This route is a 15 day trip. You’ll spend 12 nights in your accommodation, one night on a sleeper train and one night on a night bus. The rest of your journeys will be carried out by train or coach.
If you love yourself an epic journey, The Road to Athens is for you. Travel Eastern Europe by rail and bus, all the way from Budapest to Athens by train in 2 weeks. Although it crams in a ton of sightseeing and nightlife, the pace is still leisurely – giving you plenty of time to explore. Top it all off with a healthy dose of chill time at the end of your journey. If that’s not enough, why not add our Greek Island hopping trip onto the end!
Travel Eastern Europe from Budapest to Athens
On our 2 week Road to Athens adventure, you’ll explore Eastern Europe from one end to the other. Starting in Budapest, wind your way down to the Greek capital – and beyond if you choose! Experience Eastern Europe and Greece with this 15-day adventure – with plenty of time in each city to delve below the surface if you choose
Pick the Road to Athens up in grand old bohemian Budapest, where you’ll settle into your adventure. Enjoy this historic capital’s gracious architecture, spacious parks and awesome party scene. After one too many in the Ruin Bars, recuperate at one of the world famous spas, before heading to the station to catch your night train.
Next you’re heading East – on to Brasov, in the heart of Transylvania. This hidden gem is home to paprika-laden stews, pastel-perfect houses and – of course – Dracula’s place (also known as Bran Castle!). Leave Brasov and it’s just a quick hop over to the Romanian capital – Bucharest. Visit the crazy palace of the people, and spend a lazy day shopping in the old town.
Say goodnight to Romania – and wake up in Bulgaria! Enjoy the melting pot that this capital city brings – there’s everything from Turkish spice markets to Russian inspired churches.
For your penultimate spot, you’ll hit up Thessaloniki, the sea-side Greek city that packs a punch – especially when it comes to food. Indulge yourself in incredible Greek seafood – but go easy on the Ouzo – you’ll want to save that for your last stop.
Finally, you’ll read Athens. This ancient capital has a young heart that’s buzzing with energy. From Wonders of the World to amazing food to cracking street-art and even better beaches, Athens is a place which delivers something for everyone. Spend 3 nights chilling out by the sea before your trip comes to an end. Fly back from Athens to London, or head out to the Greek Islands to continue your Odyssey…
- All overland transport tickets
- 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.
With 6 cities in 15 days, The Road to Athens is a fast paced adventure. Most of your journeys will be at fixed times, and you’ll travel during the day apart from one night train and one night bus. You’ll have a mix of shorter and longer journeys, with some trains as well as some buses, but don’t worry – we’ll always book times that allow you to make the most of each city.
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 in any of the many spas.Budapest Guides
- Relax in the 15th century thermal spas
- Take panoramic photos from the scenic Buda castle
- Go to Sziget rock and indie festival in August
Brasov (2 Nights)
The capital of Transylvania won’t disappoint you. Visitors from surrounding countries come here for the natural beauty and friendly atmosphere. Tourists also come to see “Dracula’s home” – the famous Bran Castle – or just wander around the bohemian town centre, with its pastel buildings and cozy cafes.Brasov Guides
- Visit Bran Castle – the famous setting for Dracula!
- Explore the quaint cobbled streets and shops
- Get back to nature in the wild forests of Romania
Bucharest (2 Nights)
You’ve seen Budapest. Now check out Bucharest. In this melting pot, you’ll find latin roots – think long lunches at pavement cafes, local wines and baking summer weather – combined with Turkish history and communist influence. More recently, the city has exploded with young professionals and expats, bringing an awesome foodie scene and an international feel.Bucharest Guides
- Visit the beautiful old town
- Sip a cocktail in style at one of the city’s many rooftop bars
- Explore the mind-boggling Parliment building – one of the largest buildings in Europe!
Sofia (1 Night)
Sofia is a truly ancient capital, with roots stretching all the way back to Greek times. This Bulgarian city has been on a journey through history and geography – explore Medieval churches, find some bargains at the Turkish Markets or indulge yourself in Greek Baklava at one of the many stalls.Sofia Guides
- Take a city tour to learn about Sofia’s complex history
- Visit the impressive Aleksandar Nevski Cathedral
- Hike up to Boyana Waterfalls for a green escape
Thessaloniki (1 Night)
For your penultimate destination, dive into Greece’s foodie capital. This seaside city is the place to go for incredible local produce, great wines and the freshest seafood. Thessaloniki faces the sea, and is a major port in Greece. It’s the perfect place to relax – from the English channel to the Aegean, you’ve made it to Greece!Thessaloniki Guides
- Visit the ruins of Roman Emperor Galerius’ 4th-century palace
- Feast on local seafood, delicious fresh produce and sweet Baklava
- Watch the sun set over the Aegean with a local glass of wine
Athens (3 Nights)
Athens is a capital with two hearts – ancient and modern. On the surface, it’s a bustling student city buzzing with nightlife, awesome food and a great cafe scene. On the other hand, you’ll find ancient Greek history around every corner – not to mention world-famous landmarks like the Acropolis! Spend 5 luxurious days here, enjoying the slow pace of life and the nearby beaches.Athens Guides
- Visit the world-famous Acropolis
- Take the bus out to one of Greece’s stunning beaches
- Make the most of this metropolis’ awesome nightlife
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