1st/2nd class on DB bus to Prague

I unfortunately waited too long and had to get 1st class bus tickets for our group to go from Nuremberg to Prague in 10 days. Is there any difference in first class over the cheaper second class besides the price. I could kick myself for waiting.

Posted by Mark
Durham, UK
55 posts

I took the bus in February of this year from Prague to Nuremburg. I went in first class because I was travelling from London, so held a first class return for the sleeper. I wouldn't have forked out for first class especially from what I experienced, but I wouldn't smart too much either. The bus was deserted; I think there were 3 pax aboard (two of us in 1st class!). It's a very luxurious and modern coach, with leather seats and lots of wood. First class is downstairs and standard class upstairs, which is a bit of a shame given that you would get a better view from upstairs, but some might prefer to be lower down. It's also a bit cramped - I'm 6'2 and couldn't stand up. Double decker buses aren't as tall on the Continent as they are in the UK and Ireland (they're 14'4 here), for bridge clearance reasons, I believe. I think all seats are around tables downstairs and there is a complimentary coffee machine (which was very welcome, as I was returning from a lengthy stag do!) There were also newspapers available; not much use if your Czech or German is rusty. The driver (DB employee) spoke fine English and was friendly and professional. It's a fairly tedious journey, to be honest, as it's down a boring new motorway for most of the journey. So, all-in-all, you do get a superior offering in 1st class, but don't bother if you have (had) the option. Something which is worth a mention - you do get access to the DB Lounge in Nuremburg Hbf with a 1st class ticket (even if you are at the end of your journey), so that's more free crap coffee, soft drinks, leather armchairs, English press and Wi-fi. Also, I was a bit stumped as to where the bus would depart from in Prague, but it's right outside Holešovice station entrance. And likewise outside Nuremburg Hbf. Mark

Posted by Kelly
St Petersburg Florida
948 posts

you get a free drink and snack. We were the only ones in first class and I did not really see too much of a difference

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10888 posts

If traveling on the 26th we are on the 1241 bus. -- first class.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10888 posts

We are well prepared. It has been cold and snowy most of the time. If we wanted sun we would have gone to Florida.

Posted by Angela
Great Lakes Region, Michigan, USA
81 posts

Frank-we're on the 8:41 bus on the 26th!

Posted by Angela
Great Lakes Region, Michigan, USA
81 posts

This is normal weather to me. It's very similar to my weather at home but we have more snow there.

Posted by Ilja
Seattle
1470 posts

We took that bus just about a week ago. We didn't have any reservation. We were improvising from Frankfurt to Prague because there were no flights. We got last two seats in 2nd class but first class was half empty. I would gladly pay first class instead of waiting in Nurnberg. The journey takes less than 4 hours. The driver and helper were Czechs, both spoke good German and English. Given the choice first class is more comfortable but for me not worth the price.

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11280 posts

This, of course, wouldn't have worked for Ilja, since her's was a last minute purchase, but if you are planning on taking that bus from Nürnberg to Prague as part of a connection from anywhere else in Germany, you can get the entire connection (for example, Frankfurt Hbf to Prague) for as low as €29 per person with a 3 day advance purchase online from the Bahn website (full fare would be €89). That includes a reservation for the bus. Reservations for the train portion can be made online at the time for €2,50 per seat.