Train tickets from Prague to Vienna

Hi I am planning to travel from Prague to Vienna (in early July) and looking at tickets on the Czech Transport dot com website. Is this a good place to buy your tickets? Reason I ask is that we (4 people) are taking the train from Berlin to Prague earlier in our trip and the price is roughly half (87Euros vs 136 Euros) on the Berlin -> Prague trip. The two journeys seem to be roughly the same time on the train (EC171 (Berlin->Prague), EC73 (Prague -> Vienna). Just wondering if someone had any thoughts? thx

Posted by Ilja
Seattle
1459 posts

The reason is that if you buy ticket on DB ahead, ticket is substantially cheaper. For that the train must originate or end or go through Germany. The best for you would be to buy your tickets when you come to Prague. You will get discount if you buy your ticket at least a day before travel and also you will get discount for group travel = more than one traveler. The more travelers the bigger discount. You will pay in Czech crowns. My educated guess is that it will be certainly less than 136 Euros.

Posted by Arun
Olympia, WA
4 posts

Thanks for your quick reply Ilja. Is there a big risk of the train being full and no tickets available if we just buy the tickets in Prague a couple days before the journey (we are spending 3-4 days in Prague)? Per the customer rep, the cheaper tickets are sold out on my first train of choice (even though I was booking around 60 days in advance). So I was a little concerned that we might not have seats left on the train. thx!

Posted by Bob
East Peoria, Illinois
23 posts

In early May we travelled by bus from Vienna to Prague. Travel time was less and so was price, 290 Kc each. Booked at eurolines.cz and had tickets in hand before leaving US. Downside is prepaid and no changes.

Posted by Ilja
Seattle
1459 posts

Arun, you don't have to be concerned. It's not like here in the US where you have one or if you are lucky two trains a day. There are 7 direct trains between Prague and Vienna and also many more with a change. Bus is somewhat cheaper but personally I would use train. The fastest buses have scheduled time 4:40, trains 4:45. Many times buses are significantly late because of traffic. Depends on the time of day. And you have to book them ahead. Likelihood of them being full is really high. Not so with the trains.