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Old December 7th, 2013, 11:21 PM   #81
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Optima Express pass through Ljubljana, but the only places one can board or leave the train are Villach and Edirne. My understanding was that we count here trains not passing through, but ones that can actually be boarded.
You can put your car on the train only in Villach and Edirne, yes, but I think you can board it as a passenger in Ljubljana as well (and probably other big cities), at least that's what they say on Slovenian Railways (otherwise they wouldn't talk about a bus transfer from Edirne to Istanbul, which is even included in the price). The suggested price (€125) is also a bit lower than Villach-Edirne (€149).
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Old December 10th, 2013, 09:13 AM   #82
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Budapest:

Corridors:
http://www.mav-start.hu/utazas/nk_viszonylatok.php
Trains:
http://www.mav-start.hu/utazas/nk_vonatok.php

Austria:
7/D Railjet Budapest-Győr-Wien-Salzburg/München-(1/Week Frankfurt am Main) or only 1/D Salzburg/Innsbruck/Zürich
2/D EN Budapest-Zürich/München
1/D Budapest-Győr-Szombathely-Szentgotthárd-Graz IC

Germany:
4/D Rj BP-München or Frankfurt
1/D EN Bp-München
2/D Budapest-Bratislava-Brno-Praha-Dresden-Berlin/Hamburg
1/D EN "Metropol" Budapest-Bratislava-Praha-Dresden-Berlin

Switzerland:
1/D ex"Transalpin" BP- Wien- Salzburg-Innsbruck-Zürich
1/D EN "Wiener Walzer" Budapest – Győr – Bécs – Zürich

Slovenia:
1/D Budapest-Zagreb-Ljubljana
Weekly in summer: "Istrija" Budapest-Hodos-Ljubjana-Koper

Croatia
1/D 1/D Budapest-Zagreb
Weekly in summer: Adria Budapest-Zagreb-Split

Serbia/Montenegro
2/D Budapest-Kelebia-Beograd/ in summer to Bar (Montenegro)

Romania/Bulgaria:
Summer: Budapest- Varna/Burgas
3/D budapest-Bucarest
5/D to diferent towns in Transsylvania...

Ukraine/Russia
1/D Budapest-Kijev-Moskva

Slovakia
8/D Budapest-Sturovo-Bratislava/Praha/Berlin/Warsawa
2/D Budapest-Miskolc-Kosice

Chech Republic
6/D Budapest-bratislava-Praha- Berlin/Hamburg/Warsawa

Poland
2/D Budapest-Praha-Warsawa
1/D Budapest-Cracow
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Old December 10th, 2013, 06:44 PM   #83
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Budapest:

Slovenia:
1/D Budapest-Zagreb-Ljubljana
Weekly in summer: "Istrija" Budapest-Hodos-Ljubjana-Koper
You forgot 1/D Budapest-Maribor. As for Istria: why does the train depart from Budapest-Keleti and then go to Budapest-Déli before it continues to Slovenia? I don't get it.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 09:31 AM   #84
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You forgot 1/D Budapest-Maribor. As for Istria: why does the train depart from Budapest-Keleti and then go to Budapest-Déli before it continues to Slovenia? I don't get it.
On a next timetablesoeason! From 15. december!!

Istria pick up the passangers in Buda side from Déli-pu
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Old December 11th, 2013, 02:19 PM   #85
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Unfortunately, while we have some improvements in international train links as of 15 Dec, the general trend is towards a reduction of international links. Berlin was once Germany's hub for train transport to the East. Now all those trains are withdrawn. A celebration on 7 Dec. commemorated the last departure from Berlin of the weekly direct train to Saratov, carrying through coaches to St. Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, and Novosibirsk. The Novosibirsk coach probably qualified as the furthest direct connection from the German network and also the only intercontinental one. Coaches to Astana in Kazahstan had been withdrawn earlier, as had the train to Kiev and direct coaches to other parts of Ukraine. The Saratov train had been installed exactly 20 years earlier to connect the Russian German minority with relatives in Germany.
While these trains used to terminate in Berlin, the only direct link to Russia from Berlin is now the Paris-Moscow train, which is known for its high prices.
For pictures of the last departure, see http://www.drehscheibe-foren.de/fore...php?30,6675472 (click on link in left top corner if you are not directly redirected to the actual page).
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Old December 14th, 2013, 02:22 AM   #86
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I can understand why those ultra long distance trains are withdrawn, but how good or bad are the railway connections from Berlin to Poland? Poznan and Wroclaw, for example, are in an appropriate range for a frequent and successful service.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 01:10 PM   #87
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Bratislava

Regional trains:

Austria

Vienna - 2 trains/hour (1 train/hour from Bratislava hlavná stanica via Marchegg and 1 train/hour from Bratislava Petržalka via Bruck an der Leitha)

Hungary
Sopron
- 1 train/hour (via Wien Hbf)


EuroCity & EuroNight trains:

Czech Republic
Prague - 1 train every 2 hour, 6 trains/day

Brno - 1 train/day + all trains which go to Prague

Ostrava - 1 train/day

Germany
Berlin - 4 trains/day

Hamburg - 1 train/day

Stralsund - 1 train/day

Hungary
Budapest - 1 train every 2 hour, 8 trains/day

Poland
Warsaw via Katowice
- 1 train/day + 1 direct carriage/day

Serbia
Belgrade
- 1 train/day

Russia
Moscow
- 1 train/day

Ukraine
Kyiv
- 1 train/day

Connections to Kyiv and Moscow are more like direct carriages than direct trains.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 02:05 PM   #88
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Barcelona
Beginning today
TGV Euroduplex Paris Gare de Lyon-2 Trains for day
AVE S100F Lyon 1 train for day
Marseille 1 train for day
Toulouse 1 train for day
Via Tunel de Perthus
SNCF Renfe en cooperatión

until yesterday
destinations without link
Talgo Marenostrum Montpellier
Trenhotel Joan Miró Paris Austerlitz
Elipsos
Via Port-Bou Cèrbere
locations with link
CèrbereParis,Hamburg,Rome.....
La Tour de Carol (Line Barcelona-Puigcerdà)Toulouse-Paris

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Old December 23rd, 2013, 02:32 AM   #89
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Liège Guillemins:

France:
Paris (high speed Thalys)
Lille (express IC)
Germany:
Aachen (highspeed Thalys - highspeed ICE - regional AIXpress)
Köln (highspeed Thalys - highspeed ICE)
Frankfurt (highspeed ICE)
Düsseldorf (highspeed Thalys)
Duisburg (highspeed Thalys)
Essen (highspeed Thalys)
Luxemburg:
Luxemburg + additional Lux stops(regional IR)
the Netherlands:
Maastricht (local L)

occasional tourist/pilgrim direct trains to Rosenheim (Germany), Zell am See (Austria) and Lourdes (France)
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 04:28 PM   #90
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--Can you (non scandinavians) look at this timetable and spot the only international destination from Linköping, Sweden ?


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Old January 3rd, 2015, 05:16 PM   #91
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train at 14:58 to kopenhagen)))
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Old January 4th, 2015, 01:43 PM   #92
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I have noticed it as well but only because I have some limited knowledge of Swedish language and Swedish railways.

It is good custom (at least here in Central Europe) to display name of foreign stations in respective language, therefore there should be København instead of Köpenhamn. Otherwise it could confuse foreign travellers.
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Old January 4th, 2015, 08:54 PM   #93
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I have noticed it as well but only because I have some limited knowledge of Swedish language and Swedish railways.

It is good custom (at least here in Central Europe) to display name of foreign stations in respective language, therefore there should be København instead of Köpenhamn. Otherwise it could confuse foreign travellers.


This is not Continental Europe so I dont see that it is necessary to display the danish capital in another language, and especially not in danish. The actual final destination is Malmö, because only about 5% of the passengers on this train actually continue over the bridge all the way to Copenhagen. I wouldnt call this an international train, due to the short distance outside Sweden and the few foreign passengers (if any)

After Malmö they announce the stations in english though. (Kastrup & Copenhagen Central station)

I remember travelling to Venice, Italy with train. The departures at the station showed a train to the city Monaco di Bavaria, not easy to know what that was for a foreigner.



As a matter of fact the Linköping Railway station has become bilingual recently. Necessary measure ? or just publicity for a city trying hard to become international ?
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I remember travelling to Venice, Italy with train. The departures at the station showed a train to the city Monaco di Bavaria, not easy to know what that was for a foreigner.
Which is the point Qwert was trying to make. It is easier that way. Everybody would have understood what is meant by München Hbf.

Here is an example what a timetable looks like in Budapest:

http://www.forbudapest.com/wp-conten...audvar-105.jpg
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Old January 5th, 2015, 01:46 AM   #95
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Optima Express

Villach ( Austria ) - Edirne ( Turkey )

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Old January 6th, 2015, 01:08 AM   #97
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Optima Express

Villach ( Austria ) - Edirne ( Turkey )

Can anyone make a map with the route?
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Can't be bothered to create a map, but the train runs via Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrad, Nis and Sofia to the Turkish bordertown of Edirne.

https://www.google.at/maps/dir/Villa...67!2d41.666667
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Old January 6th, 2015, 02:07 AM   #99
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I can understand why those ultra long distance trains are withdrawn, but how good or bad are the railway connections from Berlin to Poland? Poznan and Wroclaw, for example, are in an appropriate range for a frequent and successful service.
The direct train connection Wroclaw-Berlin (which used to be before Hamburg-Berlin-Wroclaw-Krakow) has been cancelled with the last train schedule update (15th December). Deutsche Bahn now operates an intercity bus once a day between Wroclaw and Berlin. The rail tracks near the border are not electrified and in a bad state and always required two locomotive exchanges (one in Wegliniec and one in Cottbus), which caused a travel time of up to 5,5 hours. The bus needs about 4 hours.
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Optima Express Villach ( Austria ) - Edirne ( Turkey )
when has this picture been taken? I have never seen the blue restaurant car of Serbian Railways before.
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