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1. Posted by manuthack (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone,

Im off to Eastern Europe in a month, flying into Budapest, and working my way down to Turkey (then ferry to N.Cyprus)

Just wondered what sort of controls they have at borders. For instance if your taking a train from Hungary to Slovakia, would they stop the train at the border?

Also im undecided whether to actually buy a Interail pass, coz iv been told trains are incredibly cheap over there and it wud b a waste of money to buy a pass?

Any help would b great,

Matt x

2. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah,trains are cheap there,so if you only plan to get there this way it's not worth the price to take the card,but if you wil take the train also when you will be there in,then you should buy it.

For the border,yes they will stop the train,but they don't check into your pack,unless it really looks like you're hiding something.Of cousre,you never know if you won't take the train on the day when the worst guy of the country's army is checking every pack...Just be carefull not to carry ANY drug...remember midnight express!

Enjoy! ;)

3. Posted by manuthack (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

cheers for your help m8

can you get trains from one country to another, or are there bus connections sometimes?

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I alread posted this on another thread, but here you go:

It's the Balkan Flexipass, sold 1st class in the Putnik travel agencies of the Serbian Railways and the Wasteels-Rumania-office or online here:

Second class you can get them in Belgrade at the train station for half the price. You could try to get it in Budapest too. The Balkan Flexipass second class should be half the price of the first class ticket and thus cheaper than interrail.

A good site for rail travel:

You can also do a search of this forum, there are several threads on travel in the Balkan area around, including advice on trains and buses.