently to you. Even when I first started going to foreign countries - I was advised to cross on foot - did it - never been hassled and it's easy. Oh and it saved me more than a night's hostel charge most times.
Still, each to there own.

9. Posted by rose315 (Inactive 8 posts) 5y

Hi guys,
Thanks a million for all your help, it meant a lot.
I had a wonderful short break in Budapest. I had to fly as it was too late to get good deals and I did not have enough time to go by train and coaches. But, I am planning to go back to Hungary again in the near future. I am so confident that I will be able to cross the border on foot.
Once again thank you all.

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