Inter-rail or not? Eastern europe train and bus fares needed

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1. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hi all, i am going to be travelling eastern europe in 3 weeks time, but am debating the merits of inter rail versus booking individual tickets. I am having difficulty finding out how much certaqin 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.


Krakow to Budapest

Budapest to Brasov

Brasov to bucharest

Bucharest to Resita

Resita to Szeged

Szeged to Zagreb

Zagreb to Rijeka

Rijeka to Ljubjana

Ljubjana to Cesky Krumlov

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey dont buy interrail - take point to point! alot cheaper

Trains are slower in the East and the distances u are traveling far - Buda - Brasov is a LONG train ride.
but good thing is - prices cheap compared to the West.
but sorry dont recall prices - i just know it was cheap!

Great Site for Travelin in Romania

3. Posted by bjm (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I know you've probably now been back for months but I was looking for the answer to a similar question before my girlfriend and I went away six weeks ago and couldn't find it - definitely DO NOT buy and Interrail pass for Central/Eastern Europe.

We travelled for 5 weeks, from Warsaw all the way to Lastovo (a Croatian Island, not far from Dubrovnik) and then back up to Ljubljana in Slovenia and we spent £215 each. That includes 1st class sleeper train from Krakow to Prague, a river boat down the Danube from Vienna to Budapest and an 18hr ferry ride with a top notch cabin all the way up the coast of Croatia. It is really really cheap (certainly for us Brits anyway), and we could probably have knocked £50 off of that figure if we were really going 'budget'.

4. Posted by aglaja (Budding Member 16 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi there!

I have a link, that usually helps:

Oneway ticket from Ljubljana to Rijeka is about 12 EUR, I'm sure that internal rail to Zagreb is cheaper than that. They don't have their own web site so try getting info at their turist center:

That is all I can help. If you need any more information about Slovenia,please, write:)


5. Posted by rogerb (Full Member 50 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nicola,

Try these sites they could be useful to answer your questions....;)



Have a good trip !


6. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hi, thanks for all the help. Have been back for about a month and had a really good time. Now have loads of info on travelling through eastern europe, so if anyone needs any help just let me know.


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8. Posted by carenlim88 (Inactive 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

I am new here. I look forward to going Prague next year January. Currently I am holding UK holiday working visa and Malaysian passport. Do I need other european visa to enter Czech?

Thanks, Caren

9. Posted by Jtraveller (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys and girls I am going travelling around eastern Europe in august for a month. I have flights booked for arrival and return. Would you recommend a inter rail ticket. Or best to buy them point to point and get bus's.

I have tried to research this but cant find fares very well. I will add I am a student, do you get discount on bus's and trains with international student card? This is my trip and where i will be going.

Fly on 9th – Travel to Leipzig

Leipzig to Prague

Prague to Vienna

Vienna to Bratislava

Bratislava to Budapest

Budapest to Tokaji

Tokaji to Bucharest

Bucharest to Varna,

Varna to Sofia

Sofia to Belgrade

Belgrade to Sarajevo

Sarajevo to Ploce then bus to Split, st

Split to Zagreb

Zagreb to Ljubljana

Ljubljana to Trieste.

11th September fly back from Trieste

Any help apperciated

10. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Next time, please start a new thread rather than reviving one that's this old. Thanks on behalf of the original poster.

I would not buy an interrail ticket for this itinerary. Don't know the Balkans very well, but I suppose there is some kind of alternative discount programme especially dedicated to the region, that will work out cheaper for you than an interrail ticket. Maybe someone who's more knowledgeable can comment.