Budapest Without Flying
- 6 Days
- From £699
- London to Budapest overnight, including a modern sleeper train from Cologne to Vienna
- Budapest – the mighty Danube, the hills of Buda, the cosmopolitan outlook of Pest
- Stopover in Munich on the way back
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 5 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Catch a Eurostar service from London St Pancras International to Brussels and then make the easy connection onto a German ICE train to Cologne.
Once you arrive in Cologne, you have the opportunity to leave your bags in the left luggage lockers and head out for dinner in the Old Town. Cologne’s main station is adjacent to the famous twin-spired Cathedral in the heart of the city. After dinner, return to the centrally located station and board your overnight sleeper to Vienna.
After a light breakfast served in your cabin, it’s time to disembark in Vienna and catch the sleek RailJet service to Budapest, where you’ll arrive in time for lunch. Disembark at Keleti station and make your way to the Hotel Rum (or similar) for a 3-night stay.
Budapest is the perfect city break destination, blending history, culture, gastronomy and a modern vibe with walkable sights and a magnificent riverfront. You won’t want to miss a tour of the city’s landmark parliament building, ,the historic castle or the views from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Two full days here may not be enough!
After a leisurely start this morning, it’s time to return to Keleti station for your sleek RailJet service which will take you speeding through Hungary. Austria and across the German border to Bavarian capital Munich. Arrive in the early evening and check in at the Courtyard Munich City Centre (or similar) for an overnight stay.
Enjoy dinner in the historic centre of Munich or visit the famous Hofbräuhaus am Platzl (pictured), a celebrated beer hall which has been brewing and serving beers since 1589.
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel this morning before returning to the station and catching an ICE train back through Germany to Brussels, with a quick, easy change in Frankfurt. On arrival in Brussels, connect with the Eurostar service back to London.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Hotel Rum is a boutique hotel, housed in a historic building in the centre of Budapest. Bedrooms are categorised by rum varieties such as ‘light rum’, ‘spiced rum’ and ‘black rum’. There is also a Southeast Asian restaurant called Urban Tiger, and a rooftop bar. Complimentary Wi-FI internet access is available throughout the hotel.
Conveniently situated just 5 minutes’ walk from Munich’s main station and 10 minutes’ walk from the historical centre, the Courtyard by Marriott Munich City Centre offers comfortable, convenient accommodation with modern interiors. In-house dining is available at the Oleo Pazzo, a Mediterranean bistro.
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Blending the sumptuous decor of royal Budapest with the five star comfort of a modern hotel, the Corinthia Hotel boasts luxurious facilities including a classic spa area with steam baths, hot tubs, mud baths and an indoor swimming pool. There are also three restaurants, a lobby bar and a cafe.
Built into the southern wing of the railway station, this superb French-style property is amongst Munich’s best hotels. Relax in your spacious bedroom or in the heavenly spa and swimming pool. Enjoy a full, varied breakfast in the hotel’s fabulous restaurant.