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Berlin - Prague - Budapest (Metropol Sleeper Train)

Rail

The Journey

The service between Prague and Budapest is operated by the EuroNight 'Metropol' sleeper train service. Both first and second class sleeping accommodation is available onboard, as well as second class couchettes. A second class seating carriage is also available, although obviously not as comfortable as the other options.

This route is shared between Berlin and Brno with another EuroNight sleeper train service to/from Vienna.


EuroNight Sleeper Trains

EuroNight trains (often abbreviated to EN) are mainline national and international overnight train services operating on the European rail network. The majority of EuroNight services are international, and are services operated jointly by rail companies operating in each of the companies served by the route. Many of the EuroNight routes operate carriages which are shared between the rail operators.

EuroNight trains tend to operate sleeping accommodation in addition to standard seats.

Couchettes

Couchettes are the middle-ground between seats and proper sleeping berths. As such, they tend to be cheaper than beds and more expensive than seats. They offer passengers the chance to lie down on padded beds with a blanket and pillow. Couchettes are generally offered in shared compartments with a number of other passengers.

Euronight services tend to offer a choice of 6-bed and 4-bed couchette cabins.

Sleeping Berths

Sleeping Berths are the most comfortable sleeping option for EuroNight passengers. They generally offer full mattres beds with sheets, blankets and pillows.

Euronight services generally offer 3-bed, 2-bed and 1-bed sleeping cabins, with private washing facilities.

Facilities on EuroNight trains vary depending on the route operators. Generally speaking, passengers are permitted to travel with two pieces of luggage and one picece of hand luggage.

Timetable

This service is shared with another sleeper train that travels between Berlin and Vienna. That service splits from this one at Brno, and can be found on a separate page on this website.

Station477Station476
Berlin (Hbf)18.13Budapest (Keleti)20.05
Berlin (Sudkreuz)18.20Sturovo21.24
Dresden (Hbf)21.08Bratislava (Hiavna)23.02
Decin21.56Kuty23.42
Usti nad Labem hlavni22.13Breclav00.23
Prague (Holesovice)23.27Brno (Hiavni)01.00
Prague (Hiavni)00.05Pardubice02.48
Pardubice01.17Prague (Hiavni)04.29
Brno (Hiavni)03.19Prague (Holesovice)04.38
Breclav04.44Usti nad Labem hlavni05.45
Kuty04.59Decin06.04
Bratislava (Hiavna)05.50Dresden (Hbf)06.49
Sturovo07.15Berlin (Sudkreuz)09.02
Budapest (Keleti)08.35Berlin (Hbf)09.10

Price

The cheapest way to book this journey found so far is through the bahn.de website. One user reported buying ticket from Berlin to Budapest via Prague for just €29. It doesn't seem to be possible to book tickets for the Prague to Budapest leg on its own using the bahn.de website, but if travelling on to/from somewhere else, it's worth checking the price.

Passengers wishing to travel on this service must purchase both a ticket and reservation (unless you have a railpass, in which case you only have to buy a reservation).

Ticket TypeReservation OnlySpecial RateStandard Rate
Seat€5€29€95
Berth (Shared 6-bed couchette)€14€39€109
Berth (Shared 4-bed couchette)€17.50€49€115
Bed (Shared 3-bed cabin)€26€59€120
Bed (Shared 2-bed cabin)€39€69€139
Bed (Private cabin)€91€139€209

All ticket prices are one way. Rail pass holders must purchase a reservation to travel on this route.

Tickets may only be purchased for travel up to two months in advance.

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