How to get from Berlin to Prague

imageI only just got back from Prague, Czech Republic, and I’m already dying to go back. Good thing is it’s only a four-hour train ride from Berlin!

For someone raised in the wild expanse that is Canada, I even find it hard to believe that the capital of Czech Republic still makes the perfect weekend trip from the capital of Germany. Everything is just so compact in Europe, and the change between borders is magnificent.

So if you’re going to be in Berlin, here are a few of my best recommendations for getting to Prague:

  • The bus is actually better than the train. I know, I was surprised too. You don’t need to be a student to ride Student Agency Bus, the name is just for marketing. Tickets are around half the price of the train, and it takes no more than an hour longer. There are even individual TV screens to watch movies, too.
  • The luggage check at Florence bus station is amazing. I know I’m always weary of lockers at bus and train stations — how much are they going to cost and is my stuff really going to be safe? The luggage check at Prague’s main bus terminal gets an A+. It’s guarded all day, and only costs around 60 CZK per day, and they count by the piece, not luggage weight.
  • If you do take the train, know your station. We were told to get on the train at Hauptbahnhof, but it turns out it goes right by Sudkreuz (only two stops from our place) right after. Know which one’s closer for you, and you could save up to an hour of travel time.
  • Make all your reservations early. Prague’s best restaurants get packed early. It’s best to do your research and call and make reservations before. Every restaurant we went to said we were lucky we did it that way, or we  surely wouldn’t have gotten a table!

For what to check out and do when you get to Prague, click here to read my blog “ten things to do in prague” for ten tree.

A few more shots from my weekend getaway…

Famous Prague ham

Famous Prague ham

Doughy goodness found everywhere at the Christmas market

Doughy goodness found everywhere at the Christmas market

Beet carpaccio with goat cheese at DiVino

Beet carpaccio with goat cheese at DiVino

Signature cappuccino and rolled pancakes topped with brown sugar and sour cream at Café Louvre

Signature cappuccino and rolled pancakes topped with brown sugar and sour cream at Café Louvre

Cheesecake at Café Louvre

Cheesecake at Café Louvre

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