London, UK to Brussels, Belgium
Start your grand European tour at London’s Victoria Coach Station. You’ll see the countryside of Southeastern England,
Brussels, Belgium to Luxembourg City
Hoard some Belgian chocolate for later and move along. This route takes you through German forests, with a 3-hour layover to explore the city of Bonn.
Luxembourg City to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrive at the infamous Dutch capital in just under seven hours. It’s ridiculously easy to do Amsterdam on the cheap: People-watch in the red light district, check out the art galleries on Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, wander into one of the city’s hidden gardens, or attend an outdoor film festival, all for exactly zero money.
Amsterdam to Copenhagen, Denmark
This bus ride is an overnighter, and hopefully the sun will be up by the time you hit the Fehmarn ferry, an epic 45-minute boat ride across the
Copenhagen, Denmark to Berlin, Germany
There are a few different ways to book this leg. You can enjoy the Gedser-Rostock ferry, a scenic one-hour, 45-minute ride across the Baltic Sea, or take a longer trip that includes a few hours’ stopover in Hamburg.
Berlin, Germany to Warsaw, Poland
The bus leaves from either the Berlin Central Bus Station or Schonefeld Airport, so starting your journey with a flight to Berlin is also an option. Next stop is Poland, another one of those charming dirt-cheap countries that not enough Americans visit.
Warsaw, Poland to Prague, Czech Republic
It’s a long road to Prague, with a trip through Dresden along the way, but it’s well worth it once you arrive at one of the most picturesque cities on Earth.
Prague to Vienna, Austria
Vienna ain’t cheap, but hanging here feels fancy and indulgent even if you aren’t dropping a ton of money.
Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia
Because Vienna is often the airport of choice for those flying to Slovakia, there’s no shortage of cheap busses going from the Austrian capital to Bratislava. It’s only a few minutes’ walk to the city center where you’ll find one of Europe’s best-kept secrets for divine food and laid-back vibes.
Bratislava, Slovakia to Budapest, Hungary
If you can, take the bus that leaves Bratislava at 10:20am; not only is it the cheapest, it also gets you into Budapest with enough time for a full evening in town.