Exploring Germany and Eastern Europe - Salzburg to Vienna, Vienna to Budapest, Budapest to Prague, Prague to Krakow, and Krakow to Hamburg

We are driving through Germany and then want to start using the train in Salzsburg. So we would like to travel from Salzburg to Vienna to Budapest to Prague to Krakow and then back to Hamburg. It seems we will be traveling through 5 countries, but it didn't seem that Poland was an option. Which pass would you suggest and how would you use it?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 06, 2017 15:34
    Hi Beth,

    You would also be traveling through Slovakia when you take the train from Budapest to Prague. For travel through that many countries, your best option would be the Eurail Global Pass. Also, Poland is only able to be included on the 2 country version of the Eurail Select Pass, but it is a part of the Eurail Global Pass.

    For the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Global Pass').

    Salzburg to Vienna

    From Salzburg to Vienna, you would take a Railjet train. On these trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, trains from Salzburg to Vienna can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date. The ride takes around 2.5 to 3 hours in duration.

    Vienna to Budapest

    From Vienna to Budapest, you would take a Railjet train or an EC (EuroCity) train. On these trains, reservations would once again be highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, trains from Vienna to Budapest can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date. The ride takes just over 2.5 hours.

    Budapest to Prague

    From Budapest to Prague, you would take an EC train on which reservations would be highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, trains from Budapest to Prague can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date. The ride takes just over 6.5 hours.

    Prague to Krakow

    From Prague to Krakow, you can take a direct day train or an overnight train. On both of these trains, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended departure date. The ride on the day train takes just over 7 hours, while the overnight train takes about 8 hours.

    Krakow to Hamburg

    The most feasible connection from Krakow to Hamburg involves taking the overnight train back to Prague (Silesia EuroNight train), where you would switch to a direct EC train that will take you right into Hamburg. In its entirety, the connection takes just over 17 hours in duration.

    On the night train from Krakow to Prague, reservations would once again be required as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, this train can only be reserved once within 60 days of an intended departure date.

    On the EC train from Prague to Hamburg, reservations are highly recommended. This train also can only be reserved within 60 days of a departure.

    When booking reservations for a connection from Krakow to Hamburg on our site, you would just have to break up your search in Prague. Therefore, you would do one search to access the night train from Krakow to Prague and then another search for connecting trains from Prague to Hamburg the following morning.
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