Seeking inbound Hungarian travel agency
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jan 30, 2012 10:25 AM Last Post By: AndrewSmith
Jan 23, 2012 4:30 AM
Seeking inbound Hungarian travel agencyCan anyone recommend a Budapest-based travel agency for inbound travel?
I need someone to get some rail tickets for me (and about 30 friends). As these are for the Tisza express, neither MAV nor Deutsche Bahn can apparently issue them. What I want to do is pay by credit card and either have the tickets mailed to me or pick them up in Budapest.
Thanks to anyone who replies
Jan 23, 2012 5:02 AM
1In fact both MAV and DB can issue these tickets, they just probably want to spare themselves the hassle of issuing 30 tickets.
You could try Wasteels!
Here is their contact information: http://www.wasteels.hu/elerhet.htm
However their website looks like it hasn`t been updated since years and I`m not sure if those phone numbers and e-mail still work. The travel agency itself is definately working, it`s office is at Keleti so it would be easy to pick up the tickets there.
Alternatively I can recommend a very professional travel agency in Berlin if you can accept the risk of mailing 30 tickets.
Tel: 030 / 76768398
Fax: 030 / 76768579
Jan 23, 2012 5:35 AM
I wonder.... Why do you want to get these tickets in advance - and so many of them?
If, for any reason your trip goes down the pan - not that I'm suggesting it will, that's a lot of money for 30 tickets.
It'll be just as easy to get them from 'Any' Budapest Terminus (Keleti, Deli or Nyugati) or agency the night before.
You can also buy them at Ferihegy.
Jan 23, 2012 5:55 AM
Jan 23, 2012 5:58 AM
Jan 23, 2012 8:41 AM
Last year I did this trip. I tried DB and MAV and Wasteels. They all said they cannot get the tickets (although DB had somehow managed in 2009). Its something to do with the carriage operated by Ukrainian railways and their trains not being on a new European ticketing system.
So I turned up in Budapest and bought the ticvkets in the morning. Took about 90 minutes. I was basically very lucky that 30 compartments remained, but we had the hassle of fitting around existing bunk allocations, eg splitting up our group to share with random strangers.
I would much prefer to get the tix a few weeks ahead, even if that means paying a local to stand in line as we don't have a plan B for getting that many people to Ukraine.
Annoyingly, I was in fact in Hungary in November last year. I went to Keleti station and asked about this and they told me to come back in a month. GRRR!
Jan 23, 2012 10:25 AM
6This is strange, because somehow passangers have to buy those tickets. I can`t imagine you can`t buy a ticket in Hungary for that train(and there aren`t really other options than MAV and Wasteels).
If the problem is with the UZ carriage, why don`t they book the RZD wagons?
If I were you I`d really send an e-mail to Berlin! Even if you don`t buy the tickets from them eventually, those guys are really knowledgable.
Or even better, why don`t you try an Ukrainian travel agency? If they can`t issue tickets with their own reservation system, than who can?
If this is such a problem the provodniks on the Tisza must be very rich now! :)
Jan 24, 2012 1:52 AM
7I suppose the reason I found sufficient space last year was they make it so difficult for anyone to buy tickets.
And last year the Tisza had more carriages!
This year there is only a Beograd - Moscow and a Budapest - Moscow wagon from RZD and a Budapest - Kiev wagon from UZ
Until least year in addition to these 3 carriages there was also a Beograd -Kiev and a Budapest - Lvov wagon by UZ, and the Venice - Moscow carriage on Fridays.
On the Budapest - Lviv stage there was almost twice as many places on the train until last December than in this year.
Jan 30, 2012 10:25 AM
8Update: still haven't found a travel angecy who can handle this, but for a goup our size I've discovered its just as easy to hire a bus with driver. A friend in Nyiregyhaza has recommended a couple of firms with experience of travelling to/from Ukraine. Top experience of the day was talking to one company in phrase book Hungarian - I asked if they spoke any other langauges: English, German, Russian etc. The girl giggled and said she did speak Ukrainian but that would be no use to me. Well, as it happens, I DO speak basic Ukrainian, so I found myself a bus reservation.
So my plan now is to bus to Uzhgorod, enjoy a leisurely dinner and I've asked the Zakarpattya hotel to book us tickets from there. Unfortuantely the Chop road crossing has a hirrible reputation for delays but I expect a Saturday afternoon to be relatively quiet. I'll post back how I get on.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$149.60 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$154.40 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$20.91 per night