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Train or Bus to Prague

I'm travelling from Amsterdam to Prague. Eurail offers 2 options: take the train at 4:30 PM to Frankfurt, then bus to Prague - the bus is 7 hours and arrives early morning to Prague. Or, train all the way via Berlin - this departs 7 am Amsterdam and arrives 5:30 PM Prague. I'm concerned the bus will be really uncomfortable. But other travel forums say the trains are really crowded. Please offer advice! Thanks.

Posted by
5 posts

I'm travelling on July 13 to Prague. I'll check the cost of flights - but prefer not to spend more $$ on travel since i have the pass.
Thanks

Posted by
2365 posts

why not break your journey and have a couple of nights in Berlin before moving on to Prague, lovely city and very different from both Amsterdam and Prague.

Posted by
15493 posts

It is 10+ hour train trip. www.bahn.com shows trains also at 9 am and 11 am. They do show the trains being almost full and recommend buying seat reservations at 4.50 EUR per seat, which you can buy at that website by clicking the "seat only" button at the bottom of the "further options" page.

Take the train change at Hanover to the ICE to Berlin Hbf and you will get there faster. For instance, the 7:00 IC to Berlin, if you switch to the ICE at Hanover, you get to Berlin Hbf 15 minutes sooner than if you stay on the IC train, time enough to make the 13 minute transfer to the EC train to Prague. You do not even change tracks at Hanover. Just step off, wait 10 minutes, and the ICE pulls in. AT Berlin Hbf, you arrive and depart at the underground platforms

Posted by
350 posts

I have done this journey both by train and by plane, and let me assure you that flying is the definitely the better option, especially when you weigh in the time spent on the train (which is time not spent enjoying your destination) and the cost of food and drink to keep yourself going for all of those hours, as well as the of making the connections. EasyJet will get you from AMS to PRG for 50 euro in an hour. Fly. It's faster, easier and cheaper.

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Thanks for the thought, Marcus. I agree flying is more direct but, already purchased the Eurail so need to limit to that and not fly. Just wanted to know how awful the bus might be thinking it is better to travel at night vs spending an entire day getting from Amsterdam to Prague.
Sam - I will check out the train details.
Unglelgus - I am meeting my cousin in Prague and then we will go back to Berlin. I know I am doubling back - but travel plans had to be adjusted!

Posted by
4633 posts

On long distance like this the best option is to fly, the second best option is train - more comfortable and usually substantially faster than bus. Bus would be that last option for me.