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Quick question about bus/train route from Berlin to Praha

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Quick question about bus/train route from Berlin to Praha

Hi,

We are presently booking our intercity travel for a Central Europe trip we are doing in May.

For the Berlin to Prague route, we have rule out the train because of the price (€87 for 2 with seat reservation Vs €46 with bus). Do you know what would happen if we didn't take the seat reservation (cost €4.5 each)? Is it like flights, they assigned the seats just as you arrive for departure?

Lastly, this may sound silly but ... during the 5 hours bus drive to Prague, do they offer brief stop for restroom (or have toilet in the bus)? On the 360 degree view of the bus (www.studentagency.eu), we couldn't see any in the bus!!!

Thank you in advance for your answers!

Ax

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1. Re: Quick question about bus/train route from Berlin to Praha

€87 does not sound right if you are booking now, I checked for a random date in May, and getting prices of € 29 per person for several departures up to 14:44

bahn.de/p/…tschechien.shtml

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2. Re: Quick question about bus/train route from Berlin to Praha

The bus has WCs and all mod cons (in-seat movies, wi-fi when on Czech territory, free refreshments, etc). The WC is about half-way down the bus, down a flight of stairs studentagency.cz/jizdenky/videa/index.html nothing fancy, but it serves its purpose.

€87 for two on the train is too much - as above you can get tickets for as little as €29, either from German Railways www.bahn.com or from Czech Railways www.cd.cz/eshop (from 60 days before departure). In both cases print the ticket at home.

Reservation on the train is not really necessary - just get on and find a free seat.

Main advantage of the train - it goes through some nice scenery along the River Elbe.

Main advantage of the bus - you put your luggage in the hold until you get there, no need to lift it up onto the train and then onto the overhead racks. It also has more 'bells and whistles' than the train, and you can choose your seat when booking. The ones right at the very front seem to go first of all - I've never managed to get one!

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3. Re: Quick question about bus/train route from Berlin to Praha

You don't need reservations on the train, it's optional. Without them, you simply sit where you like in any unreserved seat, preferably on the left hand side going south as that's where the lovely River Elbe will be south of Dresden.

It's a nice scenic ride with a proper waiter-service restaurant car.

At either www.bahn.de/en or www.cd.cz/eshop you should easily nab some proper train tickets from 29 euros each, and avoid the nightmare of long-distance buses.

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4. Re: Quick question about bus/train route from Berlin to Praha

If you intend using the restaurant car, take one of the Czech trains and use it when the train is on Czech territory as it is half price jidelnivozy.cz/jidelni-listky/ng-2013-14-1/C… (EC179, EC177, EC379)

The prices on the Hungarian trains (EC171, EC175) are quite high www.mav-start.hu/res/berlin_hamburg_etlap.pdf

and about the same on the Austrian one (EC173) henryamzug.com/docs/Henryamzug_Menuekarte_15…

But as you are clearly on a budget, take a picnic with you - you can do that on both the bus and the train. The bus has a steward service.

Bear in mind that if you get an evening train, you won't see any scenery anyway so you can sit either side.

Laval, Canada
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5. Re: Quick question about bus/train route from Berlin to Praha

Thank you all for your answers and recommendations!

The train cost is higher because we can't depart at 6:53 or 14:53 (from Berlin Südkreuz Station), which are the only daytime hours at €29 (one is too early, the other too late!) on May 8th. The seat reservation were €4.5 each. For cost and convenience reasons, we would prefer to leave around 10-11:00, which the bus offer at €23 each person with a seat reservation.

However, today on the www.cd.cz/eshop site it shows a price of 1636 CZK (around €59 for 2) for a April 16th departure, behond that date it doesn't show any schedule and price (so 2 months advance purchase?). The price of 1636czk is good ALL DAY (including the 10:53!!!). We have also check other days in February and March, it's the same price and schedule!

So we will wait for the schedule and prices of www.cd.cz/eshop instead of www.bahn.com ! Like this we hope to get a great price and a nice train ride to Praha!

NB: We suspected the bus had a toilet, but we couldn't see it on the pictures!

Thanks again!

Ax

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6. Re: Quick question about bus/train route from Berlin to Praha

Yes, booking opens 60 days before travel on the Czech Railways site and as few people avail themselves of the offer, the cheaper prices don't go as fast. The only thing is that if you want to reserve you can't choose your seats, but there is no real need to reserve.

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