Travel from Munich to Prague
There are four ways to travel between Munich and Prague. You can fly, of course, you can take the train, a coach/bus, and you can take a combination of the two. Despite the many options available ther are several pitfalls you should avoid if you want to bag a good deal. Continue reading and find everything you need to know for travelling from the Bavarian city to the Czech capital.
The best way to travel between Prague and Munich is by bus. With over 20 daily connections and prices as low as 15 euros, it offers the most convenient way to travel. If you can find a good deal with Lufthansa, and pay for private transfers to the airport, then flying could prove to be a good alternative by saving an hour off door-to-door overall travel. While Czech trains arguably represent the most comfortable way to travel between both cities.
1. Travel by Air
Munich Airport (MUC)
Use our flight price comparison search engine, or book directly on Lufthansa’s website. You can also buy tickets at the airport and from any high street travel shop such as TUI and Thomas Cook in Munich, or Fischer and Blue Style in Prague.
This is a very short flight, so you will actually spend more time travelling to and from the airport and going through all the usual procedures than actually flying. Munich in particular is 29km (18mi) away from the centre. Many people take the suburban train, which takes about 45 minutes. For the same price as the train, you can also take a bus*. And to really save time, book a cab* (click here* for the airport pick-up). In Prague, the cheapest way to get into town quickly is with the airport express bus, but the best way is to get a private transfer*. They cost as little as 240CZK (9EUR/7GBP/10USD) each way.
2. Travel by Rail
Praha Hlavni Nadrazi/Autobusová St. Wilsonova
386-972CZK/14-36EUR/12-32GBP/16-40USD one way
There are several websites where you can book rail tickets but by far the best and the one you should use is the Czech Railways site. The reason why is because it is the ONLY place where you will find one-way direct rail tickets for 386CZK (14EUR/12GBP/16USD). This price is exclusively available to advance booking customers and you will pay significantly more for the exact same ticket elsewhere.
Nevertheless, we provide you with a short list of alternative sites where you can also buy tickets for this route: DB Bahn, BEurope*, Loco2, Trainline*, Voyages SNCF* (for European residents) and RailEurope* (for rest-of-world customers).
You can also book tickets at the station or on board the train from the conductor.
If you are visiting several countries by train, you can get hold of a European railpass. Railpasses are very popular with backpackers. You can find out more here* (for European residents only) and here* (for non-European residents).
If you choose to travel by train, you have two choices:
a) Direct Train There are four daily direct trains each way, two of them Czech, and the other two German, operating at different times. The Czech trains are more comfortable (air conditioned and they even have draught beer for sale) than the German trains so choose them if you can. There are a few short stops and a quick change of locomotive involved.
b) Train/bus combination This alternative service consists of a high speed ICE train from Munich to Nuremberg. This part of the journey takes just one hour. Upon the arrival at Nuremberg, you have to make your way outside (not ideal if carrying heavy luggage) where a double decker IC bus will be waiting. The non-stop journey to Prague takes about four hours. You can purchase hot drinks and snacks on board.
3. Travel by Bus
München ZOB Hackerbrücke (Munich main bus terminal)
Praha hl.n. -Autobusová St. Wilsonova- (next to the railway station) and Praha Florenc bus terminal
5h more or less
We highly recommend to book directly with Flixbus*, as they are the company with the highest number of connections and the lowest fares. Leo Express have good prices and offer great comfort but fewer daily services, while Eurolines* are more expensive. IC Bus is not very user friendly and they also try to sell you an expensive combined train+bus ticket, marked as “ICE BUS”. Avoid these type tickets, which are significantly more expensive and offer no time savings. They consist of a train from Munich to Nuremberg, then change and board a bus from there to Prague.
You could also use an aggregator such as Checkmybus, if you want to compare prices and itineraries between different companies.
You can easily buy tickets offline. However, advance booking is advised, especially during busy periods such as weekends and bank holidays.
You could also consider using Blablacar to travel from Munich to Prague. Blablacar is a ridesharing website where car drivers and passengers can connect and agree on a price to travel between cities. It is seen increasingly as an alternative to the more traditional modes of transport but understand that drivers are not professionals. Members are rated by other members so choose one with good reviews. There are no set timetables either, so you depend on the availability of drivers for a particular route. You are most likely to find a ride if travelling on a weekend.
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