Looking for help and tips for planning my trip to Eastern Europe this May-June 2015
Hi there- I am going to Eastern Europe May 10 ish- June 15th ish. I would like to go to Czech, Poland, Hungary and Romania. I am looking for any tips including budgeting- how much/day, places not to miss and train travel. also is 30-40 days enough to see these 4 countries? Any other countries I should try to visit while there? I am coming from the states and looking into doing a multi city flight, possibly flying into Poland and out of Czech. Has anyone done this before? Any advice is welcome. Thanks!
Hi Kari, unfortunately, you're travelling to countries I haven't visited... yet. I maybe give you some helpful advice on travel and saving money. I've found one of, if not the cheapest airlines you can use once you get out of the U.S. is RyanAir. Check them out. I'm not sure if they fly to many places in those countries though. Another tip is to book your accommodations well in advance. I'd recommend hostels over hotels. A few good sites for finding good hostels are Hostelling International (always good, clean, safe hostels), hostels.com, and hostelworld.com. I do extensive planning for our annual vacations and love it so much I'm trying to make it a job or at least part time work. I'm not sure how much time I'll have between now and your departure, but if you like, I can do some research for you and come up with some specific recommendations for those countries. If you're interested, you can contact me at <snip>Hope this helps some.
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30 days is more than enough for these countries, you might even have time to pop into Vienna, Austria.
Train travel - major cities of all of these countries are well connected with train. They might turn out to be cheaper and more fun than flying. Each of these places also have their local cheap airlines. Also checkout the Eurail pass - http://www.eurail.com/eurail-passes/regional-pass
Flying - If you can, fly into Bucharest, Romania. Then make your way north to Budapest - Bratislava - Vienna - Prague - Krakow, probably ending in Poland. It might be cheaper to book a return flight to say Bucharest, and then fly one-way Warsaw to Bucharest.
Accommodation - hostels are a way to go. Hostelling International is a chain, a little on expensive side for hostel than local hostels, but easier to find and book. If you plan to stay there, then take the membership card from the first hostel. It will give you discount on the rest.
Hope this helps. Feel free to send me PM if you want more details. I have visited Prague and Vienna by train (from Zurich), and had planned trip to Krakow but did not go.
If you don't mind travelling through Europe via coach then type my username into google and you'll find a free coach comparison site that has a flexible calendar search feature which finds fares for as low as £1. Hope this helped.