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Train from Prague to Mikulov

In researching my options for this route I see that according to the Ceske drahy website there appears to be bus replacement service for part of the train route. It looks like I would take the train from Prague to Breclav, then change to another train ending at Valtice where a bus then replaces the train service to Mikulov. I think I'm understanding that correctly, but please tell me if I'm wrong.

My question is this: when I get off the train in Valtice, does anyone know how obvious it will be where I'm supposed to go to find the bus to Mikulov? Where I live we don't really have public transport to speak of and, although I have used it in other countries, I've never encountered this situation before. I'm just curious what I should expect when I try to find this bus since the train website doesn't seem to provide a bus number or other official connection information. Will it be fairly obvious, like when you transfer from one train to another by changing platforms and there are signs telling you where to go? Or can I just follow a large group of people all getting off the train and getting on the same bus?

I'm probably making a bigger deal of this than it really is, but I just want to be prepared and make sure I know what I'm looking for when I get there. I guess worst case scenario if I miss the bus I can always walk from Valtice to Mikulov. It's only 12km. Haha!

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I had the same a few days ago with the train from Teplice (the unknown fourth Bohemian spa) to Karlovy Vary (which, despite its fame, was a disappointment). The last part of the route also had a bus replacement service. Everybody left the train and the bus was at the opposite side of the street. It was no regular bus service, but a replacement bus, run by CD. There was CD personnel guiding everybody. The only thing you have to do is to follow the fellow passengers and, perhaps to dispel a possible shadow of a doubt, to ask: »Mikulov?«.

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tonfromleiden is right. When you get off the train in Valtice follow people. There will be bus or buses in front of the station. Just ask: Mikulov? And because most Czech people are not used to English (or American) pronunciation write Mikulov on a piece of paper and show it to people you are asking. Most trains going from Breclav to Mikulov have their terminal station Znojmo. So any train with signs Valtice, Mikulov or Znojmo is yours. Bus transportations is between stations Valtice and Novosedly. Bus may have a sign for Novosedly. Bus does not end in Mikulov. It should be a second stop from Valtice but to make sure ask somebody when to get off.

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Thank you both for the reassurance that the train/bus switch should be fairly easy for me to figure out. I thought that might be the case, but I'm glad to hear that there were CD personnel directing everyone as to where to go during your experience, tonfromleiden. I'm an excellent people follower in situations like this. (That's basically how I survived the trains in Tokyo.)

And thanks to Ilja for the extra info regarding the terminal stations. I will write all those names down for myself and I will have a separate card with "Mikulov" on it in case I butcher the pronunciation, which I probably will. That's a great idea. The language barrier is part of why I was concerned since I know I might not find English speakers in this area of the country. It will just be part of the adventure!

I'm so excited for this trip! Just trying to research the little things like this to hopefully make sure I'm prepared when I get there. Do you think there's any benefit to buying these train tickets in advance? When I do a test it seems like the price is the same for tickets today or in September (when I'll actually be traveling) so should I bother buying in advance? I'm travelling alone so reserving a seat with a companion isn't an issue. In your experience will these trains be full enough that I should purchase ahead?

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Checking the Prague to Breclav part, I see a difference of a few euros (309 vs 437 CZK). Breclav is on the major Prague to Vienna line, but I can't imagine it selling out. Buy your ticket one or two days beforehand at Prague central station (hlavni nadrazi). It gives me always the peace of mind that part of the logistics being taken care of.

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Thanks tonfromleiden. I was pricing out the whole trip Prague to Mikulov and didn't see a difference, but I can see that it's still possible to pay a bit more last minute. Since it's not a large amount, I might wait until I get to Prague and buy the ticket there. I'll be coming into Prague from Vienna on the train so I could buy the ticket when I arrive in Prague since I'll be at the station anyway.

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Hello from Wisconsin,
I may be too late to this party. Go to cd.cz and search for trains Prague Hl.n. to Mikulov na morav. A 5:51AM depart gets you there a bit before 10AM. Cost 470CZK about 23USD. One way. The website tells of the rail closure so a bus is made available to finish the trip.

wayne iNWI