The Guardian: this Hungarian train journey is in Europe’s top 10 – PHOTOS
The Guardian collected Europe’s ten best train journeys: gorgeous scenery, historic routes and adventures. One is the Budapest-Adriatic route connecting the Hungarian capital with the Croatian seashore. What was the source of the British daily newspaper? They worked with Lonely Planet’s Guide to Train Travel in Europe written by Tom Hall.
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According to the British news outlet, railway journeys “evoke a timelessness (…) absent from the uniform experience of flying.” Furthermore, they are more climate-friendly, so many countries invest in building high-speed lines and night trains.
Hungary, in this regard, is to build a Budapest-Warsaw high-speed line. Integrating Hungary into a European high-speed railway network will be “the grandest railway project of our life”, state secretary László Mosóczi told an online conference on the Budapest-Warsaw railway development project aimed at connecting the Visegrád countries and Austria last July. Once the new service is complete within the next ten years,
Vienna and Bratislava will be accessible from Budapest in less than 2 hours, Prague in 3.5 hours, and Warsaw in 5.5 hours,
It is not a high-speed line, but The Guardian still selected the Hungarian-Croatian Budapest-Adriatic railway route among the best lines in Europe.
“Budapest to Split on a sleeper”
To escape summer heat the Budapest-Adriatic night service is a very tempting choice – The Guardian argues. “In recent years the train has left Budapest at midnight, getting into Split after lunch. En route it passes the Hungarian holiday playground of Lake Balaton and Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. Once on the Adriatic coast, buses head south to Dubrovnik, while ferries and catamarans radiate out to nearby islands” – they wrote.
Below you can find photos of the journey MÁV, the Hungarian Railways, shared on their Facebook page.
They said in a post that all trains circulating between Budapest and the sea are modern and well-equipped. For example, they all have an air conditioning system. After the train leaves Zagreb, it crosses the Dinaric Alps, going even above 900 metres in some places. Thus, one should expect a breathtaking view during the journey. Moreover, the Hungarian Railways highlighted this service was already in their summer schedule.
Here are the railway lines The Guardian praised as Europe’s bests:
Paris to Berlin – fast or slow
Amsterdam to Vienna on the Nightjet
Loop the loop in North Wales
From Bastia to Ajaccio through the Corsican interior
Dublin to Madrid by train and ferry
Venice to Palermo – across the water in Italy
From coast to coast, via a mountain high – Oslo to Bergen