2011 Europe Train Challenge – The Route.

Hey everyone!

In less than 4 days we will be starting the Europe Train Challenge in Dublin, I am sure you have seen that stressful countdown button above :p

Many people have been asking us where exactly we will be traveling during this challenge, so I thought it would be great for you guys if we posted our route map.

If you want to follow our daily updates, latest videos etc – you can click the like button below, follow our adventures and behind-the-scene videos on Facebook.


For us the most stressful part of the trip is that we have already confirmed and booked nearly everything .

The route below can not change, since we have already arranged sponsored accommodation in every city along the way and most train tickets to each place.

We have never planned this far in advance, and it really isn’t our style of travel – we normally prefer to turn up, see what happens and then make future plans based on how we feel.

This is very different, and we are feeling a bit stressed about all the planned certainty and having to make sure we arrive in each city on the exact day. :p it’s gonna be a fun challenge!

Firstly here is a rough outline of Europe with our route layout:

Below you can see the exact dates for when we will be in each city during the month of May.


  1. Dublin: 1-2-3May
  2. London: 4-5
  3. Amsterdam: 6-7
  4. Brussels: 8-9
  5. Luxembourg: 10
  6. Paris: 11-12
    + OVERNIGHT – 13th
  7. Lisbon: 14-15-16
    + OVERNIGHT 17th
  8. Barcelona: 18-19
  9. Vevey: 20-21-22
  10. Venice: 23-24
  11. Bled: 25-26-27
  12. Zagreb: 28-29
    + OVERNIGHT 30th
  13. Sarajevo: 31st May – 1st June

We will also be posting at least 2 new HD videos every week from every country we visit – so make sure you follow along on this adventure.


ALSO we would love to meet up and connect with any readers who happen to live or are also traveling to the same places as us – so send us an email or comment below with your location and we would love to meet up – we might even create a facebook event for each city we visit – what do you think about this?

34 Responses to 2011 Europe Train Challenge – The Route.

  1. Joaquim Rocha April 28, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Hi guys, you are my heroes for living such adventures.

    Something I’d like to point out though is that you’ve marked Lisbon wrong. The city you’ve marked in Portugal’s map is Oporto, not Lisbon. Just FYI.

    Cheers and keep up the adventure!

    • Sofia - As We Travel April 29, 2011 at 7:12 am #

      Hey Joaquim – thanks for the lovely comment – we are glad to inspire you! :) I realise the map is showing Lisbon in the wrong place – thanks for pointing it out, we will be going to Lisbon not Oporto :)

  2. CamelsAndChocolate April 28, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    Good luck, guys! Train travel is my absolute favorite, and I’m eager to follow along with you on your journey. Coincidentally, while you’re off gallivanting about Europe by train, my husband, our puppy and I are subletting our apartment for two months and traveling the Western US by RV–a first for both of us!

    • Sofia - As We Travel April 29, 2011 at 7:13 am #

      Oh that sounds like a lovely fun adventure as well! we have also thought about doing that when we visit USA – look forward to following along.

      • CamelsAndChocolate April 29, 2011 at 7:16 am #

        You definitely should–it’s the only way to see a lot of the US at one time, seeing as the country is very poorly connected by rail (plus, travel by train here is twice the price of airfare even, if not more–it’s ridiculous!).

  3. Michael Hodson April 28, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    congrats and enjoy!

    • Sofia - As We Travel April 29, 2011 at 7:14 am #

      thanks Michael – also I will send you something to post early next week :)

  4. Javi April 28, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    Congrats, guys! This experience is gonna be epic!

    Best wishes :)

  5. Steffi April 28, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    It’s sad that you’re skipping Germany. It’s not that bad here =)

    • Sofia - As We Travel April 28, 2011 at 8:40 am #

      hehe dont worry Steffi! We WILL be visiting Germany, but in July when we come back up from Budapest, Vienna, Poland & then to Berlin :)

  6. Dusan April 28, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I’d like to meet you in Prague! Create FB event, it would be nice.

    Good luck & Enjoy, it is gonna be huge!

    • Sofia - As We Travel April 28, 2011 at 11:12 am #

      Hey Dusan – that would be fun! we will create something on FB closer to our arrival in Prague :)

  7. James Clark April 28, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    It’s about time they built the Bay of Biscay Bridge 😉

    Looking forward to following this epic adventure!

    • Sofia - As We Travel April 29, 2011 at 7:14 am #

      hahahha yeah haven’t you heard about that bridge?? 😉

  8. Lucie Aidart April 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Nice route but its definitely hard to plan ahead! So I’ll be in London if you wanna meet up for a drink one night! Enjoy the beginning of your trip!

    • Sofia - As We Travel April 29, 2011 at 7:34 am #

      Hey Lucie – yeah so many plans for 3 months, makes you forget what you have planned for tomorrow – would be fun to meet up next Thursday when we are in London.

      • Lucie Aidart April 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

        oh you are only free thursday? i’ll keep you posted, i might have something else unfortunately!

  9. Brock G April 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    I am actually so excited for this! You guys will totally rock it!
    Don’t miss your stop!

    • Sofia - As We Travel April 29, 2011 at 7:33 am #

      Hey Brock 😀 yeah it will very exciting and fun unless we miss our train :p

  10. Harshalpattni April 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Awesome !! I did an InterRail trip last year. Just like your trip, everything was certain. Trust me, things will be very much “uncertain” and that would be the best part of it, managing the certainty and uncertainty :)

    Good Luck!

    • Sofia - As We Travel April 29, 2011 at 7:36 am #

      thanks for the comment – yes we are expecting a bit of that uncertainty once we are racing from city to city – but like you say: that is part of the fun!

  11. Debbie Beardsley April 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Oh you must be so excited! This is quite an adventure you are about to leave on. Can’t to read and see your adventure as i unfolds.

    • Sofia - As We Travel April 29, 2011 at 7:36 am #

      Very excited Debbie – never done this much train travel before, so will be a new, fun adventure.

  12. Katherina April 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Hey! That looks like a great plan you’ve got there.
    I live just 20 minutes train ride from Vevey, so I’d be happy to meet if I’m around during those days!

  13. Elise Reeks April 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    You guys sure are going to be busy! It will be one hell of an adventure though! Looking forward to watching your videos!! :)

    • Sofia - As We Travel April 29, 2011 at 7:39 am #

      yes – it will be very busy :S gonna be so much fun filming nearly every day in a new country! :)

  14. Ren Robles May 1, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    Sweet! As I said on Twitter, I will be in Amsterdam on 6-7 May as well, so we should definitely meet up for a beer or a coffee or something!


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  16. Anonymous May 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Have a great time, this sounds like an awesome adventure. Congratulations on securing sponsored accommodation in each place. That’s awesome!

  17. Scott May 11, 2011 at 5:00 am #

    Already following this on Facebook, but just wanted to say that I am definitely looking forward to this more than I think any other blog adventure I have seen … total sucker for Europe and their train system.

  18. Seattle Dredge May 14, 2011 at 6:31 am #

     Sounds amazing! I’m very jealous :]

  19. BAIRDS TRAVEL June 5, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Loving your adventure
    Happy Travels
    Dougie Scotland