Budapest to Belgrade on the Beograd Sleeper Train
The Beginning of a Family Train Adventure
British Airways to BudapestA British Airways special offer had caught our eyes six months ago. Little more than a Ryanair fare secured seats on Britain’s premier airline. Unfortunately, between booking the flight and flying, the new director of BA shifted the vision of the airline. This meant the fun and games began at Heathrow check-in: an extremely rude hostess insisted we check in our carry on luggage because the flight was full. My protests about expensive camera equipment were met with a harsh rebuke: follow her instructions or don’t fly. In addition, BA now charged for food and drinks (sourced via Marks & Spencers). While they boasted this improved their service, eighteen pounds for three waters and a couple of sandwiches seemed like a rip off to me. Thankfully, the flight delivered us on time into Budapest’s airport, where we paid in advance for a taxi straight to the train station.
Nanjing Kinai, a surprisingly authentic Chinese restaurant near the train station, for dinner. It proved ideal to pass the time and avoid us hitting the dubious streets of Budapest weighed down with Euros and camera gear.
Follow in our footsteps– The overnight sleeper train called the Beograd leaves Budapest Keleti at 22:15 and arrives in Belgrade main station at 06:17. The train has a couchette car with 4 and 6 berth compartments.
– It costs just €15 (a permanent offer) plus €8 supplement for a couchette in 6-berth or €10 for a couchette in 4-berth. You get a clean sheet, pillow and blanket for each berth.
– You can buy tickets online at Hungarian Railways www.mavcsoport.hu and easily collect your tickets in Budapest. Booking opens 60 days ahead.
–If, like we did, you want to go to Montenegro next, a daytime and overnight train connect Belgrade with Podgorica and Bar over one of the most spectacular lines in Europe. The fare is just €24, paid at the station on the day. Change at Podgorica for a bus to Budva or Kotor.
– Two daytime trains are also available, leaving Budapest Keleti at 7.57am and 11.57 am respectively.