Can I use the Central Europe Triangle Pass to go from Budapest-Vienna, Vienna-Prague, and Prague-Budapest?

Can I use the following itinerary for the Central Europe Triangle Pass?

Budapest-Vienna
Vienna-Prague
Prague-Budapest

Or does Prague-Budapest count as 2 legs?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) December 08, 2015 20:21
    Hi Richard,

    Yes, you can use the 'Central Europe Triangle Pass' for the itinerary that you laid out going from Budapest to Vienna, then Vienna to Prague, and then Prague to Budapest. Each of these trips would count as one leg.

    You would purchase the 'Central Europe Triangle Pass' here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/central-europe-triangle-pass/index.html.

    Direct trains from Budapest to Vienna are 'Railjet' trains or 'EuroCity' (EC) trains.

    Direct trains from Vienna to Prague are 'Railjet' trains.

    Direct trains from Prague to Budapest are 'EuroCity' (EC) trains.

    In addition to the pass, reservations would be highly recommended on each of these trains.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'Central Europe Triangle Pass').

    Generally, trains from Budapest to Vienna and Vienna to Prague can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while trains from Prague to Budapest can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended date of departure.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) December 08, 2015 21:23
      Currently, our website lists the same departure train multiple times when you pull up the results of a search for trains from Budapest to Vienna. Some listings show Kelenfoe as the station of departure in Budapest, while others show Keleti as the station of departure in Budapest. To verify if multiple listings are for the same train, you can just refer to the train number.

      For some reason (due to a glitch on our site), an error message appears for the options that display Keleti as the station of departure. The error message states that we aren't able to issue reservations for the train; however, you can rest assured that is actually not the case. We are, in fact, able to issue reservations for the trains from Budapest to Vienna, and it doesn't matter which station you board at. Therefore, in order to book reservations for this route, you can choose one of the options that displays Kelenfoe as the station of departure in Budapest and still board at the Keleti station. Even if you choose the option that displays Kelenfoe as the departure station, the reservation we issue would be valid for you to board at Keleti.

      Just be sure to keep in mind your departure time out of the Keleti station. The Railjet trains from Budapest to Vienna depart from Keleti just 14-15 minutes before they are shown to be departing from Kelenfoe. Keleti is the main station in Budapest.

      Additionally, please disregard any listings that show 'Westbahnhof' as the station of arrival in Vienna, as the trains from Budapest will actually no longer be stopping at this station after December 13th. After December 13th, the Railjet trains from Budapest will only be stopping at the Hbf (Hauptbahnhof) station and the Meidling station in Vienna, and you can use the reservation we issue to disembark at either one; it doesn't matter which option you choose on our website. Therefore, even if your reservation document displays Meidling as the arrival station in Vienna, you can still get off at Hbf.

      The Railjet trains from Budapest to Vienna stop at the Hbf station just about 16 minutes before they are shown to be arriving into the Meidling station. Hbf is considered the main station in Vienna.
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