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Where to from Budapest? (in winter)

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1. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

Hey all,

I'm just doing some last minute planning for my Europe trip which im backpacking on my own. I was orginally going to leave 14th January until 21st January unplanned but now im not so sure.

I finish what im doing in Budapest on the 13 or 14th of January and have until the 22nd January before I have to be in Warsaw.

I was thinking of going to Stockholm to see a ice hockey match on the 14th January but it seems I cant find cheap enough flights.

Any suggestions what to do between those dates? Should I just spend it all in Poland?
By this stage I will have already visited Most of Holland, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. I also have plans for Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin later on.

or should I just leave it unplanned and hope to meet people over there and travel by train somewhere like Romania?

Thanks in advance!

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Sep-2009, at 20:53 by phatpat ]

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

I would suggest you check out some of the smaller places in Slovakia,Czech Republic and Poland enroute to Warshaw. Go to the wintersports places and take skiing lessons or if you don't want to ski rent snowshoes and go for a hike or get a sleigh and ride down the mountain.

BTW, if you plan to do this you better buy full skiing gear as winterclothes, jacket, pants and boots.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Sep-2009, at 22:15 by t_maia ]

3. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

sounds like a great idea.

Im bringing a snow jacket but dont want to carry snow boots and pants through asia.
Hopefully I can hire those.

is it pretty easy to just jump on a train without booking from Budapest to places around Slovakia and Czech Republic?

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

You should be able to rent skiing gear in most wintersport resort places.

But I would strongly recommend that you buy some decent winter street boots on arrival in Amsterdam or Berlin, you are going to need them when you go to Sweden or frolick around in the snow in Slovakia. You'll also want to buy thermal underwear.

FYI, in most countries in Europe you do not need to book trains, you go to the ticket desk at the train station and buy the ticket and a few minutes later you can board the train.

The exception are special trains, ie fast trains and night trains where reservation is mandatory. There you need to reserve a certain time in advance, the exact time depending upon the train. It can be 48 hours in advance or 2 hours in advance.

It can also be a good idea to book in advance in order to get special fares. This is especially true for Germany, Austria, France and the UK. In these countries the regular fares are very expensive, the only way around them is to use a Eurail pass or to buy in advance.

Compared to other European countries train fares in Czech R, Slovakia and Hungary are very cheap, so it won't break the bank if you pay full fare. www.jizdenka.cz will give you train fares, play around with it.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Sep-2009, at 00:47 by t_maia ]

5. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

thanks so much for that mate :)

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

One more thing:

I was thinking of going to Stockholm to see a ice hockey match on the 14th January but it seems I cant find cheap enough flights.

I see a taxes-only flight from Bratislava (BTS) to Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) on Jan 12th with Ryanair, if you do not have any checked luggage you can take it for 30,33 EUR one-way.

www.skyscanner.net should be your first stop for looking at flights within Europe.

7. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

thanks. After some harder searching ive found cheap flights with wizzair.
Looks like i have some options now :)