Prague to Krakow train, 2-berth sleeper with washbasin
 

Cosy 2-berth sleeper in the Prague-Krakow sleeping-car...

Prague to Krakow from €13.70...

A comfortable, daytime EuroCity train called the Cracovia and a safe & cosy EuroNight sleeper train called the Chopin link Prague with Krakow, city centre to city centre in either direction every night.  And from 20 July 2018 these trains are joined by a privately-operated Leo Express train, initially only at weekends, becoming daily in due course.  All three trains are safe, comfortable & inexpensive - the EuroCity train comes with air-conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a bistro car serving drinks & snacks with draught beer on tap, and fares start at just €19.  The sleeper train is an experience in itself and saves a hotel bill into the bargain.  The new Leo Express train has air-con, power sockets, free WiFi, and complimentary water and coffee in Business and Premium classes.  This page shows you what these trains are like and tells you how to buy cheap tickets.  The trains can easily be booked through one of two agencies or at certain times of year booked online direct with Czech Railways, the black art of buying tickets for these trains is explained here...

  Train times

  Option 1, by privately-run Leo Express

  Option 2, by EuroCity train Cracovia

  Option 3, by EuroNight sleeper train Chopin

  Travel tips

  Prague Hlavni station information

  Trains from Prague to other destinations

  Trains from Krakow to other destinations

Information on this page current for 2019

Train times 2019...

 Prague ► Krakow

 

 Krakow ► Prague

 Days of running:

every

day

every

day

Friday &

Sunday*

 Days of running:

Monday &

Saturday*

every

day

every

day

Train type:

EuroNight

EuroCity

Leo

Express

Train type:

Leo

Express

EuroCity

EuroNight

Train name:

Chopin

Cracovia

Train name:

Cracovia

Chopin

 Prague Hlavni depart:

22:15

10:24

16:09

 Krakow Glowny depart:

04:36

10:44

22:36

 Oswiecim (Auschwitz) main station

|

16:00

|

 Oswiecim (Auschwitz) Dwory

05:32

|

|

 Oswiecim (Auschwitz) Dwory

|

|

22:65

 Oswiecim (Auschwitz) main station

|

12:02

|

 Krakow Glowny arrive:

06:17

17:18

23:32

 Prague Hlavni arrive:

11:23

17:39

07:31

* The Leo Express train (a) won't run from 8 January to 21 March 2019 due to work on the line, but (b) it will be increased to run every day from 20 June 2019 onwards.

Always check times for your own date of travel at www.bahn.de, www.cd.cz or (for Leo Express) www.leoexpress.com.

Oswiecim = modern Polish name for Auschwitz.  Regular local trains link Krakow & Oswiecim, with turn-up-and-go ticketing.

The EuroNight sleeper train has a sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments, some with en suite toilet & shower, and couchettes in 4 & 6 bunk compartments.

The Leo Express train starts running from 20 July 2018, initially twice a week, to be increased to daily in due course.

Route map...

Prague to Krakow train route map

Click for larger map  Highlighted = Prague-Krakow train route.  Green = scenic sections of line

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.  I recommend buying the European Rail Map for your travels and a copy of the European Rail Timetable, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.


Option 1, by Leo Express train...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What is the Leo Express train likeWhich class to choose?

Leo Express train as used between Krakow and Prague

Leo Express train, photo courtesy of Leo Express.


Option 2, by EuroCity train Cracovia...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What is the Cracovia like?

The Cracovia is composed of modern air-conditioned Czech carriages, some with open-plan (saloon) seating and some with classic 6-seater compartments opening off a side corridor, see the photos below.  All cars have toilets and power sockets for laptops & mobiles.  The 2nd class open-plan cars should also have free WiFi whilst the train is in the Czech Republic.  From 10 December 2017 the Cracovia will be designated EuroCity (EC) and will include a bistro-car.  First class seats will be arranged open-plan in a section of the bistro car with the steward providing at-seat service.  Seat reservation is compulsory.

Destination board on the Cracovia   The Prague to Krakow train 'Cracovia' at Ostrava

The Cracovia calls at Ostrava...  These photos are courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com

6-seat compartment on train to Krakow   Open plan seating on the train from Prague to Krakow

6-seat compartments, 2nd class.  If it's not busy, the seats pull together as you can see.

 

Open-plan 'saloon' cars, 2nd class.  I personally prefer the open-plan seating, amongst other things it gives you a better view out.

1st class car   Bistro car on the Prague to Munich train

1st class.  That door lead to the bistro next door...

 

Bistro car, attached to this train starting 10 Dec 2017.

A table for two in 1st class   Food & drink served at seat in first class

A table for two in 1st class...

 

Food & drink served at seat on proper glass & china.

Expertly poured beer on the Prague to Munich train   A beer on the train

Draught beer on tap!  The bistro car has Urquell draught beer on tap.  You don't get that on a bus...


Option 3, by EuroNight sleeper train Chopin...

How much does it cost?

How to buy eastbound tickets starting in Prague....

How to buy westbound tickets starting in Krakow....

What is the sleeping-car like?

Every night a direct sleeper train links Prague with Krakow & Warsaw.  There is an air-conditioned Czech sleeping-car en route to or from Warsaw (car 349, with 9 standard compartments with washbasin & 3 deluxe compartments with en suite toilet & shower, see the photos below.  At Christmas and from late March to early November an additional Czech sleeping-car is attached of the same type, car 347.  Inside the sleeping-car it's quiet and civilised.  A carpeted, air-conditioned corridor runs down the side of the car, off which the sleeper compartments open.  Each compartment can be sold as a 1, 2 or 3 bed room.  There's crisp clean bedding, soap, towel, bottled water.  Morning tea or coffee is included.  The compartments have a card-key locks like a hotel and there's even a shower at the end of the corridor for sleeper passengers in the standard compartments.  Sleeper berths are sold individually, you can book one bed in a 2 or 3 berth and share with another passenger of the same gender.  Compartments are single-sex unless your party occupies the whole compartment.  An excellent way to travel...

Sleeper train Prague to Krakow

Prague to Krakow by sleeping-carPhoto courtesy of Shaiq Ali Khan

Standard (economy) sleeper   Standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   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.

 

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

 

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

What is the couchette car like?

The Prague-Krakow overnight train also conveys a comfortable Czech car with 9 compartments, each of which can be used as 4-berth or 6-berth.  Pictured below right is a 6-berth compartment with middle and upper berths visible, the bottom bunks almost out of shot.  Clean sheets and a pillow are provided, the doors have a normal lock and security lock or chain.  Toilets and washrooms at the end of the corridor.  Couchette compartments are not segregated by gender, as you do not normally get fully undressed.

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

Travel tips...


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