A 10hr bus ride is what seats between us and Amsterdam. If you check out my travel bucketlist you will find Amsterdam nesting nicely on the list. I have always wanted to go and though I have seen it during my transit to Seoul I have not actually seem the city itself. A few weeks back whilst in Prague with my friend we embarked on making planes for end of February to travel to Amsterdam on a tight budget of £55 each and not only that we wanted to squeeze in another country – Belgium and still on that same tight budget.
After my personal success in traveling to Three countries in Three days I am confident we can manage the desire to see two countries (cities) in 2 days. I had thought about this for like a minute and it was decided that we would indeed make plans to visit Amsterdam and I am sure you’re all wondering how we could make it possible with just £55 when the UK, Amsterdam & Brussels are some of the most expensive countries in Europe. Well lucky for you I am a good researcher (when it comes to travel) and planner (mostly my own plans), I told my friends they had to made sacrifices and compromises and if they agreed I had a solution for us. Luckily they agreed and I presented them with my plan.
The plan to see Amsterdam and Brussels in two days without taking a vacation day from work
Friday night – Take the last bus (21.00) operated by Megabus from London Victoria station heading to Amsterdam, it takes 10+ hours and costs £15 each. The bus has toilets, WiFi and you get to stretch your legs when crossing the English channel, the UK border control, the French border control and the stop in Brussels before your final stop in Amsterdam.
Saturday day/night – Arrive in Amsterdam around 9am, spend all day exploring the city then grab the 19.00 bus operated by MEiNFERNBUS FLiXBUS from Sloterdijk Station heading to Brussels North train station arriving around 10pm. Spend the night in Brussels recovering from the 10+ hour bus ride and the day spent exploring. The bus costs 11euros which is about £7/8 each.
NOTE: The hotel price and spending money is not included in the £55 each plan.
Sunday day/night – Spend all day exploring and dinning in Brussels before taking an 8pm flight operated by Brussels Airlines to London Heathrow Airport to arrive after 9pm. The flight cost £30 each with no checked in luggage on carry-on luggage.
As I have shown above it is possible ‘plan’ a trip to Amsterdam for under £60 and the earlier you plan the better as you know what costs have been taken care of already and which you need to save up a bit more for. I am looking forward to this 10hr bus ride as I am a huge lover of bus rides (might explain why I am still lazing about doing my driving lessons). I spent most of my 2014 and some good parts on 2015 taking buses almost every weekend I wasn’t away traveling on the bus to see my parents who live a mere 3-hours from me by train but could take as long as 5-hours on the bus. I find myself liberated when I am taking long bus rides as I seem to do a lot of things which include a good night’s sleep or day sleep doesn’t matter much to me.
Would you ever take a 10+ bus ride anyway? What do you think of my planning and budget for this trip?