Trains from Vienna to Prague (timetable):
| Train Number
| Train Name
|| Gustav Mahler
|| Bedřich Smetana
|| Franz Schubert
|| Antonín Dvořák
|| Johann Strauss
|| Joseph Haydn
|Wien Hbf. (Vienna Central Station)
|Praha hl.n. (Prague Main Station)
* EuroNight (EN) Chopin train is actually a Vienna to Warsaw train which along with carriages traveling to Poland has a group of through carriages Vienna-Prague-Berlin, these carriages get reattached from 'Chopin' train to 'Metropol' (Budapest-Prague-Berlin) at the Czech station Breclav
Trains Tickets from Vienna to Prague? When traveling between capitals of Austria & Czech Republic potential passengers can buy different types of train tickets, choosing the right type of ticket can save you a lot of money:
- easy & cheap option is discounted ticket called Sparschiene (one-way fare in 2nd class seat start from only 19 euro). Sparschiene ticket offered for all daytime RailJet (RJ) trains. However you should keep in mind that number of such discounted tickets is limited per each departure, it means that there is quota of cheap Spar tickets per each train, once sold out next price level (e.g. 24 euro instead of 19) kicks in. Thus earlier you buy the better chances you have to catch cheapest spar tickets. Sparschiene tickets Vienna-Prague can be purchased not later than 3 days before the actual journey (we have step by step guide on how to purchase train tickets via Austrian Railways website), obvioulsy unless quota of such ticket not sold out yet. Sparschiene tickets are issued for the specific train & date (exchange or refund is not allowed)
- standard international one-way ticket Vienna-Prague (SCIC-NRT tariff) cost 63,20 euro, but it doesn't really make sense to purchase such ticket (see below), since it is way too expensive for this part of Europe and only four hour journey.
- besides the above mentioned options you can consider couple legal ticket tricks, which might be of use for those who plan to travel between Vienna & Prague:
- Austrian Railways (OeBB) offer discounted Sparschiene tickets not only for trips from Vienna to Prague, but also for shorter journeys from Austrian to Czech Republic (e.g. Vienna to Břeclav & Vienna to Brno). So when 19 euro tickets from Vienna to Prague already got sold out there is still a chance that discounted tickets for shorter cross-border trips like Vienna to Brno (start from only 9 euro) are still available due to separate quota of such tickets. What you can do here is purchase 9 euro ticket Vienna-Brno from Austrian Railways, while next just buy Czech domestic ticket Brno-Prague (you can do it even for the same train) from Czechs, prices start from only 189 CZK (app. 7 euro). As you can see yourself, such combination is even cheaper than straight forward 19 euro spar ticket to Prague;
- in case you need to travel right away, thus have no chance to hunt any spar tickets, then simple 'break' of your ticket via border station can make your journey from Vienna to Prague about twice cheaper compared to the journey where you rely on international ticket for the entire route. How the ticket 'break' works? Very simply - first you purchase international ticket from Vienna to first Czech station (Břeclav) across the border (standard full fare price here is 16,10-19,60 euro, depending on train category), while then buy Czech domestic ticket from Břeclav to Prague (maximum will cost you 427 CZK (app. 16 euro). If you purchase second ticket online via Czech Railways website & for the same train with which you'll arrive from Vienna, then you won't even need to get leave the train in Břeclav;
- similar to the above trick is ticket option with use of Austrian EURegio ticket (special tickets for regional journeys between Austria & Czech Republic). For instance, itinerary involving sightseeing along the way: Vienna to Cesky Krumlov with EURegion ticket for 35 euro, while then Czech domestic ticket from Cesky Krumlov to Prague (start from 189 CZK).
- in case you travel not alone, but with friends or family it might make sense to consider purchase of the so-called Einfach-Raus-Ticket. Einfach-Raus Ticket is basically a daily group pass for 2-5 passengers traveling together on the entire Austrian rail network, it is valid for all the regional trains on weekdays (Monday till Friday) from 9 am till 3 am (next day), while on Saturdays, Sundays & holidays validity is the entire day. Einfach-Raus Ticket for 2 persons cost 33 euro, 3 persons - 37 euro, 4 person - 41 euro & 5 persons - 45 euro. The idea behind buying such pass is that you can use it on expensive Austrian part of your trip, while for Czech leg you can purchase much cheaper Czech domestic ticket/daily pass. To give an example, 4 passengers traveling from Vienna to Prague: Einfach-Raus Ticket to cover Vienna-Gmünd NÖ/Ceske Velenice (Austria/Czech border) will be 41 euro, while Czech domestic leg to Prague will cost 704 CZK (app. 26 euro) for all 4, thus it means each person pays about 17 euro (=67/4) for the whole trip. Much better than 63 euro, right?
Alternatives? Perhaps you aren't in the mood to travel from Vienna to Prague using direct train, then you have a few other options to consider: a) you can always travel by bus (major bus companies operating on Vienna to Prague route are EuroLines, RegioJet/Student Agency & FlixBus); b) travel with stopover in some interesting place (e.g. already mentioned earlier Brno or Cesky Krumlov or even Slovak Bratislava); c) in case you in a hurry, then it's possible to fly from Vienna to Prague - Austrian Airlines has direct flights between the capitals at least 3 times per day