Travelling Solo in eastern europe: travel buddy?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Mar 6, 2013 5:36 AM Last Post By: IamAlisaN
Feb 22, 2013 9:56 AM
Travelling Solo in eastern europe: travel buddy?Hi everyone,
I'm a young woman from Spain planning a 1 month trip that will include Greece, Bulgaria, Belgrade, Budapest, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. I'm not looking for travel reccomendations, as I've already done my research, although of course any advice on that-place-no-one-knows-about is more than welcome.
I'm actually looking for someone who will share part of the trip with me. It's the first time I travel solo and I'll be travelling mostly by train with an Interrail ticket. I start in Greece around the beggining of April. Anyone who will be in any of those locations at some point of april or that's willing to meet a spanish new backpacker? :)
Thanks a lot!
Feb 22, 2013 11:20 PM
1Several comments. Interrail generally makes little to no sense in this part of the world because trains are limited and buses are more common and because train are cheap.
There are NO international trains to or from Greece. None.
You may be trying to cover too much territory.
Your likelihood of finding a fellow traveler will be increased if you indicate your exact itinerary as it is more likely that someone can join you for days or perhaps a week but unlikely that someone will want to spend a month with a stranger.
Feb 23, 2013 2:52 AM
2I know there are no international trains, but there is a bus that goes from Thessaloniki to Sofia/Plovdiv free for Interrail ticket holders. And you're right, it's not one of the regions with more train connections, so I'll check if actually the price of the interrail ticket is lower than the sum of all the tickets I'd have to buy.
I also think I might be covering too much so maybe I'll cut down some detours. For now, my exact route is Athens-Thessaloniki-Sofia-Belgrade-Budapest-Sarajevo-Mostar-Dubrovnik-Zagreb, or maybe, which probably makes more sense, Athens-Thessaloniki-Sofia-Belgrade-Sarajevo-Mostar-Dubrovnik-Zagreb-Budapest. Some of these stops are only for one night, like Thessaloniki, Mostar or Venice.
Thanks a lot for your advice, Ruth
Feb 23, 2013 8:11 AM
3You should also check Balkan Flexi Pass, when do you start your trip? Balkan Flexi Pass is like Interrail for most of the Balkan countries you mentioned but much cheaper. Best is to buy it in one of the city where you will be starting your journey.
Feb 23, 2013 10:33 PM
4There is no train to or from Dubrovnik. There are two buses per day from Mostar to Dubrovnik. Bus from Dubrovnik to Zagreb is a long ride which you might want to break up. Consider a stop in Split or Trogir.
Personally I would consider skipping Sofia as there are other places in Bulgaria that are more interesting. And Thessaloniki was quite interesting. I spent two nights there and could easily have spent a third.
Were it me, I would cover a much smaller area.
Athens to Thessaloniki to Ohrid, Macedonia to Belgrade to Bar (stay in Kotor) to Dubrovnik to Split /Trogir to Mostar to Sarajevo to Budapest if that needs to be your final destination. Or travel overland by buses from Macedonia to Montenegro and the Sarajevo to Belgrade to Budapest.
Feb 24, 2013 5:06 AM
most has already been said in comments above, but lets summarize it.
Athens - Thessalonika, train is ok
Thessaloniki - Sofia, no train
Sofia - Belgrade, train, but horribly slow, dismantled, dirty and possibly packed with smugglers
Belgrade - Budapest, train is ok, but there's single ticket with special tariff for 15 Euros one way
Budapest - Sarajevo, long way backwards anyway
Sarajevo - Mostar, trains are there but limited, bus is better option
Mostar - Dubrovnik, no railway
Dubrovnik - Zagreb, no railway until almost half a way (Split)
Do not buy interrail, it's such a waste of money any itinerary you construct in the area.
As said above, consider buying Balkan Flexipass, or point to point tickets (I would do this).
Sofia - Nis, if you're on a budget, can be scaled down to 5 Euros. Nis - Belgrade will be another 8 Euros.
Belgrade - Budapest, return ticket, is 26 Euros. One way is only 15.
Sarajevo - Mostar is somewhat 5 Euros one way.
Not sure how much was Split - Zagreb, but nothing too much, say it in 10-20 Euros range.
Not sure about Athens - Thessaloniki.
As for your last question, I will be in Nis until the end of April, so if you stop by, let me know.
Feb 24, 2013 10:26 AM
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Feb 25, 2013 12:55 AM
Feb 25, 2013 6:59 AM
9by the way, I still think point to point tickets are better option in your case. Balkan Flexipass isn't valid for Hungary and Croatia (read here). Some of your planned trips are better done with buses. You'll be sentencing yourself to railroad pass while you don't have to, which means less flexibility while traveling.
In the Balkans, people buy this ticket mostly if they want to include Turkey in their travels, as it gives you the whole TCDD network travels covered with it (all the way to Syria, Georgia or Iran even). That's added value for this type of pass that made it popular, at least here in Serbia. Also have in mind that if you're older than 26, prices are quite higher. You can have a look at prices here
Feb 27, 2013 2:41 AM
10Yes, I think buying the tickets separately will work better and end up being cheaper and simpler. Also, I won't be going to Budapest, so I don't have to take a huge detour and I'll be able to stay more time in the places I visit.
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Mar 6, 2013 5:36 AM
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