Eastern Europe: Eurail train itinerary

Lake Bled

Eastern Europe is ideal for travelers with a curious mind in search of a fascinating Eurail train vacation! Visit Vienna’s (Austria) splendid Hofburg Palace, wander around Prague’s (Czech Republic) fairytale castle district and relax on Croatia’s pristine islands off the coast of Split. With its diverse culture and rich history, Eastern Europe has so much to offer.

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For this itinerary we recommend:

  • Eurail pass: Global Pass

  • Travel days: 21 days continuous

1

Prague, the Czech Republic

 

A trip to Prague, the Czech Republic’s capital should include plenty of time spent absorbing the city's spectacular historical sites in the Castle District and Old Town. Be sure to include Prague Castle, St Vitus's Cathedral and the Royal Palace and marvel at grandiose Gothic architecture. And stroll across Charles Bridge for the best views in town of the fairy-tale vista of Castle Hill.

 

Once you've ticked off Prague's famous sites, you're ready to escape the swarms of tourists into the heart of the city. Head to the north of the city and get a taste of authentic local-life. Check out the National Gallery for a display of Czech and Slovak paintings and sculptures followed by an ice-cold Czech beer in a local bar. Other popular atractions in Prague include Franz Kafka’s House and the Mozart Museum.

Prague

Charles Bridge, Prague

Charles Bridge, Prague
Info

Charles Bridge is a 20-min walk from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi train station.

From Prague to Budapest

 
Prague-Budapest

Travel time: 6h55

Transfer: 0

  • Prague, the Czech Republic

    Praha hl.n.

  • 6h55
  • Budapest, Hungary

    Budapest-Keleti

2

Budapest, Hungary

 

Hungary's capital, Budapest is one of the most spectacular in Eastern Europe. By day enjoy an intimate boat ride along Budapest’s pride and joy, the River Danube and admire splendid views of Royal Palace. Budapest also has some decent museums and exhibitions waiting to be explored. As the sun goes down, check out the city's excellent and affordable restaurants followed by a thriving night scene to rival that of much of Eastern Europe. 

 

Sziget Festival takes place in August on Old Buda Island, and is one of Europe's biggest and best outdoor music and cultural events. Get a ticket for the whole week or a single day pass – it's fairly cheap compared to other major music festivals. Once you've worn yourself out there, head to one of Budapest's famous thermal baths. Szechenyi Spa is one of the most authentic, established in 1881, and includes a spa, pools and wellness treatments.

Budapest, Hungary

Parliament, Budapest

Parliament, Budapest
Info

Szechenyi Spa is a 30-min walk from Budapest Keleti pu train station.

From Budapest to Braşov

 
Budapest-Brasov

Travel time: 12h20

Transfer: 1


The journey from Sighisoara in the heart of Transylvania to Braşov is especially beautiful. The train winds through the Carpathian mountains and past Romania's virgin forest. Gaze out at the Romanian countryside, old citadels and maybe even catch sight of a gypsy horse and cart crossing the sprawling wheat fields.

  • Budapest, Hungary

    Budapest-Keleti

  • 10h
  • Sighişoara, Romania

    Sighisoara

  • 2h20
  • Braşov, Romania

    Braşov

3

Braşov, Romania

 

One of Romania’s highlights is the historic town of Braşov and the beautiful countryside that surrounds it. The town itself is set within medieval walls and has a lively atmosphere. The key attraction in the area is Bran Castle – the setting of Stoker’s legendary vampire tale. Perched up on a mountain-side, the castle looks every bit as mysterious as you would expect. Bran Castle can be reached by bus from Braşov (about 40min). 

 

There are plenty of walking routes to choose from in the area. Piatra Craiului National Park – the backdrop of Hollywood movie Cold Mountain is especially popular and is not far from Braşov. The Bucegi Mountains are also a much-loved adventure hotspot with hiking, rock-climbing and mountain-biking possible in summer. Once winter draws in skiing and snowboarding are enjoyed by the locals and tourists.

Brasov

City center of Brasov

City center of Brasov
Info

The town center is a 10-min walk from Braşov train station.

From Braşov to Split

 
Brasov-Split

Travel time: 25h20

Transfer: 3

  • Braşov, Romania

    Braşov

  • 7h50
  • Oradea, Romania

    Oradea

    Luggage racks / ATM / Currency exchange / Tourist information
  • 1h20
  • Budapest, Hungary

    Budapest-Keleti

  • 7h30
  • Zagreb, Croatia

    Zagreb Glavni Kolod

  • 8h40
  • Split, Croatia

    Split

4

Split, Croatia

 

Arrive in Split, the mecca of Croatia's Adriatic coast and step out onto a palm tree-lined train platform! Just a stone's throw from the station is the port, where the Adriatic becomes an island-hopping paradise, with regular sailings to Croatia’s stunning islands. We recommend the mouth-watering island of Brač and its mesmerising Zlatni Rat – a stunning pointy-shaped beach, jutting into clear azure waters.

After some sun-soaked beach time, head back to Split for an evening stroll around the ancient city centre housed within the Diocletian Palace walls. Meander through narrow streets and admire the Venetian architecture of white façades that set the place aglow. Dubrovnik – "the pearl of the Adriatic" – is a destination not to be missed. There’s no train network to Dubrovnik so take a bus from Ploče (2-3 hours; not included in the Eurail pass).

Split

View of Split

View of Split
Info

Brač is a 30-min boat ride from Split train station.

From Split to Bled

 
Split Lake Bled

Travel time: 11h55

Transfer: 2

  • Split, Croatia

    Split

  • 8h50
  • Zagreb, Croatia

    Zagreb Glavni Kolod

  • 2h25
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Ljubljana Brnik

  • 40
  • Bled, Slovenia

    Lesce Bled

5

Bled, Slovenia

 

Lake Bled is the ideal place to explore Slovenia’s rich and natural cultural heritage. The enchanting beauty of Bled and its surrounding mountainous landscape can best be enjoyed aboard a ‘pletna’ water taxi – a traditional wooden boat resembling a large gondola. You'll be whisked around the mesmerising glacial lake and taken to Slovenia's only island, Bled Island. Alternatively hire a mounain bike and take your time exploring the tranquil lakeside.

Punctuating the tiny island is the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, dating back to the fifteenth century. Walk the 99 steps up to the church and once inside, ring the church bell for guaranteed good luck on your Eurail trip! The lake shores can be walked in a couple of hours and for the best photo-taking spot in town, climb up to the Osojnica viewing point where you’ll be blown away by Slovenia's scenery. Castle Bled is also worth a visit.

Lake Bled

Bled Island in Lake Bled

Bled Island in Lake Bled
Info

The lake is a 10-min bus ride from Lesce Bled train station.

From Bled to Vienna

 
Lake Bled-Vienna

Travel time: 5h15

Transfer: 1

  • Bled, Slovenia

    Lesce Bled

  • 1h
  • Villach, Austria

    Villach Hbf

  • 4h15
  • Vienna, Austria

    Wien Meidling

6

Vienna, Austria

 

It’s no surprise that Austria’s capital, Vienna has been voted as one of the top cities to live in, given that half the city is coated in green space, and there are grand ornate buildings in every direction. Not to be missed is Stephansdom, Vienna’s iconic Gothic cathedral. In the surrounding Stephansplatz  – sit back at a café terrace and watch Viennese life as it passes you by.

 

Another key site is the Hofburg Palace – the imperial palace once home to some of Austria’s most powerful people, including the Habsburg dynasty. Tour the grand rooms of the old residence and explore the 3 museums. If you’re traveling in summer try and fit Donauinselfest (website in German) into your schedule. This popular music festival held on Danube Island is absolutely free! Expect a line-up of both local and international acts.

Vienna

Schonbrunn, Vienna, Austria

Schonbrunn, Vienna

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