EuroCity train from Berlin to Prague
 
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Comfortable air-conditioned EuroCity trains with restaurant car & free WiFi link Berlin and Prague every two hours, 388 km (241 miles) in 4 hours, centre to centre with great scenery along the Elbe & Vlatava rivers.  Train is the way to go, an experience in itself - Watch the video!

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Train times southbound 2024

 Berlin ► Prague

 

daily

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Train type:

Railjet

EC

EC

EC

EC

EC

EC

 Berlin Hbf depart:

06:15

07:16

09:16

11:16

13:16

15:16

17:16

 Dresden Hbf depart:

08:10

09:10

11:10

13:10

15:10

17:10

19:10

 Prague Holesovice arrive:

10:17

11:14

13:14

15:14

17:14

19:14

21:14

 Prague Hlavni (main station) arrive:

10:27

11:24

13:24

15:24

17:24

19:24

21:24

Train times northbound 2024

 Prague ► Berlin

 

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

Train type:

EC

EC

EC

EC

EC

EC

Railjet

 Prague Hlavni (main station) depart:

06:28

08:28

10:28

12:28

14:28

16:28

17:31

 Prague Holesovice depart:

06:38

08:38

10:38

12:38

14:38

16:38

17:41

 Dresden arrive:

08:50

10:50

12:50

14:50

16:50

18:50

19:50

 Berlin Hbf arrive:

10:42

12:43

14:43

16:43

18:43

20:43

21:54

Timetable notes

EC = EuroCity train Berliner, air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class with restaurant car, CD (Czech Railways) stock.

Railjet = Czech railjet train Vindobona, to/from Vienna.  Air-conditioned 2nd class, 1st class & business class with restaurant car.

Treat these times as a guide, always check times for your own date of travel at int.bahn.de.

Berlin to Prague is 388 km or 241 miles by train.

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What are the trains like?

The EuroCity trains between Berlin & Prague are run jointly by the German, Czech & Austrian national railways.  Most Berlin-Prague trains use modern CD (Czech Railways) EuroCity cars branded Berliner, as shown below. 

There are two exceptions:  The 09:16 from Berlin & 14:28 from Prague is the EuroCity Hungaria to/from Budapest, this uses smart air-conditioned Hungarian coaches & Hungarian restaurant car see the photos here.  The 06:15 from Berlin & 17:31 from Prague is the Czech railjet Vindobona to/from Vienna, see the photos here.

The usual formation for the Czech trains is:  2 x 2nd class open plan car, 3 x 2nd class cars with 6-seat compartments, restaurant car, 1st class open-plan car.  However, extra cars are added at peak times and formations vary.  The 1st class car is normally at the front in the Berlin>Prague direction, at the back Prague>Berlin.

Coming from late summer 2024, new ComfortJet carriages.  From late summer 2024, CD's brand-new ComfortJet carriages will start operating some services on the Berlin-Prague route.  Similar to the InterJet carriages shown here, they will ultimately be 9 cars push-pull trains with restaurant car and a welcome extra 2 cars compared to most of today's trains, but in the early stages they will consist of 7 cars plus an older restaurant car.

EuroCity train from Berlin to Prague about to leave Berlin

The first class car of the EuroCity train EC174 Robert Schumann boarding in Berlin.  Click the images below for larger photos.

First class on Prague to Budapest traiin   First class on Prague to Budapest EuroCity traiin

1st class seats.  Seats are usually in an air-conditioned open-plan saloon, arranged 2+1 across car width, some face to face, some face to back, some tables for 4, some tables for 2.  Power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  Larger photo.

Restaurant car on the  Berlin to Prague traiin   Inside the Berlin to Prague restaurant car

The restaurant car.  All Berlin-Prague trains have a restaurant car serving inexpensive snacks, drinks and complete meals, located between the 1st class car and the rest of the train.  Euros, Koruna & credit cards are accepted.  Having lunch or dinner as the train snakes through the beautiful Elbe river valley is a real treat!  There are no table reservations, just go along and sit down.  There's a separate counter if you want to take snacks or drinks back to your seat.  A refreshment trolley may also make its way along the train with tea, coffee, beer, wine and snacks.  Larger photo.

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

2nd class seats are mostly in classic 6-seat compartment cars like this, air-conditioned, power sockets & free WiFi.

Berlin to Prague EuroCity traiin at Dresden   2nd class open plan car on Prague to Budapest traiin

There are one or two open-plan saloon cars, which I personally prefer.  Air-conditioned, power sockets, free WiFi.

 

Route map

Berlin to Prague train route map

Green = scenic section

Map extract by kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people. 

I recommend buying this map for your European travels with shipping worldwide at www.europeanrailtimetable.eu.

Travel tips

Luggage on the Berlin-Prague train   Power socket under seats on Berlin-Prague train   Budweiser beer from the refreshment trolley on Berlin-Prague train

Luggage rack in 1st class.

 

Power socket under your seat.

 

Real Czech Budweiser from the trolley.

Useful links

Berlin to Prague by train, in pictures

Berlin Hbf, exterior

Berlin's impressive Hauptbahnhof, opened in 2006.  It's just 17 minutes walk past the Reichstag to the Brandenburg Gate.  See Berlin Hbf station guide.

Boarding the train to Prague in Berlin

Boarding the lunchtime EuroCity train to Prague.  At Berlin Hbf, the north-south platforms are below ground level, reached by massive escalators or lifts.  If you have a 1st class ticket you can use the DB Lounge.

Dining car for lunch   Soup

Dinner in the diner, or in this case, lunch.

 

Soup for starters.

Pork cutlet and potatoes   The train calls at Dresden

Pork cutlet as main course.

 

The train calls at Dresden Hbf.

Dresden's impressive station   Cliffs along the river Elbe

The historic Dresden Hauptbahnhof was built in 1898.  The station has a unique layout, a terminus in the centre at ground level, flanked by through tracks on either side raised up on viaducts.

Scenery along the river Elbe

South of Dresden the train starts running along the pretty river Elbe, or Labe in Czech.  One of Europe's major rivers, the Elbe eventually flows into the North Sea at Cuxhaven near Hamburg.  Watch for river boats, even the occasional paddle steamer.

Bad Schandau on the Elbe

Last stop in Germany is the pretty spa town of Bad Schandau, pictured above on the far bank of the Elbe.  Soon afterwards the train crosses into the Czech Republic.  Spot checks are possible, but usually there are no border formalities to speak of.

Decin Castle

First stop in the Czech Republic is Decin, where the imposing Decin Castle (pictured above) overlooks the river and railway.  Once home to the Bohemian kings, the castle was used by the Soviet army from 1968 until 1991.

More cliffs along the river Elbe

More picturesque scenery along the river Elbe.  The river views are all on the left hand side going south from Berlin to Prague, or on the right hand side going north from Prague to Berlin.

Dam on the river Vlatava   The train crosses the Vlatava

Above left, the 14th century Strekov Castle towers over the 1935 Strekov Dam, just south of Usti Nad Labem.  The train leaves the Elbe and starts running along the river Vlatava.  Above right, the train finally crosses the broad Vlatava as it approaches Prague.  Passengers with sharp eyes can spot Prague's old town cathedral towers in the far distance on the right of the train.

Prague Hlavni station, main entrance   The train from Berlin arrived in Prague

Arrival at Prague Hlavni (main station), right in Prague city centre.

Old town square, Prague   Charles Bridge, Prague

The station is just 15 minutes walk from the old town square, and 20 minutes from the famous Charles Bridge.

VideoBerlin to Prague by train


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