Sleeper train from Krakow to Budapest

Safe & comfortable sleeper trains run from Krakow to Prague, Budapest & Vienna...

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       Train information is current for 2017.

This page explains how to travel by train from Krakow to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest fares, usually direct from the relevant operator with print-your-own tickets.

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".  And most important, click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

European train travel FAQ...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Krakow to Warsaw & other destinations in Poland...
Krakow to Oswiecim (Auschwitz)

EIP trainsKrakow to Warsaw in 2h19 at up to 200km/h (125 mph)...

Introduced in 2014, these are the very best trains on the Polish network are modern bullet-nosed pendolinos like this.  They operate on the Krakow-Warsaw-Gdynia route at up to 125mph, with faster operation planned in the future.  Reservation is compulsory and they have a bar-bistro car - for more photos see www.vagonweb.cz/fotogalerie/PL/PKP_ED250.php.  Above right, 2nd class seats.  Buy tickets at www.intercity.pl.

EIP train   2nd class seats on a PKP InterCity EIP train

An EIP train...  Photos courtesy of www.vagonweb.cz

 

2nd class seats...

EIP train, side   EIP bar car   Table for two in EIP 1st class

Clean & electric EIP train...

 

Bar car...

 

1st class table for two...

EIC & IC trains...

EIC & IC trains are the next rank down, with modern air-conditioned carriages and usually a bistro-bar.  Below right, a first class compartment.  Some seats are open-plan, some in compartments like this.  Below EIC & IC, the next rank is TLK which are slower and use older non-air-conditioned cars.

A Warsaw to Krakow InterCity train at warsaw Centralna   A 6-seat compartment on a Warsaw to Krakow train

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Krakow to London...

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Krakow to Paris or Brussels...

By day trains with overnight stop in Berlin...

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Krakow to Amsterdam, Dόsseldorf & Cologne...

By day trains with overnight stop in Berlin...

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Krakow to Zurich & Switzerland...

Option 1, by sleeper then day train...

Czech sleeping-car as used on the train from Prague to Krakow   2-bed sleeper on the night train from Prague to Krakow   Washbasin in sleeper compartment

Step 1, Krakow to Vienna by safe & comfortable sleeper...

The morning RailJet from Munich has arrived in Budapest.   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

Step 2. Vienna-Zurich by Railjet, ΦBB's (Austrian Railways) premier trains...  More photos, video & information about Railjets.

 

Economy class on RailJet, in open saloons with picture windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

Bistro-restaurant car...

The mountains of Austria...

Taking the train through the Arlberg pass...   Lunch is served at your seat in first & business classes

In the Arlberg pass itself, the railway hugs the valley side, past fir forests and meadows...

 

In Railjet first & business class, the stewardess takes your order & serves lunch at your seat...

The lakes between Zurich and the Austrian border

The Railjet clips a corner of Lichtenstein, passing non-stop through the little station of Schaan-Lichtenstein.  Once in Switzerland, the Railjet runs alongside the Zόrichsee, then along the Walensee...

Option 2, by day train then sleeper...

   

The Vienna-Zurich train has double-deck sleeping-cars.

 

2-berth sleeper.

 

4-berth couchettes.

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop...

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Krakow to Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy

Option 1, by day train to Vienna then sleeper to Venice, Milan, Florence or Rome - the most time-effective option...

  • Step 1, travel from Krakow to Vienna.  If going to Milan, Florence or Rome, leave Krakow around 06:16 by IC train to Katowice to connect with a smart comfortable EuroCity train with restaurant car to Vienna Hbf arriving around 13:51.  If going to Venice, leave Krakow around 13:00 by local train to Katowice to connect with a smart comfortable EuroCity train with restaurant car to Vienna Hbf arriving around 19:50.  Check times and book this journey through reliable agency www.polrail.com.

  • Step 2 for Milan, Florence or Rome, take the excellent Nightjet sleeper train leaving Vienna Hbf at 19:23 and arriving Milan Centrale at 09:10, Florence SMN at 06:19 and Rome Termini at 09:22.  Fares from €59 with a couchette in 6-berth, €69 with a couchette in 4-berth, €99 with a bed in a cosy 2-bed sleeper or €139 with a bed in a single bed sleeper.  Deluxe sleepers with shower & toilet are also available.  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.

  • Step 2 for Venice, take the excellent EuroNight sleeper leaving Vienna Hbf at 21:27 and arriving Venice Santa Lucia at 08:24 next morning.  Fares from €59 with a couchette in 6-berth, €69 with a couchette in 4-berth, €99 with a bed in a cosy 2-bed sleeper or €139 with a bed in a single bed sleeper.  Deluxe sleepers with shower & toilet are also available.  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.

Option 2, by sleeper trains with day in Vienna...

Option 3, by day trains with overnight stop in Vienna...

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Krakow to Barcelona & Spain...
Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

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Krakow to Lisbon & Portugal...

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Krakow to Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm & Scandinavia...

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Krakow to Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg & Germany from €39...
 

Munich to Prague by bus? No thanks!

Busse? Nein Danke!

Book a train from €39

Using this special link...

Option 1, by daytime trains via Warsaw from €39...

EIP train   2nd class seats on a PKP InterCity EIP train

Step 1, by EIP train Krakow to Warsaw.  Courtesy of www.vagonweb.cz

 

2nd class seats on a bullet-nosed EIP...

EIP train, side   EIP bar car   Table for two in EIP 1st class

EIP train...

 

The on board cafe-bar...

 

1st class...

The Berlin-Warsaw Express train   2nd class seating compartment on the Berlin to Warsaw Express train

Step 2, by Berlin-Warszawa Express from Warsaw to Berlin with air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class coaches, most with compartments and side corridor like this, others with open-plan seating.

Bistro car on the Berlin-Warszawa Express train   Sausage soup on the Berlin-Warszawa Express   A main course schnitzel in the bistro-restaurant on the Berlin to Warsaw Express train

Option 2, by overnight sleeper train via Poznan - cheap, safe, comfortable, convenient & time-effective!

Option 3, by overnight sleeper train via Stettin - a variation on option 2 above...

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Krakow to Vienna, Salzburg & Austria, €81 in couchettes, €107 in a 2-bed sleeper...

Option 1, by direct sleeper train.

Option 2, by daytime EuroCity train.

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Krakow to Prague for 363 zlotys (€87) in couchettes, 419 Zlotys (€100) in a 2-bed sleeper...

Option 1, by direct sleeper train, see the Krakow to Prague sleeper train page...

The sleeper train from Zurich to Prague

A sleeper of the type now used on the Prague to Krakow route, with 9 standard compartments with washbasin and 3 deluxe compartments with en suite toilet & shower, see here for details......

Option 2, Krakow to Prague by new direct daytime train Cracovia, runs 14 April to 1 October 2017...

Option 3, by daytime trains with one easy change at Katowice...

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Krakow to Budapest & Bratislava, €92 in couchettes, €103 in a 2-bed sleeper...
The Polish sleeping-car on the Krakow to Budapest sleeper train   A newly-refurbished sleeper compartment as used on the Krakow to Budapest & Krakow to Vienna trains

The Krakow to Budapest & Krakow to Vienna trains have smartly-refurbish Polish sleeping-cars like this, with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin...

 

Cosy 2-bed sleeper with washbasin...

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Krakow to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

Option 1, via Vienna...

Option 2, via Budapest...

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Krakow to Belgrade, Sofia & Montenegro...

Option 1, by sleeper then day train...

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Krakow to Kaunas, Vilnius & Lithuania...

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Krakow to Lviv & Kiev...

Option 1, by direct sleeper train from Krakow to Lviv - a comfortable & time-effective option...

Option 2, new fast daytime train - comfortable and cheap...

2nd class seats on Przemysl-Kiev train   The Przemysl to Lviv & Kiev train

The new express train from Przemysl to Lviv & Kiev, seen boarding at Przemysl.  Photos courtesy of Nicholas Brooke.

Option 3, via Warsaw...

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Krakow to Moscow...

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Krakow to Istanbul...

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Hotels in Krakow & other cities

    

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It has been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel at a cheaper rate.

►► My recommended booking site:  www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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