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Travel/stops en route from BUD to PRG

Old Jun 21, 17, 12:45 pm
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Travel/stops en route from BUD to PRG

For an upcoming trip, we're flying into BUD & out of PRG. Apart from several days in each city (& some possible day trips outside of them), we have 3-4 days in between.

Right now I'm thinking about taking the train to Brno; spending a day or two there; and then visiting Cesky Krumlov (again, for 1-2 days) before the onward trip to Prague. I'd appreciate any insights on
  • recommended methods of travel (I get the sense from guidebooks that buses are a better bet than rail when one isn't traveling directly between major cities)
  • the wisdom/folly of this itinerary (vs. a less indirect path to Prague) & whether Cesky Krumlov is worth the detour
  • anything else I'm overlooking, which is probably a lot
(FWIW, I considered stopping in Bratislava & have decided to skip it in favor of the Czech towns.)
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Old Jun 22, 17, 9:22 am
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I don't think you can really shoehorn Cesky Krumlov into that itinerary and do it justice. The whole point of going there is to explore the surrounding area also and use it as a base for day hikes. However, for only a day or so when you have just 3-4 days in total you're taking a significant detour to a place which is not as well served with transport connections as the other places on your list.

I would replace it with somewhere like Pilsen, which is super easy to get to from PRG, but you should definitely allocate more time to Brno than Pilsen if you do this (1 day for Pilsen is fine).

For travel I would definitely use a bus service like RegioJet (Student Agency) - very convenient and cost-effective. Good service and you can cancel up to 30 mins before free of charge (I used this last week and got the refund to my credit card promptly).
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Old Jun 22, 17, 3:41 pm
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depending on your budget you might want to consider Daytrip it's a city to city car service in central Europe. You can plan stops along the way to customize the trip. I get the impression that the cars and drivers are sort of like Lyft or Uber drivers...local people who rent themselves out to drive you between cities in their own cars and act as guides. It's not cheap though
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Old Jun 22, 17, 7:11 pm
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Originally Posted by beltway View Post
For an upcoming trip, we're flying into BUD & out of PRG. Apart from several days in each city (& some possible day trips outside of them), we have 3-4 days in between.

Right now I'm thinking about taking the train to Brno; spending a day or two there; and then visiting Cesky Krumlov (again, for 1-2 days) before the onward trip to Prague. I'd appreciate any insights on
  • recommended methods of travel (I get the sense from guidebooks that buses are a better bet than rail when one isn't traveling directly between major cities)
  • the wisdom/folly of this itinerary (vs. a less indirect path to Prague) & whether Cesky Krumlov is worth the detour
  • anything else I'm overlooking, which is probably a lot
(FWIW, I considered stopping in Bratislava & have decided to skip it in favor of the Czech towns.)
I was in Prague, Brno, Vienna and Bratislava (among others) a couple of months ago so address what you are overlooking:

Vienna

This was my second time to Budapest but first time I've spent time there (cheapest flights for some reason) and was most impressed. Prague, well that speaks for itself.

Brno is OK and you can do some great day trips from there as well.

Bratislava, well, I like it but after last visit was a little let down as the historic part of town isn't all that big. But there are day trips from there. There is also the boat to Vienna - OK, IIRC there's one between Vienna and Budapest but probably takes too long. Bratislava-Vienna is probably just right, though my journey was by train and in reverse (to be clear, trip was in reverse, not the train).

Originally Posted by yurtripper View Post
I don't think you can really shoehorn Cesky Krumlov into that itinerary and do it justice. The whole point of going there is to explore the surrounding area also and use it as a base for day hikes
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For travel I would definitely use a bus service like RegioJet (Student Agency) - very convenient and cost-effective. Good service and you can cancel up to 30 mins before free of charge (I used this last week and got the refund to my credit card promptly).
RegioJet has not only buses, but within old Czechoslovakia trains as well. THAT would be my FIRST choice, followed by train - it's just that much more comfortable.

As for Cesky Krumlov, I made it a day trip on previous visit with train to Ceske Budejovice and early morning RegioJet bus to Cesky Krumlov. The place is VERY compact, though you certainly could do day trips from there, it can be done in a LOOOONG day (just looked, 3 hours by RegioJet bus from Prague).

So, looks like a good plan, think about Vienna and do go to Cesky Krumlov. If you want to do a quick boat trip up or down the Danube, a half day in Bratislava would probably be about right.
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Old Jun 23, 17, 6:03 am
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Thank you all for the suggestions.

Re Vienna, I probably should have noted to begin with that we've gone there previously and, while a return visit would be nice at some point, we'd like to go new places instead on this trip.
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I would skip Brno in favor of Cesky Krumlov and probably more time in Prague.

From Brno to Prague - forget car or bus, because the main highway connecting these two cities is under heavy reconstruction. This and summer traffic makes for extremely unpleasant conditions on the road. Train would be much more pleasant and faster option.

I would just fly (or take the train) from BUD to PRG and make a car trip to Cesky Krumlov, completely skipping Brno. Much more things to do and see in or around Cesky Krumlov than in Brno. For example visiting the beautiful castle in Hluboka nad Vltavou or enjoy activities at Lipno lake.

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Old Jun 26, 17, 8:30 am
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Originally Posted by jan8 View Post
I would skip Brno in favor of Cesky Krumlov and probably more time in Prague.

From Brno to Prague - forget car or bus, because the main highway connecting these two cities is under heavy reconstruction. This and summer traffic makes for extremely unpleasant conditions on the road. Train would be much more pleasant and faster option.

I would just fly (or take the train) from BUD to PRG and make a car trip to Cesky Krumlov, completely skipping Brno. Much more things to do and see in or around Cesky Krumlov than in Brno. For example visiting the beautiful castle in Hluboka nad Vltavou or enjoy activities at Lipno lake.

yep. without question.
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Old Jul 17, 17, 12:28 pm
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You've all persuaded me to skip Brno & spend more time in Cesky Krumlov, which leads to a follow-up question. It appears that the best way (weighing factors of expense & convenience) is to take a train from Budapest to Linz -- no changes required -- and then one of the various shuttle services to CK. (Recommendations on the latter welcome. It looks like CK Shuttle/Bean has the best options & most regular service.)

Am I missing anything obvious?
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