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Vienna and prague

waterloo
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Vienna and prague

We are planning a 2 week trip to Vienna and Prague in September and October. We will fly in and out of Vienna. We have apartments rented for both cities. We have reserved a rental car but after reading more about both cities it appears that it may not be a good ideal to have a car. The issue is that we would like to make some day trips to Hungary, Germany and salsburg. To do this we will need a car. Also we had planned to drive to Prague for our stay there. Do you think that a car is going to be a bigger hassle then taking trains? I noticed that once I start to add up all the train fees that they can get expensive also! Very undecided and confused! Please help! Cathy

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1. Re: Vienna and prague

A car isn't really useful if you travel between big cities! The problem of a car is that

a) gas is expensive

b) you need to familiarize yourself with the traffic rules and additional necessities such as toll stickers

c) parking is expensive in central areas

I would rather travel by train or bus and rent a car for day if you desire.

What day trips to Germany you have planned? Germany is not a day trip destination from Vienna or Prague?

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2. Re: Vienna and prague

... and neither is Budapest really a day trip, especially if you have a car.

The train fares are actually not bad - you shouldn't need to spend more than €29 for each of these journeys, sometimes less. Budapest to Vienna is only €13, for example.

Don't use rip-off re-sellers such as Rail Europe/Eurail. There is lots of information about buying tickets from the proper outlets on these forums, and the information is probably repeated about twice a week :) The train is by far the cheapest and most efficient way to travel. A car in Prague, Budapest and Vienna is just an expensive nightmare.

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Thank you for this information. We are strongly considering canceling our car rental as it appears that it will be more of a hassle then it is worth!

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