12289Re: [S-R] Travel In Slovakia
- Jun 6, 2005Dorene,
I have traveled by train and auto and a bit by bus in Slovakia. The
second class cars tend to get crowded on busy days or times, while I
suppose the first class are quite a bit less crowded at about 50%
more fare. The difference I see is in the upolstery being thicker
and cloth instead of plastic. In first class you will not have the
opportunity to rub elbows with workers and regular businessmen as
you will in second class.
From your repeated concerns I would recommend first class. For the
difference between $10 and $15 for a ticket your comfort and peace
of mind is worth it. I recommend you pay a bit extra for a seat
reservation and then follow up by getting on the right train car,
compartment and seat.
If you ever do decide to get a bit adventurous you can always buy a
second class ticket the next time! One of the worst things I did to
my mother was answer her question about "how much baggage." My
answer was "not more than you can carry", as on that trip I could
anticipate I might not be there to carry it for her. The trip and
baggage and adventure worked quite well. Oh, and I was there to
carry her bigger bag because mine were even smaller.
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "D. Radmacher"
> Dear John: one of the women who is traveling with us has heardthat second-class train travel is very uncomfortable. Can you
please tell me, what exactly is the difference between first and
second class train travel? Do they bring animals on second class
like she was told?
>http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/SLOVAK-ROOTS -or- send blank
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: John Venham
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Friday, June 03, 2005 5:44 AM
> Subject: Re: [S-R] Travel In Slovakia
> I've traveled extensively in the Czech Republic and
> I'd suggest that you always travel by an 'Intercity'
> train for long distances such as to Krakow. Also, you
> should be rather comfortable in second class. Be
> aware that ticket prices are broken down into two
> parts: the train ticket and seat reservation.
> On some trains, there may be extra fees....that you
> won't find out about until you're on the train and the
> ticket check comes by. I could never figure out if it
> was a scam or legitimate. The upside is this was very
> rare; and never more than a couple dollars. But it
> did happen on my trip from Krakow to Prague.
> Good Luck!
> --- James McGrath <jamesfrankmcgrath@y...> wrote:
> > I don't have experience travelling in Slovakia yet
> > (I
> > hope to remedy that soon), but elsewhere in Central
> > and Eastern Europe I can definitely say that it is
> > less expensive to buy your tickets there (you will
> > need to check whether this can be done on the train,
> > and you'll presumably need some language ability to
> > do
> > this too). Those who know the language and are savvy
> > will buy a ticket only as far as the first stop in
> > the
> > next country if travelling from Austria, and then
> > pay
> > a cheaper price in Slovakia, Hungary, or wherever
> > (does anyone know if you can still do this? It has
> > been a few years since I made this sort of trip).
> > First class can be significantly more comfortable,
> > although it only really makes a difference if the
> > train is crowded - which they often are.
> > Hope this helps,
> > James
> > --- "D. Radmacher" <dradmacher@s...> wrote:
> > > Hello Everyone . . . I and two lady friends are
> > > traveling to Slovakia in September this year and
> > > would like some advice on travel. We have heard
> > > that it is much better to travel by first class
> > > train than by economy class. Is this true? We
> > > travelled economy in Switzerland and it was just
> > > fine but wonder if there is a difference in
> > > Slovakia.
> > >
> > > Also, should we busy a rail pass before we leave
> > > Canada or wait until we get there? We are landing
> > > in Prague and traveling from there and plan to go
> > to
> > > Kracow, Poland as well as Austria.
> > >
> > > Dorene
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