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Did you know that you can go to the Adriatic or Slovenian coast directly from Budapest by train? Good news for budget travellers, MÁV’s SEA<–YOU trains leave daily to the Adriatic Sea from Keleti Railway Station, writes.

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The SEA←YOU trains

The SEA←YOU trains of MÁV include the Adria and Istria express trains that go from Keleti Railway Station directly to the Adriatic sea (available between 15 June and 7 September). The trains usually leave in the evening or at night, every day. Passengers spend the night on the train and are expected to arrive at the sea in the next morning.

The Adria express goes to Split, Croatia. The train runs via Székesfehérvár on the south coast of Lake Balaton, Nagykanizsa and Gyékényes, where it crosses the border.

Split, Croatia
Split, Croatia

The Istria express goes to Rijeka, Opatija or Koper. The train runs via Székesfehérvár, on the east coast of Lake Balaton, then Tapolca and Zalaegerszeg. It crosses the border at Hodoš.

Rijeka, Croatia
Rijeka, Croatia


Passengers can buy the cheaper SparNight tickets for the Adria express for EUR 29, or purchase the regular tickets for EUR 69.60. Passengers can also get return tickets for only EUR 79.50. Regular tickets for the Istria express cost EUR 39, while return tickets cost EUR 49. These are seating tickets; passengers need to purchase extra tickets for the sleeping carriages.

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About the carriages

MÁV claims that the SEA←YOU is a retro train. Most of the carriages are from the 1980-90s, with classical, pull-up windows and small cabins. Unfortunately, air conditioning is not provided on SEA←YOU trains. Telephone charging sockets are only available on the carriages to Split.

In the seating carriages, passengers are placed in a cabin with 6 seats. The glass door can be locked from the inside, and the lighting can be individually controlled in each cabin. The sleeping carriage is equipped with closed cabins, lavatory, and beds. 3, 2 or 1 people can be accommodated in one cabin of a sleeping carriage, and there are curtains and blinds inside.

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