22 days in Sofia, Bucharest & Budapest Itinerary

22 days in Sofia, Bucharest & Budapest Itinerary

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22 days in Sofia, Bucharest & Budapest Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Bucharest, Romania
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

5
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Take a break from the city and head to Rila National Park and Borovets Ski Resort. For shopping fun, head to Vitosha Boulevard or Vino Orenda Wine Shop. When in Sofia, make a side trip to see Rila Monastery in Rila, approximately 1:35 hours away. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Vitosha Mountain, appreciate the history behind Vasil Levski Monument, explore and take pictures at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", and make a trip to Slaveikov Square.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Sofia travel itinerary creator.

London, UK to Sofia is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Sofia hover around 4°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rila, Borovets Ski Resort
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

6
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Let the collections at Village Museum (Muzeul Satului) and Museum of the Romanian Peasant capture your imagination. Do your shopping at AFI Palace Cotroceni and Dragonul Roșu. Step out of Bucharest to go to Mogosoaia and see Mogosoaia Palace, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Biserica Stavropoleos, enjoy some music at Romanian Athenaeum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and savor the flavors at Bucharest Party ON.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bucharest travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Sofia to Bucharest by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Bucharest are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Bucharest

Parks Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trips

Mogosoaia Palace, Dragonul Rosu
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Herăstrău Park ©
Herăstrău Park
Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) ©

10
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Get some cultural insight at House of Terror and Shoes on the Danube Promenade Memorial. Escape the urban bustle at Tagore Promenade and Portum Lines Llc. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Danube, don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Bucharest to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and subway; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Tagore Promenade
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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