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by train to and from Prague (Praha)/Czech Republic

A guide to train travel in The Czech Republic

An introduction to train travel in The Czech Republic, Czech trains, buying rail tickets and using rail passes in The Czech Republic.

Arrived here from the Start Your Journey Page?

1 - Next click the trains link to the left.

2 - Next click the tickets link to the left.

3 - (optional) - next click the name of the city that you will be travelling to/from (if its listed)

4 - IF you've clicked a city go back to the tickets link, you should now know all you need to know before making a booking.

National Rail Operator

State Rail Operator = CD

Travel By Train on Public Holidays

Public Holidays:
Mar 31st
Apr 1st
May 1st
May 8th
July 5th
July 6th
Sep 28th
Oct 28th
Nov 17th
Dec 24th/25th/26th.

On public holidays many train services will not operate, particularly services that usually only operate on specific days of the week such as Mon-Fri. Many routes will also operate to a Sunday timetable.
If you're planning to travel by train on a public holiday double check in advance that you're train service will be available.
When buying a ticket online for a holiday date you may be offered an alternative train service due to the special timetable that is likely to be in place>

Train Travel Words/Phrases

We admit we used Google Translate for these, if they're wrong please contact us and we'll correct them

  • Train = vlak
  • Station = vlaková stanice (ordinary station)/vlakové nádraží (main station)
  • Track/Platform = platforma
  • Ticket = jízdenka na vlak
  • Single Ticket = single jízdenka na vlak
  • Return Ticket = návrat jízdenku
  • 1st class = první trída
  • 2nd class = druhá trída
  • Ticket/Booking desk = pokladna
  • Information Desk = Informacní pult
  • Left Luggage office = Úschovna zavazadel
  • Arrival = príjezd
  • Departure = odjezd
  • Timetable = Vlakový jízdní rád/železnicní jízdní rád
  • Reservation = rezervace
  • Destination = destinace
  • Fridays only = pátek pouze
  • Saturday only = pouze sobota
  • Sunday only = pouze v nedeli
  • Weekend only = jen o víkendu
  • Not Saturday = není sobota
  • Not Sunday = ne nedele
  • Not weekend = ne víkendy
  • Public Holiay = svátek

Train Travel Summary

All domestic rail services in the Czech Republic are controlled by the state operator, CD (Ceske Drahy).

The timetables are the responsibility of SZDC (Sprava zelezninci dopravni cezty).

The rail system in The Czech Republic is comparatively straight forward, particularly for travel on the main lines that operate to/from Prague.
The majority of trains operate at regular intervals seven days per week.
However, it is worth taking the time to plan a rail trip in Czech Republic as trains only operate every two hours on certain routes.

Train service summary

It is also worth paying attention to the different types of train that operate within The Czech Republic.
More information on travelling by train in The Czech Republic is available on the link to the left.

Avoid SC trains if you don't want to pay the supplement and identify the EC (* - see below) and IC trains that provide the fastest and most comfortable trains on the majority of routes.

On the primary rail route within the country; the line between Prague – Pardubice – Olomouc – Ostrava, SC trains are the fastest, but EC and IC trains are available to those that wish to avoid the higher prices charged on the SC trains.

*= A feature of the rail system in the Czech Republic is that international EC trains provide many of the trains between destinations, as they traverse the length of the country.
If you want to use an EC train for travel between Czech cities making reservations in 2nd class is recommended, particularly in the summer months when the trains will be busy with passengers making international journeys.

Aside from the SC, IC and EC trains, No other rail services within the country are branded.
On trains that don't have specific train types expect slower journey and no refreshment facilities or air conditioning.