By Train from Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany) to Praha / Prague / Prag (Czech Republic) - Option 1: Indirect

Journey Summary

Depart Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany)

Köln/Cologne Hbf

Arrive Praha / Prague / Prag (Czech Republic)

Praha hl.n.
Journey Time
8hr 36min
4 x connections per day

Change trains in: Berlin

If you want to travel from Koln/Cologne to Praha/Prague solely by train, then this routing via Berlin is the best option.

But there are two crosses in the box to keep in mind:

(1) Tickets* tend to be (a lot) more expensive than the routing via Frankfurt and Nurnberg

(2) When you initially look up this journey, the connecting time between trains in Berlin will be around 10-12 mins.

Making this connection is ambitous - even though the train from Koln will arrive at the same lower level in Berlin Hbf station, that the train on to Praha/Prag will depart from.

You can either:

(i) Gamble on making this connection, and if you don't make the train on to Praha/Prag in time, you can have your tickets/reservations re-issued at the Reisezentrum travel desk in Berlin Hbf.

The next train on to Praha/Prag will be leaving within two hours - though this isn't an option if you depart from Koln at 11:48.

(ii) Extend the connecting time between trains when booking this journey, so that you'll have more than an hour to make the connection in Berlin.

*Rail Pass Users:

For Eurail and InterRail pass users a plus of this routing is neither of the trains have to be reserved - but the IC Bus does require reservations if you opt to travel via Nurnberg.

Though if you will be travelling with a 2nd class pass we recommend making the reservations, if you want to be sure of having a seat on the trains.

Train 1

  • Depart: Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany)
  • Arrive: Berlin (Germany)
  • Journey time: 4hr 18 min - 4hr 21min

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Train 2

  • Depart: Berlin (Germany)
  • Arrive: Praha / Prague / Prag (Czech Republic)
  • Journey time: 4hr 27min

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Ticket information

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