Zurich to Prague 2-bed sleeper
 

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

Zurich to Prague from €45

Every night, a comfortable Czech Railways sleeping-car links Zurich with Prague, also calling at Ceske Budejovice for the local train to/from Cesky Krumlov.  The sleeping-car is safe, comfortable, has 1, 2 & 3 berth compartments with washbasin, and deluxe 1, 2 & 3 berth compartments with en suite shower & toilet.  A light breakfast is included.  A great way to go!  The sleeping-car is attached to the Zurich-Vienna sleeper between Zurich & Linz, and to an InterCity train with bistro car between Linz & Prague.

COVID-19 update:  This train was temporarily suspended, resumed from 29 June 2020, but has been suspended again in September due to Swiss quarantine for Czech arrivals.  More COVID-19 travel info.

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Train times 2021...

 Zurich ► Prague

 

 Prague ► Zurich

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Train type:

Sleeper

GWTR

Train type:

GWTR

Sleeper

 Zurich HB depart:

21:40

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 Prague Hlavni depart:

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17:58

 Ceske Budejovice arrive

08:52

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 Cesky Krumlov depart:

17:00

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 Ceske Budejovice depart

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10:07

 Ceske Budejovice arrive:

17:46

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 Cesky Krumlov arrive:

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10:48

 Ceske Budejovice depart:

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20:06

 Prague Hlavni arrive:

11:02

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 Zurich HB arrive:

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08:20

Always check times for your specific date of travel at www.cd.cz as times may vary due to trackwork.

The train consist of one direct Czech Railways sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments, some with en suite toilet & shower.  There are no couchettes.  The sleeper is attached to the Zurich-Vienna/Budapest Nightjet between Zurich & Linz, and to an Intercity train with bistro car between Linz & Prague.

GWTR = local train run by GWTR, separate ticket required, €1.55, buy at the station or from the self-service machine on board the train.  Westbound, a later 19:00 connection is theoretically possible from Cesky Krumlov, but I'd play safe and take the 17:00 as shown, and have dinner in Ceske Budejovice, formerly known by its Germanic name, Budweis.  That's right, where the name of the beer comes from!  You can check train times to/from Cesky Krumlov using idos.idnes.cz.

What is the sleeping-car like?

Every night a direct sleeping-car of the Czech Railways links Zurich with Prague.  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, and a power socket for mobiles & laptops below the head-end of the bed.  Morning tea or coffee is included.  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 Zurich to Prague

The sleeping-car from Zurich, arrived at Prague.  Just one sleeping-car goes to Prague, attached to a sleeper from Zurich to Vienna & Budapest, then attached to a Linz-Prague express.  Photo courtesy of Ivor Morgan.

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

Bistro car...

The sleeping-car attendant can serve snacks & drinks from a limited menu out of his small galley, and a light breakfast is included in the fare.  But when travelling eastbound towards Prague you might prefer to go to the bistro car for a more extensive cooked breakfast, and when travelling westbound out of Prague you might like an inexpensive dinner in the bistro with an excellent Czech beer or two.  The sleeping-car is attached to a Czech intercity train between Linz & Prague (in both directions) which has a bistro car serving tea, coffee, wine, draught beer, and cooked dishes.  Eastbound towards Prague the bistro car is normally attached next to the Zurich-Prague sleeping-car.  Westbound out of Prague, the Prague-Zurich sleeping-car is normally at the front of the train, the bistro car at the rear, but there are only 3 cars or so between them.  Check that the bistro car is indeed attached as you board the train, it's not unknown for an ordinary 1st class car to substitute if the bistro goes technical, but normally the bistro is there, and it's a treat!  Bistro photos courtesy of Dominik Brühwiler & Discoverbyrail.com.

Czech bistro car

The bistro-car.  Courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry...

Czech bistro car   Dinner in the bistro when travelling Prague to Zurich

Bistro car between Linz & Prague.  2nd class passengers may use the 1st class seats nearest the counter if they are having a meal...

 

An inexpensive dinner westbound out of Prague, with draught beer served in cooled glass tankards...

Breakfast in the bristro when travelling Zurich to Prague   Bistro counter

A cooked breakfast eastbound on the way to Prague...

 

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

Travel tips...

Route map...

Zurich to Prague train route map

 

Click for larger map

Highlighted = Zurich to Prague sleeper 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 a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.

Between Zurich & Salzburg, the Zurich-Prague sleeping-car is attached to the Zurich-Vienna & Zurich-Budapest sleeper train. It remains attached to the Zurich-Budapest cars between Salzburg & Linz.  It is then attached to a Linz-Prague express.

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets

The Prague to Zuirch sleeping car boarding in Prague

The sleeping-car from Prague to Zurich, boarding at Prague Hlavni platform 6.  It's at the front of the train, behind the locomotive.  The rest of the train goes to Linz.


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