2 Week Europe Trip Itinerary

Discover 6 European Countries in 2 Weeks

Haven't got much time but you want to take a Europe trip this summer? You'll get a different answer from anyone you ask about the must-sees and must-dos so it can be tough to make sure you get the most from your trip so we've pooled our knowledge and put together the ultimate 2-week Europe trip. From Lisbon to Madrid to Paris to Berlin, be prepared to experience a wide range of vibes and experiences. We recommend spending between 1 and 3 days in each city depending on your preferences. And we'd highly recommend ending the trip on a weekend so you can get a feel for the infamous Berlin night-life scene.

While this trip completely skips Italy, you can't see everything and there's always next time! Check out our 2 week Italian itinerary or learn how to get started with our step-by-step guide to planning a Europe trip!


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No matter if you plan to travel around Europe by train, bus or flight, you can use GoEuro to plan and book your itinerary. Doing this itinerary costs approximately $471 when you purchase point-to-point train tickets with GoEuro. Travelers who prefer to save money by taking the bus can travel with GoEuro for as little as $140. Traveling with GoEuro is often the best option when you:

  • you are 26+ years old
  • have time to plan ahead and book in advance
  • you are unsure how you want to travel between cities

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Eurail Passes→

If you're planning to travel this route by train, we'd highly encourage you to look into a Eurail Global Pass starting from $351. There are no hard and fast rules about exactly when to buy a rail pass so you'll want to check out our comprehensive guide to be sure you're making the best choice for your travel needs. Here are a couple of reasons to look into a rail pass for this trip:

  • you're under 26 years of age
  • you're booking last minute
  • point-to-point tickets are more expensive

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Lisbon

United and American Airlines operate daily flights from the US to Lisbon as does the low-cost carrier, TAP Portugal. Once you arrive at Lisbon Airport, you're about 15-20 minutes by cab or public transport from the city centre.

Start your trip in Lisbon and soak up the sun this summer as you explore the Portuguese vibes of the capital city. A paradise for the burgeoning photographer, the city's Alfama and Bairro Alto districts are filled with colorful tiled houses and charming old-fashioned yellow trams making their ways up and down the city's many steep hills. With every turn, you'll find a view more spectacular than the last. After a long day, exploring treat yourself to a fresh bacalhau for dinner and the delicious local delicacy, pasteis de belem, for desert.

Madrid

Overnight trains between Lisbon and Madrid run daily departing at 11:34 p.m. and arriving in Madrid at 8:40 a.m. The service runs throughout the week, departing at the same time from Monday to Sunday.

Lisbon to Madrid
10:00 Renfe
08:00 Alsa
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After your overnight trip to Madrid, get ready to explore the gorgeous art-deco architecture of the Gran Via and take a trip into the impressive Prado museum. Now do like the locals, and have a quick siesta before heading out on the town and into one of the cosy tapas bars to enjoy a hearty red wine and some delicious Spanish ham.

Barcelona

Direct trains from Madrid to Barcelona depart from Puerta de Atocha station, while buses from Madrid to Barcelona depart from Intercambiador Avenida de America bus station.

Madrid to Barcelona
02:45 Renfe
07:00 Alsa
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You simply cannot visit Spain without checking out Barcelona, the vibrant Catalan city is the perfect summer destination with its beaches, parties and even stunning architecture. Relax and get some sun on Barcelonetta beach or take a stroll through the gorgeous Park Güell designed by Gaudi himself. If your a fan of electronic music, we'd recommend a visit in June so you can catch the famous 3-day Sónar music festival featuring famous DJs from around the globe.

Paris

The journey between Barcelona and Paris is relatively popular with regular trains and buses departing daily from Barcelona Sants and Barcelona Nord stations.

Barcelona to Paris
06:30 Renfe
14:00 Linebus
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You've certainly pictured visiting Paris while planning your trip and imagined yourself strolling along the Seine, wearing a beret and enjoying a deliciously fresh croissant, but Paris is much more than just a cliché. Visit the funky Centre Pompidou and see a truly impressive collection of modern art featuring works from Matisse, Dali and Warhol just to name a few (while you're there, don't miss the stunning view of Parisian rooftops from the terrasse). And if you're looking for something a little more off the beaten path, why not explore the multi-cultural district of Belleville and admire some of its incredible street art.

Brussels

There are several Thalys trains and numerous long-distance coaches departing daily from Gare du Nord, Paris Bagnolet and Paris Bercy to connect Paris with Brussels.

Paris to Brussels
01:30 Thalys
03:00 Eurolines
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Home to the United Nations and many multinational organisations, Brussels is one of the most international cities in Europe with more than 30% of its population born outside Belgium. But the city is much more than just diplomats rubbing shoulders, Brussels boasts a vibrant night-life and an incredible food culture. While France may be more renowned for its haute cuisine, Belgian food is certainly just as delicious and maybe slightly more accessible with the undeniably the best french fries in the world.

Amsterdam

The trip from Brussels to Amsterdam usually takes around 2 hours whether you choose to travel by bus or by train. There are a variety of low-cost bus companies offering the journey or you can choose to travel with Thalys.

Brussels to Amsterdam
01:50 Thalys
02:00 Megabus
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The first thing you'll want to do when you get to Amsterdam is rent a bike and get exploring, you'll soon notice that cyclists own the roads in this charming city so you're actually better off by bike than by foot. Take to the canals and soak up the charming vibes of this gorgeous city while visiting a coffee shop or two along the way. Make time to check out some of the cosy bars in the Jordaan area and meet some of the friendly locals who are always eager to introduce you to their incredible city.

Berlin

The train to Berlin departs from Amsterdam Centraal and is nearly twice as quick as traveling by bus but also twice as expensive on average.

Amsterdam to Berlin
05:00 Deutsche Bahn
08:00 Flixbus
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Berlin is the ideal place to end your Europe trip, the city has experienced a renaissance over the last few decades with people from all over the world flocking to its cheap rents and techno beats. Explore the trendy Neukölln and Kreuzberg neighborhoods with their chic second-hand shops and cosy cafes and check out the incredible varieties of street food in Markethalle 9. Be sure to save your energy for a big night out and be prepared for a night that may well last into the morning.