Central Europe FAQ thread
Replies: 156 - Last Post: Oct 26, 2013 4:34 PM Last Post By: jans161
Mar 27, 2004 1:09 PM
Apr 7, 2004 9:08 AM
31Hungarian pictures and programs
People complain about how little response they get regarding Hungary. How can one answer general questions? I cannot copy a picture slide show of our cities or a program booklet here every time.
But here it goes again:
Pecs virtual tour 360° pics
(you can go aound 360° by clicking on the arrows; you can wander in the town by clicking on the rectangles on the picture (try and search for them by moving the mouse across the picture!)
Pecs main page
Apr 10, 2004 10:39 AM
32Ferries from/to Baltics
Klaipeda - Kiel, Klaipeda-Kiel-Klaipeda
Klaipeda - Sassnitz
Klaipeda - Karlshamn
Klaipeda - Danmark
Liepaja - Rostock
Liepaja - Karlshamn
Ventspils - Nynashamn
Riga - Stockholm
Lisco ferries from Klaipeda and Riga
Ferries from Klaipeda
Tallink ferries from Tallinn
All information above will change quite often therefore always check for the latest changes before booking.
Apr 13, 2004 6:52 PM
33More info about Macedonia with all needed links, is the website of the Macedonian Embassy in London.
Have all info needed. Just klick turism on the home page and you are there. Including links to other cities and towns in MKD, railway, buses, hotels...all nine yards.
Welcome to Macedonia, lend of nature, cradle of culture.
Apr 27, 2004 9:31 AM
May 2, 2004 6:52 PM
35AS OF MAY 1, 2004 VISAS ARE GONE!
according to the Polish foreign Ministry www.msz.gov.pl and
Canadian citizens no longer require visas for stays up to 90 days for visits to
Also gone are visas for Australian and Kiwi citizens heading to Poland
May 12, 2004 7:18 PM
Here is a lot information about Lithuania:
www.liettua.fi/data/events.pdf(for year 2004)
Jun 4, 2004 10:07 PM
37----------The Polish Railroad (PKP) link in the Poland section is now broken. Use: http://www.polrail.com/pkprozklad.html and select ""European Railway Timetable"
---------For Polish bus connections use http://www.rozklady.com.pl/
In Polish only. Follow these steps:
1) select "wyszukiwanie po³¹czeñ" in the left menu. ("search connections")
2) on the next window enter the arrival (poczatkowej) and departure (docelowej) points.
3) to get connecting as well as direct buses enter a connection place (optional) (przesiadkowej (opcjonalnie)
4) the other entry rectangles are minimum and maximum connection times (Czas na przesiadkê w minutach: minimalny; maksymalny)
5) Unfortunately the Polish version place names, including diacriticals (accents), must be used, eg Krako~w, not Cracow. Fortunately letters in words in the window provide for copying and pasting all the letters with diacriticals except z with a acute accent, which is infrequently used. They are: a~, c~, e~, l~, n~, o~, s~, z (dot).
6) select search (wyszukaj)
7) if the places entered have duplicates, the next window provides for a choice
8) The connection window gives departure (Odjazd), arrival (Przyjazd), notes (Oznaczenia) bus origin and final terminal (Relacja)
9) to find what the note symbols mean, click on the symbol. Common ones are p, P=fast; #=express, a, e, i, l~, n, s, D, L, N, U, Y=not days at Christmas and Easter; F=only Mo-Fr, workdays; H= only on vacation and school holidays; 1=only Mo, 2=Tu etc
Jun 15, 2004 3:00 PM
38There have been occasional enquiries re the train service in B&H here's the latest
Ploče Mostar Sarajevo Banja Luka Zagreb
5.47am 7.10am 9.34am 3.36pm 7.46pm
10.18am 8.56am 6.41am
3.50pm 5.20pm 7.39pm
11.02pm 9.40pm 7.21pm 1.04pm 8.57am
A 10.25pm train runs from Sarajevo to Budapest
A 9.15pm train runs from Banja Luka to Belgrade
Jun 22, 2004 7:37 PM
39Transport in the Balkans
I'm planning a very brief trip through the Balkans in July and I thought I'd share the information I've been able to find about ferries from Italy and buses in Croatia/Bosnia.
Summary map and links
Morfimare Ancona-Bar/Zadar/Split and Bari-Bar/Dubrovnik/Rijeka/Split/Zadar. Umbrella organisation for Montenegro Lines and Adriatic Lines. I have not seen this company mentioned before - can anyone recommend it?
Jadrolinja Ancona-Zadar/Split and Bari-Dubrovnik
SEM Marina SEM Maritime and Blue line ferries Ancona-Zadar/Split/Hvar/Vis
Adriatica Not a very useful site, but appears to operate Ancona-Split
Bus times from Dubrovnik (info from Dubrovnik Portal):
Dubrovnik - Mostar
7.30, 8.45, 17.15
Dubrovnik - Sarajevo
Dubrovnik - Frankfurt
5.00 - friday,saturday, sunday
Dubrovnik - Trieste
Dubrovnik - Zagreb
6.00, 16.30, 17.15, 18.00, 19.00, 19.45, 21.00
Dubrovnik - Zadar
5.00, 6.00, 8.00, 11.00, 15.30, 17.00, 18.00
Dubrovnik - Vela Luka (Korcula)
Dubrovnik - Šibenik
5.00, 6.00, 8.00, 11.00,13.00, 15.30, 17..00, 1945
Dubrovnik - Split
5.00, 6.00, 8.00, 8.45, 11.00, 13.00, 15.30, 16.30, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00, 19.45, 21.00
Dubrovnik - Imotski
Dubrovnik - Posušje
Dubrovnik - Rijeka
8.00, 15.30, 17.00
Dubrovnik - Með?ugorje - Varaždin
I assume that buses to Split stop at Ploce - does anyone know how long this journey takes? From here there is a rail connection to Mostar and Sarajevo.
Autotrans This site shows bus routes in Croatia, but the listings do not link to timetables or fares at the moment
Centrotrans * No English * Long distance bus company in Bosnia - try the links in the AUTOBUSKI PREVOZ section for times and fares. I can't find any references to Mostar, so maybe the site doesn't cover Herzogovina???
I hope this is useful,
Jun 24, 2004 9:39 PM
Jun 27, 2004 11:19 AM
Jul 22, 2004 8:42 PM
Moldovan Visa on Border - No Problem! July, 2004
Today I (Canadian) crossed from Romania into Moldova by foot and got my visa on the border. I did not have an invitation. There are three land border crossings from Romania where this is allowed for Canadians, Americans and EU citizens (see Foreign Ministry website) and I crossed at Albita which is on the main Bucharest - Chisinau road. It is not possible from TransDienester or Ukraine. I simply filled in a form at the small Consular Office and paid 60 bucks American - pay only in dollars or Euros. Took 30 minutes in total and he didn't care if I gave him a photo, although this is officially required. There is an exchange office as well where you can change Romanian Lei into Moldovan. I lucked out and hitched a lift with a Moldovan diplomat (the first car after I stuck out my thumb) all the way to Chisinau. Staying at the Hotel Zarea which is 9 bucks in a shared room, but no one in my room this evening. Just around the corner at Bodoni 59, inside the tall Academic University building, there is an internet cafe for 50 cents an hour. 24 Hour supermarket nearby on same street. This city has a surprisingly prosperous facade and people are quite friendly and helpful. I never expected it. To take a bus to Bucharest and many other European destinations take Marshrutki number 180 which passes beside the supermarket and takes you to the southern bus station, which is far outside of town, for 2 Lei. Many daily departures and it takes 10 hours for 152 Moldovan Lei (US$1 = 11.55 Lei)
Jul 30, 2004 8:09 PM
43Veliko Tarnovo - Bulgaria - Accomodation
Contrary to most other places in Bulgaria, arriving in Veliko Tarnovo was kind of strange. Many, mostly shaddy people, offered rooms and after inspection and finding out about the hefty prices I was rather disappointed. The city offers so much to see that I wanted to make sure I do not miss a bit of the former Bulgarian capital. So walking in the evening with no orientation with my backbag this older lady comes up and starts speaking French to me. She would have a room, nothing to loose I say yes, after having made this experience several times during some hours. I have a look at the room and it blows my mind. Private accomodation in the house of a recognized Bulgarian artist for 20 lewa. All rooms are stuffed with beautiful paintings of him, nice balcony etc. Best thing however was this hospitaly from the first moment onwards which I have never experienced in this way in Bulgaria. The lady speaks fluently English and French, cooked me dinner (included in the price as well as breakfast and worth the money as she cooks fantastic local food), showed me around in town for hours (free of charge :) and was just a unique conversation partner. I appreciate meeting locals and it turns out to be rather difficult as the places become more touristic and all are looking out to get some tourists in a ripping-off style.
As a reason i can only recommend for travellers visiting Veliko Tarnovo to look out for this splendid opportunity, well priced accomodation but more important the people and their principle, the guest is our king, which they really live!
Adress is a bit difficult as the government has changed the street name without changing the street signs. So the postal adress is Mitropolit Panaret Rashev Street, basically in the centre of old city, with a great view over this beautiful village. The adress found actually is Stefan Denyew, which is just next to Gurko street. More important the older couple is called Rosa Grigorova and Alexander Kalugerov.
They are listed in French travelguide books, but alas not in the Lonely Planet!
Aug 6, 2004 5:17 PM
44Low fare airlines which serve Budapest:
(5 star Hotel)
From US$212.78 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$170.04 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$9.78 per night