Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Top Tips for Budget Travelling

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If you’re looking for an awesome city for your European getaway, why not take three at time?  Prague, Vienna and Budapest are three major cities in Central Europe that are close together and well-connected, so it’s easy to use a single trip to visit all three. At HostelBookers we’re all about making life easy for you travelling cool kids, so here’s a short guide explaining how to flit between the three cities and how to make the most of your trip…

Prague

First stop…the Czech capital of Prague. It’s possible to get to the city by train or bus, but the quickest option is by plane. There are dozens of cheap airlines that run flights between the UK and Prague at budget prices – so finding an affordable air fare shouldn’t be a problem.

Prague

There’s a touch of controversy in the traveller community around how much time you should actually spend in Prague. Some say that to really enjoy the city you should spend at least a week, we say it’s possible to have a great time in just a weekend – as long as you use your time wisely. Check out our guide to Prague, there’s come cool info about the best places to visit and the best bars in Prague , to get you clued up on all of the party hotspots. We also have plenty of budget accommodation in Prague for you so you can have all the fun without the price tag.

Vienna

Next stop, Vienna… a hotspot for great sightseeing and even better music.

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Vienna

The train journey from Prague to Vienna takes about 5 hours and will cost € 48 (€ 52 if you book seats in advance). If you prefer to save your days and travel at night, the night train will cost about 52 € (56 € with an advance booking). For more information, you can check out the Czech Transport website. To go by bus, you can choose between the company Eurolines (takes about 4 hours and costs between 20 and 25 €, depending on the schedule) or Student Agency (takes about 5 hours but the ticket only costs 16 €). You can also check out our listings to find affordable accommodation in Vienna.

Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom), the Hofburg Imperial Palace are all popular city sights that should be at the top of your to do list. And once you’re ready for some relaxation or a touch of retail therapy, Stadtpark and Kärntner Straße shopping centre are within walking distance.

Budapest

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And finally, Budapest.

It takes about three hours by train from Vienna to Budapest and the ticket price with Czech Transport varies between 46 € and 50 € for non-reserved seats. If you’re planning on tackling the journey by bus, the best company to go with is Eurolines / Volánbusz. The journey takes about 3 hours and the ticket varies between 12 € and 24 €, depending on time and availability. When buying an online bus ticket, it’s very important to select a specific time, because if you choose “Open” (ie, no time specified) you’ll have to collect the ticket at the station in Budapest Népliget (and from Vienna that might be a bit complicated).

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The Hungarian capital is an extremely popular tourist destination – it’s a city that is rich in culture, history and natural beauty so there’s something for everyone. Baroque, neoclassical and Secessionist architecture are set against the backdrop of beautiful parks and there are countless museums filled with rare artefacts. If you’re craving a little pampering after all that exploring, there are also some Turkish baths for some deep cleansing and relaxation.

With so much to take in, it can be difficult to know where to start, but have no fear, we can help – check out our guide to find out more about what to see in Budapest.

Prague, Vienna and Budapest are three cities that won’t leave you disappointed (maybe a little tired though!). Be sure to browse our listings for cheap accommodation so your trip doesn’t leave your bank account feeling empty and sad. 

Please note: Prices are approximate and may vary depending on availability, season and how far in advance you book them.

Happy travels!

Thanks to Abeeeer ( 1 and 2 ), cb_agulto , SF Brit , Charlie Dave and qyphon for images from Flickr. Please note, these images were held under the Creative Commons licence at the time of publication.

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2 Responses to “Prague, Vienna and Budapest: Top Tips for Budget Travelling”

  1. Thanks for this great and helpful travel tips. I want to go for visiting prague in next vacation so i’m thinking that i can make my travel trip budget friendly with help of these great tips.

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