Flying will be a 4 hour relay-race of airport bus, airport hassle, the actual flight, then another airport bus or taxi. So it saves far less time than you'd think. Hardly worth it!
It is cheaper, easier, less hassle to just get an air-conditioned EuroCity train from city centre to city centre, through the landscapes and cityscapes and townscapes of the very countries you are supposed to be seeing.
The train costs from just €20 (or from €35 in 1st class) if you pre-book at Czech Railways www.cd.cz or Hungarian Railways www.mavcsoport.hu.
I'd check cd.cz first as CD do print-your-own tickets so is easiest, MAV require you to collect tickets from a machine.
These EuroCity trains are swish, modern, air-con, and have a proper sit-down restaurant car serving hot meals on proper china, wine, draught beer on tap. A meal on a moving train is such a treat, and so civilised compared to the cattle-class experience of flying. Photo of restaurant car: …alamy.com/comp/CRM7GK/interior-train-with-w…
HelenEdited: 22 October 2017, 12:18
In fact it's much better that that! CD(Czech Railwaxs) gives Amtrak a run for their money.
"I'm trying to book Budapest > Prague for 30th Dec on the Czech rail site. I get a message that suggests the new timetable is not out yet
It's strange that you can book tickets for 30 Dec for some countries, because the annual Europe wide timetable change is around the middle of December and even the railways themselves don't know yet what trains will run where and when. I think you're trying to use a middlleman like Eurorail.
Please spare a few minurtes to read this and let it sink in for future reference as well):
It's every one hour
I will need to do the same thing on August. Could you please share where and how you got the tickets?