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Guide to Interrail passes (for Europeans)

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Hotels & accommodation

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Prague to Českύ Krumlov
Prague to Brno, Ostrava, Karlovy Vary & elsewhere in the Czech Republic
Czech Super City train at Prague

SuperCity pendolino trains.  These modern pendolino tilting trains operate the premium SuperCity services linking Prague and Ostrava, the Czech Republic's second city.  Reservation is compulsory and there's a cafe-bar & free WiFi on board.

 

SuperCity 1st class.  Courtesy of CD.

 

SuperCity 2nd class.  Courtesy of CD.

Suggested day trips from Prague

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Prague to London

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Prague to Paris from €55

Option 1, Prague to Paris overnight, using the Prague-Karlsruhe sleeper - easily the most time-effective option

The Prague to Zuirch sleeping car boarding in Prague

Step 1, Prague to Karlsruhe by sleeper train.  This is a Czech sleeping-car of the Comfortline type, as used on the Prague-Karlsruhe-Basel-Zurich sleeper train.

Czech Railways standard (economy) 2-berth sleeper   Standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   Comfortline sleeper corridor

Standard sleeper set up as a 2-berth, with blind down & washstand open.  Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds.  Larger photo.

 

Same sleeper with beds folded away & seats folded out, washstand closed.  Similar to a deluxe, without the shower & toilet.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe sleepers are virtually identical to standard, but with more floorspace & compact shower & toilet.  Larger photo.

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de l'Est

Step 2, Karlsruhe to Paris by TGV Duplex, seen here arrived at Paris Est. These impressive 320 km/h double-deck trains link Paris & Germany.  Book an upstairs seat for the best views.

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

Cafe-bar on upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwaved hot dishes.

 

2nd class seats on the upper deck.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360Ί photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex to Munich at Paris Est.

1st class on upper deck, a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.  360Ί photo.

 

A TGV Duplex.  The 1 near the door indicates 1st class, a 2 indicates 2nd class.

Option 2, Prague to Paris using the Prague-Zurich sleeper - also a time-effective option, very similar to option 1 above

The Prague to Zuirch sleeping car boarding in Prague

Step 1, Prague to Zurich by sleeping-car.  Above, the Prague to Zurich sleeping-car boarding at Prague Hlavni platform 6.  See more photos, tips & information about the Prague to Zurich sleeper.

Czech Railways standard (economy) 2-berth sleeper   Standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   Comfortline sleeper corridor

Standard sleeper set up as a 2-berth, with blind down & washstand open.  Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds.  Larger photo.

 

Same sleeper with beds folded away & seats folded out, washstand closed.  Similar to a deluxe, without the shower & toilet.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe sleepers are almost identical to standard ones, with more floorspace & compact shower & toilet.  Larger photo

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.

TGV-Lyria from Zurich to Paris, at Zurich HB

Step 2, Zurich to Paris by TGV in 4h03.  Above, a 320 km/h double-deck TGV-Lyria boarding at Zurich HB.

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex 2nd class seats, upper deck

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes.

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360Ί photo.

TGV Lyria first class, upper deck   A TGV-Lyria train from Paris to Switzerland

1st class seats on the upper deck, club duo on the left, club quatre on the right. Larger photo.

 

A TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon.  You enter on the lower deck, with 9 stairs up to top deck.

Option 2, Prague to Paris using the Linz-Paris Nightjet sleeper train, 3 times a week - also safe, comfortable & time-effective

Czech bistro car

Step 1, Prague to Linz by EuroCity train.  The train has power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  The car nearest the camera is the combined 1st class & bistro-car.

2nd class open saloon seats   Czech bistro car

2nd class seats, most in open-plan cars like this, but there are often one or two cars with side corridor & classic 6-seat compartments.

 

1st class seats are open plan, in half of the bistro car, with the steward taking bistro orders at your seat.

Dinner in the bristro   Czech bistro car

An inexpensive meal in the bistro car with wine or draught beer.

 

Bistro.  2nd class passengers may use these leather seats next to the counter when eating or drinking.

The Nightjet sleeper from Munich to Amsterdam

Step 2, Linz to Paris by Nightjet sleeper trainMore information about Nightjets.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchette on Nightjet train   Couchette car on Nightjet sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Couchette car.

Option 3, Prague to Paris in a single day from €55 - the cheapest option, a chill-out day

The Czech EuroCity train from Prague to Munich

Step 1, Prague to Munich by air-conditioned express with smart modern Czech Railways open-plan cars & comfortable Lδnderbahn 'Alex' compartment cars, power sockets at all seats, refreshment trolley & free WiFi.

2nd class compartment in a Landerbahn car   2nd class open saloon car

In 2nd class, choose a Lδnderbahn compartment.

 

...or a Czech Railways 2nd class open-plan car.

TGV Duplex from Paris Gare de l'Est to Stuttgart & Munich

Step 2, Munich to Paris by TGV Duplex, an impressive 320 km/h (199 mph) double-deck high-speed train.

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

Cafe-bar on upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwaved hot dishes.

 

2nd class seats on the upper deck.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360Ί photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on upper deck, club duo on the left, club quatre on the right.  360Ί photo.

 

A TGV Duplex.  The 1 near the door indicates 1st class, a 2 indicates 2nd class.

Option 4, Prague to Paris with overnight stop in Munich, from €55 - As option 2, but an overnight stop in Munich breaks up the trip nicely

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Prague to Lyon, Avignon, Aix en Provence, Marseille

Option 1, Prague to Lyon & southern France with an overnight stop in Munich

Frankfurt to Marseille TGV

The TGV Duplex from Frankfurt to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille, about to leave Frankfurt (Main) Hbf.

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes.

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360Ί photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   A TGV Duplex at Frankfurt

1st class seats on the upper deck, a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right. 360Ί photo.

 

The TGV to Marseille, boarding at Frankfurt am Main Hbf.  You enter on the lower deck, with 9 stairs up to top deck.

Option 2, Prague to Lyon & southern France using the Prague-Zurich sleeper

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Prague to Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo

Option 1, Prague to Nice & the South of France using the Vienna-Milan sleeper

Czech Railjet train to Vienna at Prague Hlavni station

Step 1, take a fast modern railjet train from Prague to Vienna.  This is a Czech railjet boarding at Prague Hlavni.  More photos & information about Prague-Vienna railjets.

Economy seats on a Prague to Vienna Railjet train   1st class seats on a Czech Railjet train

Economy (2nd) class.  Mainly unidirectional seating but with some tables for 4.  All seats have power sockets & free WiFi.  Larger photo.

 

First class.  Mainly unidirectional, with some tables for 2 & tables for 4.  Larger photo

Restaurant car on a Prague-Vienna railjet train   Business class on a Czech railjet train

Restaurant car for snacks, meals, beer, wine, tea & coffee.  You don't need to reserve, just turn up & sit down.  There's waiter-service at tables or order at the counter & take back to your seat.  Larger photo.

 

Business class = premium 1st class.  Just 6 seats at one end of the 1st class car.  Same seats but very different layout from business class on Austrian railjetLarger photo.

Nightjet sleeper train boarding at Vienna Hbf

Step 2, Vienna to Genoa by Nightjet sleeper trainMore information about Nightjet trains.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

Same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on Nightjet sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car.

Italian InterCity train

Step 3, Genoa to Ventimiglia by Intercity train.  Above, an Intercity at the magnificent Milan Centrale.

2nd class   1st class

2nd class.  Larger photo.

 

1st class.  Larger photo.

TER train at Juans-les-Pins station

Step 4, take a TER local train from Ventimiglia to Monaco, Nice & Cannes.  Here, a TER rolls into Juan les Pins station, between Nice & Cannes.

Coastal scenery between Nice & Ventimiglia

Coastal scenery from the upper deck of the TER from Ventimiglia to Nice & Cannes.

Option 2, Prague to Nice & the South of France with an overnight stop in Verona - mountains and coastline

Option 3, Prague to Nice & the South of France with overnight stop in Venice - A little longer than option 2, but with a stopover in Venice

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Prague to Brussels & Bruges

Option 1, Prague to Brussels in a day - a chill-out day with free WiFi and some great scenery

Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

Step 1, Prague to Berlin by EuroCity train.  It's so civilised:  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Prague-Berlin express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  Most Prague-Berlin trains use Czech carriages like this, a few use Hungarian air-conditioned carriages.  See the photos & video on the Prague to Berlin pageCourtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

First class on Prague to Budapest traiin   2nd class compartment on Prague to Budapest traiin

1st class seats.

 

2nd class seats in a compartment car.

ICE3M to Cologne & Frankfurt, boarding at Brussels Midi

Step 2, Berlin to Cologne & Cologne to Brussels by ICE.  This is an ICE3M at Brussels Midi.  More information about ICE.

2nd class on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train   1st class on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train

2nd class seats on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

 

1st class seats on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

Erdinger Weissbier on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE train   Restaurant car on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train

Proper china, metal cutlery.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!  See current month's menu.

 

Restaurant car:  This is the small 12-seat restaurant area on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

Option 2, Prague to Brussels using the European Sleeper - a time-effective (and scenic!) option

Sleeping-car

Step 2, Berlin to Brussels by European Sleeper.  This is the stainless-steel sleeping-car about to leave Berlin Hbf. Click the interior photos for larger images.

Sleeping-car set up as a single   4 or 6 berth couchette compartment

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper, set up as a single.

 

Couchettes, can be sold as 4 or 6 bunk.

Option 3, Prague to Brussels using the Berlin-Brussels Nightjet sleeper - another time-effective option, 3 times a week, starting 10 December 2023

Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

Step 1, Prague to Berlin by EuroCity train.  It's so civilised:  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Prague-Berlin express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  See the photos & video on the Prague to Berlin pageCourtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

First class on Prague to Budapest traiin   2nd class compartment on Prague to Budapest traiin

1st class seats.

 

2nd class seats in a compartment car.

The Nightjet sleeper from Berlin to Zurich

Step 2, Berlin to Brussels by Nightjet.  Above, a Nightjet sleeper at Berlin Hbf.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

Same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchette on Nightjet train   Couchette car on Brussels-Vienna sleeper

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Couchette car.

Option 4, Prague to Brussels with an overnight stop in Berlin - same as option 2 but with an overnight stop

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Prague to Amsterdam from €37.90

Option 1, Prague to Amsterdam in a single day - how about a few hours in Berlin?

Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

Step 1, Prague to Berlin by EuroCity train.  It's so civilised:  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Prague-Berlin express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  Most Prague-Berlin trains use Czech carriages like this, a few use Hungarian air-conditioned carriages.  See the photos & video on the Prague to Berlin pageCourtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

First class on Prague to Budapest traiin   2nd class compartment on Prague to Budapest traiin

1st class seats.

 

2nd class seats in a compartment car.

Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train

Step 2, Berlin to Amsterdam by Intercity train.  More information about these Intercity trains.

Beef ribs and Spatburgunder red wine on the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   2nd class on the Intercity

A meal in the bistro car.

 

2nd class seats.

Option 2, Prague to Amsterdam using the European Sleeper - the time-effective (and scenic!) option

Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

Step 1, Prague to Berlin by EuroCity train.  It's so civilised:  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Prague-Berlin express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  See the photos & video on the Prague to Berlin pageCourtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

First class on Prague to Budapest traiin   2nd class compartment on Prague to Budapest traiin

1st class seats.

 

2nd class seats in a compartment car.

Sleeping-car

Step 2, Berlin to Amsterdam by European Sleeper.  This is the stainless-steel sleeping-car about to leave Berlin Hbf. Click the interior photos for larger images.

Sleeping-car set up as a single   4 or 6 berth couchette compartment

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper, set up as a single.

 

Couchettes, can be sold as 4 or 6 bunk.

Option 3, Prague to Amsterdam with an overnight stop in Berlin - same as option 1 but with an overnight stop

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Prague to Luxembourg from €46.90

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Prague to Zurich, Basel, Geneva & Switzerland from €37.90

Option 1, Prague to Basel & Zurich by sleeper train - safe, comfortable, time-effective

The Prague to Zuirch sleeping car boarding in Prague

A Czech sleeping-car of the Comfortline type used on the Prague-Basel-Zurich train.

Czech Railways standard (economy) 2-berth sleeper   Standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   Comfortline sleeper corridor

Standard sleeper set up as a 2-berth, with blind down & washstand open.  Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds.  Larger photo.

 

The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, washstand closed.  Very similar to a deluxe, but without the shower & toilet.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe sleepers are virtually identical to standard, a bit more floorspace & compact shower & toilet instead of washstand.  Larger photo.

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.

Couchette car 6-berth   RDC couchette car

6-berth couchettes.  There are also 4-berths.  Larger photo.

 

Couchette car on the inaugural departure from Prague, leased from RDC as CD don't have enough 200km/h couchette cars of their own.  Photos courtesy of @_wrzlbrnft_

Option 2, Prague to Zurich by direct sleeping-car - safe, comfortable, time-effective

The Prague to Zuirch sleeping car boarding in Prague

The sleeping-car to Zurich, boarding at Prague Hlavni platform 6.  More photos & information about the Zurich to Prague sleeper.

City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper   Standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   Comfortline sleeper corridor

Standard sleeper set up as a 2-berth, with blind down & washstand open.  Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds.  Enlarge photo.

 

The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, washstand closed.  Very similar to a deluxe, but without the shower & toilet.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe sleepers are almost identical to standard ones, a bit more floorspace & compact shower & toilet instead of washstand.  Larger photo.

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.

The Prague to Zuirch sleeping car boarding in Prague

The sleeping-car from Prague, arrived at Zurich HB.

Option 3, Prague to Switzerland in a single day from €37.90 - the cheapest option

Option 4, Prague to Switzerland with an overnight stop in Munich - as option 2, but with an overnight stop in Munich which breaks up the trip nicely.

Option 5, Prague to Switzerland with overnight in Salzburg, from €49 - a recommended option, great scenery & chance to see Salzburg

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

Option 1, Prague to Italy using the Vienna-Rome or Vienna-Venice Nightjet sleeper train - the most comfortable & time-effective option, recommended!

Czech Railjet train to Vienna at Prague Hlavni station

Step 1, Prague to Vienna by fast modern railjet train.  This is a Czech railjet boarding at Prague Hlavni.  More information about Prague-Vienna railjets.

Economy seats on a Prague to Vienna Railjet train   1st class seats on a Czech Railjet train

Economy (2nd) class.  Mainly unidirectional seating but with some tables for 4.  All seats have power sockets & free WiFi.  Larger photo.

 

First class.  Mainly unidirectional, with some tables for 2 & tables for 4.  Larger photo

Restaurant car on a Prague-Vienna railjet train   Business class on a Czech railjet train

Restaurant car for snacks, meals, beer, wine, tea & coffee.  You don't need to reserve, just turn up & sit down.  There's waiter-service at tables or order at the counter & take back to your seat.  Larger photo.

 

Business class = premium 1st class.  Just 6 seats at one end of the 1st class car.  Same seats but very different layout from business class on Austrian railjetLarger photo.

Nightjet sleeper train boarding at Vienna Hbf

Step 2, Vienna to Italy by nightjet sleeper train.  This is the sleeper from Vienna to Florence & Rome boarding at Vienna Hbf.  More information about Nightjets.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

Same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

  6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchette on Nightjet train

Nightjet couchette car.

 

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

Sunrise as the sleeper train crosses the causeway into Venice

Sunrise as the Munich-Venice Nightjet crosses the causeway over the lagoon into Venice.  Courtesy of Andreas Wiedenhoff.

Option 2, Prague to Venice in a single day from €44.80, comfy, scenic

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

The afternoon railjet to Venice, about to leave Vienna Hbf.  More photos & info about Vienna-Venice railjets.

Railjet restaurant car   Business class seats on a railjet train

Restaurant.  In 1st & business you're served at your seat.

 

Business class.  About business class.

Business class seats on a railjet train   Economy class seats on a railjet train

First class.

 

Economy class.

The railjet travels over the famous Semmering Railway, opened in 1854 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See the Vienna to Venice by train page for more information, photos & video.

Option 3, Prague to Venice with an overnight stop in Vienna from €44.80 - same as option 2, but an overnight stop breaks up the journey nicely

Option 4, Prague to Florence or Rome by scenic daytime trains with overnight stop in Munich, from €54

EuroCity train from Munich to Innsbruck & beyond

Munich to Italy by EuroCity train.  This is a EuroCity train at Munich Hbf.  More photos & information about these EuroCity trains.

2nd class seats in an open-plan car   Austrian first class seats

2nd class seats, some in open-plan saloons like this, some in 6-seat compartments.

 

1st class leather seats.  You'll also find seats in classic 6-seat compartments.

Mountains on the Brenner route.

Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route   Scenery on the Brenner route

Vineyards, mountains and castles south of Brenner as the train heads for Trento & Verona.

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses.  See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

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Prague to Barcelona, Madrid & Spain

Option 1, Prague to Barcelona & Spain with overnight stop in Munich

Option 2, Prague to Barcelona & Spain with overnight stop in Paris

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

Step 3, by TGV Duplex from Paris to Barcelona. These 320 km/h double-deckers link Paris with Barcelona.  Watch TGV Duplex video.

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck.

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees.  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.

Option 3, Prague to Barcelona & Spain using the Prague-Zurich sleeper & with overnight stop in Marseille - a pleasant alternative

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Prague to San Sebastian

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Prague to Lisbon & Portugal

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Prague to Andorra

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Prague to Berlin from €18.90 or Dresden from €15
Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

So civilised!  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Berlin-Prague express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  Most Berlin-Prague trains use Czech carriages like this, a few use Hungarian air-conditioned carriages.  For times, fares, tips, photos & how to buy tickets in detail, see the Prague to Berlin EuroCity train page  Photo courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

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Prague to Munich from €15

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Prague to Frankfurt from €19
The morning express from Prague to Cheb

Czech Interjet trains like this link Prague with Cheb, change for Nuremberg & Frankfurt.

2nd class seats on a Prague to Cheb Interjet train   1st class seats on a Prague to Cheb Interjet train

2nd class on an Interjet train with power outlets & free WiFi.  Larger photo.

 

1st class on an Interjet train with power outlets & free WiFi.  Larger photo.

Scenery from the train between Cheb & Prague   Scenery between Nuremberg & Cheb

Hills & forest between Prague & Cheb.  Courtesy of Arnaud Loneux.

 

Scenery between Cheb & Nuremberg.  Courtesy of Arnaud Loneux.

Cheb station, en route from Brussels to Prague

Easy & relaxed interchange at Cheb.  The blue train on the left is the Czech train arrived from Prague, the red train on the right is the German regional train to Nuremberg.  As you can see, it takes only seconds to walk from one train to the other at Cheb.  The German train will wait a bit if the Czech train is late.

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Prague to Nuremberg from €12

Or 1st class from €19...

The morning express from Prague to Cheb

Czech Interjet trains like this link Prague with Cheb, change for Nuremberg & Frankfurt.

2nd class seats on a Prague to Cheb Interjet train   1st class seats on a Prague to Cheb Interjet train

2nd class on an Interjet train with power outlets & free WiFi.  Larger photo.

 

1st class on an Interjet train with power outlets & free WiFi.  Larger photo.

Scenery from the train between Cheb & Prague   Scenery between Nuremberg & Cheb

Hills & forest between Prague & Cheb.  Courtesy of Arnaud Loneux.

 

Scenery between Cheb & Nuremberg.  Courtesy of Arnaud Loneux.

Cheb station, en route from Brussels to Prague

Easy & relaxed interchange at Cheb.  The blue train on the left is the Czech train arrived from Prague, the red train on the right is the German regional train to Nuremberg.  As you can see, it takes only seconds to walk from one train to the other at Cheb.  The German train will wait a bit if the Czech train is late.  See more photos, information & travel tips on Prague to Nuremberg via Cheb here.

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Prague to Rothenburg ob der Tauber from €25

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Prague to Passau €18

Option 1, Prague to Passau through Austria, via Linz

Option 2, Prague to Passau through Germany, via Regensburg

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Prague to Cologne, Hamburg & other German cities

Prague to other German cities by train

Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

So civilised!  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as a EuroCity express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river towards Dresden, Berlin & Hamburg.  Change in Dresden or Berlin for Dόsseldorf & Cologne.  Photo courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

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Prague to Vienna in 4h25 from €14.90

Option 1, Prague to Vienna by railjet train with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi

Czech Railjet train to Vienna at Prague Hlavni station

A blue Czech Railjet train from Prague to Vienna, seen at Prague Hlavni.  More photos & information.

Option 2, by competing Regiojet train from €15 with free WiFi, power sockets & at-seat service

A RegioJet train to Prague at Vienna Hbf

A RegioJet train at Vienna Hbf.

The Prague-Vienna sleeping-car was discontinued from the timetable change in December 2018.

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Prague to Linz, Hallstatt & Salzburg from €19:  See the Prague-Salzburg page for details..

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Prague to Innsbruck from €19

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Prague to Copenhagen, Malmφ, Gothenburg & Stockholm

Option 1, Prague to Stockholm using the Hamburg-Stockholm sleeper train - the time-effective option

Hamburg-StockholmSJ EuroNight at Hamburg Altona   6-berth couchette on the Hamburg-Stockholm SJ night train

The inaugural Hamburg to Stockholm SJ EuroNight train in Hamburg on 1 September 2022. The author rode this first departure.  More information on this train.

6-berth couchettes.

Larger photo.

Standard sleeper, set up as a double   Hamburg-StockholmSJ EuroNight at Padborg

2-bed sleeper.  Larger photo.

The inaugural train from Hamburg to Stockholm calls at Padborg, just after entering Denmark.

Scenery from the Hamburg to Stockholm train

Typical Swedish scenery on the morning run into Stockholm.

Option 2, Prague to Copenhagen in a single day from €39.90.  Onwards to Stockholm, Gothenburg or Oslo next day.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Copenhagen

Hamburg to Copenhagen by EuroCity train.  From June 2023, these trains are temporarily being operated by former German Railways intercity cars and a Danish electric locomotive, until new trains being built by Talgo arrive in 2024.  The current trains have 1st & 2nd class, power sockets at seats, but no catering so bring your own food & drink.  More information about the Hamburg-Copenhagen journey.

2nd clas seats on a DB Intercity train

2nd class seats are almost all open-plan like this.  There are a handful of 6-seat 2nd class compartments in one of the coaches, but only a few.

1st class comparment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train   1st class 6-seat compartment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train

The 1st class car has 6-seater compartments like this. Larger photo Larger photo.

An X2000 train at Stockholm Central

Copenhagen to Stockholm by tilting 200km/h X2000, seen at Stockholm CentralMore about X2000 trains.

1st class seats on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train 2nd class seats on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train

1st class on an X2000.  Larger photo.

 

2nd class on an X2000.  Larger photo.

Bistro seating area on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train   Bistro seating area on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train

Bistro seating on an X2000 train. Larger photo.

 

Bistro on an X2000 train. Larger photo.

On the Oresund link!

Crossing the impressive Φresund bridge from Denmark to Sweden.

Option 3, Prague to Copenhagen with an overnight stop in Hamburg

Option 4, Prague to Copenhagen with an overnight stop in Berlin

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Prague to Oslo & Norway

Option 1, Prague to Oslo via Hamburg & Copenhagen - by train all the way

Option 2, Prague to Oslo via the Kiel-Oslo cruise ferry - the most comfortable way to Oslo

Germany to Oslo Color Line ferry at Kiel

This photo is taken from the exit of Kiel station, so you can see how close the ferry is.  It's a 5-6 minute walk across the harbour, with a street lift up to a connecting walkway which takes you to the ferry terminal. If you have reserved one of what Color Line call their "5 star suites", check in at the desk rather than the machines and you'll be directed to a special lounge to wait with free tea, coffee, juice, snacks & WiFi.  You'll also have priority boarding of the ship.  Photos courtesy of Andrew Leo.

Boarding the ferry in Kiel

Boarding the Color Line ferry to Oslo in Kiel.

Kiel to Oslo ferry, Color Class suite   Kiel to Oslo ferry, restaurant

A 5 Star Suite on the ferry.

 

More cruise liner than ferry!  The restaurant.

View from Color Line ferry to Oslo

Wake up to this...

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Prague to Helsinki & Finland

Option 1, Prague to Helsinki using a Finnlines ferry from Germany - the easiest option

Finnlines ferry Travemunde-Helsinki

Finnlines operate the Finnstar, Finnmaid & Finnlady on the Travemόnde-Helsinki route.  Photo courtesy of Hubert Bartkowiak.  Photos below courtesy of Chris Russell.

Cabin on Finnlines ferry Travemunde-Helsinki   Gym on Finnlines ferry   Sauna on Finnlines ferry

Standard cabin.  Larger photo.

 

Gym with a view.

 

Sauna.

Option 2, Prague to Helsinki by train to Stockholm, then ferry

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Prague to Bratislava from €15

Option 1, Prague to Bratislava by EuroCity train run by the Czech & Slovakian & national railways - the most frequent option

EuroCity train to Budapest about to leave Prague

A EuroCity train from Prague to Budapest about to leave Prague Hlavni.  More photos & information.

First class on Prague to Budapest traiin   2nd class compartment on Prague to Budapest traiin

1st class.

 

2nd class compartment seating.

Restaurant car on Prague to Budapest traiin   Lunch on a Prague to Budapest EuroCity traiin

Restaurant car.

 

Lunch & a beer.

Option 2, Prague to Bratislava by competing Regiojet train - 4 per day, can be cheaper, with great on-board service

A RegioJet train to Prague at Vienna Hbf

A RegioJet train in its distinctive yellow & grey colours.  More information about Regiojet trains & their 4 classes

Business class on a RegioJet train from Vienna to Prague   Relax class on a Vienna-Prague RegioJet train

Business class.  Larger photo 360° photo.

 

Relax class.  Larger photo 360° photo..

Standard class astra car on a Vienna to Prague RegioJet train   Regiojet train at Prague

Standard class Astra car.  Larger photo360° photo.

Regiojet Astra car at Vienna.

Option 3, Prague to Bratislava by sleeper train - the time-effective option

The sleeper train from Budapest to Prague

The Czech sleeping-car from Budapest & Bratislava to Prague, boarding at Budapest Nyugati on a summer evening.

Washbasin in Prague-Budapest sleeper   Czech Railways sleeper from Budapest to Prague   Czech Railways sleeper from Budapest to Prague

Washstand, soap & towels provided.  Larger photo.

 

Czech Railways 2-bed 'double' sleeper.  Each compartment can be sold as a single, double or triple sleeper.  Larger photo.

 

The corridor.  Each compartment locks securely.  Larger photo.

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Prague to Poprad Tatry & Košice

Option 1, Prague to Poprad Tatry & Kosice by daytime train - choose from 3 competing operators

Czech Super City train at Prague

SuperCity pendolino trains.  These modern pendolino tilting trains link Prague with Poprad Tatry & Kosice twice per day.  Reservation is compulsory and there's a cafe-bar & free WiFi on board.

 

SuperCity 1st class.  Courtesy of CD.

 

SuperCity 2nd class.  Courtesy of CD.

Option 2, Prague to Poprad Tatry & Kosice by sleeper train

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Prague to Budapest from €16

Option 1, Prague to Budapest by daytime train

EuroCity train to Budapest about to leave Prague

A EuroCity train from Prague to Budapest about to leave Prague Hlavni.  More photos & information

First class on Prague to Budapest traiin   2nd class compartment on Prague to Budapest traiin

1st class.

 

2nd class compartment seating.

Option 2, Prague to Budapest by competing Regiojet train

A RegioJet train to Prague at Vienna Hbf

A RegioJet train at Vienna Hbf.  More information about Regiojet trains & their 4 classes.

Business class on a RegioJet train from Vienna to Prague   Relax class on a Vienna-Prague RegioJet train

Business class.  Larger photo 360° photo.

 

Relax class.  Larger photo 360° photo..

Standard class astra car on a Vienna to Prague RegioJet train   Regiojet train at Prague

Standard class Astra car.  Larger photo360° photo.

Regiojet Astra car at Vienna.

Option 3, Prague to Budapest by sleeper train - the time-effective option

The sleeper train from Budapest to Prague

The Czech sleeping-car from Budapest to Prague, boarding at Budapest Nyugati on a summer evening.

Washbasin in Prague-Budapest sleeper   Czech Railways sleeper from Budapest to Prague   Czech Railways sleeper from Budapest to Prague

Washstand, soap & towels provided.  Larger photo.

 

Czech Railways 2-bed 'double' sleeper.  Each compartment can be sold as a single, double or triple sleeper.  Larger photo.

 

The corridor.  Each compartment locks securely.  Larger photo.

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Prague to Brasov & Bucharest from €48

Option 1, Prague to Romania using the Budapest-Bucharest sleeper - the most time-effective option

2-berth sleeper on the Ister   The Ister at Bucharest Nord

A 1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper with washbasin.  Larger photo.

 

The sleeping-car (vagon de dormit) on the westbound Ister at Bucharest.  Sleepers convert from beds to private sitting rooms for day use.  Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.

Couchette car on the Ister EuroNight train from Budapest to Bucharest   Romanian couchette car from Vienna to Bucharest

The vagon cuseta (couchette car) on the westbound Ister, boarding at Bucharest.  Couchettes convert from bunks at night to seats by day.  Courtesy of @AndyBTravels, DiscoverByRail.com .

 

4 or 6-berth couchettes.  Larger photo.

Option 2, Prague to Romania by daytime trains with overnight stop from €48 - if you prefer day trains & hotels to sleepers

The daytime train from Budapest to Bucharest

The daytime train from Budapest to Bucharest has modern air-conditioned Romanian carriages.  Three cars travel all the way, additional cars are attached whilst in Hungary, and additional cars and a bar car are attached between Drobeta Turnu Severin & Bucharest.

The 'Transylvania' train to Brasov about to leave Budapest   2nd class on the Budapest to Bucharest train

On the left, the daytime train to Bucharest is about to leave Budapest Keleti.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on the Budapest to Bucharest train.  There are power outlets under the tables.  Larger photo.

Bar stools on the Budapest to Bucharest train   Bar car on the Budapest to Bucharest train

A bar car is attached between Drobeta Turnu Severin & Bucharest.  Photos courtesy of @AndyBTravels, DiscoverByRail.com.

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Prague to Ljubljana & Rijeka from €40

Option 2, Prague to Ljubljana in just an afternoon & evening, all year round

The Budapest to Ljubljana train Drava at Budapest Keleti

The Drava from Graz to Ljubljana.  The Drava starts in Budapest.

1st class seats on the Budapest to Ljubljana train Drava   2nd class seats on the Budapest to Ljubljana train Drava

1st class seats on the Drava.

 

2nd class seats on the Drava.

Option 2, Prague to Ljubljana in a single day via Vienna, all year round

Option 3, Prague to Rijeka by direct Regiojet sleeper train - summer-only, recommended

Regiojet overnight train   Regiojet couchette compartment

The holiday train.  Above left, Regiojet overnight train at Prague Hlavni.  Above right, a 4-berth couchette compartment on this train, in daytime mode.  The seat back hinges up to form the upper berths.  See video of this overnight journey, taken during the 2020 season.

Regiojet arrived in Croatia   Berth on the Regiojet train to Croatia

Arrived in Croatia.

 

Couchette.

Option 4, Prague to Ljubljana using the Munich-Ljubljana sleeper - the most time-effective option

The Czech EuroCity train from Prague to Munich

Step 1, Prague to Munich by air-conditioned express with smart modern Czech Railways open-plan cars & comfortable Lδnderbahn 'Alex' compartment cars, power sockets at all seats, refreshment trolley & free WiFi, seen here arrived at Munich Hbf.

2nd class compartment in a Landerbahn car   2nd class open saloon car

In 2nd class, choose a Lδnderbahn compartment.

 

...or a Czech Railways 2nd class open-plan car.

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Munic to Zagreb, boarding in Munich

Step 2, Munich to Ljubljana by sleeper train.  Above, the air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb.  It has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as 1, 2 or 3 berth, with toilets at the end of the corridor.  Compartments convert to a private sitting room for evening or morning use.  A light breakfast is included in the sleeper fare.  The Croatian couchette car is the next vehicle to the right, also modern & air-conditioned with 4 & 6 bunk compartments, ideal for families.  Couchettes convert from bunks to seats for evening or morning use.

Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb   4 or 6-berth couchettes on train from Munich to Zagreb

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper.

 

Set up as a single-berth.

 

4 or 6-berth couchettes. 360Ί photo.

Option 5, Prague to Ljubljana with an overnight stop in Vienna

The Vienna to Triese EuroCity train Emona, about to leave Vienna

The EuroCity train Emona to Ljubljana about to leave Vienna Hbf, with its Slovenian restaurant car in the foreground and two Slovenian cars in rear.  The Austrian cars are ahead of the restaurant car.

Lunch in Slovenian restaurant car   Slovenian restaurant car

The Emona has a Slovenian restaurant car with inexpensive freshly-cooked scrambled eggs or omelette.  How about a glass of fizz to go with that?

2nd class seats in an open-plan car   Austrian first class seats

2nd class seats, some in open-plan saloons like this, some in 6-seat compartments.

 

1st class open-plan seating.  There's just one section of 1st class seats on this train.

Between Vienna & Graz the Emona travels over the famous Semmering Railway, opened in 1854 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See the Vienna to Venice by train page for more information, photos & video.

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Scenery in Slovenia, between Maribor & Zidani Most.

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Prague to Zagreb from €29

Option 1, Prague to Zagreb via Budapest from €29 - the cheapest option

Intercity train Agram from Budapest to Zagreb

The Intercity train Agram at Budapest Deli, the Croatian car in the foreground, the Hungarian car  next to it, then in the distance at the front of the train the older Hungarian cars going as far as the border.

2nd class seats on the Budapest to Zagreb train Agram   2nd class seats on the Budapest to Zagreb train Agram

2nd class compartment in the Croatian car.

 

2nd class open-plan seats in the Hungarian car.

Lake Balaton seen from the Budapest to Zagreb train

The train runs along the southern shore of Lake Balaton, Hungary's largest lake.  Courtesy of Della Mcvay.

Sunflowers seen from the train from Budapest to Zagreb

The train passes fields of sunflowers.  Courtesy of Louise Donnelly.

Option 2, Prague to Zagreb via Vienna from €45 - slightly faster, with a restaurant car on both trains

EuroCity train Croatia from Vienna to Zagreb

Vienna to Zagreb on the Croatia:  This is the EuroCity train Croatia about to leave Vienna Hbf for Zagreb.

2nd class seats in an open-plan car   Austrian first class seats

2nd class seats, some in open-plan saloons like this, some in 6-seat compartments.

 

1st class leather seats.  You'll also find seats in classic 6-seat compartments.

Austrian restaurant car   Meal in an Austrian restaurant car on a Munich-Verona train

The elegant Austrian restaurant car. Larger photo.

Dinner with wine on board.

The EuroCity Croatia travels over the famous Semmering Railway, opened in 1854 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See the Vienna to Venice by train page for more information, photos & video.

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Scenery in Slovenia, between Maribor & Zidani Most.

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Sevnica Castle, seen from the train between Zidani Most & Zagreb.

Option 3, Prague to Zagreb using the Munich-Zagreb sleeper - the most time-effective option, all year round.

The Czech EuroCity train from Prague to Munich

Step 1, Prague to Munich by air-conditioned express with smart modern Czech Railways open-plan cars & comfortable Lδnderbahn 'Alex' compartment cars, power sockets at all seats, refreshment trolley & free WiFi, seen here arrived at Munich Hbf.

2nd class compartment in a Landerbahn car   2nd class open saloon car

In 2nd class, choose a Lδnderbahn compartment.

 

...or a Czech Railways 2nd class open-plan car.

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Munic to Zagreb, boarding in Munich

Step 2, Munich to Zagreb by sleeper train.  Above, the air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb.  It has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as 1, 2 or 3 berth, with toilets at the end of the corridor.  Compartments convert to a private sitting room for evening or morning use.  A light breakfast is included in the sleeper fare.  The Croatian couchette car is the next vehicle to the right, also modern & air-conditioned with 4 & 6 bunk compartments, ideal for families.  Couchettes convert from bunks to seats for evening or morning use.

Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb   4 or 6-berth couchettes on train from Munich to Zagreb

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper.

 

Set up as a single-berth.

 

4 or 6-berth couchettes. 360Ί photo.

Scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb

Wake up to scenery like this between Ljubljana & Zagreb, along the river Sava.

Option 4, Prague to Zagreb with an overnight stop in Vienna

Option 5, Prague to Zagreb using the Prague-Budapest sleeper - with a morning in Budapest, well worth considering

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Prague to Split & Dubrovnik

Option 1, Prague to Split & Dubrovnik via Zagreb, all year round

An ICN train Zagreb at Split station   1st class seats on the fast tilting ICN train from Zagreb to Split

The daytime trains to Split:  These fast, tilting, air-conditioned ICN trains link Zagreb & Split once or twice a day through great scenery.  Above right, first class seats.  You can now buy tickets online at www.hzpp.hrExterior photo courtesy of Gareth Davison.

Scenery seen from the Zagreb-Split train

Scenery between Zagreb and Split seen from the train.  Photo courtesy of Pαraic Maguire.

Option 2, Prague to Split using the Vienna-Split sleeper, 3 times a week May-October

Scenery from the Vienna-Split train

What a journey!  Scenery between Zagreb & Split seen from the Bratisloava-Vienna-Split sleeper train.  Photos courtesy of Rob Romans.

Sleeping-car on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split   Sleeper compartment on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split

The comfortable air-conditioned Slovakian sleeping-cars on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split, arrived at Split station.  Each compartment can be sold as a single, double or triple, and comes with soap, towel, fully-made up beds and a washbasin.  A light breakfast is included. Larger photo. Photo of 2-berth, courtesy of Michael Allsop.

Couchette compartment, of sort used on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split   Couchette car on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split

A couchette car on the train from Bratislava & Vienna, arrived at Split. Larger photo.

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Prague to Belgrade, Sofia & Montenegro

Option 1, Prague to Belgrade & beyond via Vienna & Zagreb

Option 2, Prague to Sofia via Bucharest - currently the only viable option between Prague & Sofia

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Prague to Krakow from €19

Option 1, Prague to Krakow by sleeper train, see the Prague to Krakow by train page

The sleeper train from Prague to Krakow & Warsaw

Prague to Krakow by sleeping-car.  Above, the sleeper to Krakow is boarding at Prague Hlavni.

Czech Railways standard (economy) 2-berth sleeper   Standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   Comfortline sleeper corridor

Standard sleeper set up as a 2-berth, with blind down & washstand open.  Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds.  Larger photo.

 

Same sleeper with beds folded away, washstand closed.  Very similar to a deluxe, but without the shower & toilet.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe sleepers are almost identical to regular ones, but with a shower & toilet instead of washstand.  Larger photo.

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.

The Prague to Krakow couchette car at Prague Hlavni   6-bunk couchettes on the Prague to Krakow train

Couchette car to Krakow, boarding at Prague Hlavni.

 

6-berth couchettes

Option 2, Prague to Krakow by daytime train, see the Prague to Krakow by train page

Czech bistro car

The Cracovia's 1st class & bistro car.  Courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

Czech bistro car   2nd class open saloon seats

1st class seats, in the bistro car on one side of the central kitchen

 

2nd class open-plan seats.  There are also seats in classic 6-seat compartments.

Dinner in the bristro   Czech bistro car

Enjoy an inexpensive meal with wine in the bistro.

Option 3, Prague to Krakow by day train with private operator Leo Express See the Prague to Krakow by train page

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Prague to Warsaw from €28

Option 1, Prague to Warsaw by sleeper train - the safe, comfortable, time-effective option

The sleeper train from Prague to Krakow & Warsaw

Prague to Warsaw by sleeping-car.  Above, the sleeper to Warsaw boarding at Prague Hlavni.

Czech Railways standard (economy) 2-berth sleeper   Standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   Comfortline sleeper corridor

Standard sleeper set up as a 2-berth, with blind down & washstand open.  Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds.  Larger photo.

 

The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, washstand closed.  Very similar to a deluxe, but without the shower & toilet.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe sleepers are similar to standard ones, but with a bit more floorspace & compact shower & toilet instead of washstand.  Larger photo.

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.

The Prague to Warsaw couchette car at Prague Hlavni   6-bunk couchettes on the Prague to Krakow train

Prague to Warsaw couchette car boarding at Prague Hlavni.

 

6-berth couchettes.

Option 2, Prague to Warsaw by daytime train - the chill-out option

The EuroCity train Silesia at Prague

The afternoon EuroCity train Silesia boarding at Prague Hlavni.

2nd class open saloon seats on EuroCity train from Prague to Warsaw   6-seat compartment on train to Warsaw

2nd class open-plan seats, available on all 3 trains.

 

2nd class compartments, available on all 3 trains.

1st class 4-seat compartment from Prague to Warsaw   6-Restaurant car on EuroCity train from Prague to Warsaw

1st class 4-seat compartment on the afternoon Silesia.

 

Restaurant car on the afternoon Silesia.

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Prague to Wroclaw

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Prague to Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn

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Prague to Lviv, Kyiv & Ukraine

Option 1, Prague to Lviv & Kyiv by Regiojet sleeper train - running in spite of the war, comfortable, cheap, easily booked online

  • Private open-access train operator Regiojet runs a comfortable daily train service from Prague to Lviv & Kyiv, consisting of a sleeper train from Prague to Przemysl run by Regiojet themselves and a connecting seats train from Przemysl to Lviv & Kyiv run by partner Ukrainian Railways.  Regiojet sell this combo online as a fully-integrated service, making it very easy to book with lots of capacity available.

  • It leaves Prague Hlavni daily at 22:00, arriving Przemysl at 08:17, connecting train leaves 09:45 arriving Lviv 12:38 & Kyiv at 20:14.

    The train has air-conditioned 4-berth couchette compartments which can be booked as private compartments for sole occupancy, or you can book individual couchettes in shared compartments at cheap prices.  Bedding & bottled water is provided, a light breakfast with tea or coffee is included and there's free WiFi.  The train also has ordinary seats, not recommended for an overnight journey.

  • Fares start at €58 with a berth in a shared compartment, or €119.90 for sole occupancy of a 4-berth couchette compartment for 1 to 4 people.

  • Book online at www.regiojet.com.  Booking only opens a month or two ahead, so don't be impatient.  You print your ticket or show it on your phone.

Regiojet overnight train   Regiojet couchette compartment

Option 2, Prague to Kyiv using the Vienna-Lviv-Kyiv sleeping-car - a comfortable option, easily booked online

  • Step 1, travel from Prague to Vienna by railjet train, leaving Prague Hlavni at 10:44 & arriving Vienna Hbf at 14:49.

    The railjet train has a restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.

    Fares start at €14.90 in 2nd class, €29.90 in 1st class or €44.90 in business class (= premium 1st).  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book the railjet at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee, Booking opens up to 6 months ahead) or the Czech Railways site www.cd.cz (in koruna, booking normally opens 3 months ahead, see my tips for using it).  You print your own ticket.

  • Step 2, travel from Vienna to Lviv or Kyiv by sleeping-car. leaving Vienna Hbf at 16:42 daily arriving next day in Lviv at 10:20 & Kyiv 17:03.

    Introduced in December 2017, this train has one or two direct Ukrainian sleeping-cars with comfortable 1, 2 & 3 berth compartments with washbasin, see the photos below.  At Chop on the other side of the border the through sleeping-cars are jacked up to have their wheelsets changed from European standard gauge (4'8½") to Russian gauge used in Ukraine (5').

    Book the train from Vienna to Lviv or Kyiv online at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at.

    This will only book one-way or round trip starting in Vienna because tickets need to be collected from an ΦBB station in Austria.  They cannot be collected in Ukraine.  Booking this way you pay no fee or mark-up, just the official fare.  The sleeper is popular, it usually sells out.

    If you have any problems or want a one-way ticket starting in Ukraine, you can also book the Vienna-Kyiv train via reliable agency www.polrail.com, with tickets posted or couriered to you for a small fee.  Polrail are based in Poland so charge in zlotys, but as they have access to Ukrainian ticketing system they are good for booking this train.

    Booked through oebb.at:

    Vienna to Kyiv costs €80.50 in a 3-berth sleeper, €90.50 in a 2-berth sleeper or €152.90 in a single sleeper.

    Vienna to Lviv costs €62.10 in a 3-berth sleeper, €70.10 in a 2-berth sleeper or €119.30 in a single sleeper.

    Booked through Polrail:

    Vienna to Kyiv costs around €138 in a 3-berth sleeper €149 in a 2-berth sleeper, or €241 in a single-berth sleeper.

    Vienna to Lviv costs around €120 in a 3-berth sleeper €129 in a 2-berth sleeper, or €207 in a single-berth sleeper.

    Booked at the station in Ukraine, Kyiv to Vienna costs around €80, Lviv to Vienna around €60, in both cases with a bed in a 3-bed sleeper.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Vienna Hbf

Boarding the Vienna to Kyiv sleeping-car at Vienna Hbf.

Sleeper to Kiev about to leave Vienna   Ukrainian sleeper corridor   1, 2 or 3 bed Ukrainian sleeper compartment

The Vienna-Kyiv sleeper about to leave Vienna Hbf. Courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

The sleeper corridor.  Courtesy Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

The Vienna-Kyiv sleeping-car at Kyiv Pass.  Photos courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

Option 3, Prague to Lviv & Kyiv via Budapest - 3 hours quicker than option 1, unfortunately not bookable online

  • Step 2, travel from Budapest to Lviv or Kyiv by sleeping-car. leaving Budapest Keleti at 19:40 daily, arriving at Lviv at 09:20 & Kyiv at 16:03.

    Introduced in December 2017, this is a Ukrainian sleeping-car with comfortable 1, 2 & 3 berth compartments with washbasin, see the Ukrainian sleeping-car photos above.

    The best way to buy tickets for this train is via reliable agency www.polrail.com, with tickets posted or couriered to you for a small fee.  Polrail are based in Poland so charge in zlotys, but as they have access to Ukrainian ticketing system they are good for booking this train.  You cannot currently book online with ΦBB although you could try emailing or calling their telesales via their website www.oebb.atFeedback would be appreciated.  If you order tickets from Polrail:

    Budapest to Kyiv costs around €103 in a 3-berth sleeper €114 in a 2-berth sleeper, or €184 in a single-berth sleeper.

    Budapest to Lviv costs around €87 in a 3-berth sleeper €95 in a 2-berth sleeper, or €152 in a single-berth sleeper.

Option 4, Prague to Kyiv via Warsaw

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Prague to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia

Option 1, Prague to Moscow by direct Russian Railways sleeping-car, every day - via Belarus

  • Two or three direct Russian Railways sleeping-cars leave Prague Hlavni at 10:02 every day, travelling via Warsaw & Minsk, arriving Moscow Byelorusski at 16:58 next day.

    All international trains to/from Russia were suspended due to Covid-19 and remain suspended due to sanctions & war in Ukraine.

    The fare is approximately €155 with a bed in a 4-berth sleeper. €230 in a 2-bed sleeper or €265 in a single-bed sleeper.

    You can book this train at Czech Railways www.cd.cz and print your own ticket.  This is the recommended method.

    Alternatively, you can book with Russian Railways at www.rzd.ru although it's a little quirky and may not accept some overseas credit cards.

    This train uses impressive Austrian-built sleeping-cars with 4-berth compartments built in 2014, see photos of this type of sleeper here & see panorama photo inside one of these modern sleepers.  Each compartment can be sold as 1st class 1-berth, 1st class 2-berth or 2nd class 4-berth.  There's a bistro car in Poland and a Russian restaurant car is attached between Brest (on the Polish/Belarus border) & Moscow.

    Don't forget to arrange both your Russian visa and Belarus transit visa as the train runs via Belarus.  See my important update about travel to Russia through Belarus.

  • For St Petersburg, take this Prague-Moscow train and change in Moscow, taking either a Sapsan daytime train in 3h50 or an overnight sleeper train, see the train travel in Russia page.

The direct Prague to Moscow sleeping-cars were built in Austria in 2014.  Each compartment converts from comfortable sofas to equally comfortable beds and can be used as either 1st class 2-berth with two lower berths or as 2nd class 4-berth with all four berths in use.  There are a shower and toilets at the end of the corridor.  Compartments have electronic key-card locks, and the cars are very smooth-riding.  The sleeper attendant can serve lovely Russian tea for around €0.50 a glass.  Highly recommended!  Pictured above, the Moscow to Prague train pulls into Prague Hlavni.

One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Option 2, Prague to Moscow via Kyiv, avoiding Belarus and the need for a Belarusian visa.

  • Step 1, travel from Prague to Kyiv as shown above, for example taking an afternoon railjet train from Prague to Vienna on day 1 then the direct Ukrainian sleeping-car from Vienna to Kyiv arriving in Kyiv late afternoon on day 2.

  • Step 2, take a sleeper train from Kyiv to Moscow.

    There are several night trains and times vary by date, but for example there's usually one leaving Kyiv at 19:36 and arriving in Moscow Kievskaya station next morning at 10:09 (= day 3 from Prague). 2-berth & 4-berth sleepers available. Incidentally, there's also a direct train from Kyiv to St Petersburg, but this passes through a small corner of Belarus, requiring a Belarus visa and so defeating the object of the exercise.

    Kyiv-Moscow trains were suspended due to Covid-19, and are now cancelled - and the lines blown up - due to the war in Ukraine

    You can book the Kyiv-Moscow train direct with Ukrainian Railways at booking.uz.gov.ua/en/ booking from Kyiv to Moskva Kievskaya.  You collect tickets at the station in Kyiv.  Feedback appreciated!  Or you can arrange via www.polrail.com.

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Prague to Athens & Greece

Option 1, Prague to Athens by train through the Balkans

The Macedonian couchette car on the Belgrade to Thessaloniki train   A 6-berth couchette compartment on the Belgrade to Thessaloniki train

The Belgrade to Thessaloniki couchette car.  Below, scenery between Thessaloniki & Athens.

2nd class on Greek InterCity train   More mountain scenery, and the Gorgopotamos Viaduct...

After leaving Thessaloniki, the InterCity train runs along the Aegean coast and past Mount Olympus (seen above, from the train), mythical home to the Greek gods.

 

Between Larissa & Athens, the train snakes through the mountains over the Gorgopotamos viaduct, blown up by the British S.O.E. in WW2.  This section is by-passed as from May 2019.

Great scenery from the train:  In the mountains between Athens and Larissa   More scenery on the train to Athens

Emerging from the mountains, the train descends a spectacular escarpment (above left), with the Greek plain laid out hundreds of feet below.  This section is by-passed as from May 2019

Option 2, Prague to Athens via ferry from Italy - currently the most viable option

  • Day 1, travel from Prague to Vienna by railjet train, leaving Prague Hlavni at 12:44 and arriving Vienna Hbf at 16:49.

    The swish modern railjet has a restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.

    Fares start at €14.90 in 2nd class, €29.90 in 1st class or €44.90 in business class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book this train at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee, or use the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a bit more fiddly, same fares).

    Have dinner in Vienna, see suggested restaurants.

    Tip:  If you have a sleeper ticket, you can use the ΦBB Lounge at Vienna Hbf between trains, with complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks & WiFi.

  • Day 2, travel from Bologna to Bari by Frecciarossa, leaving Bologna Centrale at 09:45 arriving Bari Centrale at 15:27.

    The train has a cafe-bar, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  It's a pleasant run along the scenic Adriatic coast.

    Fares start at €29.90 in 2nd class or €39.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book this at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or www.italiarail.com (easy to use, in €, $ or £, they'll refund the €3.50 booking fee to seat61 users if you email them after booking at seat61@italiarail.com) or www.trenitalia.com (in €, more fiddly, requires Italian-language place names, see advice on using it).

    Booking opens up to 4 months ahead.  It's ticketless, you simply print out your booking reference or show it on your phone.

  • Day 2, sail overnight from Bari to Patras in Greece with Superfast Ferries.

    The ferry sails from Bari at 19:30 on Mondays-Saturdays, arriving Patras at 13:00 next day (Day 3).

    On Sundays the ship sails at 13:30, too early to make connections from Milan.

    You can check sailing times & dates at using the Direct Ferries website or at www.superfast.com or www.ferriesingreece.com.

    You should check in at the Superfast desk on the ground floor of the cruise terminal (Terminal Crociere) at Bari port with passport & booking number to get your boarding pass, ideally 3 hours before departure in summer, although in practice 2 hours or even 1½ hours is normally fine.

    You then walk 500m from check-in to the ferry, board the ferry via the foot passenger gangway at the stern and head up the escalator to the main lounge and reception desk to get your cabin key.

    The ship is comfortable, with self-service restaurant, lounge, bar and sun deck.  You can book a deck place (a good & cheap option in summer if you have your own sleeping bag), a reclining seat or various types of cabin, all with private shower & toilet.  Strolling the decks in the morning sun as the ship cruises past the islands of Cephalonia and Ithaca is the nicest part of the trip, and it's a wonderful way to arrive in Greece.

    In Patras, the ferry arrives at the new South ferry terminal a few km from the town centre.  Bus 18 links the port with the Patras bus station every hour on the hour, fare €1.20 or you can hop in a taxi for around €9, journey time 15-20 minutes.

  • Day 3, travel from Patras to Athens by Greek Railways bus/train combo.

    Hellenic Train (Greek Railways) operate an integrated bus/train service from Patras to Athens every hour or two, total journey time 3h02, fare around €18.  No prior reservation is necessary, just buy a ticket to Athens at Patras railway station ticket office.

    For example, at the time I write this, buses leave from outside Patras railway station at 14:15, 15:15, 16:00, 17:15 & 18:15, taking 90 minutes to reach Kiato railway station near Corinthos.  At Kiato they connect with a modern air-conditioned regional train taking 78 minutes to Athens Larissa Station in downtown Athens.  You can check Patra to Athens bus/train times using the journey planner at www.hellenictrain.gr.

Superfast ferry from Bari to Patras in Greece

The ferry Superfast II from Bari to Patras, boarding at Bari.  Photos courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

Boarding the ferry from Italy to Greece   Lounge and reception desk on the ferry to Greece

The passenger gangway, onto the ferry.

 

Reception desk & lounge on the ferry.

Lounge & bar on the ferry from Italy to Greece   Self-service restaurant on the ferry from Italy to Greece

Lounge and bar on the Superfast II.

 

Self-service restaurant.

En suite toilet & shower on ferry to Greece   Cabin on ferry from Italy to Greece

Private cabin with en suite toilet & shower.

Scenic views from the ferry from Italy to Greece

The ferry passes Cephalonia & Ithaca then approaches mainland Greece.  This is what travel to Greece should be like!

The ferry from Bari arrives at Patras

The ferry approaches the new port of Patras.

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Prague to Sofia & Istanbul

Prague to Istanbul via Budapest & Bucharest - currently the only viable option

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Railbookers custom-made tours

If you just want to buy train tickets at the cheapest price, book online as shown on this page.  However, if you want someone to sort out your whole trip for you, arranging all your trains, hotels and transfers, and to look after you if anything affects your arrangements, the people to talk to are Railbookers.  Railbookers can tailor-make a train trip around Europe to your own specification.  Just tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels.  They get good reports and a lot of repeat business!  They now have offices in the UK, North America and Australia.

UK flag  UK call 0207 864 4600, www.railbookers.co.uk

US flag  US call free 1-888-829-4775, see website.

Canadian flag  Canada call free 1-855-882-2910, see website.

Australian flag  Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, see website

New Zealand flag  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 000 554 or see website.

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Hotels in Prague

Apart from review score and price, I think the three key factors in choosing a hotel are location, location, and (you've guessed it) location.  For a longish stay, I'd book a hotel right in the heart of the old town on or near the Old Town Square where the action is.  For a shorter stay, especially if you are leaving on an early train, I'd go for a hotel near the station, so there's no time wasted in taxis, you can walk across the road and leave your bags, and it's an easy stroll across the road to the station when it's time to leave - but hotels near the station are still easy walking distance to the old town and sights.

Hotels near Prague's old town square

Ventana Hotel or Old Town Square Hotel (both 5-star), Grand Hotel Prague, Hotel Rott (both 4-star), Zlatύ kůň Golden Horse (3-star).

Hotels near Prague Hlavni station

MeetMe23 (3-star, a funky designer hotel with holographic receptionist!), Exe City Park Hotel (3-star), Chopin Hotel (3-star), Falkensteiner Hotel Maria (4-star), Esplanade Hotel (5-star, a top choice which I've used myself).

Personal recommendation:  Hotel Carlo IV

The Hotel Carlo IV is a grand 5 star hotel in the classic tradition, in an impressive 19th century building that was originally a bank.  It's an easy 3 minute stroll across the park from the station, an easy walk from all the sights, and being in Prague it isn't as expensive as you'd expect a hotel of this top calibre to be.  Great location, great staff, nice rooms, excellent breakfast, and it even has a spa and swimming pool.

 

Hotel Carlo IV, Prague, seen as you arrive from the station.

 

Room at the Carlo IV Hotel.

Find hotels at Booking.comMy favourite hotel search: www.booking.com

Booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally use it to book all my hotels in one place.  I've come to trust booking.com's review scores, you won't be disappointed with any hotel that scores 8.0 or more.  Crucially, booking.com usually lets you book with free cancellation, which means you can confirm accommodation risk-free before train booking opens and/or you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when planning a trip.  I never book hotels non-refundably!

Backpacker hostels

www.hostelworld.com:  If you're on a tight budget, don't forget about backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in most cities at rock-bottom prices.

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