On a flight-free journey through Europe – 9 cities in 14 days

Austrian rural area

Want to discover Europe but at the same time be climate-smart? Join us on a trip where we visit 9 cities in 14 days – without flying!

Want to discover Europe but want to skip flying? On this trip from and back to Sweden, you only travel by train and bus, and of course, it will take a little longer but try to make your train and bus trips part of the experience! If you do not have two weeks, but would like to go on a weekend to any European country – scroll down!

How do you travel by train and bus in Europe?

Prices of train and bus trips in Europe can vary widely. You can benefit from being out in good time, as tickets are usually cheaper. If you have a well-planned trip ahead of you, it may be worthwhile to buy single tickets. But if you want to be a little spontaneous and discover several places on the journey, an Interrail card is a good option. With it, you can, for a fixed price, travel to many different countries for a certain number of days. There may be additional costs for seat reservations and loungers on the night train, but if you are under 28, you will receive the card at a discounted price.

We have made a number of representative trips, but it always serves to spend some extra time finding the best ticket options. Below you will find a list of train and bus companies selling travels in Europe. For the slightly longer trips we recommend night trains or night bus, it is both time-efficient, and you save money on accommodation!

Monday: Berlin

Here’s how you get here: Take a direct train with SJ to Copenhagen, which takes about 5 hours. Then change to Flixbus directly to Berlin. That trip takes about 8 hours.

Berlin
Berlin

Now your journey begins! It is Monday morning, and you leave Sweden early. If you live in Stockholm, you arrive in Copenhagen at lunch, and there you hop on a bus to Berlin. Looking to see more of Copenhagen? Just be calm, there will be time for it later on in your journey. When you arrive in Berlin in the evening, you go to Klunkerkranich and enjoy good food, good drinks, and a fantastic view. You have the whole Tuesday to discover the city, maybe a dinner at the Korean restaurant Kimchi princess? Just don’t stay out too long – tomorrow morning, you are going to Warsaw!

Wednesday: Warsaw

Here’s how you get here: Take a direct train with DB – a journey that takes about 6 hours.

Warsaw
Warsaw

After an early train from Berlin, you arrive in Warsaw just for lunch. Spend the afternoon strolling through Starówka, Warsaw’s Old Town, or take a boat trip in Park Lazienki. With a night bus on Thursday evening, you then proceed to Vienna!

Friday: Vienna

Here’s how you get here: Take a night bus from Warsaw.

Vienna
Vienna

Good morning! It’s Friday, and you wake up on a bus that has just arrived in Vienna. Visit the art museum and discover the old parts of the city inside the Ringstrasse. When you get hungry, head over to Palmenhaus, a greenhouse where you can eat food and have drinks among exotic plants. The next day you take a train in the middle of the day – now it’s time to go to Bled.

Saturday: Bled

Here’s how you get here: Trains from Vienna to Bled with ÖBB take about 8 hours. This trip is a little tricky with two changes, but it will be worth it.

Bled
Bled

The answer is yes, this place is for real, and the water is just as turquoise green in real life too. Here you arrive Saturday night, so spend Sunday visiting the vantage points and taking a walk around the lake. At Café Belvedere, you can combine good coffee with an incredible view of the lake. Monday morning, it is time to leave Bled for Venice.

Monday: Venice

Here’s how to get here: Take a bus from Bled to Venice. The journey takes about 7 hours.

Venice
Venice

Eat – pray – love, welcome to Italy! Ride a gondola on the water, get lost among all the beautiful houses, and eat authentic food. Here you would probably have really wanted to stay longer to get a chance to visit the islands of Murano and Burano. If you can, it’s worth staying here an extra day. But for those who want to stick to our two-week plan – leave Venice Wednesday night via a night train to Paris.

Thursday: Paris

Here’s how you get here: Take a night train from Venice. It takes about 14 hours.

Paris
Paris

After a night on a train from Venice, you wake up in Paris on Thursday morning. How romantic? Visit La Recyclerie and eat food and drink drinks at an old, renovated train station. You eat the best brunch at Le Comptior general, and sometimes the place turns into a nightclub! Eat cake at Le loir dans la Théière. Look out over Paris from the Le Perchoir Marais roof terrace. Yes, we know, there is no time for everything – because now we are getting ready to go to Amsterdam. Fortunately, it only takes three hours, so leave Friday afternoon and comfortably arrive in Amsterdam in the evening.

Friday: Amsterdam

Here’s how you get here: Direct train from Paris, which takes about 3 hours.

Amsterdam
Amsterdam

It’s Friday night, and you’ve come to Amsterdam! Go straight to Bar Botanique and have a drink! On Saturday there is time to go on the canal, discover the city and everything else you do in Amsterdam! Hop on a night bus to Copenhagen Saturday night.

Sunday: Copenhagen

Here’s how you get here: Night bus that takes about 13 hours.

Copenhagen
Copenhagen

Good morning and welcome to Copenhagen! Here you have a short day before it’s time to go home. Go to Torvehallerne and buy good stuff to take home, eat something good on the spot or take it to the lawn down at the water at the back of the market hall (if the weather is nice). It is possible to kill lots of time on Ströget in various stores. If you are looking for more restaurant experiences, you should go to Kødbyen (the Meat Village)! Here you can choose between different kitchens, and we can almost promise that all the restaurants there are good. Besides, it is close to the central station – smooth as the journey now begins to suffer towards its end. Sit on a train home to Sweden and enjoy sleeping in your own bed tonight!

Are you craving a weekend to any European country but really reluctant to fly?

Going by bus or train to different destinations around Europe is actually smoother than you might think, and much better for the environment.

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