Will work our way up to Gdansk from Prague taking 3 weeks.We will then need to get back quickly to Prague- overnite train best option, or bus ? Thought about doing Malbork castle in am from Gdansk then later in the day catching if possible an overnite train to get back to Prague the following day am or mid pm. Is this feasible,any thoughts?
The night train is not a great option as it is a long way around. Train to Krakow, then the night train to Prague, 15 hours. There is a train from Malbork at 12:16 pm that will get you to Prague at 22:20.
Are you pressed for time? You have two night train options to choose from. Gdansk to Krakow can be done by night train, as well as Krakow to Prague. I would not have any problems with either one. But if you're into the geography from Gdansk to Krakow, I would suggest doing that route by day, you go through some pretty historical places upon leaving Gdansk.
Do you sleep easily when there are ear-splitting noises, constant shaking and bright lights shining in your face? Personally, I don't. After two night trains where I never got a minute of sleep, I swore off them forever. Life's too short to be a walking zombie for the next three days on your trip. Just my 2 eurocents.
Despite the extra expense, I'd probably fly back. I don't see any direct flights, but you can fly back via Warsaw. In fact, if there's any way to end in Warsaw, you can fly from there to Prague direct for about $200 USD.
Just wanted to make the best use of our time, and as we will work our way up from Prague to Gdansk we will see the countryside then-hence the idea of using an evening or nite train to get back to Prague and save one nites hotel cost.
There will be an extra expense for a couchette or sleeping-car berth on any night train. I'm with David: Go for a budget hotel room instead rather than risking the misery of a sleepless night and the day after.
Yes, the 12:16 from Malbork has a change at Ostrava-Svinov.
checked on www.idos.cz Does this sound like a reasonable route;
Gdansk to Malbork am Thursday 25 to visit castle. Then take 14:18 train from Malbork to Krakow arriving at 19:15. From Krakow to Prague take 22:42 ,change at Ceska Trebova then 6:02 onto Prague arr 7:36am. ? Would buying tickets a few days early upon our arrival in Gdansk work (this will be near end of October)? Thanks for help.
You are asking us if it is reasonable? You have to ask your self that question.
You are getting off a night train at Ceska Trebova and changing to a train that gets to Prague an hour earlier into Prague than the night train you just got off of. What are you going to do in Prague at 7:30 am that you could not do at 8:30 am? If you are trying to get a plane, why not fly from Gdansk?
Not quite sure why the night train (EN 442) takes 2 hours to get to Prague from Pardubice, where the train right behind it (IC 546) takes only 1 hour. You want to change to that train at Ceska Trebova at 5:54, why not at Bohumin at 3:51 am, or at Pardubice at 6:29 am? If you get a sleeping compartment on the EN 442, why get out of bed at 5:30 am, when you can stay on and sleep in until 8 am, arriving just an hour later.
That's why I am checking things . Sort out issues before getting there. Getting into Prague early not a big issue .
Changing at 0602 hrs is not a bad option. It's already daylight, I would have no problem arriving in a city or changing at that time, ie, have taken night trains where I got in at a little after 0600 hrs.
I overlooked your comment that this journey will be at the end of Oct. At 0600 it's barely daylight but the food vendors shops, etc in the stations are opening up. If you have light luggage, certainly not encumbered by it, the ride is very doable. I certainly would.
Praha hl n is a big modern, up to date station, tech wise, etc reminds me of stations in Austria, all the different shops, food vendors, etc. The signs and announcements are made/written in 3 languages.
Thanks-sounds reasonable. Working on packing light! Appreciate your comments.