I'm an American 22-year old graduate student, and will be travelling Europe this summer with a friend. Before I meet up with my friend, I'll have about 10 days to myself in London. I've already pretty extensively traveled London, so I'm considering taking the Megabus from London to either Brussels or Edinburgh for about 5 days. Both cities are of great interest to me, but I don't know a lot about either. I enjoy tourist attractions, as well as landscapes and architecture. I also appreciate craft beer, friendly locals, small concerts, and pubs. Which would you suggest I go to?
I am a young, white, American woman, but I am smart and have traveled on my own before, but of course safety is still important. Is either city any less safe than the other? It doesn't seem like it, but is it difficult getting around Brussels only speaking English (I know a little French, and that's it)?
Anyway, which city's better for me, would you say? Is one better for me to do in 4-5 days?
Thank you for your help!
Both cities are very safe. obviously being the normal amount of cautious is helpful traveling alone.
I lived in Edinburgh for 2 years and lived in Brussels for months. 10 days is a good amount of time, but perhaps too long to just stay in each place. You could always do both? or perhaps whichever one you choose, also travel to different places outside to explore more and make it worth your while. Brussels can be a little expensive by euro standards, but ediburgh uses the British pound, so coverting the USD will be tougher on your pocket there.
Edinburgh HAS SO MUCH history, with grim stories and a great buzz in the city. Brussels is quaint and food heaven. Either way, youre going to have a great time !! x about 3 years ago
Ok, you don't have to worry about language in Brussels as English is spoken by many of the residents. I've only driven through Brussels so can't give any insight on tourist attractions. Edinburgh - has lots of history and loads to see and do and also, visit other places nearby such as Glasgow (yes, I know it's not just around the corner, but you can get a train or bus). You could take a low cost flight to both Edinburgh and Brussels from London although Megabus is far cheaper. I'd check the prices first though, because easyjet and Ryanair have really good prices especially if you have very little luggage. about 3 years ago
I would have to recommend Edinburgh. The city is full of history and culture and has lots to see and do. The city is safe, people are friendly and transport in Edinburgh itself is relatively cheap (trams, buses, trains) which means getting around is exceptionally easy. Restaurants and bars are plentiful and you will not feel intimidated being alone. As for craft beer, Edinburgh is home to Innis & Gunn Brewing company, which has some fantastic beers offered in most bars. I would also suggest visiting Glasgow, which can be reached by bus or train and is approximately 1 hour from Edinburgh. Their slogan 'People make Glasgow' is very true, you will not find a friendlier city. about 3 years ago