Buy train tickets from Prague to Krakow, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin, Dresden

To buy train tickets in the Czech Republic & Prague to Krakow, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Berlin, Dresden or Munich, see www.cd.cz/eshop  (for English, click EN top right).

This page explains how to travel by train from Prague to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets.  Click here to buy tickets starting in another city.

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Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Prague to Českύ Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, Brno & other destinations in the Czech Republic...

Prague to Bratislava from €15...

Prague to Budapest from €19...

Prague to Krakow or Warsaw from €29 in a couchette or €49 in a 2-bed sleeper...

2-berth sleeper

Courtesy Ivor Morgan

 

3-berth sleeper

Courtesy Ivor Morgan

 

The Prague to Krakow sleeper train at Prague Hlavni.  Courtesy Ivor Morgan


Prague to Vienna from €19...

Prague to Berlin from €29 or Dresden from €19...
  Lunch in the restaurant car of the Jan Jesenius from Berlin to Prague

The Jan Jesenius seen at Dresden...

 

The Hungarian dining-car on the Jan Jesenius...

2nd class 6-seat compartment on the Jan Jesenius   1st class 6-seat compartment on the Jan Jesenius   Lunch in the restaurant car of the Jan Jesenius from Berlin to Prague

2nd class compartment

 

1st class compartment

 

Lunch in the restaurant car...


Prague to Munich, Nuremburg & other German cities from €19...

Prague to Munich by train:

Prague to Nuremburg by train:

Prague to other German cities by daytime train:

Prague to Dortmund, Dusseldorf & Cologne by sleeper train: 


Prague to Amsterdam from €43...

Option 1:  By comfortable direct sleeper train Phoenix...

A 1 2 or 3 bed sleeper on the Cologne-Prague overnight train     4-berth couchettes on the sleeper train to Prague     6-berth couchettes on the sleeper train to Prague   The Kopernikus sleeper train to Prague...

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most civilised option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

The Phoenix rises...  As evening falls at Prague's Hlavni station, the sleeping-car attendant on the Phoenix greets passengers for Amsterdam.

More pictures & information about the Amsterdam to Prague sleeper train.

Option 2:  By daytime trains, with or without an overnight stop in Berlin...


Prague to Brussels & Bruges from €62...

Prague to Paris from €58...

Option 1, Prague to Paris via Berlin... 

Option 2, Prague to Paris via Cologne...

A 1 2 or 3 bed sleeper on the Cologne-Prague overnight train     4-berth couchettes on the sleeper train to Prague     6-berth couchettes on the sleeper train to Prague   The Kopernikus sleeper train to Prague...

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most civilised option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

Step 1, take the City Night Line sleeper train Phoenix from Prague to Cologne...  Above, the sleeping-car of the Phoenix seen at Prague Hlavni.

More pictures & information about the Prague to Cologne sleeper train.

A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...   Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys

Step 2, take a 186mph Thalys train from Cologne to Paris...

 

2nd class (Comfort 2) on Thalys...

1st class (Comfort 1) on Thalys...

Option 3, Prague to Paris by daytime trains from just €58...


Prague to London from €92...

Prague to Zurich, Basel, Geneva & Switzerland from €43...

Option 1:  By comfortable direct sleeper train...

Sleeping-car room - Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   4-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most civilised option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

Take the City Night Line sleeper train direct from Prague to Zurich!

More pictures & information about these trains...

Option 2:  By comfortable leisurely daytime trains via Munich from €48...


Prague to Venice, Florence, Rome, Milan & Italy...

Prague to Venice by train...

Simply hop on a Prague to Vienna EuroCity train, have dinner in Vienna, then board the sleeper to Venice (pictured below).  Wake up as you roll over the causeway into central Venice, walk out of Venice Santa Lucia station to see vaporettos and gondolas on the Grand Canal right outside!

1 & 2 berth standard sleeper on the Austrian EuroNight train.   EuroNight sleeper train to Vienna:  6-berth couchettes   The Cologne-Vienna sleeper train is an Austrian Railways (OBB) EuroNight train

1 or 2 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option. Standard sleepers have a washbasin, deluxe sleepers a private shower & toilet.

 

4 & 6-berth couchettes:  The economy option, ideal for families.  Couchettes are basic padded bunks with rug & pillow.  This is a 6-berth couchette.

 

The Austrian sleeping-car or schlafwagen.

Sleeper & couchette passengers receive a complimentary light breakfast with tea or coffee in the morning.

More pictures & information about these EuroNight trains (the Cologne-Vienna train is identical to the Vienna-Venice one)


Prague to Barcelona & Spain...

Option 1, via Paris...

Option 1, via Geneva, available from a date to be announced, probably 6 July 2014...

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An impressive TGV Duplex.

1st class seats on TGV Duplex upper deck.  That's a 'club duo' on the left & a 'club quatre' on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex at Barcelona Sants.  Red near the door = 1st class, pale green = 2nd class.

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  Seen from the train and one of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline all the way from Girona to Perpignan

More photos & a video about this journey...


Prague to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia from €151...

Option 1, by direct Russian Railways sleeping-car...

Option 2, daily departures with a day in Warsaw.  This option is cheaper.


Prague to Copenhagen from €43, Prague to Stockholm, Oslo & Scandinavia...

Option 1:  By direct City Night Line sleeper train (until mid-December 2014)...

Sleeping-car room - Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   4-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most civilised option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

Step 1, take the excellent City Night Line sleeper train direct from Prague to Copenhagen!

More pictures & information about these trains...

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

Step 2, take a 125 mph SJ2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm....

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More information about SJ 2000 trains

Option 2:  Prague to Copenhagen by daytime trains in a single day, from €68...

Option 3:  By comfortable daytime trains with an overnight stop in Hamburg...

 

 


Prague to Helsinki...

Prague to Bucharest from €58...

Prague to Zagreb from €48...

Prague to Belgrade from €34...

Prague to Istanbul from €105...  Prague to Sofia from €74...

Option 1, via Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia...  This is the option I'd recommend.  Prague to Istanbul takes little over 48 hours by train.

Option 2, via Budapest & Bucharest...


Find hotels in Prague & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash (up to a limit) and belongings.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you're resident in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you're resident in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, and if you're not careful you can return home to find some huge bills waiting for you.  I've known people run up a £1,000 bill in data charges just by leaving their iPhone connected during a simple trip to Europe.  However, if you buy a global SIM card for your mobile phone from a company such as www.Go-Sim.com you can slash the cost by up to 85% and limit any damage to the amount you have pre-paid.  It cuts call costs in 175 countries worldwide, and you can receive incoming calls and texts for free in 75 countries.  It's pay-as-you-go, so no nasty bills when you get home.  It also works for laptop or PDA data access.  A Go-Sim account and any credit on it doesn't expire if it's not between trips, unlike some others, so a Go-Sim phone number becomes your 'global phone number' for life.

 


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