How would residents of Central Slovakia in 1880s travel to northern departure points like Hamburg in order to board Ships to the US ?

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    The title is referring to travel in Slovakia and Hungary but the body of the question is asking about travel from Europe to the US, can you clarify what you're asking about?
    – Steve Bird
    Nov 15, 2016 at 23:33
  • Most "average residents" in Europe still walk. If you're planning on making a run for steerage you still would probably just walk there...even back then. Nov 16, 2016 at 4:51
  • Related: genealogy.stackexchange.com/questions/11813/…
    – bgwiehle
    Nov 16, 2016 at 13:13
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    changed my question Nov 16, 2016 at 20:34
  • I think it is now clear. vote to reopen.
    – MCW
    Nov 16, 2016 at 20:52

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For travel in their immediate area, they'd walk. Ordinary people did a lot less long-distance travel then than nowadays.

For the journey to Hamburg, they'd use the railways. The Košice–Bohumín Railway would likely be the most local service, and opened in 1872. The Bratislava to Vienna line opened in 1848, and the Warsaw-Vienna line in 1845. Part-way along the line to Warsaw, at what is now Olderberg, one changes onto the William Railway for Berlin. From there, one takes the Berlin-Hamburg railway to Hamburg.


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