EASTERN PROMISES

This route will take you on a long journey from Budapest to Athens. On your travel, the hidden gems of Southeast Europe will unfold slowly. Start off in the capital of Hungary and move East to Transylvania, the mystic land of Dracula. Go South to unknown Bulgaria where the rugged nature will surround you. Finish off in sunny Greece where their ancient history is waiting. Embrace the cities, the cultures, and nature, but maybe even more important; embrace the wonderful and unconventional train ride! 

THE ROUTE

Budapest - Sibiu - Brasov - Bucharest - Sofia - Thessaloniki - Athens

*You have to reserve a seat during the distances on this route. Click here for more information about seat reservations or visit https://www.interrail.eu/en/book-reservations or download the Rail Planner App.

EXPERIENCES ON THE ROUTE:

Budapest: Kiraly Bath

Visit the Kiraly Bath in the center of Budapest and travel back to the 16th century. Kiraly Bath is the oldest thermal bath in all of Budapest and it is screaming for restoration which only adds on to the atmosphere. Enjoy the tempered pools in the dim light of the sun reaching through the old dome holes. In Kiraly Bath, you will without a doubt experience the history and culture of Budapest firsthand.

Sibiu: Bâlea Waterfall

1,5 hours by bus from Sibiu you will find the beautiful Bâlea Lake and the Bâlea Waterfall located in the ‘Transylvanian Alps’. Experience the hairpin turn of the famous Transfagarasan Road (only open from July to October) or travel 3.7 km by an old school cable car on your way to Bâlea Waterfall. Either way, you will be sucked into the rough and unspoiled nature of Romania.

Brasov: Bran Castle

Bran Castle, located in the center of Transylvania, dates back to 1212. The castle is built on top of a 200-foot-high rock and overlooks the entire region which was suitable for being a royal residence. However, the castle is most famous for being the residence of the notorious Count Dracula. According to the old myth. Visit this mysterious castle just outside Brasov and face your inner fear.

Sofia: River rafting on Iskar River

Escape the city life for a day and hop on the train, ride north for 2 hours and thrilling river rafting down Iskar River will await you. This rafting trip is suitable for anyone and will definitely leave a mark in the old memory. Your guide will provide you everything you need and takes you down Iskar River in a safe manner but bear in mind that you will not return with dry feet.  

Thessaloniki: Train Cemetery

When interrailing through Europe, why not visit a proper train cemetery? Hundreds of railroad cars have been abandoned outside Greece’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki. The trains are rusting away slowly and the cemetery keeps growing as Greece’s national rail company consistently dumps their disused railroad cars. This is a great opportunity to explore the unbeaten path in a safe manner. 

NB: KILROY only provides Interrail passes. Everything else is for inspirational use. KILROY does not offer assistance regarding experiences, activities or accommodation in regards to interrail.