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.  Information current for 2022.  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.

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 Paris using the Krakow-Vienna sleeper then high-speed trains to Paris...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

The modern Polish air-conditioned sleeping-car on the Krakow to Vienna sleeper train.

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode, set up as a triple   Deluxe 2-bed sleeper in modern Polish sleeping-car   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.  Click the photos for larger images.

Option 2, Krakow to Paris with overnight stop in Berlin...

The train from Krakow to Berlin, about to leave Krakow Glowny

Krakow to Berlin on the EuroCity Wawel seen here about to leave Krakow GlownyPhoto courtesy of Rob Romans.

2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train   1st class compartment on a Berlin to Warsaw train.

2nd class.  Some seats are in compartments.

 

1st class seats on the Wawel.

Restaurant car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

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...

 

The bar counter...

 

Decent food, served on proper china...

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Krakow to Nice, Cannes, Monte-Carlo...
Krakow to Vienna train

Step 1, Krakow to Vienna by EuroCity train, seen here at Vienna Hbf....

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.  Larger photo.

 

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

Nightjet sleeper train boarding at Vienna Hbf

Step 2, Vienna to Venice by Nightjet:  A Nightjet sleeper train boarding at Vienna Hbf.  More information about Nightjets.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on Munich-Amsterdam sleeper

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car...

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.

Frecciabianca train at Milan Centrale

Step 3, Venice to Milan and on to Ventimiglia by Frecciabianca train.  Here, a Frecciabianca boards at the magnificent Milan Centrale.

2nd class   1st class

2nd class.  Larger photo.

 

1st class.  Larger photo.

TER train at Juans-les-Pins station

Step 4, Ventimiglia to Monaco, Nice & Cannes by TER local train.  Here, a TER rolls into Juan les Pins station, between Nice & Cannes.

Coastal scenery between Nice & Ventimiglia

Coastal scenery from the upper deck of the TER from Ventimiglia to Nice & Cannes...

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Krakow to Brussels from €46.90...

Option 1, Krakow to Brussels by daytime trains with overnight stop in Berlin - if you prefer day trains & hotel to sleepers...

The train from Krakow to Berlin, about to leave Krakow Glowny

Day 1, Krakow to Berlin on the EuroCity Wawel seen here about to leave Krakow GlownyPhoto courtesy of Rob Romans.

2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train   1st class compartment on a Berlin to Warsaw train.

2nd class.  Some seats are in compartments.

 

1st class seats on the Wawel.

Restaurant car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

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...

 

The bar counter...

 

Decent food, served on proper china...

A high-speed ICE3 train at Cologne Hbf

Day 2, Berlin to Cologne & Cologne to Brussels by ICE.  ICEs have a restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  This is an ICE3 at Cologne HbfMore information about ICE trains.

2nd class on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train   1st class on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train

2nd class seats on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

 

1st class seats on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

Erdinger Weissbier on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE train   Restaurant car on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train

Proper china, metal cutlery.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!  See current month's menu.

 

Restaurant car:  This is the small 12-seat restaurant area on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

Option 2, Krakow to Brussels using the Krakow-Prague sleeper & onward trains to Brussels...

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Krakow to Amsterdam from €37.90...

Krakow to Amsterdam with overnight stop in Berlin...

The train from Krakow to Berlin, about to leave Krakow Glowny

Day 1, Krakow to Berlin on the EuroCity Wawel seen here about to leave Krakow GlownyPhoto courtesy of Rob Romans.

2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train   1st class compartment on a Berlin to Warsaw train.

2nd class.  Some seats are in compartments.

 

1st class seats on the Wawel.

Restaurant car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

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...

 

The bar counter...

 

Decent food, served on proper china...

Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train

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

1st class compartment on the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   1st class compartment on the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train

1st class compartment...

 

2nd class...

Beef ribs and Spatburgunder red wine on the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   Inside the Amsterdam to Berlin bistro car

The bistro car sells tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, snacks and hot dishes served on proper china.  Larger photo.

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Krakow to Luxembourg from €37.90...

Option 1, Krakow to Luxembourg using the Krakow-Vienna sleeper & onwards trains - 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, Krakow to Switzerland using the Krakow-Vienna sleeper...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Step 1, Krakow to Vienna by comfortable sleeping-car...  This is the modern Polish sleeping-car on the Chopin.

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode, set up as a triple   Deluxe 2-bed sleeper in modern Polish sleeping-car   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.  Click the photos for larger images.

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

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

Business class seats on a railjet train   Railjet restaurant car

Business class.  About business class.

 

Restaurant.  In 1st & business, you're served at your seat.

First class seats on a railjet train   Economy class seats on a railjet train

First class.

 

Economy class.

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, a steward 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 Zόrichsee, then along the Walensee...

Option 2, Krakow to Switzerland using the Vienna-Zurich sleeper...

Krakow to Vienna train

Step 1, Krakow to Vienna by EuroCity train, seen here at Vienna Hbf....

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.  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

Step 2, Vienna to Zurich by Nightjet, 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

Nightjet couchette car...

 

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

Option 3, Krakow to Switzerland with an overnight stop in Vienna...

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Krakow to Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy

Option 1, Krakow to Venice using the Vienna-Venice sleeper - a time-effective option...

Krakow to Vienna train

Step 1, Krakow to Vienna by EuroCity train, seen here at Vienna Hbf....

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.  Larger photo.

 

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

Nightjet sleeper train boarding at Vienna Hbf

Step 2, Vienna to Venice by Nightjet sleeper trainMore nightjet information, photos & video.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchette on Nightjet train   Couchette car on Munich-Rome sleeper

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

 

Couchette car...

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, Krakow to Venice using the Krakow-Vienna sleeper...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Step 1, Krakow to Vienna by sleeper train...  This is the modern Polish sleeping-car on the EuroNight train Chopin.

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode, set up as a triple   Deluxe 2-bed sleeper in modern Polish sleeping-car   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.  Click the photos for larger images.

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

Step 2, Vienna to Venice by railjet.  This is the afternoon railjet to Venice about to leave Vienna Hbf.  More information about Vienna-Venice railjets.

Railjet restaurant car   Business class seats on a railjet train

Restaurant.  In 1st & business you're served at your seat.

 

Business class.  About business class.

Business class seats on a railjet train   Economy class seats on a railjet train

First class.

 

Economy class.

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.

Option 3, Krakow to Italy using the Krakow-Vienna & Vienna-Rome sleeper trains, with a free day in Vienna...

Option 4, Krakow to Italy by daytime trains with an 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 restaurant car   Business class seats on a railjet train

Restaurant.  In 1st & business you're served at your seat.

 

Business class.  About business class.

Business class seats on a railjet train   Economy class seats on a railjet train

First class.

 

Economy class.

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...

Option 1, Krakow to Barcelona with an overnight stop in Cologne...

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

Option 2, Krakow to Barcelona via Geneva...

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Krakow to Lisbon & Portugal...

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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...

The train from Krakow to Berlin, about to leave Krakow Glowny

The Wawel from Krakow to Berlin, about to leave Krakow GlownyPhotos courtesy of Rob Romans.

2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train   1st class compartment on a Berlin to Warsaw train.

2nd class.  Some seats are in compartments.

 

1st class seats on the Wawel.

Restaurant car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

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...

 

The bar counter...

 

Decent food, served on proper china...

Berlin to Warsaw train at Berlin Hbf

The Wawel at Berlin Hbf...

Option 2, Krakow to Berlin 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 compartment on a Berlin to Warsaw train.   2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

1st class compartment...

 

2nd class.  Some seats are in compartments.

Option 3, Krakow to Berlin by sleeper train via Rzepin - cheap, safe, comfortable, convenient & time-effective!

Option 4, Krakow to Berlin by 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, Krakow to Germany using the Krakow-Prague sleeper...

The sleeper train from Prague to Krakow & Warsaw

Krakow to Prague by sleeping-car.  Above, this is the Czech sleeping-car on the eastbound train to Krakow boarding at Prague Hlavni.

Standard (economy) sleeper   Standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   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.  Larger photo.

 

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

 

Deluxe sleepers are virtually identical to standard ones, but with a compact shower & toilet instead of washstand.  Larger photo.

 

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, Krakow to Germany with overnight stop in Prague...

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

Option 1, Krakow to Vienna by daytime train - the leisurely daytime option...

Krakow to Vienna train

The Krakow to Vienna train at Vienna Hbf....

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.  Larger photo.

 

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

Option 2, Krakow to Vienna by sleeper train - safe, comfortable & time-effective...

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car on the Warsaw-Krakow-Vienna EuroNight train.

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode, set up as a triple   Deluxe 2-bed sleeper in modern Polish sleeping-car   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

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

 

Standard sleeper set up as 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.  Click the photos for larger images.

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

Option 1, Krakow to Stockholm using the Hamburg-Stockholm sleeper train, starting 1 September 2022 - the time-effective option...

Standard sleeper, set up as a single   Standard sleeper, beds folded away, sofa folded out.   Hamburg-Stockholm night train

Standard sleeper, set up as a single, shown in both night & daytime modes whilst the AB32 sleeping-car was in service with ΦBB.  AB32s have 13 narrow standard compartments.  Above right, an artist's impression of the new livery, courtesy of SJ.

Deluxe sleeper, day   Deluxe sleeper, shower   Deluxe sleeper, night-time

Deluxe sleeper, taken whilst the AB32 sleeping-car was in service with ΦBB.  AB32s have just 2 deluxe compartments.

Option 2, Krakow to Copenhagen, Malmφ, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stockholm by train, with overnight stop in Berlin...

Option 3, Krakow to Copenhagen, Malmφ or Stockholm by overnight ferry from Poland to Sweden...

Ferry Stena Spirit, Gdynia-Karlskrona   Cabin on the Gdynia-Karlskrona ferry

The ferry Stena Spirit, at Gdynia.  Photos courtesy of railguideeurope.com.

 

2-berth cabin.  Larger photo.

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Krakow to Helsinki & Finland...

Option 1, Krakow to Helsinki using the Finnlines ferry from Germany...

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, Krakow to Helsinki by train to Stockholm then ferry...

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Krakow to Prague from €15...

Option 1, Krakow to Prague 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, Krakow to Prague 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, Krakow to Bratislava & Budapest by EuroCity train - the leisurely daytime option...

The Budapest to Krakow train

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

1st class compartment on a Hungarian EuroCity train   One of the Budapest to Krakow through cars

One Budapest-Krakow car has 6-seat compartments like this.  Click the images for larger photos.

 

...the other Budapest-Krakow car has open-plan seats, wheelchair space, bike compartment.

Option 2, Krakow to Bratislava & Budapest by sleeper train - safe, comfortable & time-effective...

The  Polish sleeping-car from Budapest to Warsaw

The modern Polish sleeping-car on the Warsaw-Krakow-Budapest train at Budapest Nyugati.

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode, set up as a triple   Deluxe 2-bed sleeper in modern Polish sleeping-car   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.  Click the photos for larger images.

Couchettes on the Budapest to Warsaw sleeper train   Couchettes on the Budapest to Warsaw sleeper train

Polish couchette car on the Warsaw-Krakow-Budapest train with 4 & 6 berth compartments.

 

6-berth couchettes. Larger photo

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

Option 1, Krakow to Romania using a sleeper from Budapest - fastest option...

The Budapest to Krakow train

Step 1, Krakow to Budapest by train.  Above, these are the northbound Budapest-Krakow through cars seen at Katowice attached to the rear of the Prague-Krakow Cracovia...

1st class compartment on a Hungarian EuroCity train   One of the Budapest to Krakow through cars

One Budapest-Krakow car has 6-seat compartments like this.  Click the images for larger photos.

 

...the other Budapest-Krakow car has open-plan seats, wheelchair space, bike compartment.

Dacia Express sleeping-car

Step 2, Budapest to Romania by sleeper train Dacia Express...  The Dacia Express has one or at peak times two air-conditioned Romanian sleeping-cars, seen here at Bucharest.  You can check the train formation at www.vagonweb.czCourtesy of @PaliparanDotCom

Washbasin   Dacia Express sleeper compartment   Romanian couchette car from Vienna to Bucharest

Sleepers:  Each compartment can be sold as a single, double (as here) or triple.  Most compartments have a washbasin as shown, two compartments have a shower & toilet.  Beds fold away to form a private sitting room for day use.  Larger photo.

 

Couchettes:  4 & 6-berth, bedding is provided.  Larger photo.

Dacia Express couchette car

The Dacia Express has one couchette car, seen here at Bucharest.  Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom.

Scenery in Transylvania

Transylvania:  The Dacia Express crosses rural Transylvania.  Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom.

  Couchette car on the Ister EuroNight train from Budapest to Bucharest

Enjoy lunch and a beer in the bar car, as a bar-bistro is attached to the Dacia Express in Romania between Simeria & Bucharest.  Larger photo.  Photos courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom & @_DiningCar.

Dacia Express Carpathian mountains

The Carpathian mountains:  Almost Alpine scenery between Brasov & Bucharest...  Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom

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

The daytime train from Budapest to Bucharest

The morning train from Budapest to Bucharest at Budapest Keleti, with modern air-conditioned Romanian carriages.

Bar car on the Budapest-Bucharest train   2nd class Romanian InterCity coach

One of the three carriages includes a bar complete with bar stools...

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats in an air-conditioned Romanian carriage.  Larger photo.

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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, Krakow to Ljubljana & Zagreb 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...

Option 1, Krakow to Belgrade & beyond via Zagreb...

Option 2, Krakow to Sofia via Bucharest - currently the best option from Krakow to Sofia...

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Krakow to Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn...

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Krakow to Lviv & Kiev...

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

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

06:50 Intercity train from Kiev to Lviv   1st class seats on the 06:50 train from Kiev to Lviv

Intercity train, Przemysl-Lviv-Kiev.

 

1st class. Larger photo. Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

2nd class seats on the 06:50 train from Kiev to Lviv   Cafe countrer on the 06:50 Intercity train Kiev to Lviv

2nd class. Larger photo. Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.

 

Cafe counter. Larger photo. Courtesy DiscoverByRail.

Option 3, Krakow to Kiev via Warsaw...

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Krakow to Moscow...

Option 1, Krakow to Moscow 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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