Eastern European Trains: Something new to discover.
Beyond the typical tourist destinations lies the heart of Eastern Europe. Fortunately, rail networks with connections to all major cities allow travelers to enjoy this spectacularly scenic region. Eastern European trains include trains in Poland, trains to Budapest, and trains from Prague, which count as some of the most popular routes.
In Poland, the train from Warsaw to Krakow takes just 2 hours, 55 minutes and leads to a breathtaking medieval and modern city. The Berlin Warsaw Express lets you travel from Berlin to Warsaw in under six hours. The Czech Republic’s winding river adds color from Prague to Decin. In Hungary, fast IC trains are your ticket to key provincial cities. But don’t miss the Danube Bend, a string of small, dramatic riverside towns just north of Budapest. Romania’s network includes Brasov, with famous Bran Castle — a.k.a. Dracula’s haunt, an international favorite. It’s less than 4 hours from Bucharest via an absolutely stunning mountain route.
The modern rail network of Slovenia/Croatia connects its most popular areas. Beautiful Lake Bled is just an hour’s ride from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. And what trip to Eastern Europe is complete without a stop in Austria? Trains from Vienna to Salzburg take only three picture-perfect hours, with the Arlberg Line west of Innsbruck being particularly magnificent.
Simply put, trains in Eastern Europe are like travel in Eastern Europe: surprisingly easy, welcoming, and unexpectedly, gloriously brilliant.