a VirtualTourist member from Porirua asked on Jun 30, 2013
We are trying to get from Budapest to Bad Ischl on 29 august and I have tried to Hungarian / Austrian train websites and while it shows a connection, It looks like I cannot book the budapest/Linz part online.
Anyone have ideas on how is easiest to get there?
Booking online is not always possible for international trains. You could, of course, just buy your ticket from the station in Budapest...perhaps a day or so beforehand, to put your mind at rest.
The German railway website in English will give you train times and details for almost all European trains:
It is clear that the option via Linz involves just one change and is thus the easiest.
If you are desperate to book the Budapest>Linz segment online in advance rather than whilst you are in Budapest then you can use the ticketing agency www.raileurope.com You will be able to buy this ticket but should be aware that a) not all departures are shown and b) you will be paying admin fees on top of the actual fare.
The most comfortable would be a OeBB Railjet from Budapest to Attnang-Puchheim (not in Linz) where you have to change to a local train. The austrian part (Vienna to Attnang-Puchheim and from there to Bad Ischl) you might get cheaper if you book online but the ticket is only valid for the date and time you booked it. Booking online with MAV (hungarian railway) is not realy possible (the booking site is in hungarian and it wants a mailing adress in Hungary) but buying tickets at the railway station is no problem (you can pay with Euro or creditcard, in summer maybe a 1 hour waitingline) and cheaper then with OeBB (last year in Vienna station to Budapest € 36 or online € 19 with OeBB, in Budapest Keleti station € 25 for a return ticket)