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Best way to travel to Prague

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Best way to travel to Prague

We're leaving on 28 December to go to Prague, firstly, is there a bus and would it be quicker than a train. How would it's price compare?

we are a family of two adults with a 14 and 12 year old.

Thanks Sagittarian Girl

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1. Re: Best way to travel to Prague

There are only 2 buses per week.

Nuremberg Adcom-Center Tu,Fr dep 01:45

Prague Florenc arr 06:30

Normal single ticket is EUR 35,00.

Pupils/students get a discount of 10%.

Only children under 12 years get a discount of 50%.

The new train timetable past 8. Dec. won't be out before early November.

Currently a good direct connection is (won't change with the new timetable mostlikely)

Nuremberg Hbf dep. 11:40

Prague hl.n. arr. 16:45

Runs in Germany as a regional train (RE). Thus you could use a Bavaria Ticket (EUR 27,00 for all 4 of you together) from Nuremberg to Furth im Wald - the last station in Bavaria.

Plus normal ticket from Furth im Wald to Prague: EUR 37,40 (for all 4 of you together).

You can buy both tickets in Nuremberg.

The Bavaria Ticket covers also the U-Bahn (metro), trams and buses in Nuremberg. Thus you can buy it also from ticket machines there. If you go to the counter it will be EUR 2,00 more expensive.

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2. Re: Best way to travel to Prague

Thanks Alabada,

I've been reading your helpful advice for months now and didn't realise I could use the Bavaria ticket over to the border.

We are doing a fair bit of travel on German trains so just a few more questions please.

Do you buy on the day or in advance?

How long should we allow to arrive at the station and buy a ticket from the machine?

Our plans involve a few days of train travel on week ends and a holiday (e.g. 26 December), should we try to buy all of our tickets (and reservations ? ) at one station or do the machines only sell tickets for travel from where they are based? Hence we'd have to find a station with an open office during the week?

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3. Re: Best way to travel to Prague

Depends a bit what type of ticket you buy.

Nuremberg itself and the region (e.g. Rothenburg):

http://www.vgn.de/gesamtraum_top/

VGN TagesTicket Plus are the best deal in your case.

Day tickets valid for up to 6 persons, but only 2 of them must be older than 18. If bought on a Saturday also valid for Sunday.

Nuremberg: EUR 6,30

whole VGN area: EUR 13,80

VGN ticket machines or sales points

www.vgn.de/produkte/verkaufsstellen/nbg/

The ticket machines with touch screen "speak" often the better English. No credit cards. TagesTicket Plus is valid from the time of purchase.

trips outside the VGN area but inside Bavaria:

Bavaria Ticket EUR 27,00

Only regional trains. Plays e.g. no role towards Prague. But e.g. towards Munich the ICEs (up to 300 kph) are faster than the "slow" regional trains (up to 200 kph). However return ticket ICE Nuremberg - Munich is EUR 90,00.

Another restriction is that the Bavaria Ticket is valid on weekdays (Mo-Fr) only past 9am. On Sa, So and public holidays it is valid from midnight on.

You can buy the Bavaria Ticket where you can buy VGN tickets.

Also at the DB ticket machines and counters in railway stations.

Here you can buy it also for a date in the future. But keep in mind that it's a non-refundable ticket. The DB ticket machines accept also credit cards. If you buy it at the counter it will cost EUR 2,00 more.

Normal (point-to-point) train tickets.

Counter, ticket machines or online through the DB timetable for domestic trips.

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4. Re: Best way to travel to Prague

Bavaria Ticket includes the VGN and all similar networks in Bavaria (e.g. the MVV for Munich and region).

> reservations

Are only possible for far distance trains. Thus not for trains you can use with VGN tickets or the Bavaria Ticket.

There is ONE exception: the direct train from Nuremberg to Prague

While it runs in Germany as RegionalExpress (RE) train (thus normally no reservation) it runs in the Czech Republic as R train. With the R meaning rapid not regional and you can reserve seats. Family seat reservation Nuremberg - Prague will be EUR 7,00.

> do the machines only sell tickets for travel from where they are based?

At DB ticket machines you can change the departure station. VGN ticket machines will issue tickets from their location. Plays however only really a role for short hop tickets.

With day tickets like the VGN TagesTicket or the Bavaria Ticket the place of purchase plays no role.

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5. Re: Best way to travel to Prague

we are goign 11/30 from Nuremberg to Prague. did you figure it out yet how to book the direct trip he talks about? HELP

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6. Re: Best way to travel to Prague

>did you figure it out yet how to book the direct trip he talks about?

What is the actual problem?

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7. Re: Best way to travel to Prague

> did you figure it out yet how to book the direct trip he talks about?

You don't have to book the direct trip at all.

You can reserve seats. But you don't have to.

You can just show up and buy tickets on spot. Always. They cannot sell out.

The original thread is from 2007. Thus the information is quite outdated.

The direct connection runs now

Nuremberg dep 13:40

Prague arr 18:45

Normal price ticket is EUR 45,00.

Cheapest option for 2-5 persons:

1. Bavaria-Bohemia Ticket EUR 32,00

This ticket is good for 2-5 persons and covers the trip till Plzen/Pilsen. Buy this ticket from ticket machines in Nuremberg. The ticket covers also the S-Bahn, U-Bahn, trams and buses in Nuremberg.

2. Buy from the Czech conductor (comes on board in Furth im Wald) tickets from Plzen/Pilsen to Prague.

Single ticket is CZK 145 (~ EUR 6,00) per person. There is also a group discount (ask for it). Buying on board will also add a small service charge.

www.cd.cz/static/eng/pricereduction2.htm

Get some Czech Koruny (CZK) already in Nuremberg to pay the conductor.

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8. Re: Best way to travel to Prague

we would like to get to Prague earlier than 7pm at night. we were thinking of leaving Nuremberg about 8am in the morning.

How slow are the slower trains? do you know? I REALLY appreciate your help. I have been trying to figure things out myself from the website for the trains and am having trouble doing so.

We found a bus that will get us to Nuremberg at 5pm for $90 each. we thought the train would be faster and cheaper than that.

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9. Re: Best way to travel to Prague

>How slow are the slower trains? do you know?

This website knows

reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en…

From: Nuernberg

To: Prag

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10. Re: Best way to travel to Prague

There is a connection

Nuremberg dep 09:36

Prague arr 14:45

with one change in Schwandorf

Also for this train you can use the combination Bavaria-Bohemia Ticket plus normal tickets from Plzen/Pilsen to Prague.

> How slow are the slower trains? do you know?

DB timetable knows. I also have it to look up there.

From Nuremberg you have only 2 options: regional (slow) trains on the direct route to Prague or with faster trains via Dresden. Latter is however not faster in the end but more expensive (as it's a big detour).

> We found a bus that will get us to Nuremberg

Do you wan to travel now to Nuremberg or to Prague?

> at 5pm for $90 each.

Even a normal ticket is with EUR 45 less than USD 90 (if $ = USD). I'm anyway surprised that a bus company is pricing tickets here in USD.

For 2 persons

Bavaria Ticket: EUR 32,00 = EUR 16,00 pp

Plzen/Pilsen - Prague : ~ EUR 6,00 pp

Thus EUR 22 pp.

> we thought the train would be faster and cheaper than that.

Due the hilly landscape and the Cold War the railroad routes are in this case like in the 19th century. Thus not allowing high speeds and also less direct than the (partly 150 years younger) autobahn.

Trains are mostly not cheaper than buses. At least not if you pay the normal price. But they are more comfortable.