Sleeper train from Krakow to Budapest

Safe & comfortable sleeper trains link Krakow with Prague, Budapest & Vienna...

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This page explains how to travel by train from Krakow to other key European cities, and how to buy tickets the cheapest way.  Train information is current for 2021.  Suggested hotels in Krakow.

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Krakow to Warsaw & other destinations in Poland...

What are the trains like?

EIP trains Krakow to Warsaw in 2h19 at up to 200 km/h...

Introduced in 2014, the very best trains on the Polish network are modern bullet-nosed pendolinos like this, although in Poland they don't tilt into the curves as they do elsewhere.  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.

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.  Many are now operated by modern electric units like this...

Intercity train at Krakow Glowny   Intercity train 2nd class

Intercity train at Krakow Glowny...

2nd class, most seats unidirectional, some tables for 4.

Intercity train 1st class   Intercity train bistro-bar

1st class seats...  Photos courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

Bistro-bar, run by caterers WARS...

EIC & IC trains, classic type...

Other IC and EIC trains consist of comfortable locomotive hauled carriages like this, some open-plan, some with classic 6-seat compartments and side corridor.

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 Oswiecim (Auschwitz)

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Krakow to London...

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Krakow to Paris from €66.90...

Option 1, Krakow to Berlin by overnight sleeper, Berlin to Paris on high-speed trains...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used Przemysl-Krakow-Berlin.  Photo courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper in 3-berth mode.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 2, Krakow to Vienna by sleeper, then Vienna to Paris by high-speed train - similar timings to option 1, usually works out a bit more expensive, but it leaves at a more civilised hour and always has the newer type of Polish sleeping-car with bookable deluxe compartments with toilet & shower.

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used Przemysl-Krakow-Berlin.  Photo courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper in 3-berth mode.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

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

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Krakow to Cannes, Nice, Monte-Carlo...
The Nightjet train from Vienna to Venice, arrived at Venice Santa Lucia

The Nightjet sleeper from Vienna to Venice, arrived at Venice Santa Lucia.  See nightjet information, photos & video.

Nightjet deluxe sleeper, 2-bed   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   4-berth couchette compartment from Cologne to Vienna

2-berth deluxe sleeper.  More info about Nightjet trains.

 

...en suite toilet & shower.

 

4-berth couchettes...

Sunrise as the sleeper train crosses the causeway into Venice

Sunrise as the Nightjet crosses the causeway over the lagoon into Venice.  Courtesy of Andreas Wiedenhoff.

Thello train from Marseille & Nice to Milan, at Marseille St Charles   1st class seats on Thello train from Nice to Milan

A Thello train to Nice about to leave Milan Centrale.  See more photos & information about these Thello trains...

 

1st class seats on Thello, with seats arranged 2+1 across the car width.  See larger photo.

2nd class seats on the Thello train from Nice to Milan   Cafe counter on the Thello train from Nice to Milan

2nd class seats.  Comfortable seats arranged 2+2 across the car width.  See larger photo.

 

The small cafe-bar counter on the Thello train serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks & snacks.

Coastal scenery from the Thello train from Nice to Italy

Views from the train, along the Ligurian coast between Milan and Nice.  Photos courtesy of Lucas Martin.

Yachts seen from the Thello train from Nice to Milan   Coastline seen from the Thello train from Nice to Milan

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Krakow to Brussels from €46.90...

Option 1, Krakow to Berlin by sleeper, Berlin to Brussels by day trains - fastest & most time-effective...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used Krakow-Berlin.  Photo courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper in 3-berth mode.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 2, Krakow to Brussels by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin - if you prefer day trains & a hotel to sleeper trains...

Option 3, Krakow to Prague by sleeper, Prague to Brussels by day - can be cheapest at short notice...

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Krakow to Amsterdam from €37.90...

Option 1, Krakow to Berlin by sleeper, Berlin to Amsterdam by intercity train - the most time-effective option...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Step 1, Krakow to Berlin by sleeper.  This is a modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used Krakow-Berlin.  Photo courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper in 3-berth mode.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train

Step 2, Berlin to Amsterdam by Intercity train.  More information about these Intercity trains.

Beef ribs and Spatburgunder red wine on the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   2nd class on the Intercity

Lunch in the bistro car...

 

2nd class seats...

Option 2, Krakow to Amsterdam with overnight stop in Berlin - if you prefer day trains and a hotel to sleeper trains...

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Krakow to Luxembourg from €37.90...

Option 1, Krakow to Vienna by sleeper, on to Luxembourg by daytime train - the most time-effective option...

Option 2, Krakow to Luxembourg with an overnight stop in Berlin - if you prefer day trains & hotel to a sleeper train...

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Krakow to Zurich & Switzerland...

Option 1, by sleeper to Vienna, then day train to Zurich...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Step 1, Krakow to Vienna by comfortable sleeping-car...  This is the modern Polish sleeping-car on the ChopinPhoto courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper in 3-berth mode.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a double, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

Step 2, Vienna to Zurich by railjet train...  This is a railjet at Vienna Hbf.

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

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

The restaurant...

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

A railjet arrived at the impressive modern Vienna Hbf spot on time.  More photos & information about railjet trains

 

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

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 Liechtenstein, passing non-stop through the little station of Schaan-Vaduz.  Once in Switzerland, the Railjet runs alongside the Zürichsee, then along the Walensee...

Option 2, afternoon train to Vienna, then sleeper to Zurich...

2nd class seats in an open-plan car   2nd class seats in 6-seat compartments

2nd class seats in an open-plan saloon.  One of the two Austrian Krakow-Vienna cars is like this.  See larger photo.

 

2nd class seats in a compartment.  The other Austrian Krakow-Vienna car is like this. See larger photo.

Double-deck sleeping-car on a Nightjet at Zurich

By Nightjet from Vienna to Zurich, overnight while you sleep.  This is a double-deck sleeping-car arrived at Zurich. Courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.com.

   

2-berth sleeper on lower deck...

 

Stairs to pair of lower compartments

 

1 or 2-bed sleeper on lower deck with washbasin, viewed through window.  Set up as 1-bed.  Note how compact it is...

    4-berth couchette on Nightjet train

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen...

 

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

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

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Krakow to Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy

Option 1, by afternoon train to Vienna and sleeper to Venice - a time-effective option...

The Nightjet train from Vienna to Venice, arrived at Venice Santa Lucia

The Nightjet sleeper train from Vienna, arrived at Venice Santa Lucia.  See more nightjet information, photos & video.

Nightjet deluxe sleeper, 2-bed   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   4-berth couchette compartment from Cologne to Vienna

2-berth deluxe sleeper.  More info about Nightjet trains.

 

...en suite toilet & shower.

 

4-berth couchettes...

Sunrise as the sleeper train crosses the causeway into Venice

Sunrise as the Nightjet crosses the causeway over the lagoon into Venice.  Courtesy of Andreas Wiedenhoff.

Option 2, by sleeper to Vienna then scenic daytime train to Venice.

Option 3, by sleeper train, a free day in Vienna, then sleeper train...

Option 4, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Vienna...

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

The afternoon railjet to Venice, about to leave Vienna Hbf.  More photos & info about Vienna-Venice railjets.

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

A railjet boarding at the impressive modern Vienna Hbf.

 

Economy class on railjet.

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

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

The restaurant...

The railjet travels over the famous Semmering Railway, opened in 1854 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See the Vienna to Venice by train page for more information, photos & video.

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

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canigou

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Krakow to Lisbon & Portugal...

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

Option 1, Krakow to Copenhagen, Malmö, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stockholm with overnight stop in Berlin...

Option 2, Krakow to Berlin by overnight sleeper, Berlin to Copenhagen next day...

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Krakow to Helsinki & Finland...

Option 1, via Finnlines from Germany to Helsinki...

Finnlines Star class ferry to Helsinki   Cabin on the Finnlines ferry to Helsinki

One of Finnlines 3 star class ferries to Helsinki.  Courtesy of Finnlines.

 

Cabin on the ferry...

Option 2, travel to Stockholm and take a ferry from there...

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Krakow to Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg & Northern Germany from €27.90...

Option 1, Krakow to Berlin by EuroCity train Wawel - the recommended daytime option...

Berlin to Warsaw train at Berlin

A Berlin-Warsaw EuroCity train at Berlin Hbf.  The Berlin-Krakow Wawel uses similar carriages.

1st class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train.   2nd class open plan seating on the Berlin to Warsaw train

1st class compartment car...

 

2nd class open-plan car.  Some seats are in compartments.

Restaurant car on the EuroCity train Wawel

The restaurant car of the type used on the Wawel.  You don't need to reserve a table, just go along and sit down.  A steward will take your order...

Option 2, by daytime trains via Warsaw from €37.90...

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...

Berlin to Warsaw train at Berlin

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

1st class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train.   2nd class open plan seating on the Berlin to Warsaw train

1st class compartment car...

 

2nd class open-plan car.  Some seats are in compartments.

Option 3, Krakow to Berlin by sleeper trainSafe, comfortable, time-effective...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used Krakow-Berlin.  Photo courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper in 3-berth mode.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 4, by overnight sleeper train via Poznan - cheap, safe, comfortable, convenient & time-effective!

Option 5, by overnight sleeper train via Stettin - a variation on option 3 above...

Polish sleeping-car   Polish 2-bed sleeper in day mode

Polish sleeping-car...

 

2-bed sleeper, day mode.

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Krakow to Munich, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, & Southern Germany...

Option 1, using the Krakow-Prague sleeper...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used Warsaw-Krakow-Prague.  Photo courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper set up as a 3-berth.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Prague...

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Krakow to Vienna, Salzburg & Austria from €32.90...

Option 1, by EuroCity train - the daytime option...

2nd class seats in an open-plan car   2nd class seats in 6-seat compartments

2nd class seats in an open-plan saloon.  One of the two Austrian Krakow-Vienna cars is like this.  See larger photo.

 

2nd class seats in a compartment.  The other Austrian Krakow-Vienna car is like this. See larger photo.

Option 2, by EuroNight sleeper train to Vienna - the safe, comfortable & time-effective way...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used Warsaw-Krakow-Vienna.  Courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper set up as a 3-berth.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

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Krakow to Prague from €15...

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

The sleeper train from Prague to Krakow & Warsaw

Krakow to Prague by sleeping-car.  Above, the Czech sleeping-car to Krakow boarding at Prague Hlavni.

City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper   City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   Comfortline sleeper corridor

Standard sleeper set up as a 2-berth, with blind down & washstand open.  Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds.  Enlarge photo.

 

The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, washstand closed.  Very similar to a deluxe, but without the shower & toilet.

 

Deluxe sleepers are similar to standard ones, but with a bit more floorspace & compact shower & toilet instead of washstand.

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.

Option 2, by daytime train, see the Prague to Krakow by train page...

Destination board on the Cracovia   The Prague to Krakow train 'Cracovia' at Ostrava

The Cracovia calls at Ostrava...  Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com

Expertly poured beer on the Prague to Munich train   A beer on the train

Draught beer on tap!  The bistro car on the Cracovia has Urquell draught beer on tap.  You don't get that on a bus...

Option 3, Krakow to Prague Leo Express day train from €13.70, see the Prague to Krakow by train page...

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Krakow to Budapest & Bratislava...

Option 1, by daytime train...

The Budapest to Krakow train

Above, the northbound Budapest-Krakow through cars, seen at Katowice attached to the rear of the Prague-Krakow Cracovia...

One of the Budapest to Krakow through cars   One of the Budapest to Krakow through cars

Hungarian Railways are starting to use their latest international cars on this route, with power sockets, wheelchair provision, bike spaces and an unusual interior layout with some open-plan seats with tables for four and several 5-seat semi-compartments like the one shown above right.  Click the images for larger photos Photos courtesy of Discoverbyrail.com.

Option 2, by sleeper train.  Safe, comfortable & time-effective...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car of the type used Warsaw-Krakow-Budapest.  Courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper in 3-berth mode.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

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Krakow to Brasov, Bucharest & Romania from €46.30...

Option 1, by day train to Budapest, then sleeper - fastest option...

Option 2, with overnight stop in Budapest - if you prefer daytime trains & hotel to sleepers...

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Krakow to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Split & Dubrovnik...

Option 1, Krakow to Vienna by sleeper, on to Ljubljana & Zagreb by daytime train. - time-effective and scenic...

Option 2, by daytime trains with an overnight stop in Vienna - if you prefer day trains and hotel to a sleeper train...

Option 3, by daytime trains with an overnight stop in Budapest - an alternative to option 2, slightly slower but can be cheaper...

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Krakow to Belgrade, Sofia & Montenegro...

As the direct route via Budapest is blocked by major line upgrading, this looks the best option:

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Krakow to Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn...

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Krakow to Lviv & Kiev...

Option 1, by direct sleeper train from Krakow to Lviv & Kiev...

Option 2, by 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...

Option 1, via Warsaw & Belarus

Option 2, via Kiev - avoids the need for a Belarus visa...

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Krakow to Athens & Greece...

Option 1, by train via Belgrade...

Option  2, by ferry from Italy - these days, the more practical route...

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Krakow to Istanbul...

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bullet pointHotels in Krakow

Recommended hotels in Krakow...

The 4-star Hotel Francuski is only 9 minutes walk from Krakow Glowny (main station) and 8 minutes walk from Krakow's old town square (Stare Miasto).  It boats free WiFi, art nouveau grandeur and gets great reviews.  The Hotel Unicus & Hotel Imperial are not far from the Hotel Francuski and similarly priced.  For something slightly cheaper, try the Hotel Europejski, just 6 minutes walk from the station, 8 minutes from Krakow's old town square.  For budget rooms, try B&B La Fontaine which is also well-located for the station and old town, or the Bubble Hotel which offers budget rooms and cheap beds in shared rooms.

Find hotels at Booking.comMy favourite hotel search site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally prefer booking my hotels all 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 feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.  I never book hotels non-refundably.  I have also come to trust their review scores - you won't be disappointed with anything over 8.0.

Tip:  It can pay to compare prices across multiple hotel sites:  HotelsCombined.com is a price comparison site which compares hotel prices on Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and many others.  Though if there's not much in it, I prefer keeping all my bookings together in one place at www.booking.com.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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