{Travel} Plan a 10hr bus ride to Amsterdam

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.

10hr bus ride to Amsterdam

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?


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    • March 1, 2016 / 8:10 am

      Yep you can and it was lovely

  1. February 26, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    I’m not sure if I could survive a bus trip that long, but on the upside, you would have a lot of time to yourself. I can definitely see why you would like to experience that though.

    • February 26, 2016 / 4:04 pm


  2. February 25, 2016 / 5:31 am

    I have a travel bucketlist too! It’s amazing how cheap trains are in other countries. I often wonder why we don’t use them more in the US. I guess we’re just not a country that’s set up for it.

    • February 25, 2016 / 7:09 am

      I noticed that when I came to the US last year, in Europe we love our trains and buses

  3. February 25, 2016 / 1:57 am

    I don’t imagine I will be leaving the United States any time soon but this sounds like it would be an incredible journey! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • February 25, 2016 / 7:08 am

      You welcome and thanks

  4. February 24, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    It sounds fantastic – personally I couldn’t do a bus trip that long – I did as a teen on a school trip from UK to Germany and it left its mark on me! Kaz x

    • February 24, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      Awww bless I hope this will be an awesome one for me as I have planned a few more later in the year

  5. February 24, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    That is a bargain! You really snapped up a good deal this time! Have a great time!

    • February 24, 2016 / 5:57 pm

      Thanks SIL will do

  6. February 24, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    I love travel but a ten hour bus or coach ride isn’t for me – especially if I had the kids with me!

    • February 24, 2016 / 3:16 pm

      That’s the beauty for me right now, I am not dragging anyone who doesn’t want it’s just me myself and I

  7. February 24, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    I love to travel. I’d go to Amsterdam or Brussels in a heartbeat. Fun!

    • February 24, 2016 / 3:05 pm

      Hahahaha I love traveling too

  8. February 24, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    I get a bit queasy travelling on buses for longer than 15 minutes… Although this does look like a very efficient way to travel x

    • February 24, 2016 / 2:21 pm

      Awww bless

  9. February 24, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    I’m excited for you and you can take cool pictures on your bus ride. Plus your doing all of this over the weekend? I think I would need to take off Monday just to relax!! Haaaaa

  10. February 24, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    I would to visit Amsterdam, but by bus!! I’m sure it will
    Be fun and you can take pictures on your way there too. I’m excited for you!!

    • February 24, 2016 / 2:09 pm

      I am very excited about it

  11. Michele D
    February 24, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I would love to visit Amsterdam. It looks fun! Not sure if I could make it on a 10 hr bus ride but I’m sure it’s much more relaxing than driving yourself.

    • February 24, 2016 / 12:49 pm

      Hahaha definitely better than driving for 10+ hours

  12. February 24, 2016 / 11:21 am

    That is a really good adventure with the bus ride. i was able to visit Amsterdam before since it was the connecting flight from Paris on my way back to the Philippines. We adjusted my flight to an earlier flight so we could take a tour around the city for a few hours.

    • February 24, 2016 / 11:56 am

      How cool is that, my flights are all direct except for Seoul or Lusaka. Very excited about this adventure

  13. February 24, 2016 / 4:30 am

    I would love to visit Amsterdam, a 10 hour bus ride is a tough one though. Shoot, I wish I was only 10 hours away though, I would totally go for a visit.

    • February 24, 2016 / 7:07 am

      Hahaha I am only 2 hours away by flight and about 5 or less by train but this time it’s too expensive so bus it is

  14. February 24, 2016 / 3:40 am

    This sounds like a fun trip. I have not ridden a bus for any of my travelling. We usually drive where we want to go. A bus ride does sound fairly relaxing.

    • February 24, 2016 / 7:06 am

      It’s so relaxing for me and I can’t get enough

  15. February 24, 2016 / 12:49 am

    Those flights sound really reasonable! I am so jealous you sound like you are having an awesome time travelling round, I hate bus journeys though lol They always make me feel sock after not too long x

    • February 24, 2016 / 7:06 am

      Awww bless I love buses and can’t get enough. The flights are cheap indeed

  16. February 24, 2016 / 12:32 am

    That’s a good idea. I think it is doable. Sometimes, we can still have vacation without missing work.

    • February 24, 2016 / 7:05 am

      Exactly and I have been proving that to myself

  17. February 23, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    What is it like to spend 10 hours on a coach? I hope they do pittstops but it is at a very reasonable price too!

    • February 24, 2016 / 7:04 am

      They do pitstops but it’s usually for driver change overs except for the Brussels stop which you can walk around for a minute

  18. February 23, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Wowee, this sounds like the makings of one fantastic weekend! Since so many cool locations are so close together in Europe, I so wish I lived there. I’d definitely ship my kids off to a sitter so my husband and I could jet to fun cities just like this!

    • February 24, 2016 / 7:03 am

      Awww bless, it’s fun having cities so close together but it can be expensive too

  19. February 23, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    10 hours is a long time, but the price is amazing. You can’t knock that at all! I think you can do things on a budget if you plan in advance

    • February 24, 2016 / 7:02 am

      Exactly my thinking, planning in advance

  20. February 23, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    10 hours on a bus doesn’t sound TOO horrible. I’ll be interested to see what you say afterwards! …my first thought was the bathroom, though. I hope you get a seat upfront! Have a great time!!!

    • February 24, 2016 / 7:02 am

      Hahahaha since I have already survived a 7hr bus ride from Brussels to London I think I will be fine but will see

  21. February 23, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    I am impressed you did it, but I am not sure I could stand being cooped up that long, on a bus, interesting though it sounded x

    • February 23, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      I am about to do it Hun

  22. February 23, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    It’s a really cheap way to travel, but I’m not so sure we could do 10 hours on a coach. Great planning though, a bus ride like that gives you lots of time to organise your sightseeing! x

    • February 23, 2016 / 8:26 pm


  23. February 23, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Some day, I will get to visit overseas. The farthest out of the country I have ever been was Jamaica. Not sure I could handle a 10 hour car ride, though, but with that view, who knows!

    • February 23, 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Awww bless

  24. February 23, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    Looks like you have all the planning needed for a quick trip between the UK, Amsterdam, and Brussels. I’ve been to Amsterdam and Brussels but never the UK.

    • February 23, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      Ah cool I have been to Brussels just not Amsterdam and I am looking ward to it

  25. February 23, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    I WISH I could take a 10 hour bus trip, because I totally would. I just have awful car sickness when I don’t drive. The drive itself I actually like. My husband and I moved across the United States 2 years ago and it took us 4 days, but I loved all of the driving. You totally are the same as us too with not wanting to take vacation days when you don’t have to. We try to plan around long weekends and such!

    • February 23, 2016 / 5:06 pm

      I don’t drive yet so bus it is for me lol

  26. February 23, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    This is the sort of thing I wish I had done more of. How cool, simple and cheap an idea! 😀

    • February 23, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      Thanks Grant

  27. February 23, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Well for travel I will do a lot of things, but not sure I can sit on a bus for 10 hours though? Of course I could probably have done it when I was a lot younger…LOL! I hope you have a great time!

    • February 23, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      Hahahaha thanks

  28. February 23, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    oh wow 10 hours on a bus is an awful long time bless ya but its so worth it I am sure I love your planning skills

    • February 23, 2016 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks Emma

  29. February 23, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    You are a master planner. I salute you. Though I’d never try this trip with rugrats 🙂

    • February 23, 2016 / 4:03 pm

      Hahahaha thanks

    • February 23, 2016 / 12:50 pm

      Yep I love them and intended make use of them throughout the year

  30. February 23, 2016 / 10:54 am

    I’ve been wanting to do an Amsterdam quick break too. Not sure though my 5-year-old will be thrilled with a ten hour bus ride, but you’ll never know. I’ve travelled to two countries in a day, albeit small ones 😉 Those were the days before getting married becoming a mum. Backpacked from Ghana through Togo to get to Benin with a friend. Ah I miss those days! x

    • February 23, 2016 / 10:59 am

      Oh wow Ghana to Togo that’s awesome, I want to do all these fun things whilst I am still young and single lol

  31. February 23, 2016 / 10:10 am

    I don’t think I could ride on a bus for that long. Looks like you have the entire trip planned out and I hope you have lots of fun.

    • February 23, 2016 / 10:33 am

      Thanks Alli, I love bus rides and can’t get enough of them

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