The warehouse district in Hamburg (photo © minnystock / dreamstime.com)

Route 25: Four capitals in a day

From the banks of the Elbe to the Danube

Route introduction

The rail journey from Hamburg to Budapest can be completed in a long day. The sole direct service between the two cities takes just under 14 hours for a journey of about 1,300 km. Travel all the way through if you will, but the great majority of travellers will stop off en route, usually at one or more of the following cities: Berlin, Dresden, Prague or Bratislava.

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Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide

Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes over 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and – brand new for this 16th edition – now also the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.

This brand-new 16th edition of the guide to travelling Europe by Rail was published in mid-October 2019 and reprinted in January 2020. With tips on ticketing, fares and accommodation, Europe by Rail has become the definitive guide to exploring Europe by train.
Europe by Rail contains all that's necessary to plan your rail journey through Europe: over 50 route descriptions, a country gazetteer, rail connections, information on Eurail and Interrail passes and more.
The 16th edition of Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide was published in mid-October 2019 and reprinted in January 2020. You can get hold of a copy in any good bookshop. Here, we list a few additional places where you can buy the book.