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I'll be visiting Belgrade in April. I'd like to take the train from Belgrade to Bucharest. According to this little article there is such a train starting from December. Can anyone comfirm this and maybe provide a bit more info?

  • I couldn't really find any confirmation with either of the involved railway operators, except for this machine-translated press release on Yahoo Groups. Europe's international train timetable does change on 14 December every year, but if it really were to be reinstated, I would've expected more details to be available by now. Are you specifically after a direct train? Just asking because you can definitely do the trip with one transfer (in Budapest). – MH. Nov 13 '14 at 4:43
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    Regarding the aforementioned timetable changes: here's an overview, but I don't see any mention of a Belgrade - Bucharest connection. – MH. Nov 13 '14 at 4:51
  • @MH: Budapest is a substantial detour and the fastest connection via Budapest is about 24 hours. That is incredibly slow for the 600km from Belgrade to Bucharest, even for East European conditions. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Nov 13 '14 at 13:15
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    Both the Serbian and Romanian railways offer online departure and arrival tables one month in advance. If the new train starts on December 14th, it should show up in a couple of days. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Nov 13 '14 at 13:31
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My experience with Serbian Railways tells me that such a service could be introduced or cancelled without much notice, it'd be a good idea to check in again closer to when you're travelling.

I've emailed Mr. Popvic at the Wasteels Travel Agency Office in Belgrade station, since he tends to be in the know on such matters. I'll post here if he responds.

I found some info (here and here) on the German railfan site DSO about the alternative train route which requires a few connections, times may change with the new schedule from December:

  1. Beograd Dunav Station train JŽ train departs 15:50 (train doesn't use main station in Belgrade)
  2. 17:35 arrives in Vršac, CFR Trenul Regio train departs 18:40
  3. 21:34 arrives in Timisoara Nord Station, CFR 1696 train departs 22:10
  4. 7:30 arrives Bucaresti Nord Station

Alternatively you could catch this Geatours minibus to Timisoara and the train onward from there.

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    Update: Mr Popvic has responded that the direct train does not exist. – Carl Dec 17 '14 at 11:36

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