Night train from hell!

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
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Trip End Nov 01, 2005


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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Well, i write this entry just before 6am squished in a cabin full of too many people for a night train, with only minutes of sleep, soaked in my own sweat and just dying to get off. It all started when we rocked up to the Budapest train station and retrieved our Backpacks to wait for the night train to Belgrade that we got reservations for. It was getting late, but we had to wait till 11:50pm for it to arrive. I've been informed i require to get a Visa for Macedonia in Serbia, so i will have all of tomorrow to search for one.

Well we were sitting in the train station when the night started going down hill. It wasn't the  most comforting train station with feathers from the rats and pidgeons falling on me everytime the birds fluttered above in the nets, yet i get blastered from the security guard for my knee's resting on the seat next to me! 11.50 hits and still no train? - we arn't worried as we have reservations, and surely they wouldn't over crowd a night train? - we walked around the other side of the station to find our train there on another platform, so we ran up with our packs on to find that we had to get on the first 2 carrages as they were the only ones going to Belgrade, however our reservations were for one of the other carrages for the sleeper, but the lady which i could barely make out what she's saying as we didn't speak each others language told us that only the first 2 are - which arn't sleepers - figure that?  We hopped on to find that every single seat in the cabins were taken, and one end of the cabin we were in was filled up with a bunch of local drunks drinking & carrying on. So we had to sit down the other end right next to the WC (water closet; - what they call toilets in Europe/UK) - and the WC had all this water or u know what running out to isle in which we had no choice but to get our towel's out and put them on the floor to sit on. We were hot, sweaty, and now in an extremely fowel mood as we were told previouse to getting on the train that we had to pay extra for reservations, however they obviously mean nothing here. To make it worst every 30 seconds we had to squish up as tight as we could to let someone walk over us to goto the toilet - it was turning into the worst night! The cabin's were locked so there was no hope of even attempting to find our way to a more comfortable location, we were stuck. After about an hour of sour faces and just wanting to get out of this situation, this lady who must of seen how misrable we were told us to get up in hungarian and follow her. She had kindly organised people around so that there were 2 seats in a cabin. Oh very sweet news to the ear.   No longer did we had to sit crouched up uncomfortable in a 1 metre gap isle on a urine infested floor to find ourselve's moving twice every minute for someone to goto the toilet. We rushed as soon as we could and threw our packs up on the rack. They were getting heavier, or were we getting weaker. That night the window obviously wouldn't open in the cabin as everyone was sweating their glans off as the temperature absolutely soared inside - and you can imagine how this began to smell. One girl playing loud techno music constantly so no one else could get sleep, i was praying the batteries would die, but no such luck! Sitting there tossing and turning unable to achieve any type of comfortableness to find time turning over every so slowly till 6am when we had to get off which is where i look right now as we pull up to the train station which i must say is very, very polluted. People are just opening the doors and jumping of the trains before it gets anywhere near to docking. Well, this is definatly going to be interesting...

Lets hope it only gets better from here hey!?
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brinners
brinners on

Montenegro train
I'm sorry to raise an unpleasant subject -- I read your post on the train from Belgrade to Mongenegro with some dismay because I was hoping to take that same trip in the next few weeks. So you think there is no way of making sure I get a sleeper? I gather from yours that it didn't matter what you had paid for and reserved you still didnt even get a seat.

Also, did you like Montenegro? Are there any places you would especially recommend?

Thanks much in advance!!

Brinners

clintonb
clintonb on

Train to Belgrade
I wouldn't worry about it. Now I look back on it, it's quite funny :-) I've since been in quite a lot worst situations without a hassle. Travel is always unpredictable, and I think you will have no problems at all. Trains are often over booked in a lot of places. So just make sure you get there early, get in and get a 'seat' or 'sleeper' as soon as you can :-) You'll have a good time - promise :-)

Thanks,
Clint

Kate Clark on

Has anyone recently made the train journey from Belgrade to Montenegro and if so, any comments? Is it expensive and can it be done during the day, rather than overnight? Any further info would be great

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