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1. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I'm taking a train between Hungary and Greece this summer, but since it is a long trip I'm thinking of stopping somewhere overnight on the way. Anyone have a suggestion of somewhere exciting to stop?

2. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

May i just say to try and avoid stopping in Romania. Went there last year and would not be my fave place to go back to - unless u want to go for a culture shock of course.
How about Istanbul? Very different and diverse and always colourful.

Nicola

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

I would highly recomend Belgrade. It is an incredible city, and at the moment still isn't attracting many tourists, meaning its even more friendly and welcoming that normal and incredibly cheap as well.

Would also disagree with Nickla about Romania. It's a wonderful, wonderful country and incredibly cheap, although admittedly it can be a huge shock to the system if your not expecting it, and may take a few days to get used to which isn't that helpful if your only stopping for a couple of days to break the journey. Also, if your time in Romania is basically Bucharest, it isn't representive of the country at all, and i freely admit isn't the worlds most wonderful city, although it can grow on you.

By train from Budapest to Thessalonki, the direct train is by far the longest and takes about 35hours (2 nights) and goes via Romania and Bulgaria, whereas the quickest route is less than 22 hours with a change in Belgrade [via Serbia and FYROM]. The third option is about 30 hours and involves changing in Belgrade and Sofia [Bulgaria].

If your just looking at one place for a night or so, i'd certainly recomend Belgrade as the first choice. somewhere Both Sofia and Skopje are interesting for a day or two as well. If you head via Romania, try and stop in Sigisoara in prefertance to Bucharest. There are lots of smaller or slightly less direct/straight forward places that i could recomend in all 4 of those countries, but which if your looking at going from Hungary to Greece fairly quickly with just a 1 night break, probably aren't going to happen. Regardless of which way you go, if you've only got 1 night you will end up crossing at least 1 entire country without stopping in it, which is always a bit of a shame.

Btw, there is talk of reverting the direct train to it's old route via Belgrade around Easter time, but they've been muttering that for at least a year or so, so i wouldn't hold your breath. Bl00dy politics. But make sure you take summer changes into account with reagrd to trains/timings/routes.