How to visit all Safestay Locations by Train

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

The UK Tour – Visualisation of our locations

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!

King’s Cross Station

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

2.Safestay York → Safestay Edinburgh

Safestay Edinburgh – Entrance

This journey is a lot easier to complete. It only involves taking one train. 

 

When you arrive at York station, you will be able to take the London North Eastern Railway straight to Edinburgh station.

– The journey is approximately 2.5 hours

– The prices for this journey ranges from £25-£100 as it depends on what time and day you travel

– We’re located only a 7-minute walk from the station!

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

3. Safestay Edinburgh → Safestay London

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.


London can be expensive so here are some tips on how to travel cheap in London.

 

The Southern Europe Tour – How to visit all our Southern European Locations by train!

The Southern European Tour – Visualisation of our locations

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


TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/SafeStay-Lisbon/Safestay-Madrid

 

5. Safestay Madrid → Safestay Barcelona

Barcelona

From Safestay Madrid, take Madrid Cercanías (RENFE) (Trains C10 or C8) or the Spanish Railways (RENFE) (Trains R) to Madrid Atocha Railway Station.

 

At Madrid Atocha Railway Station get the Spanish Railways AVE to Barcelona Sants.

– The journey is roughly 4 hours

– The prices for this journey ranges from €56-€81 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Safestay-Madrid/Barcelona

 

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

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

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

 

The Central Europe Tour – How to visit all our Central European Locations by train!

The Central European Tour – Visualisation of our locations

7. Safestay Brussels → Safestay Prague

Safestay Prague – Dorm Room

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

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

8. Safestay Prague → Safestay Vienna

From Praha station, you can take the RegioJet straight to Wein Hbf. From Wein, it is approximately a 25-minute walk to the hostel

 

– The journey is roughly 4 hours.

– The prices for this journey ranges from €11-€16 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

9. Safestay Vienna → Safestay Brussels

From Wein station, you can take several trains throughout the neighbourhoods of Germany until you reach De Brouckere station in Brussels. From there it is a 4-minute walk to the Brussels Hostel.

 

– The journey is roughly 11 hours.

– The prices for this journey ranges from€170-€251 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

HOW TO TRAVEL BETWEEN THE UK, CENTRAL EUROPE & SOUTHERN EUROPE

 

We’ve found the easiest ways to travel from one category to another.

 

The UK → Central Europe.

London to Brussels by train

The best way to travel from the UK to start your Central European Tour would be to take the Eurostar from London Kings Cross to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar.

From there you would take the local subway to the Brussels Centre. Then it is a short 2-minute walk to the hostel

 

– The journey is roughly 2 hours 15 minutes.

– The prices for this journey starts from £117 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

Central Europe → Southern Europe

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

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

Southern Europe → The UK

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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How to visit all Safestay Locations by Bus

Travelling by bus across Europe is possible! And let us tell you, it can be a lot of fun too. We’ve found the most optimal route and it can even save you quite a lot of money on your travel costs versus travelling by plane. This means saving you more money to spend during your actual trip!

 

You might think it’s complicated to plan but not to worry! We’ve created a complete guide to show you how you too can do this, and see all of our locations in Europe! You can travel the whole trip or join up only parts of it. It’s up to you. 

 

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:

 

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 our UK locations by bus

The UK Tour – Visualisation of our locations

1. Safestay London → Safestay York

Safestay London Elephant & Castle – Entrance

From our Safestay London locations (Safestay London Elephant & Castle or Safestay London Kensington Holland Park) use the London Underground to get to Victoria Station

Once you arrive at Victoria Station you need to take the National Express or the Megabus UK (M20, M12) to Leeds coach station.

From Leeds coach station take the Yorkshire Coastliner to York Rail station. We are 6 minutes away from the station (walking).

 

– The journey is between 6 to 6.5 hours

– The prices for this journey ranges from £15-£25 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 

For more live information click here

 

2. Safestay York → Safestay Edinburgh

From Safestay York take the National Express to Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street.

From Leeds Coach Station, Dyer Street take the National Express to Edinburgh.

 

– The journey is between 6 to 6.5 hours

– The prices for this journey ranges from £35-£50 depending on what time and day you travel

 

For more live information click here

 

3. Safestay Edinburgh → Safestay London

From Edinburgh, you can take the National Express directly to London Victoria

From London Victoria you can use the Underground to get to either of our London locations:

 

– The journey is roughly 10 hours and 30 minutes

– The prices for this journey ranges from £15-£35 as it depends on what time and day you travel

– Our London locations are located about 20 minutes away from Victoria Station.

 

The Southern Europe Tour – How to get to all our Southern European Locations!

The Southern European Tour – Visualisation of our locations

4. Safestay Libson → Safestay Madrid

From Restauradores take the Carris bus (number 759) to Oriente. You can then get a direct bus from Lisboa Oriente to Madrid.

 

– The journey is roughly 10 hours

– The prices for this journey ranges from approximately €10-€45 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 


TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

5. Safestay Madrid → Safestay Barcelona

Safestay Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia – Terrace Bar

You can grab a direct bus from Madrid to Barcelona. Take the ALSA bus from Madrid to Barcelona Sants Station.

 

– The journey is roughly 8 hours

– The prices for this journey ranges from approximately €33-€55 as it depends on what time and day you travel

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

6. Safestay Barcelona → Safestay Lisbon

You can grab a direct bus from Barcelona to Lisbon. Take the Rede Expressos from Barcelona Sants Station to Lisbon Airport. Then take the Carris bus (number 783) to Restauradores. The Hostel is 2 minutes away from here.

 

– The journey is roughly 20 hours

– The prices for this journey ranges from approximately €70-€130 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

 

The Central Europe Tour – How to get to all our Central European Locations!

The Central European Tour – Visualisation of our locations

7. Safestay Brussels → Safestay Prague

From Safestay Brussels take the Belgian Railways to Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid.

Then from Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid grab the RegioJet Bus service to Prague. Our hostel is a 15-minute walk from here.

 

– The journey is roughly 15 hours

– The prices for this journey ranges from approximately €27-€34 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

8. Safestay Prague → Safestay Vienna

From Prague grab the FlixBus (Bus number 060, 958, N66) straight to Vienna, Erdberg.

From Erdberg take the local subway to Neubaugasse. Our hostel is a 10-minute walk from this stop.

 

– The journey is roughly 5 hours

– The prices for this journey ranges from approximately €15-€33 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

9. Safestay Vienna → Safestay Brussels

Brussels – Grand Place

Take the local subway from Neubaugasse to Erdberg. The from there take the FlixBus (Bus number N136 or N36) to Brussels. From there it is a 15-minute walk to our Brussels hostel.

 

– The journey is roughly 20 hours

– The prices for this journey ranges from approximately €52-€92 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

 

HOW TO TRAVEL BETWEEN THE UK, CENTRAL EUROPE & SOUTHERN EUROPE

We’ve found the easiest ways to travel from one category to another.

 

The UK → Central Europe.

London to Brussels by bus

The best way to travel from the UK to start your Central European Tour would be to take the RegioJet from London Victoria station to Brussels City Center – Midi Train station.

From there you can take the local subway to Brussels Centre. Then it is a short 2-minute walk to the hostel

 

– The journey is roughly 6.5 hours

– The prices for this journey ranges from approximately £12-£18 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

Central Europe → Southern Europe

The best way to travel from Central Europe to start your Southern European Tour would be to take the FlixBus (Bus number N136, N36 or N91) to Munich Central Bus station. From Munich, you can take the FlixBus (Bus number N728) to Barcelona. Then you can use the local subway to get to any of our Barcelona Hostels

 

– The journey is roughly 29 hours.

– The prices for this journey starts from €83-€139 as it depends on what time and day you travel

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

 

Southern Europe → The UK

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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The TOP 15 Marathons in Europe 2019

If you’ve made it your mission to run a marathon in 2019 then we’ve got you covered. Whilst we can’t help you practice we can help you choose which marathon to run in!

Below you’ll find a list we have created of the top 15 Marathons in Europe 2019! We’ll give you all the necessary information such as the marathon’s location and dates as well as all their course information! We’ll also show you where you can register too!

 

1. The Athens Marathon

 

Location: Starting location is the Ancient battlefield in the town of Marathon

Date: 10th of November 2019

Time: The race commences at 9:00 am

 

What?

The Athens Marathon is around 2,500 years old and is held annually in November. If you could only run one marathon in your life this would have to be the one! Approximately 50,000 runners line up to take part in this marathon which starts in the town of Marathon with the finish line in the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Imagine the scenes of crossing that finish line in the Olympic Stadium!

Want to see the program? Click here.

Check out this video on the highlights of The Athens Marathon 2018

Want to take part?

Registration hasn’t opened just yet but keep your eyes peeled here for any updates. You don’t want to mss out!

 

2. VOLKSWAGEN PRAGUE MARATHON

 

Location: Old Town Square, Prague

Date: 5 May 2019

Start: The race starts at 9:00 am in the Old Town Square and the first runner usually finishes after 7 hours

 

What?

This marathon takes you across the many great sites of Prague. It starts in the magical old town square and then crosses the Charles bridge leading you through the many pretty neighbourhoods of Prague. As you finish the race, it will lead you back to the old town square!

The Volkswagen Prague Marathon also includes a variety of side events, such as the Marathon Music Festival, Sports Expo Fair and the short family Minimarathon. The short family Minimarathon is 4.2 km and is designed to allow everyone to be part of the marathon.  

Check out the aftermovie of VOLKSWAGEN PRAGUE MARATHON 2018:

 

How to get there:

  • By metro, line “C” (red) to station “Vltavska”
  • By tram number 14, 17, 24

Looking to run?

The prices vary depending on when you register

  • The first 3500 participants will cost €60
  • The cost for participants 3501 – 7000 is €90
  • The cost for participants 7001 and above is €110

How to register?

Use this link to register.

Need somewhere to stay?

Stay with us! We have a great hostel in the centre of Vienna! BOOK NOW 

 


3. Edinburgh Marathon

 

Location: Edinburgh

Date: 26th May 2019

Start: The race will start at 10 am

 

What?

The Edinburgh Marathon is Scotland’s most popular marathon. It began in 2003 and has received a 97% satisfaction rating in a recent Runner’s World poll so it’s safe to say you won’t be disappointed by this race!

The Edinburgh Marathon is second only to the London Marathon in the UK in terms of numbers, with over 16,000 runners taking part.

The route has changed over the last few years. What used to be quite a hill dominated race is now one of the flattest marathon courses in the world, which means the Edinburgh Marathon is perfect for your first marathon!

It also shows off Edinburgh’s great sites along the way. The race starts from Potterrow, in the grounds of Edinburgh University. You will then head out to the city centre, passing iconic sites, such as Greyfriar’s Bobby, the National Museum, the Royal Mile and the Scott Monument. The route will then lead to the Palace of Holyrood and Arthurs Seat, and out towards Musselburgh. From there, the course heads along the coast, passing the fishing areas of Cockenzie and Port Seton. Next, runners pass through the grounds of Gosford House. The last stretch takes you back along the coast to Port Seaton promenade before finishing back in Musselburgh.

If you don’t feel you can complete the whole race by yourself you can grab a couple of friends and enter as a relay team of 4 runners which means you’ll each run 6.5 miles.

Check out 2018 Edinburgh Marathon Festival Highlights!

Want to take part?

Standard Entry is £53.60 (early bird price) and then goes up to £57.50 after all the early bird tickets are sold out.

Affiliated Runners: £53.60 (early bird price) and then goes up to £55.65 after all the early bird tickets are sold out.

Register here! Registration Deadline is when the race is full. 

Looking for accommodation?

We’ve got a great location in the old town of Edinburgh so stay with us! Book Now!

 


4. VIENNA CITY MARATHON

 

Location: Vienna, Austria

Date: 7th April 2019

Start: The race will commence at 9 am and the first runner usually finishes in 6 hours.

 

What?

The Vienna City Marathon will take you through Vienna’s most impressive modern and historic sights. You will start between the two massive skyscrapers of the UNO complex and will run towards and over the 864 meter long Imperial Bridge! You’ll then pass the Giant Ferris Wheel of Prater Park and then past the famous Opera House so you’ll be seeing all of Vienna on this run! At the end of the race, you’ll cross the finish line with  Vienna’s Burgtheater right in your view! Talk about a finish! Also if you don’t think you can complete the race by yourself, why not partake in the relay marathon so you can run a portion of the race each!

Why not stay a few extra days after the race and experience other things Vienna has to offer! We know all the best things you can do in the city!

Download the course map to the Marathon, Half marathon, and Relay marathon

Want to have a look at the race map?

Click here to see the map of the race

Check out the after video of VIENNA CITY MARATHON 2018

Want to take part?

There are loads of different running events you can take part in. Click here to find the list and to register

Be sure to register before the 24th of March 2019!

Looking for a place to stay?

We’ve got a great location in Vienna! Stay with us. Book your stay.

 


5. YORKSHIRE MARATHON

 

Location: York

Date: 20th October 2019

Start: The race starts at 09.30AM.

 

What?

A sell-out every year since its launch in 2013, the Yorkshire Marathon is one of the UK’s most popular marathons and it’s easy to see why.

The course is truly astonishing. It will show you the beauty of historic York and its surrounding countryside. You will start down Green Dykes Lane and be taken past historical sites such as the stunning York Minster. Then, you’ll pass some entertainment points all designed to encourage and motivate you so you’re not on your own on this race! For more detailed information about the route, click here

Don’t worry if you can’t complete this marathon just yet. There is the Yorkshire 10 Mile or the Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay which you can take part in to ‘warm up’ for your next marathon.

Famous athletes have taken on this 26.2-mile course. Paralympic gold medalist Hannah Cockcroft and Kenyan born Edwin Korir, who competed for the U.S.A. at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, have both completed the York Marathon.

Feel up to following their path yourself by completing the York Marathon?

Register here

How to get there?

There are many options on how to get to the race either by train, car, bus & even sea! For more detailed information click here

Looking for somewhere to stay?

We’ve got a great location in York. Why not stay a few extra days to enjoy a classic, and rewarding, roast after your race? Have a look at our Ultimate York Local Travel Guide for some more travel inspiration. Book Now!

 


6.ROME MARATHON

 

Location: Rome, Italy

Date: 7th of April 2019.

Start: The race will start at 08:50 and the first runner usually finishes after 7 hours. Be sure to be there at least an hour and a half before your run!

 

What?

Did you know the great Abebe Bikila won this Marathon by running barefoot on cobbled streets? We are not suggesting to do the same but rather showing you how much history this race has! The Rome Marathon is steeped in tradition! It starts in front of the 2,000-year-old Colosseum and then takes you past the Trevi Fountain, the Piazza di Spagna, the Pantheon, St Peter’s, Piazza Venezia and the Tiber River.

When the race is over you can spend the rest of the weekend indulging in some great food! We feel a fresh Italian pizza is a great reward after your run!

For those that don’t feel ready, there is also a 5km run if you feel like testing yourself!

Check out the after video of the 2014 Rome Marathon!

 

Want to make history?

To participate in this race the prices are as follows:

– Marathon – €80.00
– 5KM RUN – €10.00

Register here to take part in the race.

 


7. Schneider Electric Paris Marathonis – Paris Marathon 2019

 

Location: Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles, Hall #1, 75015 Paris

Date: 14th April 2019.

 

What?

This is one of the most prestigious races in the world as its participants cover a huge 42.2 km.

Over 40,000 runners gather each year to run this marathon and it’s easy to see why. In terms of showcasing the beautiful city, the Paris marathon does it best! While you run you’ll pass many of Paris’s greatest touristic sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Bois du Boulogne, Notre-Dame, Musee d’Orsay and the Bastille to name a few. The greatest thing is the starting line as this is held on the Av. Des Champs-Elysees with the Arc de Triomphe perfectly set behind you. That would make for a great photo!

If this is your first marathon, Schneider Electric have you covered as they’ve got a few tips to make sure you cross that finish line! 

Want to see the route?

Click here to see a visual on the route you will be running!

Check out the after video of Paris Marathon 2018

How to get there:

  • Bus: lines 39, 42, and 49 – bus stop “Porte de Versailles”
  • Metro: line 12 – metro stop “Porte de Versailles”

Register for the race here:

If you’re up for taking part click here to register!

 


8. Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon

 

Location: Avinguda María Cristina, Barcelona, Spain

Date: 28th April 2019.

Start: The Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon will start at 8:45 am

 

What?

With challenging hills the Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon can be a tough race, however, it has received many positive reviews.

Commonly the route is different every year. Nevertheless, this Madrid Marathon will take you to many of the fantastic sites in Madrid. It will start from Plaza de Cibeles, Marathon runners will be taken through the city centre, the old town and Madrid’s residential areas, passing famous landmarks on the way, such as Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Palacio Real. Runners reach the finish line in Madrid’s beautiful Retiro Park.

This event has 3 different races, depending on your confidence level!

There is the Full Marathon which is 42km. A Half Marathon which is 21km and lastly a 10 km course.

Expo 2019!

Apart from running, there is the Expo 2019 just before the race, between the 25th – 27th April 2019, where some of the most prestigious firms, institutions and entities of the sporting world meet.

Expo details

  • Dates: April 25 and 26, 2019
  • Hours:
    • Thursday 25th April: from 10:00 to 21:00
    • Friday 26th April: from 10:00 to 24:00.
  • Price: FREE ENTRY

Check out the highlights of the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 

Want to take part?

  • Entry Fee: € 80
  • Registration will close on the 21st of April

Ready to secure your place? Register here.

Looking for somewhere to stay?

We have a great hostel in the centre of Madrid which will give you easy access to this race and the Expo! Book Now!

 


9. The Tenerife Bluetrail

Location: Tenerife, Spain

Date: 8th June 2019.

 

What?

This is not your ordinary marathon. Rather than running on flat ground Tenerife Bluetrail offers you 5 challenging marathons through mountain terrain.

The toughest trail will take you from the south to the north coast, the hard way. Anyone who would want to register for this event would have to complete a medical report. Runners will cross the island, departing from sea level and reaching 3,550 m above sea level, the maximum that can be reached when ascending Teide’s peak. The overall distance a runner would cover would be a whopping 102km! There is also a version created to allow anyone with special needs to take part!

The 5 different marathons and their distances:

Tenerife Bluetrail is a trail running event that offers five different courses for its contestants.

  • Ultra – 102km
  • Trail – 67km
  • Maraton – 43km
  • Media – 20km
  • Reto – 8km, 3.7km and 1.2km

Check out the 2015 video of the Tenerife Bluetrail here

How to register?

Feel like you can complete the 102km trail? Or fancy taking part in one of the other easier ones?

Well, register here! Be sure to hurry the last date to register is May 17th, 2019

 


10. Dam tot Dam Loop

 

Location: Amsterdam

Date: 21-22 September 2019

 

What?

Around 50,000 runners take part in this 10-mile run that goes through Amsterdam’s city centre. If 10 miles is too much there is also a 5 mile run the night before. 15,000 runners can take part in that. The run will take you through the lit streets of Zaandam! Enjoy many DJs, bands and spectacular light shows while you run.

Some people actually do both races, so if you’re daring enough, make it a challenge to complete both races! You won’t regret it as both races offer amazing views of Amsterdam’s city and picturesque Dutch canals.

Have you seen the after movie of Dam tot Dam Loop 2018?

Want to take part?

The registration opens soon! Keep an eye here to see when it opens!

For Members Le Champion individually the registration opens on the Monday, March 18 9 am

For non-members, the registration opens on Wednesday 10 April at 7 pm

Prices:

  • 10 English Miles – €26.50
  • 5 English Miles – €29.50

 


11. Sarajevo Half Marathon

 

Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Date: The 15th of September 2019

Starting Point: In front of BBI (Shopping) Center 9 am

 

What?

The Sarajevo Half Marathon is a very young marathon having only launched in 2007! The Sarajevo half leads runners along a fast and flat course through the most scenic areas of Sarajevo. The capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina also offers several fascinating history museums which you can’t miss before or after the run.

Watch the Sarajevo Half Marathon aftermovie:

Want to run?

To take part in the half marathon you can register here

The fees to register are as follows:

  • Early bird price €20.50
  • Standard registration €28.00
  • Late registration: €46.00

The final deadline for payments is September 1st, 2019.

 


12. Lake Balaton Supermarathon

 

Location: Hungary’s famous Lake Balaton

Date: The dates for the race is March 21-24, 2019

 

What?

You might be asking yourself, what in the world is Supermartahon!?

The Lake Balaton Supermarathon is a great race for those who look for real challenges. It’s a 4-day-long event, in which the participants run about 48 km each day! That makes 196 km all together! Don’t worry if you can’t do 196 km all by yourself. You can join up in a team and take part in the race as a relay team. You can also join on the last two half days and compete in the half marathon.

Want to run?

Click here to register!

 


13. Paris to Versailles

 

Location: Starts in Paris, France and ends in Versailles, France

Date: 29th September 2019

Start: The race will start at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower. The race will start at 10 am but make sure you’re present well before that time. The race will end at the “Château de Versailles”

 

What?

This 16-kilometre race will take you through the many landmarks of 2 cites so this race should definitely be on your bucket list! The race will start by taking you through many Paris landmarks and boulevards and then will guide you towards the impressive palace at Versailles!

Why not start your Paris trip a few days early? A Village Expo will be held on the 27th and 28th of September at the Palais des Sports Robert Charpentier.

Download the map of the course 

Watch the aftermovie:

Want to run?

Registration is now open! Register now!

The fees to register are 29 € until April 14th and 35 € from April 15th. Hurry the registration will close when the limit of 25,000 is reached!

 


14. 20 kilometres de Bruxxels

 

Location: Parc du Cinquantenaire Brussels, Belgium

Date: Sunday the 19th of May 2019

Start: The race will start at 10 am. Be sure to be their early!

 

What?

A lot has happened since the very first Brussels 20km in 1980. From 4000 runners to over 40,000, this 20-kilometre race takes you through the many of the city’s parks and by many of the most remarkable buildings. When you have completed the race be sure to treat yourself to some Belgian fries, chocolates, and beers while in the city! The results of the race will be shown here 

Download the new route map.

Check out the aftermovie of 20 kilometres de Bruxxels

Want to register?

Registrations open on the 23rd March 2019 at 9 am and the price remains fixed at 25 euros

Register here.

Need somewhere to stay?

We’ve got a great location in the centre of Brussels! Why not travel early and do some exploring before your race!

Stay with us!

 


15. EL CORTE INGLES SAO SILVESTRE DE LISBOA 10K

 

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Date: 28 December 2019

 

What?

The El Corte Inglés São Silvestre de Lisboa is a 10K event held on the 28th of December 2019! We know you’re probably thinking ‘December? That will be so cold!’ Not to worry, whilst it is the coldest month of the year, Lisbon is fortunate to have a subtropical Mediterranean climate meaning the temperature is still fairly mild. You can almost describe it as the perfect ‘running weather’. The race has also been awarded the Five-Star Certification from the European Athletics. Also, The registrations fees will revert entirely towards a non-profit organisation!

Want to take part?

Tickets are not on sale just yet but keep your eyes peeled here to see when you can register!

 

 

There you have it! 15 of the top 15 marathons in Europe in 2019! Which one are you gonna take part in? Let us know!

 

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The best TRENDY restaurants in Madrid!

Travelling to Madrid soon? Then you must know how good their food is! However, with so many great restaurants in the city, which one do you choose?

 

Obviously, you want to go to only the best places which is why we have created a list of the best TRENDY restaurants in Madrid for all those that love to eat abroad! We’ll give you all the necessary information like their location, opening hours and the link to the menu! We also give you our recommendations on what to have at each restaurant!

 

 

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This is how to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Right now, you’re probably wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day abroad or at some expensive hotel. Who knows what it’s going to cost you? It will likely be your only trip for the year. If your #CoupleGoals are to travel more then you really need to read this advice.

What if we told you, we’ve got the perfect Valentine’s travel tips that don’t involve you breaking the bank and still let you have an awesome time? That would be perfect, right?

 

Great, let’s start with the most important one.

 

1. Don’t travel on valentine’s day!

Yes, we know this might sound absurd but it’s true! Whilst it might seem like a fairytale to travel away on Valentines Day, the reality is that it’s not the smartest option. The reason is that every couple in the world is thinking the same thing so, therefore, the cost of travel increases! You’re paying for hotels, flights, set-meals in restaurants, chocolates, flowers… the list goes on.

February is actually a great month to travel. The weather around Europe starts to warm up. Gone are those frosty days of December and January and you can actually spend the day walking around the city without a huge jacket.

With the same amount you’d pay for a trip on valentine’s day you could book 2, 3 or 4 separate trips throughout the year meaning you’ll get to visit and experience many more places together. Surely, that’s a better option? We think so too!

 

2. Save on accommodation, spend on experiences!

We all know, in today’s world couples celebrating valentine’s day typically look to book a single trip to a fancy hotel.  

Have you ever considered the affordable option? A hostel. Yes really. A hostel can offer you so much more. In a hotel, you’re left to your own devices whereas, in a hostel, you’re surrounded by local people and seasoned travellers who know the coolest city spots and places to eat.

There are many advantages to staying in a hostel over a hotel. Let’s consider them:

  • Hostels are more affordable than hotels and this allows you to book more trips throughout the year rather than just a single trip
  • Many hostels have private rooms available to book (and most are a little fancier than the dorms), so you still get the same privacy but for lower prices
  • Many hostels are in a central location allowing you to venture out to different areas of the city with ease
  • The experience you will have at a hostel is second to none, you’ll be able to meet locals and other travellers and get some inside tips from them of where to go. 

It’s now cheaper than ever to book your travel and jet off, to check off your bucket list. Airline tickets at this time cost near nothing, making it that much easier to get away throughout the year.

3. Focus on unique experiences!

Hostels really do give you a unique experience! In hostels, all the staff are locals so you don’t have to worry about deciding what to do! You only need to head over to reception and staff will be able to give you all the best places to visit as well as all the secret places that only a local would know. They also know all the best tours to join. Hostels always have free walking tours and bar crawls. It’s clear you won’t have to worry about having a good time.

Hostels also host a lot of their own events like music concerts or dinners! It’s always a great atmosphere as you’ll be able to meet others who love to travel! You’ll be able to exchange travel tips and get ideas on more places to visit or even other cities to see!

 

4. Go somewhere different!

Don’t be cliche! Paris might be the city of love, but there are many other cities around the world that will give you an equal and unforgettable experience!

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is without a doubt one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Imagine being surrounded by historic architecture in the old town or having a stroll in the city’s beautiful botanical garden. When the day is coming to end it’s the perfect time to head for a walk across Charles Bridge. That’s where to snap a pic of the beautiful Swans on the Vltava river, one of the many famous Prague Instagram spots. Then if you time it right you would be able to watch the sunset from the bridge. Now tell us that’s not romantic! For more things to do in Prague read The Ultimate Prague Local Travel Guide 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh is truly a magical place. Visiting will feel like you’ve travelled back in time! There are many pretty spots where you can enjoy a relaxed time with your partner. Princess Street Gardens is a beautiful stretch of greenery which is perfect for a romantic picnic and a few drinks. These gardens are only a 10-minute walk away from our Edinburgh location. If you love views of the city then Edinburgh has all the best spots to grab some views! We recommend strolling up either Calton Hill or Arthur’s Seat. Check out the view below!

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London, United Kingdom

London is the place to be for couples! There are so many things to do and a weekend here simply is not enough. Firstly, there are so many cool rooftop bars for the best views of London whilst sipping on a cocktail. You’ll want to see all the popular landmarks such as The Shard, The London Eye, Tower Bridge and Big Ben just to name a few. London is also home to some of the best parks that lead to main tourist spots like St. James’ Park ending at Bucking Palace. We are actually located in a park too, called Holland Park! You’ll be able to cure that hangover (if you have one) of those cocktails and enjoy the beautiful nature! It’s also a good idea to take buy some food and enjoy a nice mini picnic while you’re there.

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is an old romantic at heart and there are many things to do for couples. If you love sights you’ll want to visit some of the city’s architectural masterpieces! Head to The Pena Palace or the Tour de Belem and you won’t stop taking pictures of the place. Read The Ultimate Lisbon Local Travel Guide to find out more places you have to see!

They say the way to someone’s heart is through the stomach. Well, in Lisbon you’ll have a straight road to the heart! All the markets here are full of amazing food. You could easily spend all day trying everything. We have 5 Lisbon dishes you have to try! Also, make sure you try the pastries such as the Pastel de Nata. Lisbon is also full of street graffiti which adds some serious colour to the city, every corner you turn. You could spend hours strolling the streets hand in hand discovering Lisbon’s hidden artists. 

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The greatest thing is that we’ve got locations in all of the cities above! So, start your adventure with us right now! Book your stay with us.

 

There you have it, 4 key tips on how to spend Valentine’s Day differently! Tag us in your next travel adventure using our hashtag #SafestayHostel!

 

Can you think of any other tips? Let us know!

Blue Monday EXTENDED!

 

The third Monday in January is known as Blue Monday. It’s claimed to be the most depressing day of the year 😞. We hear some clever travel scientists 🤓calculated and came up with the date using an equation ➕/➖. All we know is, it’s January sale time 😃

 

So grab up to 43% off your bookings! Get your travel plans sorted we’ve EXTENDED the sale to 28th January! You’ll get the guaranteed lowest rate for any of our beds right here on Safestay.com.

 

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Christmas at Safestay

Christmas has come early at Safestay! We’re giving you the opportunity to book Christmas early with £10 BEDS for stay dates between 25th to 31st of December with selected dates in January too! 🎄

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Halloween at Safestay

Time to celebrate Halloween at Safestay! 

Find your nearest hostel from the event list below:

 

Halloween at Safestay Edinburgh

Location: 50 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NE
Date: 31st October 2018
Time: From 7 pm
Price: Free

Enjoy Halloween related games and live music from our DJ from 9 pm.

Drink Offers

– £1.00 Shots
– £1.50 Spirit & Mixer
– £3.50 Pints
– £9.00 Witches Pitchers
– £5.00 Pizzas

 

Halloween at Safestay Madrid

Join us at Sagasta 22 Speakeasy bar for quality drinks and great music by DJ Ser!

Location: Calle de Sagasta, 22, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Date: 31st October 2018
Time: 9 pm to 2 am
Price: Free

 

Halloween at Safestay London Elephant & Castle 

At Safestay Elephant & Castle we have a variety of drinks and food offers on as well as a DJ set by DJ XTEE

Location: John Smith House, Walworth Rd, London SE17 1JL
Date: 31st October 2018
Time: From 8 pm
Price: £2 entry

 

Halloween at Safestay London Kensington Holland Park

At Safestay Kensington Holland Park we have a variety of events running throughout the evening.

Face painting, juggling, balloon twisting and food and drink specials! Perfect for everyone!

Location: Holland Park, Holland Walk, London W8 7QU
Date: 31st October 2018
Time: From 4 pm – 8 pm
Prize: Tag us in your pics with #SafestayLondon to win a prize!

 

Halloween at Safestay Lisbon

At Safestay Lisbon, we have a fun evening planned!

07:00 pm – Live set by Kyoto Taiconauta
08:00 pm – Jam Session
08:30 pm – Spooky Dinner
10:00 pm – Halloween Pub Crawl!

Location: Tv. do Fala-Só 9, 1250-109 Lisboa, Portugal
Date: 31st October 2018
Time: From 6 pm

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Discover the best places to eat, drink, visit and take photos in this Ultimate Barcelona Local Travel Guide! There are plenty of great places to visit by the sea and even better fresh local fish and food, so no need to panic on where to go each day, we’ve got it sorted for you!

Have you seen part 1 and part 2 of our Barcelona Local Travel Guide? A must read to become an expert on Barcelona travel.

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Madrid Walking Tour ‘The Classical Tour’

This classical tour will show you:

  • The Puerta del Sol
  • The Royal Palace
  • The Almudena Cathedral
  • The Plaza de la Villa and much much more

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With a variety of sizes of dormitory’s available or the option of private rooms with en-suites, we will do whatever we can to make sure your group get the best comfort and value from your stay with us at any one of our locations.

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