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This page explains how to travel by train from Vienna to other cities all over Europe, and how to buy tickets the cheapest way. Train information is current for 2020.

Departing from Linz?  All trains from Vienna westwards to Salzburg, Innsbruck, Germany & Switzerland call at Linz around 1h15 after leaving Vienna, you can pick up these trains there.  Eastbound, travel to Vienna and use the information below.

Before you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these tips for buying European train tickets.  They answer all the usual questions, "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  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...

Which station in Vienna?

Vienna to Salzburg:  See the Vienna to Salzburg page...
Vienna to Hallstatt...

Option 1, the fastest & most direct route...

Option 2, the scenic route via the UNESCO-listed Semmering Railway... 

Vienna to Innsbruck, Hallstatt, Graz & other destinations within Austria...
A railjet train about to leave Vienna

A railjet about to leave Vienna.  Railjets are Austria's premier train...

  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.

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Vienna to London...

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Vienna to Paris from €59...

Option 1, Vienna to Paris in a single day by high-speed trains - the high-speed daytime option... 

Berlin to Vienna ICE train

An ICE-T from Vienna, arrived at Frankfurt am Main Hbf...

1st class table for two on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train   Lunch in the restaurant car on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train

Table for two in 1st class, my favourite configuration.  There are also tables for four in both classes.

 

Lunch in the restaurant.  In 1st class you can choose to be served at your seat.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!

ICE-T train, driving cab   ICE-T train, 2nd class

You can see into the cab at each end of the train.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on the ICE-T to Vienna...

Scenery from the train

You'll glimpse the Inn and Danube rivers from the Vienna-Frankfurt ICE...

Option 2, by Nightjet sleeper train & TGV-Lyria - the civilised & time-effective option...

Double-deck sleeping-car on a Nightjet at Zurich

Step 1, take the 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 down 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 the compartment is...

    4-berth couchette on Nightjet train

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen...

 

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon   TGV bar car

Step 2, by TGV-Lyria from Zurich to Paris.  There's no check-in, just walk up to it & get on..

 

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, hot & cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes.  Larger photo.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  360Ί photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  360Ί photo.

Option 3, Vienna to Paris with overnight stop in Zurich, via the Arlberg Pass - the leisurely scenic route, watch the video!

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

A railjet train about to leave Vienna...

  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 Walensee, then the Zόrichsee...

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Vienna to Nice, Cannes, Monaco, Marseille...

Option 1, by sleeper from Vienna to Milan then a scenic coastal ride...

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stop in Verona - the scenic route, mountains & coastline...

Option 3, by day trains with afternoon & overnight stop in Venice...

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.  More space per person than 2nd, with seats arranged 2+1 across the car width.

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

2nd class seats on the Thello train.  Very comfortable, seat arranged 2+2 across the car width.

 

The small cafe-bar counter on the Milan to Nice & Marseille Thello train serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks and 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.

Option 4, by direct Russian sleeper train every Friday...

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Vienna to Brussels & Bruges from €59...

Option 1, by direct Nightjet sleeper train from Vienna to Brussels, twice a week - the comfortable & time-effective option...

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Vienna to Warsaw & Krakow from €42...

Option 1, Vienna to Warsaw by comfortable daytime train...

  • Two air-conditioned EuroCity (EC) trains with restaurant car link Vienna with Warsaw every day, city centre to city centre:

    The EuroCity Sobieski leaves Vienna Hbf at 06:06 and arrives Warsaw Centralna at 13:11.

    The EuroCity Polonia leaves Vienna Hbf at 14:10 and arrives Warsaw Centralna at 21:24.

    Take a good book and treat yourself to an inexpensive meal in the restaurant car with beer or wine, see the photos below.

    Tip:  You can check the train formation & see photos of the cars inside and out if you go to www.vagonweb.cz, Change cs to English upper left, then click Train formations, scroll down to Austria, click EC and locate your specific train.

  • Sparschiene fares start at €42 in 2nd class or from €52 in 1st class if booked in advance, including seat reservation.

  • Book online at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at and print your own ticket.

Option 2, Vienna to Krakow by comfortable daytime train...

  • A direct EuroCity train leaves Vienna Hbf at 08:10 and arrives Krakow Glowny at 15:05, final destination Przemysl.

    This train consists of comfortable air-conditioned Austrian cars, some with side corridor and 6-seat compartments, some with open-plan saloon seating, see the photos below.  The 1st class car is normally one with 6-seat compartments.  An Austrian restaurant car is available as far as Bohumin.

    Tip:  Most people prefer the open-plan saloon seating car.  If you are a group of 5 or 6 family or friends you may prefer the compartment car.

    You can check the train formation & see photos of the cars inside and out if you go to www.vagonweb.cz, Change cs to English upper left, then click Train formations, scroll down to Austria, click EC then locate your specific train, the EuroCity Sobieski.

  • Later departures are possible with one simple change of train:

    Leave Vienna Hbf at 14:10, change trains at Katowice with time for dinner, arrive Krakow Glowny 22:20.

  • Sparschiene fares start at €42 in 2nd class or from €52 in 1st class if booked in advance, including seat reservation.

  • Check times and buy tickets at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at.  You print your own ticket.

Morning EuroCity train from Vienna to Warsaw

The morning EuroCity train from Vienna to Warsaw & Gydnia, at Vienna Hbf.  On these PKP Polish Railways cars, the green stripe above the windows indicates 2nd class.  Yellow indicates first class.  Red indicates the restaurant car.  Courtesy of Jennifer Delaney.

Restaurant car oin Vienna-Warsaw train   Breakfast on the morning Vienna to Warsaw train

Polish restaurant car on the morning EuroCity train from Vienna to Warsaw & Gydnia.  Courtesy www.discoverbyrail.com.

 

Breakfast in the Polish restaurant car between Vienna and Bohumin.  Courtesy www.discoverbyrail.com.

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

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

 

2nd class seats in a compartment.  Other Vienna-Krakow cars are like this. See larger photo.

Option 3, to Krakow or Warsaw by EuroNight sleeper train - the time-effective option...

  • A safe & comfortable EuroNight sleeper train called the Chopin leaves Vienna Hbf at 22:10 arriving Krakow Glowny at 06:22 & Warsaw Centralna at 09:40.

    This train has a comfortable and secure sleeping-car with 1, 2 or 3 beds per compartment.  It's air-conditioned and also has a couple of 1 or 2 bed deluxe compartments with shower & toilet, see the photos below. 

    In summer June-August and at Easter, Christmas & New Year the train also has economical couchettes in 4 & 6-bunk compartments.

  • Vienna to Krakow starts at €19 or Vienna to Warsaw at €29, these are the cheapest possible advance-purchase sparschiene fare, the price varies with limited availability at each price level.  You then need to add one of the following supplements to get a bed:

    €20 for a couchette in 6-berth, €30 for a couchette in 4-berth, €35 for a bed in a 3-bed sleeper, €50 for a bed in a 2-bed sleeper, €100 for a bed in a single-bed sleeper, €70 for a bed in a 2-berth deluxe sleeper with shower & toilet, or €120 for a single-bed deluxe sleeper with shower & toilet (all per person, berths are sold individually).

  • Book this train online at www.trainline.eu (easy to use, happily accepts overseas payment cards) or the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (a little more fiddly), you print your own ticket.

    Tip:  If using www.trainline.eu and no sleepers appear, try selecting Semi-Flex at the top instead of Cheapest.  If using oebb.at, if it says Please choose a different service when trying to select a couchette or sleeper, scroll back up to the fares section, click More services and select the higher-priced fare instead of the cheapest sparschiene price.  It means couchettes and/or sleepers are no longer available in conjunction with the cheapest sparschiene rates.

Modern Polish sleeping-car

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

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Vienna to Kiev & Ukraine...

Option 1, by new direct sleeping-car from Vienna to Lviv & Kiev.  See Ukrainian news report showing the new Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car service.

  • A direct sleeping-car leaves Vienna Hbf at 16:42 every day, travels via Budapest & Chop and arrives next day at Lviv at 10:14 & Kiev at 17:21.

    Introduced in 2017, this train consists of one (or at peak times two) Ukrainian sleeping-cars with comfortable 1, 2 & 3 berth compartments with washbasin, see the photos below.  At Chop on the other side of the border the through sleeping-car is jacked up to have its wheelsets changed from European standard gauge (4'8½") to Russian gauge used in Ukraine (5').

    A Hungarian restaurant car operates between Vienna and Zahony (on the Ukrainian border just before Chop), treat yourself to dinner.

  • Book the train from Vienna to Lviv or Kiev online at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at.  This will only book one-way or round trip starting in Vienna because tickets need to be collected from an ΦBB station in Austria.  They cannot be collected in Ukraine.  Booking this way you pay no fee or mark-up, just the official fare.

    If you have any problems or want a one-way ticket starting in Ukraine, you can also book the Vienna-Kiev train via reliable agency www.polrail.com, with tickets posted or couriered to you for a small fee.  Polrail are based in Poland so charge in zlotys, but as they have access to Ukrainian ticketing system they are good for booking this train.

    The sleeper has become popular, it can sell out.

  • Booked through oebb.at:

    Vienna to Kiev costs €80.50 in a 3-berth sleeper, €90.50 in a 2-berth sleeper or €152.90 in a single sleeper.

    Vienna to Lviv costs €62.10 in a 3-berth sleeper, €70.10 in a 2-berth sleeper or €119.30 in a single sleeper.

  • Booked through Polrail:

    Vienna to Kiev costs around €138 in a 3-berth sleeper €149 in a 2-berth sleeper, or €241 in a single-berth sleeper.

    Vienna to Lviv costs around €120 in a 3-berth sleeper €129 in a 2-berth sleeper, or €207 in a single-berth sleeper.

  • Booked at the station in Ukraine, Kiev to Vienna costs around €80, Lviv to Vienna around €60, in both cases with a bed in a 3-bed sleeper.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

Boarding the Vienna to Kiev sleeping-car at Vienna Hbf.  Photo courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

Sleeper to Kiev about to leave Vienna   Ukrainian sleeper corridor   1, 2 or 3 bed Ukrainian sleeper compartment

The Vienna-Kiev sleeper about to leave Vienna Hbf... Courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

The sleeper corridor.  Courtesy Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

A comfortable 1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car has its wheels changed at Chop

The Vienna-Kiev sleeper is jacked up to have its bogies changed at Chop on the Ukrainian border.  Photo Helmut Uttenthaler.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car arrived Kiev Pass.  Photos courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

Option 2, using the Vienna-Lviv daytime connection, also useful to Kiev if the direct sleeper is full...

  • Step 1, travel from Vienna to Przemysl by EuroCity train, leaving Vienna Hbf at 08:10 and arriving Przemysl at 18:24.

    Fares start at €32, buy this ticket at www.oebb.at and collect at the station.

 Option 3, using the Budapest-Lviv daytime connection, also useful to Kiev if the direct sleeper is full...

  • Step 1, take any afternoon or evening train you like from Vienna Hbf to Budapest Keleti booked online at www.oebb.at from €19 in 2nd class or €29 in 1st class.  Trains leave every hour or two, journey 2h45.

  • Stay overnight in Budapest.  For an inexpensive hotel with great reviews next to Budapest Keleti, try the Royal Park Boutique HotelMore hotels in Budapest.

  • Step 2, travel from Budapest to Chop on the Ukrainian border by air-conditioned Hungarian intercity train Latorca, leaving Budapest Nyugati station at 07:23 every day arriving Chop at 13:40.

  • Step 3,  travel from Chop to Lviv & Kiev by Ukrainian train called the Desna, leaving Chop at 16:58, arriving Lviv at 22:18 and then travelling overnight to Kiev, arriving 07:27.

  • To buy tickets from Budapest to Lviv:

    Step 1, pre-book Budapest to Zahony on the 07:23 InterCity Latorca from Budapest Nyugati for around €17.50 at www.mavcsoport.hu.  You collect tickets from the blue or yellow machines in Budapest.

    Step 2, Zahony to Chop costs €2.50, you buy this at the station at Zahony.  The train spends an hour at Zahony station, so plenty of time!

    Step 3, pre-book Chop to Lviv for around €6 in a 4-berth sleeper or €12 in a 1st class 2-berth at the Ukrainian Railways website www.uz.gov.ua on train 81 Desna leaving Chop at 16:58.  Or book to Kiev if going there, obviously!

  • Feedback and any photos of the Hungarian or Ukrainian train inside or out would be most welcome, please email me if you travel this way!

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Vienna to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Option 1, via Kiev - runs daily & avoids Belarus, the route I'd recommend.

  • Step 1, take the direct sleeper train from Vienna to Kiev, leaving Vienna Hbf at 16:42 and arriving Kiev at 17:21 the next day.  To book this, contact agency www.polrail.com or try contacting ΦBB (Austrian Railways) telesales via www.oebb.at - it seems tickets aren't being sold online.  See the photos & journey details in the section above.

  • Step 2, take one of the various Kiev to Moscow sleeper trains, for example one leaves at 19:36 arriving Moscow Kievskaya station at 10:09 the next morning.

    The fare is around €92 with a bed in 4-berth kupι or €180 with a bed in a 2-berth spalny vagon.

    You can ask www.polrail.com to book this for you too, or you can book tickets from Kiev to Moscow at the Ukrainian Railways site https://booking.uz.gov.ua/en/ booking from Kyiv to Moskva Kievskaya.  You collect tickets at the station in Kiev.  Feedback appreciated!

Option 2, by direct train, aboard the weekly Nice-Moscow Express...

  • The direct weekly Russian sleeping-car from Vienna to Moscow was discontinued in December 2017.  But you can travel from Vienna to Moscow on the weekly Nice-Moscow Express run by RZD Russian Railways.  This leaves Vienna Hbf around 16:41 on Sundays arriving Moscow around 22:00 on Monday.  It's identical to the Paris-Moscow train shown here.  You can book it online at the Russian Railways website www.rzd.ru and print your own ticket.

Option 3, with a day in Warsaw, daily...

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Vienna to Athens & Greece...

Option 1, overland by train through the Balkans, an adventure...

  • Day 1, travel from Vienna to Belgrade by air-conditioned EuroCity train Avala as shown above from €34, booked as shown in that section.

  • Spend a night & day in Belgrade.  I recommend the excellent and well-located Hotel Moskva, at the end of Belgrade's premier pedestrianised shopping street.

  • Day 2, take the direct overnight train leaving Belgrade Centar station at 18:35 for Thessaloniki in Northern Greece as shown on the Trains from Belgrade page for €42 including couchette.  You can buy at this price at the station on the day if you like, there are almost always places available and it's not expensive.  This train now runs summer-only, from mid-June to mid-September.

The Macedonian couchette car on the Belgrade to Thessaloniki train   A 6-berth couchette compartment on the Belgrade to Thessaloniki train

The Belgrade to Thessaloniki couchette car...  Below, scenery between Thessaloniki & Athens...

2nd class on Greek InterCity train   More mountain scenery, and the Gorgopotamos Viaduct...

After leaving Thessaloniki, the InterCity train runs along the Aegean coast and past Mount Olympus (seen above, from the train), mythical home to the Greek gods...

 

Between Larissa & Athens, the train snakes through the mountains, over the famous Gorgopotamos viaduct, blown up by the British S.O.E. in WW2...

Great scenery from the train:  In the mountains between Athens and Larissa   More scenery on the train to Athens

Emerging from the mountains, the train descends a spectacular escarpment (above left), with the Greek plain laid out hundreds of feet below...

Option 2, by train to Italy then ferry...

  • Day 1, take the comfortable Nightjet sleeper train from Vienna to Venice as shown above from €59 with couchette or from €99 with a bed in a cosy 2-bed sleeper or €139 in a single-bed sleeper, light breakfast included.  You could also take the earlier 19:23 sleeper from Vienna to Bologna instead, this works just as well.  Book this at www.oebb.at and print your own ticket.

  • Day 2, take a train from Venice (or Bologna) to Bari, booked at either www.italiarail.com or www.trenitalia.com from just €29.90 in 2nd class or €39.90 in 1st class.  I'd allow at least 60 minutes between trains in Venice.

  • Day 2, sail from Bari to Patras in Greece by cruise ferry.  The ferry usually sails daily except Sundays at 19:30, arrives Patras around 13:00 next day (day 3 from Vienna).  Fares from around €60 with a deck place, rising to over €120 or so if you want a cabin - check times, prices and buy tickets at www.superfast.com.  It's a wonderful journey, past Ithaca & Kefalonia on a ship with cabins, sun decks, bars & restaurants.  Then catch a bus from Patras to Athens.  You'll find more details about both the ferry and onward transport from Patras to Athens on the London to Greece page, just ignore the London to Bari part!

A 2 or 4 berth cabin on the Italy-Greece ferry  

2 or 4-berth cabin with private toilet & shower.

 

Relaxing on deck...

The ferry from Bari to Greece at sea

At sea, passing Cephalonia & Ithaca.  This is what travel to Greece should be like!

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Vienna to Istanbul & Turkey...

Option 1, via Budapest & Bucharest...

  • Take an afternoon railjet train from Vienna to Budapest in 2h41 from €19 bought at www.oebb.at

  • Then pick up the overnight sleeper train Ister from Budapest to Bucharest and the onward train from Bucharest to Istanbul as explained in detail in this section on the London to Turkey page, buying tickets as shown on that page.  It's a 2-night journey.

Option 2, via Belgrade & Sofia...

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Railbookers custom-made tours

If you just want to buy train tickets at the cheapest price, book online as shown on this page.  However, if you want someone to sort out your whole trip for you, arranging all your trains, hotels and transfers, and to look after you if anything affects your arrangements, the people to talk to are Railbookers.  Railbookers can tailor-make a train trip around Europe to your own specification.  Just tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels.  They get good reports and a lot of repeat business!  They now have offices in the UK, North America and Australia.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.co.uk.

  US call free 1-888-829-4775, see website.

  Canada call free 1-855-882-2910, see website.

  Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, see website.

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 000 554 or see website.

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Hotels in Vienna

Suggested hotels near Vienna Hbf...

Suggested hotels in the city centre...

My 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...

www.tripadvisor.com is the place to find independent travellers' reviews of all the main hotels.

Backpacker hostels...

www.hostelworld.com:  If you're on a tight budget, don't forget about backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in most cities at rock-bottom prices.

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