Jetsetter From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 77 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2119 times:
I plan to rent a car in Budapest and drop it off in Prague, only 2 days later. However, I am finding it to be insanely expensive, about $600-$800 USD. I prefer to drive in lieu of taking the train because I have an itinerary along the way. The train takes 7 hours, which wastes a full day.
Naturally, it is the drop-off fee that is making this very expensive. Does anyone have any experience or advice on this issue?
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5870 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2112 times:
I'd strongly recommend to reconsider taking the train. The D1 freeway Brno-Prague is just horrible and nothing but a driving nightmare, with certain (not only) truck drivers being just insane.
I took the bus BTS-PRG yesterday and got stuck 2 hours in a giant traffic jam just outside of PRG.
Besides, Prague-Brno takes at least 2 hours, Brno-Bratislava an hour or so, Bratislava-Budapest another 2, add some time to get through BTS, out of BUD and in PRG so in reality you save maybe an hour, two hours at best.
Jetsetter From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2104 times:
Thanks Turbolet - that is good advice that I would otherwise never have.
The only problem is that I'm very limited with time and I have to go to Slovakia anyway, so I figured it would be easiest to make that stop on the way to Prague. The alternative is to do a day trip to Slovakia from Budapest, return to Budapest, then take the train to Prague the next day (which is an all day affair). It just cuts into a lot of time.
If I do take the train, do I need to book far in advance, or can I do that from the hotel in Budapest with no problem? Is it a better price to book online?