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Trains in the Czech Republic

 

You can use trains in the Czech Republic to travel to all major Czech cities. On top of that, there are rail connections to Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

 

Over 7000 trains crisscross the Czech Republic every day. Services range from romantic regional trains to the luxury of international EuroCity trains.

 

Train types in Czech Republic

Regional trains in the Czech Republic are operated by the Czech national railways, České dráhy. You can travel on international trains to and from the Czech Republic. Find times for trains in the Czech Republic in the Interrail timetable.

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Trains in the Czech Republic

 

Osobní

  • Commuter trains

 

Spěšný (Sp)

  • Special inter-regional trains

 

Rychlík (R)

  • Inter-regional trains

 

Expres (Ex)

  • Regional trains halting only at selected stations


SC SuperCity
  • High speed trains between major cities

  • Reservations are required

 
InterCity (IC)
  • Intercity trains between larger cities
  • Reservations are required in selected IC trains
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Eurocity (EC)

  • Intercity trains between larger cities
  • Reservations are recommended
 

 

Bikes are allowed on most trains in the Czech Republic. You'll need to buy a bike ticket in advance.

 

LEO Express

  • International train between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. You need an Interrail Global Pass or a Czech Republic Pass to travel on this train.

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RegioJet

  • Yellow international train to Austria and Slovakia. You need an Interrail Global Pass to travel on this train.
  • Trains with number 1046/1047 on the Prague – Bratislava route are not included
  • Night trains on Prague-Košice route.
  • Reservations are optional

     

SC SuperCity

  • High speed trains between major cities

  • Reservations are required

     

Night trains (EuroNight and Nightjet)

  • Reservations are required

Please note that your Interrail Pass is not valid on trains operated by GW Train.

Popular Connections in Czech Republic

What are the average train travel times between major cities in the Czech Republic?

 

Route Travel time
Prague to Brno 2.5 hours
Prague to Olomouc 2.5 hours
Prague to Ostrava 3.5 hours
Prague to Pilsen (Plzeň) 1.5 hours
Route Which train? Travel time Reservations
Prague to Berlin (Germany) EuroCity 4.5 hours Optional
Prague to Bratislava (Slovakia) EuroCity / RegioJet 4 hours Required (EuroCity) / Optional (RegioJet)
Prague to Budapest (Hungary) EuroCity 7 hours Optional
Prague to Vienna (Austria) Railjet / RegioJet 4 hours Optional
Prague to Warsaw (Poland) EuroCity 8 hours Required

Reservations for trains in Czech Republic

Which trains in the Czech Republic require reservations?

  • Eurocity (EC) and InterCity (IC): Approximately €3.60 (CZK 97 in local currency).

  • SC SuperCity, Prague to Ostrava: Approximately €8 (CZK 220 in local currency).

  • Night trains: Rates depend on destination and type of seat/bed booked.

 

See reservation costs for domestic trains

 

See reservation costs for international trains

 
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  • Additional benefits include 10% off advance bookings for the A&O Hostel/Hotel in Prague.

  • Prices from € 51

 

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Tips and tricks for Czech Republic

Czech Republic main train station

The country's railway hub is in Prague:

  • Praha Hlavní nádrazí (main station).

  • It has ticket offices and information services.

  • Line C of Prague's metro system runs through this station.

  • Bus and tram stops are outside the station.

City names in Czech Republic

Sometimes the local city name will differ to what you know.

  • Praha = Prague

  • Plzeň = Pilsen

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