Salzburg to Prague by bus? No thanks!

Busse? Nein Danke!

Train tickets from €19

Go 1st class from €39......

Buy train tickets from Salzburg to Prague

Salzburg to Prague by train from €19...

Comfortable civilised trains link Salzburg & Prague in 5h44 every day, city centre to city centre with one easy change of train at Linz.  Booked in advance, 2nd class starts at just €19 - treat yourself to 1st class from €39.

Unlike a cramped long-distance bus, the trains give you room to stand up and move around, there are no seatbelts, there are full-size toilets in every car, power sockets, free WiFi, and you're free to bring your own picnic, beer or bottle of wine as the lovely Austrian & Czech countryside rolls by...

COVID-19 update:  Normal service is running on this route but always check online.  More COVID-19 travel info.

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small bullet point  Travel tips:  Luggage, bikes, choosing your seat...

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small bullet point  An alternative using Westbahn & Regiojet

small bullet point  Trains from Salzburg to other European cities

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Train times 2021...

The fastest, cheapest & most direct option is via Linz as shown below, but there are many more departures as explained in the How to buy tickets section...

Major improvements were made in December 2016, with Prague-Linz trains increased from 2 to 5 per day and journey time cut by 40 minutes.  In December 2019, the Linz-Prague trains were upgraded from Regional Expresses to Intercity status with bistro cars and now (2021) they have full EuroCity status.

 Salzburg ► Prague

 

 Prague ► Salzburg

Train type:

Railjet

Railjet

Railjet

Railjet

Train type:

EC

EC

EC

EC

 Salzburg Hbf depart:

05:12

10:12

14:12

17:12

 Prague Hlavni depart:

05:58

09:58

13:58

17:58

 Linz Hbf arrive:

06:28

11:28

15:28

18:28

 Ceske Budejovice

08:06

12:06

16:06

20:06

   Easy change at Linz

EC EC EC EC

 Linz Hbf arrive:

10:06

14:07

18:06

22:06

 Linz Hbf depart:

06:52

11:52

15:54

18:54

   Easy change at Linz

Railjet

Railjet

Railjet

Railjet

 Ceske Budejovice

08:52

13:52

17:52

20:52

 Linz Hbf depart:

10:32

14:32

18:32

22:32

 Prague Hlavni arrive:

11:02

16:02

20:02

23:06

 Salzburg Hbf arrive:

11:48

15:48

19:48

23:48

How to read this timetable:  Each column is a train combo you can take.  Read each column downwards. 

Changing trains at Linz is a simple matter of stepping off one train, walking to another train and stepping on.  Remember that on a through ticket, in the event of a delay and missed connection, you are legally entitled to later onward travel, so no worries!

In the Salzburg to Prague direction, the Railjet usually arrives at platform 7, nip down the escalators through the subway and up an escalator onto platform 1 for the Intercity train to Prague.

In the Prague to Salzburg direction, the Intercity from Prague usually arrives on platform 1, nip through the subway to platform 6 for the Railjet to Salzburg.  But always check the departure screens!

How to buy tickets...

Tip 1:  In the search results, which departure should I choose?

Tip 2, how about a stopover in Linz, Vienna or Cesky Krumlov?

Route map...

Salzburg to Prague train route map

 

Click for larger map

Highlighted = Salzburg to Prague via Linz & Ceske Budejovice.  You can also see the much longer route via Vienna.

Green = scenic sections of line

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.

European Rail Timetable and map

What are the trains like?

Step 1:  Salzburg to Linz in 1h16 by fast modern railjet...

Restaurant car, at-seat food & drink orders taken in 1st class, free WiFi in all classes, power sockets.  More photos & information about railjet trains.

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

A railjet at Vienna Hbf....

 

Economy class, in open saloons with large windows...

1st class seats on a railjet train   Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

First class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

Restaurant car...

Step 2, by Czech EuroCity train from Linz to Prague in 4h04...

A train from Linz to Prague

A train from Linz to Prague.  The train has a bistro car, or take a picnic and maybe some wine or beer.  Most cars should have free WiFi.

2nd class open saloon seats   First class car on train from Prague to Linz

2nd class seats.  Most are 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.

Czech bistro car

The combined 1st class & bistro-car.  Courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.  Interior photos courtesy of Dominik Brühwiler & Discoverbyrail.com.

Czech bistro car   Lunch or dinner in the bistro car

Most of these trains have a bistro car.  2nd class passengers may use the seats nearest the counter if they order a meal...

 

An inexpensive dinner in the bistro car with draught beer served in cooled tankards...

Breakfast in the bristro car   Bistro counter

A cooked breakfast in the bistro...

 

Bistro, with proper coffee machine & draught beer on tap...

Scenery seen travelling from Prague to Salzburg by train

Between Linz and Prague the train snakes through farmland and occasional forest.  It calls at the southern Bohemian city of Ceske Budejovice - more familiar by its former German name, Budweis - home of the original Budweiser beer.

More scenery going from Prague to Salzburg by train

The Bohemian countryside keeps on rolling by...

Prague Hlavni station

Prague Hlavni station, just 15 minutes walk from the old town.  See Prague station information.

Prague old town   Charles Bridge, Prague

Prague Hlavni is only 15 minutes walk from the old town, 20 minutes walk from the Charles Bridge...

Travel tips...

An alternativeWestbahn + Regiojet...


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