Rimini to Venice to Budapest... in 24 hours!
Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
72Trip End Oct 30, 2010
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We took the morning train to Venice as we planned to get on the 21.20 night train to Budapest. When we arrived in Venice we went strait to the ticket window to book a bed on the train. Unfortunately all the beds were taken, so we had no option but to reserve seats instead. Eek! Nevertheless, we remained optimistic, after all, there can't be that many people getting the night train from Venice to Budapest, at the end of September, surely!
We spent the afternoon exploring the mazed streets of Venice (trying to find Saint Marc's Square, but determined not to buy a map... who needs a map when you have instincts!). 2 hours (and a tirimisu) later, we found it. It was extremely busy! After a quick look around the square we headed back in the direction of the station..
Aware that we were about to embark on a 13 hour journey, we decided to fill up on some local Italian cuisine... at a Chinese pizza place... down a street on which we were lost.
Eventually, after the greasiest pizza known to man, we found the station.
The train to Budapest was extremely busy. There weren't even enough seats for every one. There were even people sitting in the aisles! We were shocked! Leg space was at a minimum and, although the seats reclined, it was very hard to get comfortable. The bright overhead lights stayed on for the whole journey and the air con was freezing! When we did both manage to nod off, the train would jam to a halt and grumpy policemen would come on the train to check passports and to check people weren't stowed away in the rafters. This happened all the way through the night! One Malaysian guy in the seat in front of us got taken off the train by the police because he was in the EU illegally.
We met a really lovely Italian woman who boarded the train in Slovenia at 2am
The train seemed to get quieter after crossing the Hungarian border form Croatia so I moved to a seat with more space, giving Dave more leg room too. We managed to get about 2 hours sleep then decided to venture to the dining car to see what they had to offer. It was great! A huge Hungarian man was our waiter, and we had omelets (with warm bread rolls) and a coffee and hot chocolate. It was delicious! The Hungarian country side is beautiful and there was a stunning lake which you could barely see the other side of.
We were glad to eventually get off the train, which was an hour and a half late into Budapest!
Although, it may seem like the journey from hell, we had a great time! We wouldn't do a 14 and a half hour journey in a seat again... but it was still fun!
Our hostel is great, very, very small but friendly and there is free tea, coffee and internet. We can't wait to explore Budapest, there is so much to see and the people seem live a very friendly bunch.
We really can't wait until tomorrow!
Amy and Dave xx