Prague-Budapest-Siofok-Prague....1 or 2 country passes?

I am traveling from Prague to Budapest, spending 2 nights in Budapest, then to Siofok for 2 nights, then straight from there back to Prague. Should I get rail passes for both Czech and Hungary, or because I will be either entering or leaving Hungary, get only a pass for Hungary?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 24, 2012 14:42
    Hello,

    Trains between Prague and Budapest pass through Slovakia en route. However, Slovakia is not able to be included on a Eurail Select Pass (which is the pass you would otherwise purchase that allows you to include any 3 bordering countries). Since Slovakia is not able to be included on the Eurail Select Pass, you would purchase the European East Pass (which also just happens to include Poland and Austria, as well as the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary). You would purchase the European East Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    The European East Pass would be less expensive than purchasing regular point-to-point tickets for each of your trips. There is no dual country pass just for the Czech Republic and Hungary, since these countries do not border one another.

    In addition to the pass, you would just purchase reservations for your trains between Prague and Budapest.

    After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations and check reservation costs. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (if starting on the homepage, you would just click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass').

    There are direct trains between Prague and Budapest.

    There are also direct trains from Budapest to Siofok, however, these trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    A connection from Siofok to Prague would involve changing trains once in Budapest en route. Therefore, you would just use your rail pass to board the train from Siofok back up to Budapest, and you would need to book reservations for your train from Budapest back to Prague.

    Trains from Prague to Budapest can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure, while trains in the reverse direction from Budapest to Prague can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    For planning purposes, you can just view the schedules for the non-reservable trains between Budapest and Siofok by entering the cities under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'.
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  • Thank you very much for this reply! Extremely helpful. Booking shortly...

    David
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 24, 2012 19:31
    You're welcome, David. Have a great trip!
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