My husband and I are taking a Viking river cruise from Budapest to Nuremburg, and then going to Prague on our own. I have everything booked except transportation from Nuremburg to Prague. I looked at the website listed in the Rick Steves' Prague book which gives train and bus schedules, but couldn't figure out how to make a reservation, or which is the best choice. It looks like the bus would get us there faster, but requires a reservation. Does anyone have any experience with this? We will be traveling from Nuremburg to Prague on May 21.
The best is bus. We took it last December without reservation but we were lucky. Ticket cost 51 Euro. I just checked Deutsche Bahn website. You can get that ticket for 19 Euro if you buy it now. You can buy it and print it. Follow the instruction on the website.
Did it last Christmas. Book it through bahn.de German railroad The bus operated by German rail. Leaves every two hours from a sign right in front of the Nuremburg rail station first and second class. Second class actually has the better view since the second class seats are on the top. Not a bad ride. Dumps you in front of the old Prague train station, walk inside to the new train station.
If you use the Bahn Intercity bus from Nuernberg to Prague that is the fastest way, and, with advance reservation (€19), the least expensive. And it's not some run-of-the-mill city bus, but a modern coach with a bathroom, snack counter, and stewardess. Why does this bother you? Do you just walk up to the counter on the day you want to fly to buy your flight reservations, or do you reserve them long in advance to get the best price? No difference here. Use the German Rail website. To make a reservation, put in Nuernberg to Prague (Prag or Praha), the date and the time. Click "Purchase". If you are that uncomfortable with advance reservations, there are three or four train connections to Prague via Schwandorf, taking an hour longer. For Nuernberg to Pilsen, you can use a Bayern-Böhmen Ticket for €33 for both of you, a hop on/off pass for regional trains that you can purchase the day of travel. You'll have to buy a Pilsen to Prague ticket (about €6 pP), either on the train from the Czech conductor or in Pilsen.
Thank you for all the help! As you can probably tell, this is my first time doing this. I will be sure to post again after we come back from our trip.
Like everyone said, use the bus. I'd make a reservation in advance. We went last December (granted it was during Christmas week so there were many going to and from Nuremberg for the market) but made our reservation only a few weeks before and 2nd class was all sold out so we had to buy 1st class. We actually got a really good deal for the tickets as the DB website was having a "special" of some sort but still paid more.
I just made the reservation. Thanks to you all. We did get the special price you all told me about. This was the last missing piece on our trip, and I really appreciate the help in getting it taken care of. Now I can work on what to pack! Thanks again. This is a great forum.
On the same subject, I just booked travel from Munich to Prague. There is only 11 minutes between the ICE train arrival and the bus departure. I've heard that the bus stop is directly "in front" of the bus station, but there appears to be multiple stops from this map: http://www.stationsdatenbank.bayern-takt.de/StationsdatenbankBEG/Steckbrief.html?lang=de&efz=8000284 My ticket does not appear to specify a certain stop (A,B,D,E, or 1). I'd like to be confident that I'm heading to the right bus stop, as I'll have just minutes to spare. Does anyone know, by chance, which stop I should head towards? (Or perhaps it's different each time, and it will be obvious.) Also, is there a certain name of the bus I should be looking for that might help? I booked through DB and my ticket just says BUS 1057 from Nürnberg Hbf Vorpl H. Thanks in advance for any help!!
I am really not sure what you are asking when you ask about multi stops. There is only one stop -- in front of the station. The station is the red block that looks a little like an E on it's back. Go out the center door, down the steps and the stop with a sign is on on your right at 45 degrees. Or slightly to the left of the taxi stand on your map. The name on the bus is the same name as on the train - Bahn. Even has the same colors. It doesn't get a whole lot simpler. Or did I miss something in your question.
Here is the map of the Nürnberg Hbf showing the location of the Prag bus stop right outside the main exit. At the bottom of this page is a picture of what the bus looks like. Note, it says Expressbus. Note, there are three tunnels leading from the tracks to the main floor of the Hbf. You want the middle tunnel which is between the letters C & D over the tracks.
For what it's worth, when we took the bus from Nuremberg to Prague in December, the bus actually sat and waited past the departure time because someone that had a reservation hadn't arrived at the bus yet. The person arrived, we drove off and within about three minutes we turned around to go back and pick up someone else that had a reservation and just showed up. I assume they notified someone at the DB ticket office and they called the bus back. Not that all drivers do it, but ours was very lenient and we ended up departing for the final time about 15 minutes later than scheduled. So if by some chance you are late arriving, don't give up on the Express Bus!
Same experience, our bus left about 15 to 20 minutes late. Every seat was taken and it just took a while to get everyone and luggage stored.