This morning, our attempt to purchase tickets to Zagreb, Croatia, were thwarted. We were told simply and firmly that it was impossible to get there by train since the borders have been closed due to the unsettled migrant crisis.
We were told that maybe a bus or plane could work, but our attempts to get information on buses were blown off. We also could not find any available flights.
Our next stop after Zagreb, which we were never particularly excited about, was to be Ljubjlana, Slovenia, which we have heard nice things about. But it’s not easy to make a direct connection there from Budapest.
We could have stayed in Budapest longer. The apartment we rented included a high wall that gave us, in effect, a movie theatre. And, we are big Downton Abbey fans and were able to watch the first three episodes of the new season on the big screen. Not available until next January in the US. Or, we could have departed early for Vienna. But, we switched gears.
The young woman in our last rail compartment had raved about Bruge and Amsterdam. Last minute flights can be expensive, but we found a cheap flight to Brussels, and from there we can see Bruge AND Amsterdam, two cities and countries none of us have been to. Yes, way out of the way, but again flights within Europe are quite affordable and quicker than even a close hop on the rail.
Flying to Vienna, from just about anywhere, can be pricey. So, we opted to go way west to London and then on to Vienna on the return flights. Surprisingly, all that flying including layovers will take less time than the train from Slovenia to Vienna.