Home to some of the most recognisable modern architectural masterpieces such as Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia, its hard not to take a good photo here.
With so much going on all year round, Barcelona is the perfect stop for both its sandy beaches and bustling city life, hosting an array of musical festivals, summer-long siestas and galleries all throughout the city.
Barcelona is certainly not short of historical landmarks either and very easily discoverable by foot. If art and history is your thing, then you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice here.
I’ve had the privilege of visiting Barcelona a few times, so I’ve put together a shortlist of my top highlights which the city has to offer.
Whether this is your first time visiting or just a quick stopover, our top picks of things to do in Barcelona will inspire you to check out these spots, or at least include something new to add to your itinerary.
So here are my 5 Top Picks.
1. Admire the works of Antoni Gaudi
When visiting Barcelona it is inevitable that you will run into some of many works of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. So add it to the top of your list of things to do!
Easily recognisable for its colourful dreamlike designs, extravagantly detailed facades it’s hard not to miss these masterpieces throughout the city. Some of Gaudi’s most famous builds include Casa Batlló, Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia.
2. Transbordador Aeri Del Port
If you’re looking for a truly unique way to admire the city then I highly recommend a cable-car ride over Barcelona harbour. Starting from Barceloneta, this iconic ride takes you all the way across to Montjuïc, offering spectacular views across the city skyline.
The cable car itself offers 360 views which you can walk around to grab those perfect photo opportunities.
To get there, head to Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 88 (Torre Sant Sebastià)
3. El Bosc de les Fades – The Fairy Forest Bar
Enjoy sangria in a hidden enchanted fairy forest.
Hidden away just off the busy street of La Rambla, El Bosc de les Fades is a truly unique bar experience that will certainly transport you.
Surrounded by trickling waterfalls in a mythical forest setting along with ambient woodland sounds, this place will truly feel like you’ve stepped into another world.
Be sure to explore the hidden nooks and corners of this place whilst snapping some otherworldly photos (and fairies)
Tibidabo is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola National Park, offering stunning views across the city and coastline.
To truly make the most of these amazing 360 panoramic views then I highly recommend you visit Tibidabo Cathedral and make your way up the winding steps, on the top.
Whilst your there, be sure to check out the amusement park nearby.
5. Font Màgica de Montjuïc (Magic Fountain of Montjuic)
One of my favourite things to do during my stay in Barcelona was taking a visit to the Magic Fountain. The magic fountain is an amazing display of light, classical music and water acrobatics, an absolute must-see. Be sure to take a picnic and grab a spot as the park fills up pretty quickly.
The dates below will ensure you don’t miss this amazing opportunity:
June 1 – September 30: from 21:30 to 22:30 (Wed-Sun) Oct: from 21:00 to 22:00 (Thurs-Sat)
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However, you’d be surprised that there are many misconceptions about hostels which often result in people having a negative view towards them.
So we’ve done research and gathered the most common hostel myths so that we can de’bunk’ them! (PUN INTENDED)
Myth #1: Hostels are basic
If there’s one thing for sure, hostels are full of entertainment! Hostels aim to give you that travel experience from the moment you enter their doors.
We’ve got great facilities and travel experts working at our hostels so they’ll have the best advice to give on what to do in the area. After all, what’s not to love about Europe! We work with tour guides to help give you the ultimate experience of the city. They’ll take you to all the best places around.
In our hostels, we’ve also got great bars and events going on! From welcome meetings & cooking classes to beer pong & pub crawls there is something for everyone!
And we’re not in the dark ages, we’ve got TV, computers and kitchens for whatever you need.
Myth #2: Hostels are in non-central locations
The hostels you see in films aren’t really hostels. In reality, hostels are probably only ever spotted in central locations with easy access to all the major attractions. You could literally walk out the doorstep and be able to get to any touristic place in minutes.
We are only located in the major cities in Europe with our hostels carefully chosen to give all our guests the best stay! No one wants to have to travel 30 minutes to get to the main areas.
Myth #3: Hostels are for only young people
Since when did travelling have an age limit? Anyone of any age can travel and anyone of any age can stay in a hostel.
You might think that a hostel is full of people causing havoc but in reality, it’s a place where you are able to meet like-minded travellers and exchange stories.
The best part is that most of the times these meetings lead to long-lasting friendships even after the adventure is over!
Myth #4: Hostels only have bunk beds
If you’re not keen on bunk beds not to worry. Many hostels have both dorm rooms and private rooms for you to choose from. Whilst travelling is about meeting new people and being social it is understandable that at times you need privacy.
Here at Safestay, we have both private rooms, small dorms and large dorms. A wide selection to suit your needs!
Solo travelling can be exciting and scary at the same time. The aspect of going to a new place and escaping your current environment will fill you with positive vibes but the aspect of meeting new people can be daunting especially if you don’t know where to start. You know that if you don’t engage with other travellers you’ll miss out on countless fun activities and adventures. Luckily for you, after researching and using some of our natural expertise, we have comprised a list telling you how to make friends when solo travelling
#1 Stay in a Hostel
This one seems like a no brainer and definitely an important tip for making friends when solo travelling!
Hostels are designed to maximise your chances of meeting new people!
Getting a bed in a hostel dorm room will allow you to meet a number of other travellers, some of which might also be solo travelling.
You’ll easily be able to start a conversation as you will all be living in the same area as you. You’ll find that in a matter of a few hours all of you will feel like you’ve been friends forever!
Tourlina is a Women only travel app that lets women meet up with other female travellers.
If you’re looking for a reliable app you can rest assured as Tourlina’s team checks every single new user and only those that are verified can chat to other people.
How does it work?
First, you enter your trip and the dates you are travelling. You will then find and be able to match with different travel companions with mutual interests, destination and travel time. You select a travel companion simply by easily swiping left or right. From there you can chat and plan your trip together once you and your travel companions are matching
Backpackr is a great way to meet nearby travellers. There are many aspects to the app. You can browse through numerous travellers profiles find likeminded people to meet up. You can instantly message and organise activities together.
There is also a ‘nearby’ section which allows you to see everything going on in your area. You can find some great events that you didn’t know was happening. This leads us on to our next point.
#7 Be Flexible
No, we aren’t talking about the stretching type of flexible.
We are saying to not have everything planned to a strict regime. The best part about travelling solo is being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want.
When you meet other travellers you’ll want to make sure you’re flexible to ensure that any plans you guys make you can commit to!
There you have it. Our best tips on how to make friends when solo travelling! Have we missed any? Let us know via Instagram!
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The worst part of any backpacking adventure is the packing. Do you feel like you don’t know where to even start and not sure whether you are taking too much or too little or even the right things?Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of the Ultimate Travel Tips for Backpackers!
Let’s start off with the most important tip
#1 Download Offline Maps as soon as you get WiFi
You don’t want to get lost when you’re in another country so make sure you have all the necessary resources. We’ve got a few tips:
– As soon as you get any source of Wi-Fi head over to Google Maps so that it can download the maps.
This will then be stored on your phone even when you don’t have internet.
This is a revolutionary app that helps make talking about your location simple!
What3Words divides the whole word into separate 3mx3m squares and assigns each of these squares a 3-word code.
So if you ever get lost or separated from your friends you can exactly pinpoint where you are (or where your friends are) using the 3-word code.
– Another tip is to recognise landmarks when you’re walking. The simplest thing to do is to keep an eye out for things.
Anything that stands out that is near where you are staying will make it easier to recognise where you are.
Also, locals are more likely to recognise popular landmarks and give you directions to them rather than places they’ve never heard of.
#2 Don’t pack your whole wardrobe
Whilst it might be nice to have a wide range of your favourite clothes with you so you can have a choice of what to wear, it’s not smart to bring loads of clothes when you backpack. That’s why it has made our list of the Ultimate Travel Tips for Backpackers.
You will get very annoyed if you have to drag all of these clothes with you everywhere you go so here are a few tips on how to choose only the essentials
It’s also important to pack for the weather so make sure you look at the weather forecast before you travel.
You want to make sure you pack clothes that are:
Light (try to avoid thick raincoats and go for those thin ones that fold up into the size of a CD)
Simple and plain so that they can match with several outfits
Suitable for multiple occasions (dinner, parties etc)
Speaking of clothes this leads us on to our next point!
#3 Don’t buy the biggest backpack available
Even though it might seem wise to buy a big bag, this will only lead to you packing more than you need and eventually you’ll have more with you on your backpacking adventure than you do at home.
So buy an average size, one that isn’t too small and not too big. A bag around 40-50 litres should be perfect.
For more information on the best backpacks click here.
#4 Set a Budget!
It’s important to make sure you stick to a budget firstly as it’s good practice for life and secondly so that you don’t end up broke.
However, you don’t need to be stuck onto it as you might encounter spontaneous events whilst your midway through your holiday that you would like to go to.
So try to have a budget range that way you can be flexible but also strict at the same time.
We also recommend getting a Monzo Card. This is the perfect card for any travellers. You can simply have all your money on this card and use it to pay for stuff without facing the consequences and any International fee charges. You simply pay what the exchange rate is at the time of purchase.
#5. Ask Locals for ideas on what to do!
That’s right, no one will know the city better than its own locals.
Yes, whilst you can find lots of cool things to do on the internet, locals will be able to give you an insight into all the hidden gems that don’t exist on the internet.
By hidden gems, we mean places that not many people know about.
People are usually friendly and will always be happy to help (providing that you ask in a nice way!)
If you’re planning on staying at a hostel be sure to check us out. We have 12 locations all over Europe!
Our team members at our hostels are consist of locals to the area! They will definitely have the best ideas on what to do!
#6. Bring some things to keep you entertained
When you’re a backpacker you should expect to be travelling for long hours every day which can get quite boring.
So to keep yourself entertained and to help make the journey go quick look to bring some small items with you.
A classic is a deck of cards! There are 100’s of games you can play with cards and is always a good way to break the ice if your travelling alone! You can also bring a book or a crossword puzzle book.
#7. Take care of your health
Even though you might say you never get sick, when you’re on a backpacking adventure you are likely to get sick if you don’t look after yourself.
So make sure to pack all the essential medicines with you so that you have easy access to them whenever you need. Take everything such as painkillers, soothers, plasters & electrolyte tablets.
Also, you don’t have to take medicine to stay healthy. Make sure you get a good amount of fruit in your diet when travelling. The natural vitamins will help keep your immune system in check.
#8. Research, research & research
Research is key before you make any travel plans. You want to make sure that you’re travelling to a place that you will enjoy and also feel comfortable in.
Make a list of all the things YOU want to do while you’re travelling. Whatever your interest is be sure to match that while you travel.
If you’re stuck on ideas have a look into the common things that other travellers do in that city to spark some interest.
Read up on travel blogs as they often give very good advice! In fact, we’ve got some great travel blogs on our [E]xplorer Blog. Be sure to check it out.
Also whilst it’s good to know about the popular tourist destinations it is also important to research the culture.
Different places have different rules, some that you might not think even exists. You don’t want to unintentionally offend someone so be sure to research this aspect as well.
#9. Carry Plastic Bags
You are bound to either have a wet swimming costume or dirty clothes while you travel and it would be wise not to mix these with your fresh and dry clothes.
So carrying bags to separate these is a perfect idea.
You can also use plastic bags to keep your clothes categorised making it even easier to find certain items.
#10. See what you can share
This only really applies to people backpacking in groups.
You don’t want to each be bringing the same item on your trip. Get in pairs and speak about things you can share. Things such as shampoo and shower gel can be easy things to share which will also save you space in your bag.
There are obviously some things that you can’t share but with enough planning, you can save a lot of space!
Even if you run out of the things you have shared you can always purchase many branded items in local supermarkets, sometimes even for cheaper than back home!
There you have it, our list of the Ultimate Travel Tips for Backpackers is complete! Hopefully, this has given you a good insight into what you can do to make your backpack trip a lot easier.
Have we missed any? Have you got another tip? Be sure to let us know via Instagram!
Barcelona is full of beautiful things to do during the day but at night the city really comes to life! There are many different clubs that we decided to show you all the best places to party in Barcelona!. Whatever music you are into Barcelona will have a club for you.
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Whether you’re looking for an authentic British travel experience in London, to hit the sunny terraces in Barcelona, try tasty tapas food markets in Madrid or lounge on the beaches around Lisbon, we have 12 destinations to choose from.
We’ve have created hostels where we ourselves want to stay. There’s always something to do, from tours and events to live music and cooking classes, or just nights in with a pizza. You can head to the bar, grab a drink and meet likeminded people who love to travel.
Stay at any of our locations and create new memories, maybe even make new friends or bring along old ones!
Many people gather together and celebrate with a march and host several parties! With so many events happening in Europe it’ll be helpful to have a roundup of the best ones you should attend! That is why we have created a list of the 15 Gay Pride Festivals you have to go to in 2019!
1. EuroPride 2019 Vienna
Location: city centre Pride Village, City Hall Square, Vienna, Austria
Dates: 1 – 16th March 2019
Vienna has been selected to host the EuroPride 2019. Over a million people are expected to attend the festival which is held in the city centre of City Hall Square.
There will be many events during the 16-day festival
EUROPRIDE VILLAGE will be held right in front of the city hall of Vienna where On the Pride Stage, local and international acts will perform magnificent shows for you! Entrance to the village is completely free! Opening hours of the village are open can be found here. https://europride2019.at/pridevillage/
The magnificent Rainbow parade will be held on the 15th of June 2019! It will pass through the Wiener Ringstrasse. The parade will start at 12 AM in front of Rathausplatz (the square in front of the Viennese city hall).
Be sure to dress up and wpork on your entertaining skills! There is a prize for the best parade contribution.
2. The Belgian Pride | Brussels 2019
Location: Mont des Arts – Kunstberg, Brussels, Belgium
Brussels pride is a little different from other pide festivals. Apart from hosting the usual partes, parades and acts, Brussels pride focuses on the more political side to pride with debates and conferences being held about everything from gay rights to global culture. At 12 o’clock on the 19th May Mont des Arts opens its doors to the public! With surprising acts, music and culinary specialities you are bound to have a great time at this pride.
Want to donate?
Follow this link if you would like to donate to Belgian Pride
Check out the after movie of Belgian Pride 2018 in Brussels
3. Stockholm Pride 2019
Dates: July 29th – August 3rd 2019
Stockholm Pride is Scandinavia’s largest pride festival!
The offical parad is set for the 3rd of August and will start at 1pm. It will take you through central Stockholm where a joyful and colorful manifestation of love for human rights begins.
The parade train consists of 45,000 participants distributed on around 200 vehicles. The parade is performed under the demonstration right and everyone who wants to participate or watch. The parade will end at Pride Park on Östermalms IP.
Want to join the parade?
Well, good news! You don’t need to register rather simply find a space somewhere along the parade and join in!
However, if you are a group that would like to join you will have to register. Simply fill in the application form
Prague’s first gay pride event was in 2011 and was a huge success as it gathered over a million people! It has gotten bigger and bigger since then and is looking to hold more parties and more acts this year.
The parade will start at 2pm and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. It will leave from Wenceslas Square via Příkopy and Revoluční Streets across the river to Letná Park. At Letná park you will find 3 DJ stages, beer, cocktails and great food!
Check out the highlights of Prague Gay Pride 2017
Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hostel in Prague that you can check out!
During Copenhagen Pride Week the square at Radhuspladsen and Stroget is transformed into Pride Square, offering a grand stage show and various shops offering food and goods. Access to the square is free.
This program will also include free concerts, debates, workshops, seminars, parties and activities all aiming to celebrate love and diversity and to make a platform to take Pride to the next level. The full detailed program will be released soon. Keep your eyes peeled here.
You can help with a variety of things at Copenhagen Pride 2019. You could be helping out with Bar or be part of the info team to help guests have the best experience! You can find more roles and apply here.
Check out the after movie of Copenhagen Pride 2018
6. Helsinki Pride 2019
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Date: 24th – 30th June 2019
This year’s Pride at Helsinki will be a special one! There is a new site that is currently under construction! The theme of Helsinki Pride is freedom and responsibility and it will start from Senate Square and continues to a Park Party and the closing party in the evening.
Want to volunteer?
There are many ways you can help this Pride festival. From making a donation to helping out during the day you can find other ways here.
7. Paris Gay Pride 2019
Dates: Saturday, 29 June 2019
Paris Gay Pride (or the “Marche des Fiertés” in French) has one of the world’s most vibrant LGBTIQ scenes. Over half a million people are expected to venture onto Parisian streets to take part in France’s biggest gay Pride event.
It will commence at 2 pm on the 29th of June.
A few weeks before the main Paris Gay Pride Parade, there are a series of parties and other LGBTQ events take place across Paris, many in the city’s gay district – Le Marais. It will start at Place de la Concorde, in front of the National Assembly, and will wind its way through Châtelet, Le Marais, Pont Sully, and Bastille, before concluding with a massive party at Place de la République.
After the parade, the party doesnt stop rather it just begins! DJ’s and concerts keep everyone partying from 5 pm until 10 pm. If you still want to continue partying several of the city’s top gay clubs will be throwing different parties to celebrate the day.
8. Madrid Orgullo MADO 2019
Dates: 28th of June to 7th July 2019
One of Europe’s largest pride events turns Madrid into one colossal celebration with outdoor concerts, cabarets and a rollicking parade. The official parade will commence on the Saturday 6th of July 2019 at 5 pm. This is a must attend! It takes place in the centre of Madrid, starting at Atocha Station and ending in the Plaza de Colón. However, be sure to arrive a few days earlier as there are many parties for Pride that kick off in the Chueca neighbourhood prior to the actual festival. You’ll be able to meet many people from all over the world as around 2 MILLION people are expected to attend.
At 7 pm on the 29th of June at the Av. Maria Cristina (Main stage) there will be a High Heel Race! The winner will receive a massive €250. You can sign up on the day, 15 minutes before the start of the race
There will also be a Pride Drag Exhibition where you can dress up and perform! This will be held on the Main stage of María Cristina at 7:15 pm on the 29th of June.
Check out the after movie of Pride Barcelona 2018
10. York Pride 2019
Location: York, United Kingdom
Date: 8th June 2019
The York Pride Parade leaves from York Minster (Duncombe Place) at approx 11:45 am and arrives at the Knavesmire (Tadcaster Road End) at approx 1:00 pm. The event is completely free but donations are welcome to help support the cause!
There is also an after party which will be held at Mansion Nightclub on Micklegate from 8:30 pm.
Want to get involed
There are many ways to get involved:
You could set up a stall! It’s a great way to meet and engage with 1000’s of people.
You can also have your part in the parade and it’s completely free to be involved. Large groups would need to contact the Pride’s Parade Officer which you can do here.
11. Pride Edinburgh 2019
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Date: 22nd June 2019
The theme of this year’s Pride Edinburgh 2019 is titled ‘This is me’. The Festival has LIVE Music, Health and Community Fair and lots more.
The day beings with Annual Pride Scotia March which has seen more than 10,000 take part in previous years.
Pride Edinburgh is Scotland’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) festival. There are also events in both Teviot House and Potterrow. There is a full programme of entertainment such as ceilidh dancing.
The parade starts from 12 pm and takes places south along Horse Wynd. You’ll then venture into Queens Drive and pass many of Edinburgh’s areas such as the Holyrood galt, Holyrood Road, Cowgate and Candlemaker Row. At around 1 pm the march arrives at Teviot House where the day events mentioned earlier commence.
Check out this amazing video of the Pride Edinburgh experience!
12. Pride in London 2019
Dates: Saturday 6th of July 2019
The 2019 Pride in London Parade will take place on Saturday 6th of July. Be part of the parade! Individuals can take part in the parade. There are many activities that you can do ranging from carrying the giant rainbow flag to joining the individual’s group. More details are expected in March 2019! Keep your eyes peeled here.
There is also a Pride’s got talent event at the London Pride! It is designed to ensure the existing pool of talent in the LGBT+ community were given a fair chance to take part in Pride in London and were exposed to industry recognised judges to aid them in their artistic career.
Check out the video of Pride’s got talent 2018!
Check out the aftermovie of Pride London 2018
Want to take part in Pride?
You can take part in the parade as a group. Applications are now open! Click here to apply!
Applications are now open if you want to get a stall! Click here to apply
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13. Pride Amsterdam 2019
Date: July 27th – August 4th, 2019
From 2pm on the 27th July 2019, thousands of participants will arrive in the Vondelpark. On this day you can enjoy sports and games throughout the day, get informed at the Rainbow Market and enjoy performances.
The Pride Walk will occur on the same day but more information will be available closer to the date. Keep your eyes peeled here!
On the 3rd of August 2019 at 12:30 the canal parade will commence! You can see last years event and how much fun it was below:
On Sunday, August 4th the official closing of Pride Amsterdam will take place at the Dam square. Enjoy all of our artists, performances, dancers and a whole lot more! See you there!
2019’s Reykjavík Pride marks its twentieth anniversary. It will actually run for 10 days instead of 6 and on the first day, there will be an amazing opening ceremony! What started with fifteen hundred onlookers, has evolved into a colourful celebration that attracts over 100 thousand guests from all over the world. You wouldn’t want to miss that! The official Pride Parade, outdoor festival and Pride Party on will be held on the 17th of August.
Groups can participate in these events so if you wish to apply to be part of the parade click here.
15. Roma Pride 2019
Location: Rome, Italy
Date: 8th of June 2019
The official parade will be held at 3:00 pm at the Republic square. Then it will wind along the centre of Rome and will end at Piazza Della Madonna di Loreto. For a more detailed list of the areas, it will go past click here
There is also a creative contest held which is open to everyone who wants to develop a graphic or audiovisual project linked to the promotion of the Roma Pride 2019 event! If you wish to register to click here!
Roma Pride always looking for volunteers! If you wish to volunteer to apply here!
You can donate to this event to show your support! Roma Pride has activated a free donation service through PayPal.
There you have it 15 Gay Pride Festivals you have to go to in 2019! Which ones are you going to? Can you go to all of them? Be sure to tag us in your pics using the #SafestayHostel so we can see your experience and to get featured on our Instagram page.
Who doesn’t love a bit of dessert! While Spain is very famous for its seafood, tapas, and paella, their desserts cannot be ignored. Filled with tradition and uniqueness you’ll want to save some room to have a typical Spanish dessert!
But which one do you go for?
Fortunately, we have comprised a list of must-try Spanish deserts to help you on your next trip to Spain! Be prepared this will get your mouth watering!
The highspeed train network across Europe is one of the best globally. Nowadays it’s so easy to travel to different cities in Europe by train whilst getting a feel for the locals who use them daily. It can also save on your travel costs, meaning you can spend more on your actual trip!
That’s why we’ve created this guide to show you how you can do this across all of our locations in Europe!
When travelling to so many places in one trip, it’s important to group locations together so you can optimise your journey in each region. So we’ve grouped our European locations into 3 regions:
The UK – Safestay London, Safestay York, Safestay Edinburgh
Central Europe – Safestay Prague, Safestay Brussels, Safestay Vienna
Southern Europe – Safestay Lisbon, Safestay Madrid, Safestay Barcelona
Keep reading for our detailed guide on how to visit Safestay Locations in the 3 different categories…by bus!
The UK Tour – How to visit all our UK locations by train
1. Safestay London → Safestay York From our Safestay London locations (Safestay London Elephant & Castle or Safestay London Kensington Holland Park) use the London Underground to get to Kings Cross/ St. Pancras Station
Safestay London Elephant & Castle → Kings Cross/ St. Pancras Station
Take the Northern Line from Elephant & Castle Station to Kings Cross Station
– The journey is 7 stops and is about 15 minutes
– The journey costs £2.40 using an Oyster or Contactless card and £4.90 if you pay by cash
Safestay London Elephant & Castle → Kings Cross Station
Take the central line from Holland Park Station to Oxford Circus Station. At Oxford Circus Station take the Victoria Line to Kings Cross/ St. Pancras Station
– The journey is 9 stops and is about 25 minutes
– The journey costs £2.90 using an Oyster or Contactless card and £4.90 if you pay by cash
Once you have arrived at Kings Cross/ St. Pancras Station you will have to take the London North Eastern Railway straight to York.
– The journey is between 2 to 2.5 hours
– The prices for this journey ranges from £25-£120 as it depends on what time and day you travel
– We’re located only a 7-minute walk from the station!
From Safestay Edinburgh you can easily take one train straight to London and then grab the London Underground to either of our London hostels (Safestay London Elephant & Castle or Safestay London Kensington Holland Park)
At Edinburgh Station grab the London North Eastern Railway straight to Kings Cross/ St. Pancras Station.
– The journey is roughly 4 hours and 15 minutes
– The prices for this journey ranges from £45-£70 as it depends on what time and day you travel
– Our London locations are located about 20 minutes away from Kings Cross/ St. Pancras Station.
The Southern Europe Tour – How to visit all our Southern European Locations by train!
4. Safestay Libson → Safestay Madrid
From Safestay Lisbon, the closest station is Restauradores. From there you will be able to take some trains through the many beautiful neighbourhoods of Lisbon and Madrid before arriving in the centre of the Spanish capital. It would be an idea to spend a few days in these neighbourhoods to make the most of them! For more information on the neighbourhoods you’ll visit click here
– The journey is roughly 11 hours
– The prices for this journey ranges from€58-€99 as it depends on what time and day you travel
– Our Lisbon location is located about 3 minutes away from Alonso Martinez station
Our 3 Barcelona locations are located nearby the Barcelona Sants station.
Barcelona Sants → Safestay Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia
Take the Barcelona Cercanías (RENFE) (Bus number R1 or R3) to Barcelona Plaça Catalunya. From there it is approximately a 10-minute walk to the hostel.
– The journey is roughly 15 minutes in total and costs between €1-€4
Barcelona Sants → Safestay Barcelona Gothic
Take the Barcelona Cercanías (RENFE) (Bus number R2) to Barcelona Cercanías (RENFE). From there it is approximately a 5-minute walk to the hostel.
– The journey is roughly 22 minutes in total and costs between€1-€3
Barcelona Sants → Safestay Barcelona Sea
Take the Barcelona Cercanías (RENFE) (Bus number R2) to Barcelona Cercanías (RENFE). From there it is approximately a 15-minute walk to the hostel.
– The journey is roughly 31 minutes in total and costs between €1-€3
6. Safestay Barcelona → Safestay Lisbon
From Barcelona Sants station you will have to grab several trains that will take you through many magnificent neighbourhoods in Spain and Portugal before arriving in Lisbon! It’s a great way to discover so many places! You will arrive at Restauradores station in Lisbon which is 2 minutes away from the Lisbon Hostel
– The journey is roughly 15 hours
– The prices for this journey ranges from€116-€167 as it depends on what time and day you travel
The Central Europe Tour – How to visit all our Central European Locations by train!
7. Safestay Brussels → Safestay Prague
Your train journey will start from De Brouckere and will take you through many neighbourhoods in Germany until you reach Praha station in Prague. The hostel is then a 20-minute walk from this station. You might be able to break up your journey and spend a bit of time in Germany.
– The journey is roughly 13 hours.
– The prices for this journey ranges from€153-€232 as it depends on what time and day you travel
The best way to travel from Central Europe to start your Southern European Tour would be to take the Wein train to Paris. From Paris, you can grab another train to Barcelona Sants. Then you can use the local subway to get to any of our Barcelona Hostels
– The journey is roughly 18 hours.
– The prices for this journey starts from €324-€431 as it depends on what time and day you travel
We are not gonna lie. This is the only journey that involves air travel.
– The total air journey is roughly 2 hours 40 minutes.
– The prices for this journey starts from €45-€210 as it depends on what time and day you travel
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