Waiting for a train at Hlvani Nadrazi in Prague

Basel to Praha / Prague / Prag by train

How to take the new overnight direct train from Basel to Prague

A new train service provides a direct link between Basel and Czechia.



How to take the train from Basel to Prague

Travel Information

This train is typically scheduled to depart from Basel SBB station at 21:13 and the from Basel Bad bf station at 21:22.
If your journey will be commencing in Basel city centre, the easier option is to join this train at Basel Bad bf, and ticket prices may be cheaper too.

This train is in effect two trains combined into one departure:

  1. A CD Night (EN) train which conveys the sleeping cabins and couchettes
  2. An EC train, which uses the same types of coaches as those used on daytime services.
    When booking tickets if you want to sit in a seat(s) choose the EC options.

Final Destination: Praha

The train will arrive in Praha hl.n. station, the main station in the Czech capital, at 09:38, but it also calls at Holesovice station in the city.
If you will be connecting into the Metro or heading to the area around the King Charles Bridge, leaving the train at Holesovice can be a good option

This train also calls at: Decin

1 x train per night


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 120 days ahead of the travel date

The train conveys:

  • Compartment Seats (Sitzwagen)
  • Couchettes (Liegewagen); 4 berths AND 6 berthsm
  • Standard sleeping cars (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins
  • Deluxe sleeping cars with showers (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins

The first price you will see on the OBB ticketing site will be for the compartment seats.

Click the train details below for more info including the rail pass reservation fees:

Rail pass users must reserve before boarding these trains,

You can now book rail pass reservations without paying booking fees on the OBB website (OBB operates these trains).Though the process for doing so isn't particularly obvious, hence this step-by-step guide.

Making the rail pass reservation online a minimum of a couple of weeks ahead of the travel date, is particularly recommended if you will be traveling between June and September.
If you wait until arriving in Basel to reserve, your first choice of accommodation may have sold out.

Also if you have a rail pass and book the reservation at a Swiss station you will have to pay a comparatively expensive booking fees,

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
cd.cz *

cd.cz Guide

CD is the national rail operator in Czechia and its very smart online booking service sells tickets for all express train services which it operates within Czechia, as well international journeys by EC, Railjet, SuperCity and overnight trains.
Some express trains, both within and to/from Czechia are operated by LeoExpress and Regiojet and these cannot be booked with CD.

CD also sells international tickets involving changes of train outside of Czechia for end-to-end journeys:

  • to Belgium
  • destinations in Germany not served by direct trains
  • to Paris
  • to Arhus, Copenhagen and Odense in Denmark
  • to destinations in Italy served by the overnight trains from Austria
  • to Luxembourg
  • to destinations in the The Netherlands, including Amsterdam, which are on the route of the direct trains from Berlin
  • to destinations in Romania, including Bucuresti served by the direct day and night trains from Budapest.

In addition to tickets, seat reservations, reservations for bicycles, plus reservations for couchettes and sleeping cabins, can also be booked online with CD, with no booking fees.


SBB Guide

SBB is the main national rail operator in Switzerland, but tickets for journeys by the other significant operators including BLS and SOB can be be booked on the SBB website.

SBB also sells tickets for journeys to many destinations which involve a combination of SBB trains and services provided by the many independent operators who serve the Alpine resort towns.
However, if you will be making a long-distance return day trip, look out for he possibility of SaverDay passes being cheaper than tickets.

Though if you download the SBB app, booking tickets on SBB's mobile services can be simper than using the website.
Also watch out for the fact that booking international tickets can be comparatively quirky.

On this journey

Journey Features


Good to Know

On departure from the stations in Basel this train heading to Praha will be joined to another train heading to Berlin, so if you see a train heading to Berlin on the departure screens, the info will also apply to this train.

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