Standard (economy) 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!

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  What's the sleeping-car like?

  Travel tips

  Route map

  How much does it cost?

  How to buy tickets

  Zurich HB station information

  Prague Hlavni station information

  Trains from Prague to other cities & daytime trains Prague-Zurich

  Trains from Zurich to other cities & daytime trains Zurich-Prague

Train times 2020...

 Zurich ► Prague

 

 Prague ► Zurich

 Days of running:

every

day

every

day

 Days of running:

every

day

every

day

Train type:

Sleeper

GWTR

Train type:

GWTR

Sleeper

 Zurich HB depart:

21:40

-

 Prague Hlavni depart:

-

18:01

 Ceske Budejovice arrive

08:51

-

 Cesky Krumlov depart:

17:00

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 Ceske Budejovice depart

|

10:07

 Ceske Budejovice arrive:

17:46

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 Cesky Krumlov arrive:

|

10:48

 Ceske Budejovice depart:

-

20:08

 Prague Hlavni arrive:

10:57

-

 Zurich HB arrive:

-

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.

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...

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

Travel tips...

Route map...

Zurich to Prague train route map

 

Click for larger map

Highlighted = Zurich-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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