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Munich to Prague

We are flying into Munich for an AmaWaterways river cruise and want to go 5 days before to see Prague. We fly on United and believe that is the closest airport. What is the best way to get to Prague? We will take their transport from Prague back to the port in Visholf, Germany.

The river cruise will end in Budapest and then I have to determine best way back to Munich.

Thank you,


Posted by
11294 posts

If you want to start in Prague and end in Budapest, it's easier to fly into and out of those airports, all on one ticket, even if this means changing planes. To find these flights, use the "multi city" rather than the "one way" or "round trip" option on Kayak or airline websites (including United's). Do NOT look for two one way tickets, as that's usually much more expensive.

Put in Atlanta to Prague as your first segment, and Budapest to Atlanta as your second segment. See what options you get. You may well have to change planes on one or both legs, but that's easier than arranging surface transit on arrival. A big problem with the Munich to Prague segment is that if you buy advance tickets at a discount, they're not refundable or exchangeable (or minimally so), so if your plane is late and you miss the train, you're out the money. If you wait to buy tickets until you arrive, these can be expensive. However, if you are flying these segments all on one ticket and the arriving plane is late, the airline is responsible for putting you on the next available flight at no extra charge.

If you've already booked your flights for this trip, remember this for next time, and let us know, so people can help you get to and from Munich (not particularly fast or cheap, particularly for the Budapest to Munich portion). In fact, if you've already booked round trip to Munich, see what it would cost to change the ticket.

Posted by
215 posts

Thank you for your advice. My sisters and I fly standby as she works for United so we pick the days during the low season when flights are not full. United flies to Munich, and Amsterdam, Paris, ect.

I would like to see Prague before our river cruise starts so looking to see train or bus possibilities. We can't book ahead as there is no guarantee we get seats. It is an adventure for sure.

Any advice on train or express bus from Munich to Prague?

Posted by
16894 posts

From Munich to Prague, I'd choose whichever bus or train departure best fits your schedule, but since the bus is direct and runs several times per day, it is the most likely candidate.

Direct trains from Budapest back to Munich take about 7 hours. If you're more confident about being able to book that return trip in advance, then you can get advance discounts through the DB train schedule link at How to Look Up Train Schedules and Routes Online.