In a previous post, we covered all the best day trips from Utrecht, and now it’s time to talk about some amazing weekend trips from Utrecht. Because, while there are plenty of places you can visit within a day from Utrecht, there are also many places for which you would need to plan a little bit more time.
The nearest capital city to visit from Utrecht, other than Amsterdam, of course, would be Brussels. With the train, you can be in Brussels within 2.5 hours, or it’s a little bit more than 3 hours to travel from Utrecht to Brussels by car. Other than that, you can also travel by Flixbus. Visiting Brussels from Utrecht would be a little bit far away for a day trips, but close enough to make it the perfect weekend trip.
Join a free walking tour in the city, visit the beautiful Grand Place and maybe eat some Belgium waffles. While you are there, it might also be a great idea to join a beer tour in Brussels, where you get to lean more about all the delicious Belgium beers.
Going to London is always a good idea, if it’s for the weekend or a couple of days. There are 3 ways to travel to London from Utrecht, by plane, train, or bus.
The most convenient option would be to take the Eurostar train from either Amsterdam or Rotterdam to London. The train only takes around 3.5 hours and runs multiple times a day. Additionally, it’s another 30-40 minute train to Amsterdam or Rotterdam. The only downside is that the train can be very expensive. Make sure to plan this trip a bit more in advance.
There are also cheap flights to London from Schiphol airport or Eindhoven airport to London. However, you need to calculate some additional costs from getting into the London city centre from an airport far away from the centre. There are also buses from Amsterdam, however, these take quite a while so would not be the most convenient option when only travelling to London for a weekend.
And there is always something to do in London, even if you have been there multiple times. Visit the Big Ben, enter the Tower of London, walk over the Tower Bridge, visit the Harry Potter Studios or try out some new restaurants.
It’s about a 3.5 hours train ride to travel to Paris from Utrecht, which makes it the perfect weekend trip destination from Utrecht. Unfortunately, the train is quite expensive, so sometimes it is cheaper to just fly from Amsterdam instead. So if you do want to travel to Paris by train, it makes sense to book this trip a bit more in advance. Otherwise, there is also a Flixbus going directly from Utrecht to Paris, which would be the cheapest option.
A weekend is the perfect amount of time to see all the main attractions that Paris has to offer: view the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre and eat your way through Parisian bakeries.
Antwerp is only around 1.5-2 hours away and can easily be reached by train or bus. Travelling by train is probably the easiest option, especially if you have free travel in the weekends in the Netherlands, as you only need to buy a ticket from the Belgium boarder to Antwerp. Otherwise, you can also travel to Antwerp from Utrecht by bus (for example with Flixbus), or by car.
While Antwerp can also just be visited for the day, there are also enough things to do in Antwerp to fill a weekend. Visit the viewing platform of the Museum aan de Stroom for a free 360° view of the city, visit the chocolate museum, or stroll around the Grote Markt, the big square in the heart of Antwerp.
If you travel to Edinburgh for the weekend, you will need to fly rather than travel by land, but I am still including it because I have done a trip to Edinburgh from Utrecht for just the weekend, so I know time-wise it’s totally doable. And also because Edinburgh turned out to be one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited.
Go on a walking tour through the beautiful city centre, visit Harry Potter stores, pay a visit to the castle and join a pub crawl in Edinburgh to meet some other like-minded travellers.
And of course there are a lot of other amazing weekend trips from Utrecht, but I’m starting with the ones, I have actually done myself so far. This list will be updated in the future.
Have a lovely day,
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