Czech Republic by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In The Czech Republic.

Here you will find information for the Czech Republic about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 10.65 million

Currency: Czech Koruna

Language: Czech

Capital: Prague / Praha

Country Code: +420

Time Zone: Central European Time

Train Companies

Most of the country’s trains are operated by České dráhy (Czech Railways); however, there is an abundance of smaller, private train operators around the Czech Republic. Some other well-known companies are listed below:

 

  • LEO Express
  • RegioJet
  • GW Train Regio
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Train Tickets

Buy your train tickets for the Czech Republic online on the Czech Railways (CD) official homepage.

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Rail Passes

Interrail / Eurail Pass

Do you want to travel throughout Europe flexibly and comfortably? Then the Interrail Pass is perfect for you. With the Interrail Pass, you can visit 40,000 destinations in 33 countries in Europe. You can travel for up to 3 months by train.

European East Pass

With the European East Pass, you can travel by train through 4 countries. This pass allows you to travel by train in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. You can choose between 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 travel days in 1 month.

Central Europe Triangle Pass

With the Central Europe Triangle Pass, you can travel by train on the route Vienna-Budapest-Prague-Vienna. The pass is valid for three single journeys.

TrAIN tYPES

The major rail network in the Czech Republic is composed of the following trains:

Regional Trains

Osobní (Os) are commuter trains, which connect small towns and villages to larger cities with basic amenities.

  • 2nd Class offered, 1st Class offered on selected services
  • Seat reservations not possible
  • Most services provide power sockets, air conditioning, wifi, and bicycle transport.

Spěšný (Sp) inter-regional trains which have limited stops but connect small villages to large cities and to main train lines.

  • 2nd Class offered, 1st Class offered on selected services
  • Seat reservations not possible
  • Most services provide power sockets, air conditioning, WiFi, and bicycle transport.

Rychlík (R) are inter-regional trains stopping at al large cities to connect with the rest of the country, Rychlík operates on all Czech main lines

  • 1st Class (selected services): Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • No reservations required
  • On selected services, the cars are equipped with power sockets and air conditioning. Bicycles may be brought along with an additional ticket.

Expres (Ex) connect larger cities in the Czech Republic to one another as well as connect the country with Austria, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2), or 6 seats per compartment
  • Reservations not required, unless traveling to Poland.
  • Seats are equipped with power sockets, air conditioning, and wifi (in some cars). In-seat service is provided for drink and snack purchases and/or vending machines may also be available. On some services, a restaurant car will be available. Bicycles are allowed on trains; however, the bike needs an additional ticket.

InterCity (IC) connects the country’s largest cities to one another.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • Reservations are often required.
  • Trains are equipped with electrical plug-ins, free WiFi, and air-conditioning. Trains are equipped with a bistro or restaurant car offering a range of food and drinks, in addition to an in-seat refreshment service.

Domestic high-speed trains: timely transport between major cities in the Czech Republic.

SuperCity (SC): operated by Czech Railways using Pendolino tilting trains and operating mainly from Prague to Ostrava and Cheb, and south to Kosice, Slovakia.

    • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1), offering more legroom
    • 2nd Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
    • Reservations required, on the Prague – Ostrava, and Prague – Kosice routes
    • Trains are equipped with free WiFi, air conditioning, and a bistro car offering a range of food and drinks.
    • Bicycles are allowed on trains only in a special bike bag and need an additional ticket.

International trains operating to, from, and through the Czech Republic.

Eurocity (EC) operated by Czech Railways, connects Czech’s largest cities to Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • Reservations are not required, but optional; unless traveling to and from Poland, reservations are compulsory.
    • Routes within the Czech Republic: 35 CZK
    • Routes outside of the Czech Republic: 83 CZK
  • Trains are equipped with electrical plug-ins, free WiFi (on most services, for most of the journey), and air-conditioning. Trains are equipped with a restaurant car offering a range of hot foods and drinks, in addition to in-seat refreshment service.

Eurocity (EC) operated by RegioJet, offers connections to Slovakia and Austria, connecting large cities.

  • Several classes available, all of which include free WiFi, a bottle of water, and air-conditioning. In-seat services in all classes except for Low Cost.
    • Low Cost: Rows of four seats (2+2)
    • Standard: Compartments of six seats, power-plugs, coffee, juice
    • Astra: Rows of four seats (2+2), power-plugs, coffee, juice
    • Relax: Rows of three seats (2+1), power-plugs, coffee, juice
    • Business: Compartments of four seats, power-plugs, coffee, juice or champagne

LEO Express links the Czech Republic to Slovakia and Poland

  • Economy, Economy Plus, Business, and Premium Classes are available.
  • Trains are equipped with electrical plug-ins, free WiFi, and air-conditioning. All services include an in-seat refreshment service.

International night trains

EuroNight (EN)

  • Routes:
    • Prague – Krakow – Warsaw
    • Prague – Bratislava – Nové Zámky – Budapest
    • Prague – Poprad – Košice – Humenné
  • Reservations are included in ticket price
  • Sleeping Carriage:
    • Standard cabin includes your own bed, washbasin, and breakfast in the morning
    • Deluxe cabin includes your own bed, shower, toilet, washbasin, and breakfast in the morning
  • Couchette Carriage:
    • 4 berth and 6 berth couchettes available, with 2nd Class travel documents.
    • Bathrooms are located in the coach carriage
  • Sitting Carriage:
    • 2nd Class offered, no 1st Class
    • Bathrooms are located in the coach carriage
    • Food cart offering a selected variety of drinks and food pass through the carriages.

Eurocity (EC) operated by RegioJet, offers connections to from Prague to Košice, Slovakia

  • Several classes available, all of which include free WiFi, a bottle of water, and air-conditioning. In-seat services in all classes except for Low Cost.
    • Low Cost: Rows of four seats (2+2)
    • Standard: Compartments of six seats, power-plugs, coffee, juice
    • Relax: Rows of three seats (2+1), power-plugs, coffee, juice
    • Couchette Compartment: Beds for 6, beds fold up to seat 6, bedding, wake up service, juices, coffee, and fresh croissant for breakfast included.
    • Berth Compartment: Beds for 3, seats for 3, bedding, wake up service, juices, coffee, set breakfast, and women-only compartments available.

Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In The Czech Republic

National

From > To
Duration (h)ChangesTransport
Prague to Brno2:26DirectIC
Prague to Ostrava3:36DirectEC
Prague to Cesky Krumlov3:461EC, RE
Prague to Pilsen (Plzen)1:25DirectTrain
Pilsen to Ceske Budejovice (Budweis)1:53DirectTrain
Karlovy Vary to Pilsen1:56DirectIC

International

From > To
Duration (h)ChangesTransport
Prague to Berlin, Germany4:07DirectEC
Prague to Munich, Germany5:38DirectTrain
Prague to Bratislava, Slovakia3:52DirectIC
Prague to Budapest, Hungary6:58DirectEC
Prague to Vienna, Austria4:02DirectIC
Prague to Warsaw, Poland8:22DirectEC

 

 

Czech Republic travel routes

Czech Republic: A leisurely train journey

Czech Republic: A leisurely train journey

Main Train Stations

  • Prague / Praha hlavní nádraží
  • Brno
  • Pilsen
  • Ostrava
  • Karlovy Vary
  • České Budějovice
  • České Krumlov

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To The Czech Republic

We recommend traveling anytime between April – May, and September-October. Being the shoulder seasons, not only are there fewer people in the capital but also the spring and fall colors are stunning in Prague as well as in the countryside.

The weather in the Czech Republic is quite frenetic and can change hourly, and feel like summer and winter all in one day, so it doesn’t hurt to have layers. The Easter and Christmas markets are worth visiting if in town at the right time of year.

  • High Season: June – August
  • Low Season: September – May

 

Accommodation In The Czech Republic

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Guidebooks For The Czech Republic

 

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