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Flixbus from Vienna to Budapest

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Sami544 · 12/01/2020 19:56

Has anyone used Flixbus before. We will be in Austria in the summer and were thinking about going to see if we could go to Budapest for a couple of days. Wondered what these buses were like. We will have 3 teenagers with us.

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TheresWaldo · 13/01/2020 08:39

Not done the Flixbus but we did the journey by train last year. Tickets are quite cheap if booked in advance. Obviously quicker than the bus.

www.seat61.com/trains-and-routes/vienna-to-budapest-by-train.htm

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stripeypillowcase · 13/01/2020 08:45

the buses are comfortable coaches.
driver often sells snack and (soft) drinks.
usually with a toilet on board, but sometimes that doesn't work or is not pleasant.
be prepared for border checks, i.e. have the passports on you.

tbh, train is more comfortable, but the bus is good value.

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ContinuityError · 13/01/2020 12:13

You’d be looking at about £120-150 return for 5 of you by train, and about £80 by bus. The train isn’t actually much quicker (15-20 minutes or so). I’ve only done the train, which was a very pleasant trip (we also got cheap upgrades to 1st Class).

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ContinuityError · 13/01/2020 12:18

Both Austria and Hungary (plus neighbouring Slovakia) are in the Schengen area so you won’t go through border controls. Bratislava is also worth a visit.

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stripeypillowcase · 13/01/2020 12:28

Both Austria and Hungary (plus neighbouring Slovakia) are in the Schengen area so you won’t go through border controls.

they are, however sometimes those busses are subject to id checks at the border, so it's good to be prepared.

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dreamingbohemian · 13/01/2020 12:40

Flixbus is cheap but loads of people have problems with them (I live in Berlin, one of their major stops). The most common problem is that the driver just drives off without people after a rest stop. Also problems with stolen bags. If it's only an extra 50 quid for the train, I would absolutely take the train.

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Ellmau · 14/01/2020 00:10

Flixbus can also suffer from major delays. I would pick the train.

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