hi all, i am going to be travelling eastern europe in 6 weeks time, but am debating the merits of inter rail versus booking individual tickets. I am having difficulty finding out how much certain journeys would be, either by bus or by rail. Are there any good websites that anyone knows of that could help?
I am looking for prices of the following journeys.
Spilt to Slovenia
Hungry to Budapest
Slovakia to Krakow
Krakow to Poland
Poland to Prauge
Prauge to Berlin
Berlin to Vienna
dont bother with Interail, buy point to point. Im confused tho as some of ur destinations are countries.
anyway the only expensive one will be Berlin to Vienna, try and book earlier if you can
I agree with Coldwarspy, point to point works out better and sometimes busses work out as the cheaper option.
Eurail/Interail can work out cheaper if you're doing countries like Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France etc., but for Eastern Europe, forget it - like the others have said.
Also, if you're doing quite a few Eastern Europe countries, it can work out cheaper to buy internal tickets - rather than cross border ones, if you have the time to get off at the nearest station to the border and pick up another internal train once you've crossed over on foot. But back to the original question - don't even consider a pass for train travel in Eastern Europe, regardless of which countries you're doing and how long the journey might be.
Also, consider night trains too - to save on accommodation. You'll pay extra for a bed, but the supplement will still be a lot cheaper than a hotel/hostel room.
At many of the big stations where the train stops, it can be there for up to 1/2 an hour while they wait for another passing train, or they change the engine and crew - so there's time to get off, get a wash in the WC's and grab a hot snack and drink. Plus at the smaller busy stations where it stops for maybe five minutes, there are often traders that come on the train or to the window offering fresh bread, fruit, meat and cold drinks for just a few small coins.
Trains in Eastern Europe aren't like in the west, they don't stop - or fizzle out around midnight. They are just as busy at 2am as they are at 2pm.