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The Ultimate Guide to a European Road Trip

Plan a perfect European road trip with our ultimate guide on how to travel the continent without flying...

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  • 02 August 2023
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A European road trip is an unforgettable experience that means you can visit the best of the continent without flying. If you're itching to explore the diverse cultures, historical landmarks, and stunning landscapes of Europe (and want to do it more sustainably), you're in luck - Europe has a whopping 200,000 miles of railway, making it incredibly easy to travel to and from anywhere over-land. Just be warned - you might not want to leave...

Stop 1: London

The first step on your European road trip should definitely be the UK's capital, London . The ultimate party starter, London's got something for absolutely everyone. Once you're done partying, stroll through iconic sites like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and Piccadilly Circus, discover local gems in Camden Market and Covent Garden, and sample traditional fish and chips. To head to your next destination, make your way to St. Pancras International station for quick rail links to the European mainland.

Travel between London and Paris: Eurostar train, journey time approx. 2 hours 15 minutes.

Step 2: Paris

Bienvenue à Paris! Experience the French capital's romantic charm as you visit the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum , and the artsy Montmartre district. Cruise along the Seine River and indulge in mouthwatering croissants and macarons from a patisserie (find them on literally any street corner). For the next stop on your European road trip, board a comfortable Thalys or Intercity train from Gare du Nord station - easily accessed from our hostel!

Travel between Paris and Barcelona: Thalys or Intercity train, journey time approx. 6-7 hours.

Step 3: Barcelona

You're going to want to soak up some sun on your European road trip, and there's no better place to do it than Barcelona , the Catalonian capital. Marvel at the stunning Sagrada Família, wander through the enchanting Park Güell , and unwind on the sandy shores of Barceloneta beach or head down the coast to Sitges. At night, embrace the lively tapas culture and experience the vibrant nightlife in El Raval.

Travel between Barcelona and Amsterdam: Night train (Elipsos Trenhotel), or if you're on a budget; daytime train combination, journey time varies (approx. 12-15 hours).

Step 4: Amsterdam

Unique Amsterdam is a must-visit on any tour of Europe with its iconic canals and vibrant atmosphere. Explore the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum , and Van Gogh Museum , cycle through the city like a local and try fresh Dutch stroopwafels. For your onward journey, take an InterCityExpress (ICE) train from Amsterdam Centraal.

Travel between Amsterdam and Berlin: InterCityExpress (ICE) train, journey time approx. 6-7 hours.

Step 5: Berlin

From Amsterdam, head to the German capital Berlin , where history blends with modernity. Visit the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery , Brandenburg Gate, and Museum Island. Delight in currywurst at bustling street food markets and get involved the dynamic nightlife in Kreuzberg - just remember to dress to impress (to the max). To carry on your journey, board an InterCityExpress (ICE) train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

Travel between Berlin and Prague: InterCityExpress (ICE) train, journey time approx. 4 hours.

Step 6: Prague

The fairytale charm of Prague, with its medieval streets and breathtaking architecture, is a must-see in Central Europe. Explore the Prague Castle , Charles Bridge, and the enchanting Old Town Square. Savor hearty Czech cuisine and sip on world-class beer at local pubs. Take an RJ (Railjet) train from Prague's main station to continue your adventure.

Travel between Prague and Vienna: Railjet (RJ) train, journey time approx. 4 hours.

Step 7: Vienna

The final stop on your European road trip (unless you've decided to stay) is Vienna , the city of classical music and imperial elegance. Admire the grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, attend a concert at the Vienna State Opera, and indulge in delightful Sachertorte. To reach our last destination, Budapest, take an RJ (Railjet) train from Vienna Hauptbahnhof.

Bonus: if you'll still got some budget left, you can easily visit Budapest from Vienna for a day trip (just over 2 hours away on the train).

It may work out cheaper for you to buy an Interrail pass here .

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