How to save money on a trip to Germany.
Russian travelers have long been racking their brains over how to pay less for the road to Germany and at the same time to get what they say with a breeze. Indeed, air tickets are cheaper than 300 dollars, there is almost no direct train, and the bus is cheap, but not everyone will be able to stand for almost two days in a sitting position. And yet there is a way out.
To get to Germany for 50 euros in one direction and at the same time to refuse an extreme trip by bus, which we already wrote about, is quite realistic. Greater self-sacrifice is not required. You just need to be prepared to make a few transplants on the road. Note that the advantage of this option is also that on the way you can see a lot of interesting cities in Eastern Europe.
Actually, the secret of the high cost of direct rail transportation from our homeland to Europe lies in the pathological greed of the post-Soviet railways.
Everyone who goes to distant countries, they automatically consider a rich man, and therefore try to tear down as much as possible. Crossing the border of the former USSR in itself costs the train passenger 40–50 euros – in addition to the usual fee for distance.
For this reason, the secret of cheap moving is to cross the border of the former USSR not on an international train, but on a suburban or bus.
But before and after the border it is better and more comfortable to move around on fast trains. All options for cheap routes run through Poland. The base cities for penetration into Poland are four: Lviv – in Ukraine, Brest and Grodno – in Belarus, Kaliningrad – in Russia.
Ideal for residents of the South of Russia, which is easiest to travel through Ukraine, the more so that intra-Ukrainian railway tickets cost a penny. However, this option will be suitable for Muscovites, especially those who wish to examine along the road Kiev and Lviv.
This is perhaps the easiest way for residents of the Central region of Russia – just one night from Moscow (about 900 rubles in a compartment and 600 in a reserved seat). In Brest itself, there is nothing to do – except that you should look at the famous fortress, and then buy a ticket for a regional train to Polish Terespol.
The journey itself lasts about an hour, but the time you lose on the border varies from half an hour to several hours, depending on the workload of the border guards.
Once in Terespol or Biala Podlaska, it’s easiest to get on an evening train to Szczecin. In the morning you will be on the German border, where you can take the German regional train. The ticket to Szczecin “in the sitting room” costs about 14 euros. Extra charge for a bed will be 10–12 euros.
By the way, if you arrived in Terespol early in the morning, you can try to take the next train to Warsaw in order to inspect the city, and then go on, for example, on the same train Terespol – Szczecin.
There are other options: for example, to leave at night from Warsaw to Poznan, and from there get to Frankfurt-on-Oder. In this case, the ticket for the same price you need to buy from Terespol to Frankfurt or to Jepin (this is the last Polish station in front of Frankfurt).
This is an option except for those who want to see Grodno itself, since it is expensive or inconvenient to get to it from Russia. Two trains run from Grodno a day to Bialystok: at 4 am and 19 pm. Travel time is two and a half hours. From Bialystok you can either move to Warsaw in two hours, or go by night train to the same Szczecin.
In order to get to Poland, you can use Kaliningrad. It’s easiest to get there from the “big land” by train, having issued a simplified transit document at the ticket office, which will allow you to cross Lithuania without problems. A ticket from Moscow to Kaliningrad costs 1000 rubles in a compartment. A reserved seat is two times cheaper.
Crossing the Polish border, as a rule, does not represent a problem. Schengen visa in your passport and your oral statement that you are traveling in Germany is enough. Moving on Polish trains, keep in mind that cheap are only local (osobowy) and fast (pospiesny) trains. Travel by Express, InterCity and EuroCity trains is about one and a half times more expensive, and besides, you need to book a certain place in them.
Polish cashiers usually understand Russian well, so language problems should not arise.
Trains in Poland are usually not filled to capacity, and even in a sitting car you probably will have the opportunity to stretch out on several chairs and sleep. It is worth noting that you can make as many transfers as you want and stop somewhere for the night, but remember that the ticket you bought is only valid for two days.
Thus, whichever route you choose, the journey from Moscow to Germany will cost you around � 50.
Practice shows that the most interesting thing is to go there in one way, and return by another. Good luck!
How to save money on a trip to Germany.