Leave London in the morning and wake up in Budapest the following morning. Easy.
Budapest is one of Europe's great capitals and there's an almost dreamlike quality as you explore its wide boulevards, lined with Art Nouveau buildings and cafes. If you catch a morning train from London, you'll arrive in Paris in time to connect with the modern double decker TGV to Munich, before boarding the EuroNight overnight sleeper service to Budapest. You arrive in Budapest by 9.00 am the following morning. So, you can easily reach Budapest without having to fly.
HOW TO BOOK
1.Go to the DEUTSCHE BAHN website (bahn.de) and enter Paris (Gare De L'Est) and Munich in the respective boxes. You'll need to catch the 15.19 train to Munich. The return leaves Munich at 10.28, with a change at Stuttgart and arrives in Paris at 16.40.
2.Remain on the DEUTSCHE BAHN site and book your return overnight ticket from Munich to Budapest. Look for option EN with zero changes.
3.Go to the EUROSTAR site and book your connecting tickets for the return trip to Paris. Take the 10.25 from St.Pancras to allow enough time to connect with the Munich train at Gare De L'Est. Also, remember to book the return journey from Paris for the day after you leave Budapest.
You could stay overnight in Paris on the return if you'd like a more leisurely end to your holiday.
You can also try the RAIL EUROPE site to book tickets.
If you'd like to talk to a real human being, who will take care of all your travel arrangements call our partners Ffestiniog Travel (see blue box on right).
Leave London St Pancras after a relaxed breakfast at one of the refurbished station’s excellent cafes. Take the Eurostar for Paris, to the Gare du Nord. The journey is deceptively fast- the comfortable train rockets through Kent, beneath the Channel and emerges in France in the time it takes to queue at an airport..
Check-in is smooth and simple, up to thirty minutes before departure, and there is a lounge with wifi and plug sockets, shops including WH Smith and Costa Coffee and comfortable seating in the departure lounge, with an escalator which delivers passengers directly to the platform. In just two hours and fifteen minutes, the train arrives in the Gare du Nord at the heart of Paris.
There is a buffet car on board, and an executive upgrade means food service at your table, a quieter carriage, more spacious seats and a plug socket and free wifi.
Make your way to the Gare De L'Est (its just a short taxi ride or a 10 minute walk from Gare Du Nord) and take the 15.19 TGV service to Munich. The train is a "Duplex" service, meaning that it's a double decker train.
The upstairs seats offer the best views. It's a well equipped, modern train with plug sockets and an on board cafe bar, although a picnic is always a nice idea.The train shoots through Champagne, down past Strasbourg before crossing the Rhine into Germany. The train arrives at 21.29 and so you have just over an hour in Munich station before the onward sleeper train leaves for Budapest at 23.40.
Days 1 - 2
Take the Euronight sleeper service to Budapest. It's a modern train with modern air-conditioned coaches. The 1,2 and 3 bed sleeper cars have washbasins and the train also has 4 and 6 bed couchettes. A light breakfast is included.
When we took the Euronight service the bearded guard, who looked like a figure from a fairytale, arrived the following with 2 baguettes sticking out of his apron pockets. You arrive into Budapest Keleti station at 08.54 the following morning.
Days 2 - 4
Days 4 - 5
Time to leave Budapest. Take the overnight Euronight train to Munich from Budapest, leavng Keleti at 21.10, giving you enough time for an early dinner in the city before leaving.
You arrive in Munich at 06.15 the following morning. You have a choice of 1, 2 or 3 bed sleeping compartments with washbasins or 4 and 6 berth couchettes.
Take the 10.28 from Munich to Paris, with a change at Stuttgart station. There is an earlier train at 06.32 but if the sleeper train is late then you might miss it. Taking the later train means you can have a couple of hours in Munich, have a coffee and gather together a picnic for the journey home ( you could spend the night in Munich and take the train back to Paris the following morning). Arrive in Paris L'Est at 16.38.
Days 5 - 6
Make the short journey to Gare Du Nord (it's a 10 minute walk) and take the 18.13 (19.13 on Saturdays) Eurostar back to St. Pancras, arriving at 19.39 (20.39). We suggest, after travelling from Budapest and then Munich, that you stay in Paris overnight and take the train back to London the following day.
Book it yourself
How To Book
Road, Rail And Sea recommends the best rail journeys and destinations throughout Europe.
Booking rail travel between different cities and countries can be time- comsuming and complex. Instead, we plan the best routes, journey times, and destinations for you. we work with trusted affiliates, so you can book your whole trip simply and easily, for no extra cost.
To Book A Holiday Or Weekend Break
Make it simple - just call our chosen partners (see the blue box on the right), talk to a real, live person and let them know which Road, Rail And Sea journey you’d like to take, using the RRS reference number.
They will book your train travel, your choice of our recommended hotels and any extras such as museum passes and luggage concierge service, leaving you free to relax.
To Keep Your Trip Flexible:
How Road, Rail And Sea Booking Works
Road, Rail And Sea is not a travel agency. We source and recommend the very best routes, destinations and attractions in Europe, to create inspiring, memorable holidays and weekend breaks. All Road, Rail And Sea trips can be instantly booked via our trusted affiliates, who will organise your chosen road, rail or sea journeys for you.