Tours Rail Tours Prague to Budapest Rail Express

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Summary

Hop aboard this scenic train trip from Prague to Budapest with Expat Explore! This 8-day tour visits three incredible countries and includes ample free time in each destination. Embark on guided tours of Prague, Vienna and Budapest with expert guides who share fascinating insights on local culture and history. Treat yourself to authentic local fare for a real taste of these world-famous European cities. See bucket list sites and make unforgettable memories while you travel in comfort. You’ll enjoy the destinations and the journey when you travel from Prague to Budapest by train!

Highlights

  • Enjoy a three-night stay in Vienna
  • Free days to experience Prague, Vienna and Budapest
  • Walking tours of Prague, Vienna and Budapest with local guides

Start Point

Hotel in Prague | 05:00 PM

End Point

Hotel in Budapest | 10:00 AM
DAY 1: Start of tour in Prague

Welcome to Prague and the first day of this scenic European rail tour from Prague to Budapest! Arrive in Prague and head to the hotel. If you arrive with enough time, head out and explore this beautiful city! Early in the evening, meet up with the tour leader and tour group at the hotel before setting out on the first group adventure; a traditional Czech dinner! Czech cuisine is hearty, filling and delicious. This evening’s meal is the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers and share the experiences you are most looking forward to.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 1: Start of tour in Prague

Welcome to Prague and the first day of this scenic European rail tour from Prague to Budapest! Arrive in Prague and head to the hotel. If you arrive with enough time, head out and explore this beautiful city! Early in the evening, meet up with the tour leader and tour group at the hotel before setting out on the first group adventure; a traditional Czech dinner! Czech cuisine is hearty, filling and delicious. This evening’s meal is the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers and share the experiences you are most looking forward to.

Experiences

Czech Dinner: Taste traditional Czech cuisine as part of an included dinner tonight.

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DAY 2: Prague

Discover Prague and all of its wonders during a full day in the city. Start off with a locally guided walking tour of the city. Admire the beautiful architecture and well-preserved monuments while exploring the “City of a Hundred Spires” on foot. Enjoy free time this afternoon to spend as you wish. Join the Prague+ optional excursion and discover more about this charming and historic city! Cruise along the Vltava River, explore the Mala Strana neighbourhood, explore the Prague Castle complex and more! Alternatively, climb the Clock Tower, visit local shops, see the John Lennon Wall, try the local cuisine and admire the scenery. Tonight, choose to experience an unforgettable evening of traditional Czech folk music and dance!

Experiences

Locally guided tour of Prague: Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires”, a guided tour of Prague showcases a wide variety of architectural styles. One of the highlights of the tour is a stop at the Astronomical Clock Tower which offers an animated show every hour. Other highlights include the fascinating Old Jewish Quarter and the iconic Charles Bridge.

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DAY 3: Prague - Vienna

This tour from Prague to Budapest continues to Austria today. Arrive in Vienna and embark on a guided tour of this enchanting city. See highlights including St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera and learn more about why the city is known as Europe’s cultural capital. Vienna is a destination famous for its imperial architecture, classical music and distinctive culture. It has been home to great talents and minds like Mozart, Beethoven and Freud! Enjoy an included dinner tonight in a historic cellar that dates back to the Romanesque and Gothic periods.

Experiences

Vienna guided tour: Join a local guide and see why Vienna is known as the cultural capital of Europe. See top attractions such as the Palace Gate, Heldenplatz Square, Stephansplatz Square, the Vienna State Opera, St Stephen’s Cathedral and much more.

Dinner in Austria: Tonight’s included dinner is in a triple-level Gothic and Romanesque cellar with an amazing ambience.

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DAY 4: Vienna: Free Day

Enjoy a full free day in Vienna today! The city and its surroundings are yours to explore however you wish. There are a number of great things to see and do in Vienna. One of the most popular activities is the optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace which was the main summer residence  of the Habsburg monarchs and royal family. The 18th-century palace, gardens and park offer a look into the Habsburg dynasty and lifestyle centuries ago. Admire the many extravagant rooms, see the Gloriette, explore the lavish gardens and spend time in the museums on site before enjoying coffee and cake in a historic café! In the evening, why not enjoy a classical music concert and experience Vienna‘s musical history?

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DAY 5: Vienna: Free Day

It’s another free day in Vienna today. At this point, you will have experienced most of Vienna’s travel highlights. Now it’s time to enjoy Vienna as the locals do! Visit one of the famous coffee houses and enjoy a hot cuppa and a slice of Sachertorte or apple strudel - two dishes Vienna is well-loved for! Stroll through the city’s squares to absorb the local culture, visit the Vienna Naschmarkt for a top-class culinary experience, or catch a live classical music performance. Alternatively, add another country to your list and join the day trip to Bratislava in Slovakia - Vienna’s twin city!

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DAY 6: Vienna - Budapest

Board the train and get ready to say “hello Hungary!” today. Leaving Vienna, the tour travels to Budapest, Hungary’s capital city. Arrive and set off on a guided walking tour of the Castle District. Learn more about this beautiful city which lines the banks of the Danube River as you walk the historic cobbled lanes. After the tour, enjoy free time to explore more of Budapest on your own. This evening, the group will enjoy an included dinner.

Experiences

Budapest guided tour: Enjoy a guided tour of the Castle district. This area is packed with many of the city’s most important museums and attractions such as Castle Hill, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Royal Palace.

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DAY 7: Budapest: Free Day

Make the most of a full free day in Budapest today. The city is a photographer’s delight and is filled with incredible architecture from castles and bridges to basilicas and bathhouses! There are a number of activities to enjoy in Budapest. Visit one of the city’s famous thermal baths. Budapest has been nicknamed “the City of Spas”, as over 100 natural thermal springs bubble underneath the city. The distinctively yellow Széchenyi Baths in City Park is one of the most famous. This evening, choose to embark on a dinner cruise on the Danube and marvel at Budapest’s magical sights by night!

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DAY 8: End of tour in Budapest

After eight days of travelling from Prague to Budapest by train, the tour comes to an end this morning. In just over a week, you will have seen incredible European travel highlights on an unforgettable train journey. Enjoy a final breakfast with the group this morning and say farewell to your newly made travel friends. Be sure to swap contact details before parting ways!

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Breakfast

What's Included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

Transport

  • All rail travel throughout your tour with reserved seat selection 
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

Tour Leader

  • Fully guided tour with experienced tour leader
  • Tour leader will accompany group throughout and manage all logistical details

5 Experiences!

  • Taste authentic Czech cuisine in Prague
  • Embark on a walking tour of Prague with a local guide
  • Discover Vienna, Austria’s capital
  • Enjoy dinner in a historic Viennese cellar
  • Explore the Castle District in Budapest

Accommodation

Hotels are chosen closer to departure date. We do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here.

Prague

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Prague+

Discover the many fairytale sights within the magical city of Prague! Tour the impressive Prague Castle complex with a local guide and learn about its regal history before exploring the charming Mala Strana neighbourhood nestled at the foot of the castle. Then, take a cruise down the Vltava River and marvel at Prague’s enchanting buildings and bridges from the water. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet of Czech dishes while on board plus one included drink!

Optional Excursions

Unless marked as “Pre-Book”, all optional excursions can be booked on tour and paid for in cash (in the stated currency) to your tour leader.
Prices and availability are subject to change

Dates & Rates

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Additional Information

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Reviews

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Gldngrm Verified Buyer 2023-08-25
First rail tour
I wanted to experience the rail touring since I have been on several coach tours. This rail tour stoped in large cities. The coach trips stop briefly stop at smaller cities.
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Mama Bear Verified Buyer 2023-01-14
Wonderful experience
Traveled with my 2 daughters and we all fell in love with the countries we experienced on this tour. This was our 2nd Expat tour and all 3 of us agreed the train travel was so much better than the coach travel. Justin was our tour lead and he was outstanding!! Extremely knowledgeable about all the places we visited. He always have great recommendations about where to go on free time, where to eat, things to look for and how to feel safe and comfortable at all times.
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Dre Verified Buyer 2023-01-02
Awesome Trip!!
1st time doing a group tour with expat explore and it didn't disappoint. Our tour guide Justin was really good and was very knowledgeable of Prague, Vienna, Slovakia and Budapest. Prague is just an amazing place to visit, I recommend all the optional excursions with the exception of the folklore show. Vienna is a great place, the food is incredible. Bratislava proved to be a charming day tour so don't skip it! Budapest exceeded all expectations and the overall vibe / style reminded me of NYC (in the mid 90's) and very safe. Whatever you do it seems that the heart of the nighlife is right in the Jewish quarter so don't pass on it.
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Taralynna Verified Buyer 2022-12-31
Travel like a European
Justin was a terrific guide. The group size of 17 was perfect to get to know each other. We had a handful of solo travelers, 2 small families and a few couples so it was a nice mix. The places visited were beautiful, I enjoyed all of the excursions except the Czech folk dancing. Loved Bratislava.
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Anphia Verified Buyer 2022-07-03
Train Prague to Budapest
The tour was great. Well organised and good value for money. The tour guide was outstanding! The pre-tour correspondence could be clearer on tips for guides joining on introduction tours to the cities. In fact it will be far better if it is included in the tour price, as the tip for the full time guide. I was embarrassed as we did not always have cash on hand for this guides, and I also feel it is an embarrassment for the tour guide to remind tourists to pay her/him a tip. Maybe you can change this policy ???