I had initially planned to take the night train via Dej to Cluj here, but had to re-plan because the timetable is just too tight. So I am routing via Timisoara instead, so will get a retro sleeping car like this! I will cross from Romania to Hungary at Curtici – a border with outdated infrastructure, but a reasonable local and a good international service. Infrastructure upgrades are due here. This is also a crossing back into Schengen. Then from Hungary to Slovakia the crossing is at Hidasnémeti – a border where there are 7 long distance services a day. This recently improved route – Košice’s proximity to the border helps! – has a good international service. The baseline plan is to spend the night in Poprad, but with Miskolc as fallback in case something goes wrong.

Day / Date Saturday 30 July
Departure On the night train from Bucuresti Nord
End Poprad
Trains 4 (inc. night train)
Rail km 1148.7 – help me crowd fund kilometres of my route!
Bike legs 0
Bike km 0
Borders crossed RO-HU – Curtici
HU-SK – Hidasnémeti
Events Informal event in Poprad – more about events en route here

Data here is indicative. The Google Sheet for the trip is the always-updated definitive version.

On the day itself, live updates will be posted here.

The map below is an image of the route for this day. You can alternatively see access whole route with more controls on umap here.

Day 38 Map

Images used in this post

Hungarian Snow
downtown miskolc
October 19, 2009
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