As said many times. I am not the one that plan the most when going on a trip. But on this trip where we visited Prague, Bratislava and Budapest, I planned more than I normally do. I had booked all hotels, and done my research in advance. Still, it did not go exactly as planned, and we experienced an unforeseen problem – how to move from one city to another when all bus and train tickets are sold out.
I had read that both buses and trains went from Prague to Bratislava to Budapest often, every two hours. So I did not book bus or train in advance. With so many going, there must be place for us on one, we were thinking.
But when we arrived Prague, we found out our first day that everything was sold out for that day we wanted to travel to Bratislava. We looked around, asked locals, but it all was sold out.
We had already paid for our hotel in Bratislava. We were a bit desperate to go. We did not want to pay double up, by losing our hotel there and needing to pay for one more night in Prague. To not get to Bratislava the next day would also mean that we would not have time to see Slovakia, due to time issues. We just needed to find a way to go.
We started with looking for car rentals. But besides being very expensive – it seemed like there were no available ones here either.
What should we do?
I even considered hiking. But instead we decided to check if there were any people going in cars on this distance, and if we could join them. My husband had used this to move from one city to another a lot when he was in Europe backpacking alone some years ago. We checked some pages, and found a new one named BlaBlaCar. Here we found two guys from Serbia that was driving this distance. It was all in a language we could not understand, but we used google translate. We wrote to them the same day as we were going, got an answer and we agreed on to meet at 14.00 outside the train station.
We were a bit scared when we saw the two men. They spoke very little English, and looked, yes what can a say, a bit scary. But after a while we got more comfortable and the two men were very kind to us.
So we managed to get from Prague to Bratislava even if all the train and busses were sold out. Our drive even took one hour less than the bus or train would do. We paid the same price. They even drove us right to our hotel, which also saved us some money. In the end we were super happy, that actually the bus and train tickets were sold out that day.