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need help planning April holiday to Budapest, Prague...

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1. Posted by hil_136 (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I am trying to plan a very cheap holiday with my mate for our April break from uni. We have 3 weeks off starting on April 5th until the 28th I believe. Ideally we would like to go to Budapest, then Prague, then somewhere warm and beachy. I've been on easyjet looking at flights from London to Budapest and they are very reasonable, but what is the best way to get from Budapest to Prague? I am assuming a train, but will that be very expensive and take a very long time? Am I being completely unreasonable thinking we may be able to do Budapest and Prague, travel, food and accommodation for around 300 pounds? We would probably spend just over a week total for both cities, a day of travel, then say 3 days in Budapest, a day of travel, then 3 days in Prague or something like that. Ideally if this cost less than 300 pounds, we would then travel to somewhere cheap and warm with a beach and spend a few days there before returning to London. Any suggestions/tips/info?? I am having a hard time finding out about trains between Budapest and Prague. I also don't know where the best place to find a warm beach (where accommodation is cheap!) in April would be?

The biggest thing is money... the flights I have found to Budapest are around 25 pounds, then I am planning around 25 pounds per day for food/accommodation and another 10 pounds a day for entry to attractions, and other misc. things, is that reasonable? We've looked into hostels and they're quite cheap in both Budapest and Prague, so I am assuming food and other necessities (ie entry to must-see tourist attractions) won't be too over the top expensive.

Sorry for the rambling!!! Thanks in advance!!!

2. Posted by hil_136 (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi, just wanted to ask, is it possible to book a train from Prague to Budapest in advance? and how much on average does the journey cost? because I have been looking at raileurope and interail and haven't been able to find the cost of the tickets. I don't mind waiting to buy the tickets, but I would need to know the price as I'm on a tight budget. thanks for any help!

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Your travel plans are reasonable. Your budget for Budapest and Prague sounds ok. As a rule you'll need to take at least 50 EUR (38 GBP) per day and person in Western Europe (for everything: train tickets, food, hostel, etc), while in Eastern E. you sometimes can get by on 40 EUR (30 GBP) per day and person.

The sites to look at for train travel in Eastern E. are for train schedules and htp:// for estimates of costs.

It is currently not possible to book tickets for hungarian trains online. You need to buy the tickets in Budapest. Make sure you don't buy train tickets that go via Austria - some fast connections seem to run via Vienna, but this would increase the price for the train tickets substantially.

Best place for a warm beach in April would be Egypt at the Red Sea. The Med is still too cold in April. Same goes for the Balaton lake. However you could go on from Prague to Berlin - train ticket price is roughly 40 EUR and there are cheap flights back to London. The best is: halfway enroute between Berlin and Dresden is - could be the beach you want.

4. Posted by hil_136 (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much for the info!! Those train sites were exactly what I was looking for. We have decided to leave out the beach and go to Dublin instead, but that Tropical Islands attraction looks well cool, I hope to check it out when I finally get to travel around in Germany (hopefully next summer!) Thanks again!!!

5. Posted by AdamH77 (Inactive 41 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Check out croatia, dubrovnik and splitt are by the coast and not too far from hungary.