London to Budapest: 1 Week

Duration
7 Nights
Transport

This route is an 8 day trip taking you from London to Budapest by rail. You’ll spend 7 nights in your accommodation and you’ll travel by train during the day

Route
  • London
  • Paris
  • Munich
  • Budapest
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Trip Style

Start from home and tread the path from West to East. Taking the Eurostar to Paris makes it totally stress free way to explore the best of both parts of Europe in just a week. Perfect for first time travellers, families or for a short break, it makes for a chilled out week of exploring.

Trip Description

Kick off your travels close to home

Start your 1 week rail trip in the UK’s buzzing capital, London. Whether you live in Britain already, or want to experience the UK for the first time as part of your travels, you’d be a fool to overlook the glorious sights of our biggest and most famous city. A metropolis of almost 8 million people, London is the beating heart of the UK, home to the nation’s finest museums, theatres, food and sightseeing. Start your trip in style by spending a couple of nights, before heading over to the continent via Eurostar – the most relaxing and comfortable way to cross the channel!

Arrive fresh and ready to explore the French Capital. By day, tick off the classics: the Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, the stunning Champs Elysees and the Louvre. By night, settle into a cosy pavement cafe with a glass of French wine or local beer and drink in the atmosphere of Belle Paris.

From here, head Eastwards into Germany to the Bavarian capital of Munich. Famous for beer gardens, green parks, grand Gothic buildings and, of course, Oktoberfest, Munich is a perfect bridge between East and West. You’ll certainly start to feel the Eastern European influence when it comes to the price of your pints… Spend an easy day exploring this gracious city before relaxing in one of the many traditional beerhalls.

Continue eastward along the picturesque Danube, to finally reach Budapest, the alternative little sister to Berlin. Take in its stunning architecture, friendly locals, and cool ruin bars – there’s no place like it! Be sure to get the locals to tip you off about the best of Budapest’s famous spas for a quick pamper session. You’re going to need the relaxation before rounding your last night off with a toast of the local wine, Tokaji…

Don’t fancy stopping here? Extend your trip into a loop to finish back in the UK via Eurostar.

What's included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Access to your itinerary, tickets and documents on the Euroventure App.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

The Route

Itinerary

This is a mid-paced trip offering a great combination of Eastern and Western European destinations. Journeys are short to mid-length, between 2-6 hours each, travelling by train. We’ll always ensure that you arrive in good time to make the most of each city.

London

London is home to the UK’s biggest and best known museums, sights and attractions – why not add a few nights here if you want to make the most of what the city has to offer?

London Guides
Highlights

  • Check out the country’s top museums, all of which are free!
  • Explore the alternative markets at Portobello road and Camden.
  • Try all the international foodie delights in Brixton Village or Brick Lane

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Paris (2 Nights)

Despite being credited with certain recreational pastimes, there is actually a lot more to the city than the stereotypical picture, with its abundance of engaging museums, beautiful townhouses and canals. Find out what makes Amsterdam the beating heart of the Netherlands.

Paris Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Van Gogh Museum
  • Discover Europe’s biggest historic centre by bike
  • Take a tour of the red light district

Munich (2 Nights)

The capital of Bavaria and Germany’s second city will draw you in with its elegance and attractions to match the big names in Europe, with its pedestrianised city centre and impressive monuments, museums and art galleries; as well as beer, and plenty of it at Oktoberfest.

Munich Guides
Highlights

  • Learn about the city at the Stadtmuseum
  • Walk across the sprawling Englisher Garten
  • Join the Bavarian beer festival of Oktoberfest

 

Budapest (3 Nights)

Proudly guarding the Danube, the once twin cities of Buda and Pest show off every architectural style from Baroque to Art Nouveau. With its rickety trams and turn-of-the-century feel you’ll be charmed by its past while you cure your hangover at the multitude of hot baths.

Budapest Guides
Highlights

  • Relax in the 15th Century thermal spas
  • Take panoramic photos from the scenic Buda castle
  • Go to Sziget rock and indie festival in August

How to get there

Your transport from the UK is included, and the quickest way back from Budapest is to purchase a budget flight – try using Kayak or Skyscanner to find the cheapest fares. We can also look into this for you. Looking to make your trip a loop and go away for longer? Just ask us about customising your trip.

Optional Extras

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1 day ago

My friend and I have just returned from our interrailing trip which we organised through euroventure, and I could not recommend them enough!!!! They were able to help us plan our trip, whilst accommodating to our needs (whether that was having private hostels, allowing us to find our own accommodation in some places and book just the trains for us, find the cheapest travel routes, etc.). All of our hostels were nice and in good locations, which without them we aren't sure where we would have ended up! The book we received before our trip also ensured we knew exactly where to go to find them once getting off at the train/bus stations. The team were constantly available whilst sorting our trip, and were quick to respond to any queries or concerns that we had. They also were happy to recommend places to go whilst we were there. I would recommend using euroventure to anyone who is thinking about going interrailing. They were 100% worth it, and put me and my friend at ease throughout our travels, knowing that they had sorted everything.

Helen Verified Reviewer

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2 days ago

I would highly recommend the Eastern European tour if you are after an experience of a lifetime!! I had the best time meeting new people and visiting some amazing places with memories that will stay with me forever. Everything ran smoothly and was very well organised, the included activities and optional activities were great with a good balance of getting your own free time too. Our trip leader David was lovely, friendly and hilarious, making everyone’s trip something they will never forget 😊 I 100% recommend Euro venture!

Katie Verified Reviewer

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2 days ago

My girlfriend and I did the 3 week eastern European tour and had the time of our lives! We were met with nothing but love and kindness from our amazing fellow travellers and our tour leader David, who was an absolute joy to be around. 10/10.

Aníta Verified Reviewer

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2 days ago

Had an amazing time meeting new people and having such a great tour leader. All travels went smoothly and most of the accommodations were great. This has been a trip I’ll never forget and will always think back on fondly.

Anonymous Verified Reviewer

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2 days ago

I just did the 3 week Eastern Europe tour from Berlin to Split and I’d recommend to anyone! A great balance of fun activities with your own free time and also a perfect way to meet new people and visit some amazing places. Our trip was faultless and our tour guide David was lovely, very friendly, hilarious and lit AF. Experience of a lifetime 😊

Katie Verified Reviewer

Questions & Answers

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Question:
How much does it cost?
Answer:
The ‘from’ prices are listed on the package pages and are based on 4 people travelling in low season. The price may be higher depending on the number of people travelling, their age, nationality and specific events in certain destinations. For large groups and for low season the price may be slightly lower than what is indicated on the package pages. We don’t believe in offering a “from” price that is unattainable, instead we call it the “average from” price based on what most people book. Request a quote for a definitive price.
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How do I pay?
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All set trips, custom routes and group tours can be booked with a £50 deposit per person or in full (remainder balance is due 90 days before departure). For set trips and group tours - You can book and pay online by card on the package page. Any remainder balance can be paid online using your secure online portal (you’ll find the link to this in your booking summary) by card. For customer trips - When you are happy with your package, you can pay Euroventure online using your secure online portal (you’ll find the link to this in your booking summary) by card. All payments can also be made over the phone, using online bank transfer or over the counter at your local bank. Our friendly advisors will guide you through the whole process from start to finish.
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What do I get when I book a package?
Answer:
You get all train travel and accommodation included in the price. That is, all train travel between the first city and last city on the trip and accommodation in the best hostels in each city, or in  hotels if you choose this option. For loop trips you also get return train and Eurostar travel from anywhere in the UK to the continent and back, but flights are not included in any of our packages because we do not have airline partnerships. You get breakfast in some hostels too, and can add this as an extra in hotels. You'll also get a detailed itinerary telling you exactly what trains to get and directions to the hostels. So all that's left for you to purchase is flights (if required), travel insurance and spending money.
Question:
When do I receive my tickets?
Answer:
Once we receive your final payment we will get to work on purchasing your train tickets which don’t become available as early as the accommodation. In some cases, we can’t get hold of tickets until four weeks in advance, so we normally say you should expect your travel pack around 2-4 weeks before you depart.
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