Sleeper train from Krakow to Budapest

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

This page explains how to travel by train from Krakow to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets.  Click here to for journeys starting in another city.  Train information current for 2016.

I want to travel from Krakow to...

      Warsaw   Auschwitz   Prague   Budapest
  Vienna   Salzburg   Innsbruck   Berlin
  Cologne   Dusseldorf   Hamburg   Frankfurt
  Amsterdam   Brussels   Paris   London
  Switzerland   Italy   Copenhagen   Stockholm
  Lviv (Lvov)   Moscow   Kiev    

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?", "How far ahead can I book?", "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?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

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)
  • Roughly hourly local trains run from Krakow to Oswiecim, see www.bahn.de to check train times. 

  • In Oswiecim, Auschwitz I is an ex-Polish army barracks in the town itself about 10 minutes walk from the station (turn right outside the station then steer left), and Auschwitz-Birkenau II which was a purpose-built concentration camp outside the town, about 30 minutes walk from the station (turn right, then turn right again at the first major road bridge across the railway). 

  • There are also regular buses between Krakow and Oswiecim, www.pksoswiecim.pl/strona.php?grupa=9.

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

Krakow to Prague for 363 zlotys (€87) in couchettes, 419 Zlotys (€100) in a 2-bed sleeper...
  • There is a convenient direct sleeper train from Krakow to Prague, leaving Krakow every night around 22:02 and arriving at Prague's central Hlavni station around 06:38 next morning.

  • What's the train like?

    The train has a modern air-conditioned Czech sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin, see the photos below.  There's a sleeper attendant on duty and a security deadlock on each compartment door, and tea or coffee is included in the fare next morning.  In a sleeper this is a safe, comfortable and time-effective option, recommended.  What's the Prague-Krakow 1, 2 or 3-bed sleeping-car like?

    A couchette car with 4-berth & 6-berth compartments is also attached to this train from 11 March to 1 November 2016, plus a few other dates.  Although run by Czech Railways, they usually use a smart ex-Austrian Railways couchette car on this route.  What is the Krakow-Prague 6 & 4-berth couchette car like

  • If you're interested, you can check the train formations at www.vagonweb.cz.  Click the UK flag then composition then look under Poland and TLK - the trains is called the Silesia.

  • How much does it cost?

    Bought at the station, full-price fares per person per bed are:  €77 in 6-berth couchettes, €81 in 4-berth couchettes, €81 in a 3-bed sleeper, €88 in a 2-bed sleeper, €150 in a single-bed sleeper.

    Cheap SparNight fares are available in limited numbers from €29 in couchettes and €44 in a 2-bed sleeper, but these must be booked more than 3 days before departure, preferably more.  In this direction they cannot be booked online, only at the station or via Polrail.

  • How to buy tickets...

    This train cannot be booked online with Polish Railways as they don't offer online booking for most international routes.  The cheapest way to book is at the station in person.  However, although there are usually places available even a day or two before departure, in the peak summer months the sleeping-car sometimes runs fully-booked so pre-booking is recommended.

    To buy tickets for this train online in advance, contact reliable & recommended Polish train ticketing agency www.polrail.com (their booking system is at http://booking.polrail.com), who can arrange train tickets for all international trains starting in Poland and can offer ticket collection in Krakow or tickets sent to your home country.  Advance booking is advisable in summer if you want to be sure of a sleeper on this train, as it has been known to leave full on peak dates.

    I do not recommend booking using overseas agencies such as Rail Europe, they charge way too much for this train, still believing that 2-bed sleepers require a 1st class ticket, which they haven't done for some years.  You should buy tickets through Polrail or at the station locally.  To book this train online in the other direction (Prague to Krakow), see the international trains from Prague page.

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

A smart modern air-conditioned Czech sleeping-car now operates this route, with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin (pictured above, courtesy of Vagonweb).  The sleeper fare includes a morning tea or coffee.  For more photos see www.vagonweb.cz/fotogalerie/CZ/CD_WLABmee.php

A Czech couchette car also operates most of the year, usually a smart ex-ΦBB (Austrian Railways) one, see the photos at www.vagonweb.cz/fotogalerie/CZ/CD_Bcmz834.php


Krakow to Budapest for €92 in couchettes, €103 in a 2-bed sleeper...
  • There is a direct sleeper train from Krakow (depart around 22:02) to Budapest Keleti (arrive 08:35), with a sleeping-car & couchettes.  In the sleeping-car or couchettes this train is a very comfortable, safe and time-effective option.  What's the Krakow to Budapest 1, 2 or 3 bed sleeping-car like?  To book, either buy at the station (there's almost always places available) or pre-book through reliable Polish agency www.polrail.com (their booking system is at http://booking.polrail.com). 

  • Bought at the station, full-price fares per person per bed are €92 in 6-berth couchettes, €96 in 4-berth couchettes, €96 in a 3-bed sleeper, €103 in a 2-bed sleeper, €173 in a single-bed sleeper.

  • Cheap SparNight fares are available in very limited numbers (as few as one sleeper berth per train!) from €39 in couchettes and €74 in a 2-bed sleeper, but must be booked more than 3 days before departure, preferably more.  However, in this direction they cannot be booked online, only at the station.

  • If you're interested, you can check the train formations at www.vagonweb.cz.  Click the UK flag then composition then look under Poland and TLK - the trains is called the Silesia.

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...


Krakow to Vienna for €81 in couchettes, €107 in a 2-bed sleeper...

Option 1, by direct sleeper train.

  • A direct sleeper train leaves Krakow every night around 22:02 and arrives Vienna Hauptbahnhof at 07:05.  It has a sleeping-car all year round, and also a couchette car from 11 March to 1 November 2016 plus a few other dates.  In the sleeping-car or couchettes this train is a very comfortable, safe and time-effective option.  What's the Krakow to Vienna 1, 2 or 3 bed sleeping-car like?  To book, either buy at the station (there are usually places available even on the day) or pre-book through reliable Polish agency www.polrail.com (their booking system is at http://booking.polrail.com).  Bought at the station, full-price fares per person per bed are:

  • €81 in 6-berth couchettes, €88 in 4-berth couchettes, €94 in a 3-bed sleeper, €107 in a 2-bed sleeper, €196 in a single-bed sleeper.

  • Cheap SparNight fares are available in limited numbers from €39 in couchettes and €69 in a 2-bed sleeper, but must be booked more than 3 days before departure, preferably more.  However, in this direction they cannot be booked online, only at the station.

  • If you're interested, you can check the train formations at www.vagonweb.cz.  Click the UK flag then composition then look under Poland and TLK - the trains is called the Silesia.

  • Change in Vienna for fast Railjet trans to Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck.  Book this at Austrian Railways www.oebb.at and print your own ticket.

Option 2, by daytime EuroCity train.

  • You can also travel by daytime EuroCity trains with one easy change at Katowice.

  • For example, Krakow depart 06:58, change Katowice, Vienna Hbf arrive 14:26.  Or Krakow depart 13:15, change Katowice, Vienna Hbf arrive 20:26.  You can check current times at www.bahn.de/en.

  • PKP Polish Railways don't offer international online booking, but you can easily arrange tickets through reliable Polish ticketing agency www.polrail.com for 350 zlotys (around €83).  Cheap advance-purchase fares exist on this route, but can't be booked online, you'll have to ask Polrail if they can book one.

  • If you're interested, you can check the train formations at www.vagonweb.cz.  Click the UK flag then composition then look under Poland and EC.


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

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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 - a cheap, comfortable, convenient & time-effective option!

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


Krakow to Amsterdam, Dόsseldorf & Cologne...

Option 1, using the Warsaw-Cologne sleeper train...

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stop in Berlin...

  • Step 1, travel from Krakow to Berlin by day via Warsaw as explained above.

  • Stay overnight in Berlin, the 3-star Meininger Hotel is ideal as it's right next to Berlin Hauptbahnhof and a 10-minute walk from the Reichstag or a 15-minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate, it's inexpensive and gets good reviews.  If you want to push the boat out, try the famous Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is right next to the Brandenburg Gate, 15 min walk from the station.  More hotels in Berlin.  If you're on a tight budget, see www.hostelbookers.com.

  • Step 2, travel from Berlin to Amsterdam, Cologne or Dusseldorf as explained here.


Krakow to Paris or Brussels...

Option 1, using the Warsaw-Cologne sleeper train...

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stop in Berlin...


Krakow to London...

Krakow to Zurich & Switzerland...

Krakow to Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy

Krakow to Copenhagen & Scandinavia...

Krakow to Moscow...

Krakow to Lviv & Kiev...

Find hotels in Krakow & other cities

 

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www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


 


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