Meal in a Hungarian restaurant car
 

The civilised way...  Lunch in the restaurant car.  Courtesy of Kevin Coumbe

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This page explains how to travel from Zagreb or Ljubljana to other key European cities, and how to buy tickets the cheapest way.  Train information is current for 2021.

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bullet pointBefore you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers 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.

bullet pointEuropean 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...


Buying train tickets for journeys within Croatia...

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Zagreb to Split, Dubrovnik & Croatian islands...

Take a comfortable train from Zagreb to Split, either a scenic daytime ride or a time-effective overnight sleeper.  Then take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik, or a ferry from Split to one of the many Adriatic islands.  The journey is part of the fun...

Zagreb to Split by train...

Option 1, Zagreb to Split by daytime train...

An ICN train Zagreb at Split station

 

1st class seats on the fast tilting ICN train from Zagreb to Split

The daytime trains to Split:  These fast, tilting, air-conditioned ICN trains link Zagreb & Split once or twice a day through great scenery.  Above right, first class seats on the train to Split.  below left, second class seats.  Exterior photos courtesy of Gareth Davison.

2nd class seats on the tilting ICN train from Zagreb to Split   ICN train to Split at Zagreb station
Scenery seen from the Zagreb-Split train

Scenery between Zagreb and Split seen from the train...  Photo courtesy of Pαraic Maguire.

Option 2, Zagreb to Split by sleeper train...

3-bed sleeper on the Zagreb-Split overnight train   Refurbished sleeping-car on the Zagreb-Split overnight train

The overnight train to Split:  The overnight train from Zagreb to Split has a modern air-conditioned sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3-bed compartments with washbasin.  See larger sleeper photo...

Split to Dubrovnik by bus...

Split to Hvar, Korcula, Vis, Brac by ferry... 

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Zagreb to Ljubljana from €9...
Scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb

Great scenery as the train snakes along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb...

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

More scenery along the Sava river in Slovenia.  Now across the border in Slovenia, the EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava all the way to Ljubljana and Zagreb...

 

Comfortable seats:  The 2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

Scenery between Ljubljana, Zagreb & Belgrade

More scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb along the river Sava...

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Zagreb to London, Paris, Brussels, Luxembourg, Amsterdam...

Option 1, by comfortable daytime trains with an overnight stop in Munich...

The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb  

The EuroCity train Sava at Zagreb.

 

More scenery along the Sava between Zagreb & Ljubljana.

Scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb

Great scenery as the train snakes along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb...

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

...and along the Sava river in Slovenia.  Now across the border in Slovenia, the EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava.

 

Comfortable seats:  2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

Option 2, by comfortable sleeper train Lisinski to Munich, then day trains - cancelled until at least 10 July 2021...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The Lisinski from Zagreb to Munich.  This is sleeping-car on the Lisinski at Zagreb.  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car of the Lisinski from Zagreb to Munich has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor, see the Croatian sleeper video.

4-berth couchettes on Munich to Zagreb train   Couchette car on Munich to Zagreb train, at Munich

The couchette car on the Lisinski has modern air-conditioned 6-berth and 4-berth compartments.  Above right, the westbound train is seen boarding at Zagreb. See panorama photo.

Option 3, by comfortable sleeper train to Zurich, then day trains...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The Zagreb-Zurich sleeping-car is a modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car like this with 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, toilets at the end of the corridor.  It's identical to the Zagreb-Munich sleeper.  See larger sleeper photo...

Scenery in Switzerland from the Zagreb to Zurich sleeper train

Wake up in Switzerland to scenery like this.  Taken from the Zagreb-Zurich sleeper, courtesy of John Richards...

Option 4, using the Nightjet sleeper train from Vienna to Cologne, Dόsseldorf, Brussels & Amsterdam...

The Croatia train from Zagreb to Vienna

Step 1, Zagreb to Vienna on the Croatia:  This is the Croatia boarding in Zagreb...

 

1st class open-plan (saloon) seating.  The Croatia also has 1st class seats in classic 6-seat  compartments.

 

2nd class compartments.  The Croatia.  also has seats in open plan cars.

Austrian restaurant car   Meal in an Austrian restaurant car on a Munich-Verona train

Austrian restaurant car.  See larger photo.

Lunch with wine on board...

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Sevnica Castle, seen from the Croatia between Zagreb & Zidani Most....

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Scenery between Zidani Most and Maribor in Slovenia on the route of the Croatia...

Semmering Railway scenery from the Zagreb to Vienna train

Between Villach & Vienna the Emona & Croatia travel 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.

The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

Step 2, Vienna to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Brussels & Amsterdam by Nightjet sleeper train.  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 photo Video 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 sleeper train

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

 

Couchette car on the Nightjet train...

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Zagreb to Nice & the South of France...

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Zagreb to Zurich & Switzerland...

Option 1, by direct sleeper train - the most comfortable & time-effective option, great scenery in the evening, great scenery in the morning...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The Zagreb-Zurich sleeping-car is a modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car like this with 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, toilets at the end of the corridor.  It's identical to the Zagreb-Munich sleeper.  See larger sleeper photo...

Scenery in Switzerland from the Zagreb to Zurich sleeper train

Wake up in Switzerland to scenery like this.  Taken from the Zagreb-Zurich sleeper, courtesy of John Richards...

Option 2, by day train - direct route, but affected by the engineering work in the Karawanks Tunnel until at least 10 July 2021...

Option 3, by day train via Vienna - a round-about route, but unaffected by the Karawanks Tunnel work, good trains, great scenery.

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

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Zagreb to Trieste, Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy...

Option 1, Zagreb to Venice in a day, with 1 easy change - inexpensive, comfortable, scenic...

Option 2, using the Nightjet sleeper train to Bologna, Florence & Rome with an afternoon free in Vienna...

The Croatia train from Zagreb to Vienna

Step 1, Zagreb to Vienna on the Croatia:  This is the Croatia boarding in Zagreb...

 

1st class open-plan (saloon) seating.  The Croatia also has 1st class seats in classic 6-seat  compartments.

 

2nd class compartments.  The Croatia.  also has seats in open plan cars.

Austrian restaurant car   Meal in an Austrian restaurant car on a Munich-Verona train

Austrian restaurant car.  See larger photo.

Lunch with wine on board...

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Sevnica Castle, seen from the Croatia between Zagreb & Zidani Most....

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Scenery between Zidani Most and Maribor in Slovenia on the route of the Croatia...

Semmering Railway scenery from the Zagreb to Vienna train

Between Villach & Vienna the Emona & Croatia travel 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.

The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

Step 2, Vienna to Florence & Rome by Nightjet sleeper train.  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 photo Video 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 sleeper train

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

 

Couchette car on the Nightjet train...

Option 3, using the Ljubljana-Trieste daytime trains...

2nd class seats on the train from Venice to Ljubljana   The train from Trieste to Ljubljana

Inside the train.  Larger photo.

 

The train from Ljubljana to Trieste.  Courtesy of Marc Williams.

Scenery between Trieste and Ljubljana

Scenery in Slovenia, seen from the train from Ljubljana to Trieste.  More photos & information about Ljubljana-Trieste.

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

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  Seen from the train and one of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline all the way from Girona to Perpignan...

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Zagreb to Berlin...

Option 1, via Vienna:  Although the connections work better via Budapest (see option 2), the trains on the Vienna route are higher-quality and all sectors can be booked online with print-your-own tickets, making it more practical.  And what's not to like about an afternoon in Vienna?

Vienna to Berlin Nightjet sleeper train

Vienna to Berlin by nightjet...  The Vienna to Berlin Nightjet prepares to leave Vienna Hbf.  See the nightjet page for more photos, tips & informationCourtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

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...

Option 2, via Budapest, using the Budapest-Berlin sleeper train...

2-bed sleeper on the Berlin to Budapest-train   Slovakian sleeping-car

A 2-bed double sleeper (above left) in the air-conditioned Slovakian sleeping-car on the Metropol from Berlin to Budapest.  Above right, a morning view of the Berlin-Budapest couchette car (nearest the camera) and sleeping-car in the morning light, en route to Budapest...

Each sleeper compartment is fitted with 3 beds so can be sold as a single, double or triple.  Sleeper compartments convert to comfortable private sitting room for evening use.  A light breakfast is included in the fare.  See larger photo.  See more photos of this type of sleeping-car. Photos courtesy Helmut Uttenthaler.

Option 3, by daytime trains with an overnight stop in Vienna.  If you prefer day trains and a hotel to sleepers, this is the most practical route with high-quality trains, all easily booked online.

Vienna to Berlin ICE train

The ICE Berolina at Vienna HbfCourtesy Helmut Uttenthaler .

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

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

 

Lunch in the Bordrestaurant.  I highly 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...

Option 4, via Budapest, using daytime trains with an overnight stop...

Option 5, via Munich...

Option 6, using the Zagreb to Prague Regiojet sleeper train (summer-only 3 times a week), then Prague to Berlin by day train - cheapest!

Regiojet sleeper train at Prague Hlavni

Regiojet sleeper train at Prague Hlavni.

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Zagreb to Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg & Germany from €37.90

Option 1, by daytime trains...

The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb  

The EuroCity train Sava at Zagreb.

 

Scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb.

Scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb

Great scenery along the Sava between Zagreb & Ljubljana (taken from an eastbound train)...

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

More scenery along the Sava river in Slovenia.  The EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava all the way to Ljubljana and Zagreb...

 

Comfortable seats:  2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, same as 1st class!

Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

Through the Austrian Alps...  Clinging to the mountainside high in the Austrian Alps, the train snakes along between snow-capped mountains, absolutely wonderful...

Option 2, using the Zagreb to Munich sleeper...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The sleeping-car on the Lisinski:  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car of the Lisinski from Munich to Zagreb has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor.  Above left, the sleeper arrived at Zagreb.  See larger sleeper photo...

4-berth couchettes on Munich to Zagreb train   Couchette car on Munich to Zagreb train, at Munich

The couchette car on the Lisinski has modern air-conditioned 6-berth and 4-berth compartments.  Above right, the westbound train is seen boarding at Zagreb. See panorama photo.

Scenery between Ljubljana, Zagreb & Belgrade

In summer when it's light you'll see scenery like this between Zagreb & Ljubljana, along the river Sava...

Option 3, Morning EuroCity train to Vienna, afternoon free, then Vienna to Cologne, Dόsseldorf or Hamburg by Nightjet sleeper train...

The Croatia train from Zagreb to Vienna

Step 1, Zagreb to Vienna on the Croatia:  This is the Croatia boarding in Zagreb...

 

1st class open-plan (saloon) seating.  The Croatia also has 1st class seats in classic 6-seat  compartments.

 

2nd class compartments.  The Croatia.  also has seats in open plan cars.

Austrian restaurant car   Meal in an Austrian restaurant car on a Munich-Verona train

Austrian restaurant car.  See larger photo.

Lunch with wine on board...

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Sevnica Castle, seen from the Croatia between Zagreb & Zidani Most....

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Scenery between Zidani Most and Maribor in Slovenia on the route of the Croatia...

Semmering Railway scenery from the Zagreb to Vienna train

Between Villach & Vienna the Emona & Croatia travel 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.

The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

Step 2, Vienna to Cologne, Dόsseldorf or Hamburg by Nightjet sleeper train.  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 photo Video 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 sleeper train

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

 

Couchette car on the Nightjet train...

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Zagreb to Vienna from €29...
The Croatia train from Zagreb to Vienna

Zagreb to Vienna on the Croatia:  This is the Croatia boarding in Zagreb...

 

1st class open-plan (saloon) seating.  The Croatia also has 1st class seats in classic 6-seat  compartments.

 

2nd class compartments.  The Croatia.  also has seats in open plan cars.

Austrian restaurant car   Meal in an Austrian restaurant car on a Munich-Verona train

Austrian restaurant car.  See larger photo.

Lunch with wine on board...

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Sevnica Castle, seen from the Croatia between Zagreb & Zidani Most....

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Scenery between Zidani Most and Maribor in Slovenia on the route of the Croatia...

Semmering Railway scenery from the Zagreb to Vienna train

Between Villach & Vienna the Emona & Croatia travel 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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Zagreb to Graz, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria...
The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb  

The EuroCity train Sava at Zagreb.

 

Scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb.

Scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb

Great scenery along the Sava between Zagreb & Ljubljana (taken from an eastbound train)...

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

More scenery along the Sava river in Slovenia.  The EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava all the way to Ljubljana and Zagreb...

 

Comfortable seats:  2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, same as 1st class!

Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

Through the Austrian Alps to Salzburg...  Clinging to the mountainside high in the Austrian Alps, the train snakes along between snow-capped mountains, absolutely wonderful...

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Zagreb to Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm & Scandinavia...

Option 1, using the Zagreb-Munich sleeper - fastest & most time-effective option, runs after 10 July 2021...

Option 2, using the Vienna-Hamburg sleeper...

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Zagreb to Bratislava & Prague...

Option 1, Zagreb to Prague or Bratislava in a single day...

Option 2, Zagreb to Munich by sleeper, morning express train to Prague - time-effective and saves a hotel bill...

Option 3, Zagreb to Prague or Bratislava with overnight stop in Budapest...

Option 5, Ljubljana to Bratislava or Prague with an overnight stop in Vienna...

Option 4, using the Regiojet sleeper from Zagreb to Bratislava & Prague, summer-only, 3 times a week - recommended, if travelling in summer...

Regiojet sleeper train at Prague Hlavni

Regiojet sleeper train at Prague Hlavni.

Option 5, using the daily Budapest-Prague sleeper - runs June-September only, a good comfortable option...

The sleeper train from Prague to Budapest, boarding in Prague

The Budapest-Prague sleeper train.  This is actually a southbound train, boarding at Prague Hlavni...

Czech Railways standard (economy) 2-berth sleeper   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.  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.

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Zagreb to Budapest...
EuroCity train Rippl Ronai from Zagreb to Budapest

A Budapest-Zagreb Intercity train at Budapest with comfortable & modern air-conditioned coaches, both Croatian (foreground) and Hungarian (background).  A great way to travel.  Courtesy of Jonathan Hounsome.

Lake Balaton seen from the Budapest to Zagreb train

The trains from Zagreb to Budapest run along the southern shore of Lake Balaton, Hungary's largest lake.  Courtesy of Della Mcvay.

Sunflowers seen from the train from Budapest to Zagreb

The Zagreb to Budapest train passes fields of sunflowers...  Courtesy of Louise Donnelly.

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Zagreb to Sarajevo...

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Zagreb to Belgrade, Sofia, Athens, Istanbul...
2nd class seats in a Serbian air-conditioned train   The train from Belgrade to Zagreb & Zurich, about to leave Belgrade

The train from Ljubljana & Zagreb to Belgrade.  Above left, 2nd class seats.

The train from Belgrade to Sofia   2nd class seats on day train from Belgrade to Sofia

The direct train from Belgrade to Sofia.  Just two coaches, but comfy enough, and a scenic run across the Balkans.  Bring your own food & drink.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats.  Photos courtesy Remco van der Kort.

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Zagreb to Warsaw, Krakow, Bucharest, Kiev & Moscow...

Option 1, by morning train to Budapest, then sleeper train...

Option 2, by morning train to Vienna, then sleeper train...

Option 3, by afternoon train to Budapest, overnight stop, then daytime train...

Option 2, by afternoon train to Vienna, overnight stop, then daytime train...

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bullet pointHotels in Zagreb

Recommended hotel in Zagreb: The Esplanade Hotel...

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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bullet pointTravel insurance & VPN

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

 

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Always take out travel insurance...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

UK flagIn the UK, reliable insurers include Columbus Direct.

UK flagIf you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

UK flagYou can use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

  Australian flag New Zealand flag  Irish flag    If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  US flag If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

A Curve card saves on foreign transaction fees...

 

Curve card

Most banks give you a poor exchange rate, then charge you a currency conversion fee.  A Curve MasterCard means no foreign transaction fees and gives you the mid-market exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, £500 per month at time of writing.  The balance goes straight onto one of your existing debit or credit cards.

How it works:  1. Download the app for iPhone or Android.  2. Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve MasterCard - they send to most European addresses including the UK.  3. Link your existing credit & debit cards to the app.  4. Now use the Curve MasterCard to buy things online or in person or take cash from ATMs, just like a normal MasterCard. Curve does the currency conversion and puts the balance onto whichever of your debit or credit cards you choose.  You can even change your mind about which card it goes onto, within 14 days of the transaction.

I have a Curve Blue card myself - I get some commission if you sign up to Curve, but I'm recommending it here because it's great.  See details, download the app and get a Curve card - they'll give you £5 cashback through that link, too.

 

Express VPN

Get a VPN for safe browsing.  VPNs & why you need one explained...

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions.  And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN.  VPNs & why you need one explainedExpressVPN is a best buy and I use it myself - I've signed up as an ExpressVPN affiliate, and if you go with expressvpn.com using the links on this page, you should see a special deal, 3 months free with an annual subscription, and I get a small commission to help support this site.

 


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