How to get from Cesky Krumlov to Slovenia and then to Venice

Hello! I've been very confused trying to navigate the internet and get a clear answer for our travel plans. Hopefully someone can help. We were going to rent a car in Prague and drive to Cesky Krumlov, then Slovenia and then drop it off in Venice. Then we found out it would be $1000. So, does anyone know the best way to use public transportation to do this. The rail websites are very confusing. We're trying to figure out how to get from: Prague to Cesky Krumlov Cesky Krumlov to Slovenia (Ljubljana) Slovenia to Venice We wanted to stop in Lake Bled, but realize we might not have time now. Our whole trip is April 13-26. 4 days in Prague, 3 days in CK and Slovenia, 4 days in Venice. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and happy new year!
Rebecca

Posted by Galen
Dallas, United States
390 posts

I am responding to the "best way to use public transportation" for a part of your question. Last August we traveled by bus from Prague to CK. We used Student Agency (see studentagency.eu). The trip took under 3 hours and the current price is 7.70 euro. From CK we took a shuttle to Linz so we'd have better train connections/options. You can google for CK shuttles; there are several companies. We headed west from Linz so from there our experience doesn't match your plans. At bahn.com just now I entered Linz to Ljubljana and also Ljubljana to Venice. I got lots of choices for each journey. Good luck.

Posted by mick
jasper, il, usa
49 posts

Rebecca:
You say your trip is from April 13-26. If that includes travel days you're down to 12 days in Europe. 4 in Prague, 3 in CK and 4 In Venice is 11 of those 12 days. Your only free day will be spent traveling from Czech to Italy.

Posted by david
charlotte, nc, usa
2 posts

I plan to make the trip in the reverse direction Ljubjlana to Venice and bahn.com is a good resource but pay attention to the number of stops you make, some trains make 3-4 stops and for one you have to go from one rail station to another. The appears to be only one decent train making one stop per day .

Posted by Rebecca
Los Angeles, CA, USA
4 posts

David- what train company did you find that stops once a day?

Posted by Valerie
Tacoma
143 posts

Speaking to the Ljubljana to Venice connection - I wanted to make that part of my last trip, but couldn't fit it in. I did, however, do enough research to determine that train is NOT the way to go for that route. The train connections vary from 5 to 7 hours, but the distance between the two cities is only about 150 miles. There is a nonstop bus that runs the route in about three hours. Here is a link: www.drd.si/en. Getting around the Czech Republic, I used www.ckshuttle.cz. They were reliable and inexpensive. They will take you into neighboring countries as well.

Posted by lisa
akron, ohio
98 posts

Hi Rebecca, if this is not too late for your plan-making... I am wondering if you really need 4 days in Venice? I was there last year and by day 3 we were ready to leave. Not that it isn't beautiful or that we didn't enjoy it, it's just that it is small and you can see a lot rather quickly. I think I would cut at least a day off of the end and do a day trip to Lake Bled. It would be a shame to be so close and not see it.