Have you ever traveled to Europe? Are you planning a trip? Have you gotten a little overwhelmed by public transit? Does packing up your stuff and kids and hauling it to and from a train station seem daunting?
Well, I was you. I actually DID ride trains from Munich all the way to Sorrento with my 6 month old in 2015. There were some long days, missed trains, and lots of running with a baby and luggage.
---> Click HERE to read about how I left my son and husband on ACCIDENT while riding a train from Vienna to Bratislava.
However, once we had our second baby and we were looking at TWO overnight train rides; one from Prague to Krakow and the other from Krakow to Vienna. I was dreading it. I knew we wouldn’t get ANY sleep. I knew we would be so tired that our days in Poland would be really hard. A few weeks before we left the States, I started looking for an alternative. I found On Day Trip.
I will admit that I was skeptical. It seemed too good to be true. They advertise picking you up at your doorstep and dropping you off at your next. They allow you to pick as many sights as you want to see along the way. They allow you to stop when you want to eat or use the bathroom. Their pictures show happy people and super clean cars. I didn’t see any kids. I went to TripAdvisor like I always do and read the reviews. All amazing. OK. I need to know more. I went to every single blog/site that had reviewed the company. I decided they were legit and began the process to book.
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The website is EASY as pie to use. I like that. Once I entered my start and finish location, I was given options of where I could stop and each one had a description of how long the stop will be and what I would be seeing. I loved that. I selected Prague to Krakow with a stop in Olomouc, Czech Republic where we would see the UNESCO World Heritage site: The Holy Trinity Column. Just before I checked out there was an area where I could leave a note, so I left a note saying that I would need TWO carseats (one for a 2-year-old and one for a 5-month-old). ***Note: I was still not sure about the carseat situation, so I got on their live chat and confirmed that I would in fact have two carseats --- they assured me I would.
I repeated this process for Krakow to Vienna and selected Kromirez as our stop.
Our First Experience with On Day Trip
Travelers: 4 adults, 2 babies
Route: Prague to Krakow
The day before the trip I received a message with our driver’s phone number and confirmation time of pick up.
The day of our scheduled trip the driver was outside our AirBnB about 10 minutes early. He was in a bright green, very clean van. He had both age-appropriate car seats as promised. The driver, Ondra, was extremely friendly and even had some water bottles for us to drink in the car. His English was impeccable. He helped us load up all of our stuff and we were off. We drove for about 3 hours before stopping just outside Olomouc for gas and a bathroom break. Ondra never rushed us, so we got snacks and let our toddler stretch her legs in the grassy area. About 15 minutes after we got on the road we were in Olomouc. After a brief walk from where we parked we were in the city center. Ondra had prepared some notes about the city and gave us a walking tour. He also kindly took pictures of our whole family. Again, he never rushed us. He gave us many options on where we should eat lunch and we settled on the restaurant at the local university. After lunch and a second leisurely walk, we started the second leg of the drive. About 3 hour later we arrived in Krakow. Ondra helped us unload our bags and we said our goodbyes. Overall, the experience was AWESOME.
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Our Second Experience with On Day Trip
Travelers: 4 adults, 2 babies
Route: Krakow to Vienna
Again, the day before the trip I received a message with our driver’s phone number and confirmation time of pick up.
This trip went as smoothly as our first. Our driver, David, arrived a little early. He helped load our luggage into the car. His van came with an infant and toddler carseat already installed. Just like last time, this van was huge. We were all able to ride comfortably and the van was very clean. We made one pit stop for snacks/restroom break before we made it to Kromeriz. David was actually a Kromeriz local, so he knew exactly where the best food was. He also gave us a nice quick walking tour. He had several kids of his own, so he wasn’t put out when we had to stop for diaper changes or to nurse. After we loaded back up it was a quick 2.5 hours to Vienna. Once we arrived, he helped us unload and we parted ways.
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Since our trip in 2017, we have traveled with On Day Trip 4 more times. We were able to hire them to take us to Sofia from Tirana, to Belgrade from Sofia, to Lake Bled from Belgrade and also from Lake Bled to Venice. Each time, the service was prompt, the driver was enjoyable and spoke excellent English, and the stops were awesome. If you are traveling with children, I highly reccomend this service. My favorite part of Day Trip is that they offer age appropriate car seats, so you don’t need to bring your own.
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Here are 10 Reasons Day Trip is a must when traveling Europe:
You don’t have to carry all your luggage/strollers across the city to a train station
You don’t have to wait at train station
You have the ability to pick and choose where you would like to stop and you get to really see parts of the country you would miss on a train
If you use On Day Trip to get from city to city, you don’t need to bring your own carseats – they provide them
They can accommodate as many or as few travelers as you have
The company responds to emails/live chat quickly
The drivers are professional and they own their own vans, so they are clean and well kept
It can be cheaper than a train. (It cost us 1000 Euro TOTAL for both hauls and it would have cost us 1200 for 8 overnight train tickets)
You arrive directly at your next doorstep, so you don’t have to navigate a new city with all of your belongings/kids
On Day Trip and their drivers do ALL THE WORK for that travel day. You just get in the car and ride !
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I hope all of you take the time to look into this company for your next European romp and let us know if you do!!