Slovenia to Budapest to Vienna to Salzburg

I will be leaving a hiking excursion which ends in Pokljuka Plateau region. The group travels on to Zagreb. What is easier for train travel to Budapest, going back to Zagreb or taking a train from this Slovenia location? Are Croatia and Slovenia considered one country on the pass? What type of pass should I purchase? 2 country or 3 country? Thank you
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 23, 2017 17:20
    Hi Brenda,

    There is a rail line that runs right along the eastern edge of the Pokljuka Plateau region. Bohinjska Bistrica and Bled Jezero on this rail line are likely going to be the closest stations to where you'll be.

    From either of these stations, a connection to Budapest would take approximately 9 hours and involves 3 train changes along the way; once in Jesenice, once in Villach, and then once in Vienna. The Jesenice station itself is also very close to the Pokljuka Plateau (a train ride between Bled Jezero and Jesenice only takes 16 minutes).

    Croatia and Slovenia are counted together as one country for the purpose of rail passes; however, if your only trip is the one from Slovenia to Budapest, then I would just recommend purchasing regular tickets, as opposed to any rail pass.

    It is not possible to purchase tickets and view schedules out of the Bohinjska Bistrica station on our site, but you can purchase tickets out of the Bled Jezero station or the Jesenice station. For a trip from Bled Jezero to Budapest, you would just piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Bled Jezero to Jesenice, another search for connecting trains from Jesenice to Villach, another search for connecting trains from Villach to Vienna, and then another search for connecting trains from Vienna to Budapest.

    The trains to Jesenice depart out of Bohinjska Bistrica just about 6 minutes before they are shown to be departing out of Bled Jezero, so you can board there instead, if it happens to be more convenient.

    Trains from Villach to Vienna and Vienna to Budapest are Railjet trains. The Railets from Villach to Vienna follow along a famed scenic stretch of railway called the Semmering Line. The Semmering Line starts around Mürzzuschlag/Bruck an der Mur and goes until Wiener Neustadt/Gloggnitz.
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