Train travel is relaxing and liberating. We already said that before and we keep saying it.
Traveling Europe by train is one of the easiest and most interesting ways to discover this interesting continent.
Seeing the landscape roll by and change with every passing hour, the comforting and iconic hobbling of the iron rooster and the casual stops in a remote platform that takes you way back in time.
I just love traveling by train. It gives me a carefree feeling and it relaxes me.
We traveled through Central and Eastern Europe by train. It was the experience of a lifetime.
The sleeper trains, some of which were older than anyone I know, made me imagine the deploying plots that might have played here.
In this article, we want to share our Central and Eastern Europe Interrail route with you guys. This 2-week Interrail route is a loop, so you can start and end it at any point in the route.
So if you want to Interrail Eastern Europe and Central Europe in about 2 weeks, you came to the right place!
You can also expand this 2-week itinerary to a 3 or a 4-week itinerary.
Stretch it as much as you want!
2 week Central and Eastern Europe Interrail route
The Europe rail pass you need for this journey
This journey covers a lot of ground in 2 weeks. You actually travel through 6 different countries. For this trip, you need an Interrail Global pass.
If you follow the 2 week itinerary without the extra stops, this itinerary includes 6 travel days.
You can include one extra stopover for the exact same price. Check out the 7 days in One Month rail pass.
Read more about how to use the Interrail pass in this article.
Without further ado, here’s the 2 week Central and Eastern Europe Interrail Route!
Berlin - Day 1
Start your travel through Central Europe by train in Berlin. The capital of Germany is a lively and busy city. There are tons of sights and activities you can do. But there’s also an awesome nightlife for straight travelers, as well as LGBT travelers.
Spend the night in Berlin
Berlin is not the cheapest place to spend the night. But there are quite a few cool hotels and hostels!
Hotel Berlin and Vienna House Easy are both part of the Pink Pillow Collection in Berlin. These hotels are very LGBT-friendly. Although the other hotels mentioned in this list also welcome all travelers!
Gdansk - Day 2 and 3
If you feel like going to the beach, we recommend taking a quick ten-minute train to the small ton of Sopot, where you can sit on the beach or have a drink. Sopot is also known for the crooked little house in the main shopping street.
Read our travel guide to Gdansk to learn more about this interesting city in Poland.
Interrail from Berlin to Gdansk
A day train takes you to Gdansk, Poland. The train ride from Berlin to Gdansk takes around 7 or 8 hours, depending on the exact train you take.
The route between Berlin and Gdansk is cool, since it changes dramatically once you pass the Polish border.
In Poland, you can see deer and other wildlife running next to the train. If you start your travel day in the morning, you have time left to explore Gdansk have a nice meal in the evening.
Spend the night in Gdansk
Gdansk is a lot more affordable than Berlin.
Krakow - Day 4 and 5
Krakow is a must-visit when in Poland. The city is beautiful and there’s a lot to see inside the city, as well as in the surrounding area. Walk around in the ancient city or take a stroll through the surrounding park. Krakow is also known for its escape rooms… if you dare!
We recommend going to the Auschwitz – Birkenau memorial and feel the emotion that still lingers in site. You can visit the memorial in one day. Read more about visiting Auschwitz in this post.
Interrail from Gdansk to Krakow
The Gdansk to Krakow train takes 5 to 6 hours.
Halfway through your trip, the train ride through a tunnel underneath Warsaw. If you have a few extra days, you can easily add Warsaw to your Interrail Itinerary.
Extra Days to spend? Stopover in Zakopane
The mountain town of Zakopane is located in the stunning Tatra mountain range. If you have a few extra days to spend during your Central European holiday then this is the place to add.
Escape city life for a few more days and indulge the breathtaking scenery of this cute village in Southern Poland. There is some awesome hiking in the area.
If you travel this journey in winter time, you might even get a few skiing days in the middle of your Interrail trip!
You can hike to the beautiful Morskie Oko Lake or visit one of the Kasprowy mountain peaks by cable cart.
Travel from Krakow to Zakopane and back
Zakopane can be reached by train or bus.
The train trip takes around 3 hours during which you can see the landscape shape change from grassy fields and woods into rough mountains and valleys.
Interrail from Krakow to Budapest
Take a night train from Krakow to Budapest! The trip from Krakow to Budapest takes longer than you would expect, so a night train is a great solution.
This way, you don’t loose daylight traveling and you save a night in a hotel. The IC 407 leaves the main station in Krakow around 22h.
Expect to arrive in Budapest around 8h30 in the morning!
Wake up in Budapest - Day 7 and 8
Budapest is a hip and thriving city in Central Europe. It’s the most popular city in Hungary, as capitals end to be interesting. And Budapest is no exception to that!
With a lively nightlife and tons of cool, eclectic ruin bars, there is definitely something in it for everyone.
Spend the night in Budapest
Most hotels in Budapest are open for all travelers. Hotel Clark is LGBT-owned, that’s why it’s most definitely a good choice for LGBT travelers.
The Iberostar Grand Budapest has a central location in the heart of Budapest.
With a perfect location, the Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel is also a wonderful accommodation choice in Budapest.
Extra Days to Spend? Stopover in Bratislava
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and it’s a very interesting stopover.
You can either visit Bratislava in a day trip from Budapest or Vienna.
You can visit Bratislava in 24 hours or less… But it’s also a great option to spend a few days in the city, if you have a little time to spare.
Interrail from Budapest to Bratislava
The train from Budapest to Bratislava take 2 to 3 hours, depending on the exact train you choose.
There are a few direct connections available and those are definitely your best choice.
Vienna - Day 9 and 10
The capital of Austria has been an inspiration for artists over the last decades. Museums, art galleries, churches and cathedrals line up for you to visit them and get your inspiration flowing.
Check this 3 day itinerary for Vienna!
Don’t forget to get a Vienna City Card in order to get free access to tons of activities and sights in Vienna.
Vienna for LGBT Travelers
Vienna is an LGBT-friendly destination and they even have some parties and activities for women only. Check if upcoming lesbian Pinked parties collide with your travel dates.
In 2019, Vienna is the host for the Europride! So that’s a great opportunity to plan your travel dates according to the Pride dates in 2019.
Interrail from Budapest to Vienna
This short travel day only requires 1 hour of direct high-speed train travel before arriving in the stunning setting of Vienna.
Have you decided to add Bratislava to your itinerary? The Bratislava to Vienna train takes you to your destination in 1 hour.
Spend the night in Vienna
When visiting Vienna, we stayed in the Kunsthaus Apartments Vienna, which has regular promotions in order to make your stay affordable.
Want to save youbudget for other stuff? Check out the Wombat’s City Hostel.
Prague - Day 11 and 12
Prague is in the middle between Berlin, Vienna and Munich. On top of that, it’s a great city trip in Europe and you can easily include it into your awesome 2-week Central and Eastern Europe Interrail route.
Interrail from Vienna to Prague
The Vienna to Prague train ride takes around 4 hours with a direct train line.
Berlin - Day 13 and 14
Back to Berlin!
This is where we started out but you can also mix up this itinerary or start anywhere in the circle.
Take a few extra days to relax or add extra destinations into your route if you have more time or if you like to travel faster.
Interrail from Prague to Berlin
The direct train from Prague to Berlin takes around 4 hours.
Make sure to select a direct train, because some trips take much longer.
Two weeks Interrailing Europe
This is just an example for a two-week Central and Eastern Europe Interrail route.
But really anything is possible!
Are you more into citytrips, nature trips or do you want to party in each city? Any destination itinerary can be crafted to best fit your wishes and budget.
Keep an eye on our website to see more itineraries pop up in the future. If you have any LGBT themed questions or itinerary ideas, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.