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Offline Op de fiets

Prague to Budapest - spring 2014
« on: September 23, 2013, 09:19:57 pm »
My partner & I are planning to cycle from Prague to Budapest (or Budapest to Prague) in late spring 2014. A couple of questions ...

1) we've flown with our own bikes (Surley LHT) before, without a problem. However the airlines are now charging upwards of $200 per bike/each way. Does anyone have experience with renting touring bikes in either Prague or Budapest? Our idea is to travel with panniers only (6 between us).

2) any suggestions or comments on which direction to travel? Start in Prague, or start in Budapest?

3) there are lots of companies offering self-guided supported tours. Are they worth the money?

4) we're mid-50's and prefer to cycle (depending on terrain) between 40 & 60 km per day, leaving lots of time to enjoy the journey. Your experience with this itinerary might be very helpful.

5) finally, we would love to discuss &/or meet up with any other ACA members who are planning a similar tour.

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Re: Prague to Budapest - spring 2014
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2013, 06:59:02 am »
Hi mates, I'll try to give some tips, as I live in Prague and have riden this way 2006. It may seem long ago, but the situation stayed quite the same. And can speak only about the Prague - Buda direction and the czech point of view.
 
You can rent a bike in Prague, but I am affraid you'll be obliged to get thhe bike back in Prague as well.
link to bikerents in Prague: http://www.firmy.cz/Remesla-a-sluzby/Pujcovny/Pujcovny-sportovnich-potreb/Pujcovny-jizdnich-kol/kraj-praha
 
We choosed an interessting Route via GreenWay Prague-Viena, than along Danub to Bratislava, along Danub to Gabcikovo Nagymarosz (a big water damm), Gyor, Balaton, Budapest. it was a 6 day long trip with 5 day biking and 690 km, you can modify it in time or distance of course.
 
What I do very much recommend:
Prague :-)
the northest ppoint of Austria - an old border and military point
the rests of the iron curtain
southern Moravia - - the czech wine region - great impressions guaranteed
Vienna
Bratislava
Gyor
Balaton
Budapest
 
more about the Prague viena greenway you can finf on greenways.com I guess
 
Czech, Slowak and Hungarian Republics are save countries. Just watch your stuff, do not let your bikes unlocked alone. Always lock them, or better take them with inside, do not let them alone. people should be more or less friendly, the young people should speak some foreign language, mostly english, or german, the older generation speak german and russian rather than english.
 
About tour providers I can't say anything as I prefere just free traveling without much itinery and planning. From my point of view the're not wotth the money, as they offer something I do not need.
 
If you have concrete questions, ask, I'll try to answer if I can..
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Re: Prague to Budapest - spring 2014
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2013, 09:08:31 pm »
Thanks very much Spijker! These are great suggestions. As we get closer to serious planning, I will send you more questions. Best wishes from Canada.

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Re: Prague to Budapest - spring 2014
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2013, 01:17:44 am »
My pleasure..
If you write in further future in several monts..it may be better to write me to my team adress, which is team (at) brainracing.eu
We had a lot of troubbles with spam last years, so i don't use them in public forums etc any more, the email on my profile here is one from mine I don't realy check much...


Hope U'll have a great journey..where ever..
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