Zurich to Prague 2-bed sleeper
 

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

Zurich to Prague from €45

Every night, a direct Czech Railways sleeping-car links Zurich with Prague, also calling at Ceske Budejovice for the local train to/from Cesky Krumlov.  It runs through Austria, attached to the Zurich-Vienna-Budapest night train, then to a Linz-Prague express.  From 11 December 2022, a second night train will link Zurich with Prague, this time with a sleeping-car, a couchette car and seats cars, running through Germany via Basel, Karlsruhe and Dresden.

The sleeping-car on both trains 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!

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small bullet point  Zurich HB station information

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Train times 2023...

 Zurich ► Prague

 

 Prague ► Zurich

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Train type:

Sleeper

Sleeper

GWTR

Train type:

GWTR

Sleeper

Sleeper

Train number:

EN40459

EN50467

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EN50466

EN40458

 Zurich HB depart:

19:59

21:40

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 Prague Hlavni depart:

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18:21

18:26

 Basel SBB depart:

21:13

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 Dresden Hbf depart:

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21:10

 Karlsruhe depart:

23:07

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 Cesky Krumlov depart:

17:00

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 Ceske Budejovice arrive

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08:52

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 Ceske Budejovice arrive:

17:46

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 Ceske Budejovice depart

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10:18

 Ceske Budejovice depart:

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20:06

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 Cesky Krumlov arrive:

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11:05

 Karlsruhe arrive:

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05:07

 Dresden Hbf

07:05

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 Basel SBB arrive:

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07:20

 Prague Hlavni arrive:

09:38

10:39

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 Zurich HB arrive:

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08:20

09:05

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

Train EN50466/7 consists 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.

Train EN40458/9 is the Canopus, it consists of a Czech Railways sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments, some with en suite toilet & shower, a couchette car with 4 & 6 berth compartments and ordinary seats.  It leaves Zurich combined with the sleeper to Berlin.  It starts running from 11 December 2022.

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?

The sleeping car on both trains is a Czech Railways Comfortline sleeping-car, built by Siemens in Germany in 2006-2007.  It has 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 (take your key-card, you'll need it to open it).  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 Prague to Zuirch sleeping car boarding in Prague

The Zurich-Prague sleeping-car on train EN50466/7 at Zurich HB.  Just one sleeping-car goes to Prague on this train, attached to the rear of the sleeper train to Vienna & Budapest.  At Linz it's attached to a Linz-Prague express.

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 or restaurant car...

The sleeping-car attendant can serve snacks & drinks from a limited menu from his small galley and a light breakfast is included in the fare.

However, a Czech bistro car is attached to train EN50466/7 between Linz & Prague, and a Czech restaurant car is attached to train EN40458/9 Canopus between Leipzig & Prague.  So on both trains, travelling eastbound towards Prague you can go to the bistro or restaurant car for a cooked breakfast, and when travelling westbound from Prague you can enjoy an inexpensive dinner with wine or excellent Czech draught beer.

Eastbound on EN50467 the bistro car is normally attached right next to the Zurich-Prague sleeping-car.  Westbound on EN50466, the Prague-Zurich sleeping-car is normally at the front of the train with the bistro car at the rear, but there are only 3 or so cars in between. 

On train EN40458/9 Canopus the restaurant car is normally 4 seats cars away from the sleeping-car & couchette car.

Czech bistro car

The bistro car on train EN50467, seen at Ceske Budejovice.  The Zurich-Prague sleeping car is immediately behind it...

Dinner in the bristro   Dinner in the bristro

Dinner in the bistro westbound from Prague to Zurich, with wine, or there's draught beer on tap...

Breakfast in the bristro when travelling Zurich to Prague   Czech bistro car

A cooked breakfast in the bistro car eastbound on the way into Prague.  Courtesy of Dominik Brühwiler.

 

Bistro car between Linz & Prague.  This 12-seat area in half of the car is free for 2nd class passengers to use if dining...

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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