Standard (economy) sleeper
 

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

Prague to Krakow from €13.70...

A comfortable 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.  These trains have now been joined by a privately-operated Leo Express train, initially only certain days per week, to become daily in due course.  All 3 trains are safe, comfortable & inexpensive - the EuroCity train comes with air-conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi & a bistro car serving drinks & snacks with draught beer on tap, fares start at just €19.  The sleeper train is an experience in itself and saves a hotel bill too.  The Leo Express train has air-con, power sockets, free WiFi, and complimentary wine, water and coffee in Business and Premium classes.  This page shows you what these trains are like and tells you how to buy tickets.  Information on this page current for 2021.

COVID-19 update:  Most trains running normally, but always check online.  More COVID-19 travel info.

small bullet point  Train times

small bullet point  Option 1, by EuroCity train Cracovia

small bullet point  Option 2, by EuroNight sleeper train Chopin

small bullet point  Option 3, by privately-run Leo Express

small bullet point  Travel tips

small bullet point  Prague Hlavni station information

small bullet point  Krakow Glowny station information

small bullet point  Suggested hotels in Krakow & Prague

small bullet point  Trains from Prague to other destinations

small bullet point  Trains from Krakow to other destinations

Train times 2021...

 Prague ► Krakow

 

 Krakow ► Prague

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Train type:

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EuroCity

Leo

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Train type:

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EuroNight

Train name:

Chopin

Cracovia

Train name:

Cracovia

Chopin

 Prague Hlavni depart:

22:15

10:23

16:08

 Krakow Glowny depart:

05:03

10:30

22:53

 Oswiecim (Auschwitz) main station

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 Oswiecim (Auschwitz) Dwory

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 Oswiecim (Auschwitz) main station

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 Krakow Glowny arrive:

05:41

17:33

22:23

 Prague Hlavni arrive:

11:27

17:39

07:57

Always check times for your specific date of travel at www.cd.cz or (for Leo Express) www.leoexpress.com as times may vary due to trackwork.

Oswiecim = Polish name for Auschwitz.  In 2020-2021, track upgrading means these mainline trains are re-routed via Katowice avoiding Oswiecim. However, 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 started running in 2018, it's planned to increase it to daily in due course.

Route map...

Prague to Krakow train route map

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

Trains are currently diverted through Katowice instead of Oswiecim due to track upgrading.

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 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.  There's a bistro car serving tea, coffee, wine, draught beer and inexpensive hot dishes.  First class seats are arranged open-plan in half of the bistro car with the steward taking food & drink orders and serving them at your seat.  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   2nd class open saloon seats

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

 

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

Czech bistro car

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

Czech bistro car   Draught beer on tap on the train

1st class seats are in the bistro car, where the steward takes food & drink orders & serves it at your seat.  2nd class passengers may use the seats nearest the counter if they order a meal. Photos courtesy of Dominik Brόhwiler & Discoverbyrail.com.

 

There's draught Urquell beer on tap in the bistro car...

Lunch in the bistro   Bistro counter

Lunch in the bistro...

 

Bistro counter - it has a proper coffee machine, too.


Option 2, by EuroNight sleeper train Chopin...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets starting in Prague....

How to buy tickets starting in Krakow....

What is the sleeping-car like?

Every night a direct sleeper train links Prague with Krakow & Warsaw.  There is one (or at peak periods, two) air-conditioned Czech sleeping-cars en route to or from Warsaw, numbered car 349 & at peak periods also car 347.  It's a Comfortline sleeping-car, built by Siemens in Germany in 2004-2005, with 9 standard compartments with washbasin & 3 deluxe compartments with en suite toilet & shower, see the photos below.  Inside the sleeping-car it's carpeted, air-conditioned, quiet and civilised.  Each compartment can be sold as a 1, 2 or 3 bed room.  There's crisp clean bedding, soap, towel, bottled water, free WiFi and a power socket for mobiles & laptops below the head-end of the bed.  In the morning a light breakfast is included with tea or coffee.  The compartments have a card-key locks like a hotel and there's a toilet & 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.

Beds are 190cm x 75cm (approx 6'3" x 2'6"), but pillow or toes can project into a 2.5cm (1") gap either end between bed & wall, so no problem for anyone up to 6'5".

The sleeper train from Prague to Krakow & Warsaw

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

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.  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 ones, but with a 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.

Standard (economy) sleeper as 1-berth   Standard (economy) sleeper as 1-berth  

Czech sleeper toiletries kit

Czech sleeper breakfast

Standard sleeper set up as a 3-berth.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as a single-berth.  Larger photo.

 

Toiletries & water are supplied.  A light boxed breakfast with tea or coffee is included. Courtesy Ivor Morgan & @AufGleis13

Below:  Comfortline sleeper layout.  All compartments can be sold as a single, double or triple.  Last digit of berth number 1 or 2 = lower berth, 3 or 4 = middle berth, 5 or 6 upper berth.  Adjacent compartments with berths with the same first digit have an inter-connecting door which can be opened if your party occupies both compartments.  Click the image for larger version.

Nightjet sleeper bed numbering - Comforrtline type

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.  See generic couchette car numbering planLarger couchette photo.

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

Travel tips...


Option 3, 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, arrived in Prague.

Leo Express economy class   Leo Express business class

Economy class.  Several cars.

 

Business class.  Economy Plus will be similar.

Leo Express premium class   Leo Express premium class

Premium class.  Just 6 seats at one end of the train.

 

Another view of premium class with power-reclining seats...

Leo Express premium class   Leo Express premium class

Premium class seats power-recline...

 

Complimentary food & wine in premium class...


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