Rail is a great way to reach and travel between the Austrian and Hungarian cities of Vienna and Budapest. In our suggested itinerary you spend three nights in each city, allowing you plenty of time to explore and absorb the culture. However we will tailor-make your rail holiday according to your requirements.In this rail holiday you travel first to Paris where you change trains, before continuing to Zurich where you spend a night (or longer if you wish). The next day you travel all day by train from Zurich to Budapest along a scenic route that includes the Arlberg Pass. Spend three nights in Budapest, then continue by train to Vienna, a journey of about three hours (it is also possible to do this journey by boat if you prefer). Following three nights in Vienna, travel back to the UK by train. In this itinerary we use a sleeper train from Vienna to Cologne where you change trains and continue to Brussels then finally Eurostar back to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARYDay oneBegin your rail holiday by departing London St Pancras around 9am, travelling by Eurostar to Paris. On arrival in Paris Nord station, take a taxi across to Paris Lyon where you catch the high speed TGV to Zurich, arriving at around 6.30pm. Spend one night in Zurich at the conveniently located Hotel Du Theatre.Day two Depart Zurich around 10.30 am and travel by Railjet train to Budapest. The journey takes about 11 hours, passing through cities including Innsbruck and Vienna before arriving in Budapest. It is a scenic route for much of the journey as you go through the Swiss and Austrian Alps. On arrival Budapest you will be met at the station and taken to your hotel. Spend three nights in Budapest at the four star boutique hotel Palazzo Zichy.Days three and four At leisure to explore BudapestDay fiveDepart Budapest at lunchtime and travel by Railjet train to Vienna which is three hours away. On arrival in Vienna, take a taxi to your hotel, The Bristol. Spend three nights in Vienna.Days six and seven At leisure to explore ViennaDay eight Depart Vienna at 8pm and travel by sleeper train to Cologne in Germany.Day nine After arriving in Cologne just before 9am, you have some time for a quick look around the city before you leave for Brussels . Your train departs at midday, arriving at 1.30pm in time for you to take an afternoon Eurostar back to London St Pancras where you arrive at 4pm.PRICESFrom £2,220 per person for first class rail travel.From £1,900 per person for second class rail travel. Prices based on two sharing a double or twin room.What’s included?First or second class travel on all trains (as above) including EurostarA double sleeper compartment between Vienna and CologneAt the hotels:1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Mini Suite at Hotel du Theatre in Zurich3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Palazzo Zichy in Budapest3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Bristol in ViennaReturn transfers from the train station to the hotel in Budapest.What’s not included? Meals other than breakfast at the hotelsAny services not mentioned aboveDatesThis holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings can vary depending on the month and day of the week.
HOTELSDu Theatre – Zurich – 3 starThis hotel is located about a 10 minute walk from Zurich station, and close to a number of restaurants and bars. It makes for a convenient, good value overnight stop on this rail holiday.Palazzo Zichy – Budapest – 4 star
This attractive hotel is set in the heart of Budapest, on the Pest side of the river in the historical palace quarter. The building dates from the 19th century and was the former home of Hungarian noble Count Nandor Zichy. The 80 bedrooms are modern and comfortably furnished. Facilities at the hotel include a lobby bar, fitness centre and free internet access.Hotel Bristol – Vienna – 5 starThe Bristol occupies a privileged position in the centre of Vienna in front of the opera. There are 140 rooms and suites decorated with sumptuous fabrics. Its Korso Restaurant is renowned internationally and recognised as one of Austria’s best.
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