Köln / Cologne / Koeln to Praha / Prague / Prag by train

All that’s good to know about taking the train from Köln / Cologne / Koeln to Praha / Prague / Prag

There are no direct trains from Koln to Praha, but it's a straightforward journey with only one connection

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Routes

From Köln/Cologne Hbf to Praha hl.n.

Tickets

Online bookings usually open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

On DB Bahn look for the journeys which have '1' in the chg. column and 'ICE, EC' in the Products column.

This a route on which we highly recommend extending the connecting/transfer times between trains when looking up this journey.

Very easy to do if you look up the journey on DB - our guide to booking tickets on DB explains how.

Book 1st class ticket journey tickets and your seat reservation is included - but they're optional when booking 2nd class tickets, or if you will be travelling with a 1st or 2nd class rail pass.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB *

DB Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.
Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Two types of ticket have recently been made available;

  1. Cheaper 'Young' tickets which can only be booked by those aged 15-26 on the travel date.
  2. Flexi Plus tickets, which are now the most expensive type of ticket, but they're the only type of 2nd class tickets which DO include a seat reservation.

Journey Features

High Speed (partial)

Good to Know

Final Destination: Berlin-Gesundbrunnen

The train will travel on a high speed line between Hannover and Berlin-Spandau.

Journey Features

Not High SpeedRiver viewsScenic - Yes

Good to Know

Between Dresden and Prague, the train travels through the beautiful Elbe River valley, but sit on the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel) for the best views.

This part of the journey between Dresden and Prague/Praha is so fabulous that it's featured on the Daily Telegraph's list of Best Train Journeys that can be completed in a day.

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Between Dresden and Prague, the train travels through the beautiful Elbe River valley, but sit on the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel) for the best views.

This part of the journey between Dresden and Prague/Praha is so fabulous that it's featured on the Daily Telegraph's list of Best Train Journeys that can be completed in a day.

From Köln Messe/Deutz to Praha Autobusová St. Wilsonova (Bus Station)

Journey Summary

To
Praha / Prague / Prag
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Praha Autobusová St. Wilsonova (Bus Station)
Travel Time
7hr 11min - 7hr 51min
Frequency
Daily
Tickets

Book in advance and save: YES

Online bookings usually open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

On DB Bahn look for the journeys which have '1' in the chg. column and 'ICE, BUS' in the Products column.

Look up this journey DB and it will offer this routing for a 'train journey' from Frankfurt (Main) to Praha/Prague/Prag - which involves taking a bus for the second part of the journey on from Nurnberg.

Tickets will include the train and the bus journey.

Book 1st class tickets and you seats will be automatically be assigned on both the train and the bus, but if you travel 2nd class your seats will only be assigned on the bus.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB from €29.90

DB Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.

Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Journey Features

High Speed (partial)

Good to Know

Final Destination: Munchen Hbf

All trains also call at: Frankfurt (Main) and Wurzburg

Note that these fastest trains from Koln/Cologne to Nurnberg depart from Köln Messe/Deutz station – located on the opposite bank of The Rhine to the city centre.

They don’t depart from the main city centre station, Köln Hbf.

If you want to travel direct by train from Koln Hbf to Nurnberg you can take the alternative slower trains - which also happen to take a more scenic route through The Rhine Valley.

These trains from Kolm Messe/Deutz travel on the high speed line between Seigburg/Bonn and Frankfurt Flughafen.

They also reverse direction on departure from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf.

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If you are new to travelling by train in Germany, we recommend taking a look at our GermanTrain Travel Guide.
It is packed with info and useful links to help ensure you’ll have a stress-free trip.

This is a journey of five distinct phases:

  1. Until Siegburg/Bonn the first part of the journey is on a conventional railway.
  2. On departure from Siegburg/Bonn comes the part of the journey with a wow factor, when the train spends around 40 minutes racing along the rollercoaster that is the high speed line to Frankfurt Flughafen, at more than 280 km/h.
3. **The train will reverse direction on departure from Frankfurt (Main) hbf** and then after Aschaffenburg comes the slowest, but most scenic part of the trip when the railway winds through the valleys. 4. The train will cross the River Main and then after a tunnel it will be on a high speed line for less than 15 minutes, but there are some nice views as the train crosses some long viaducts between yet more long tunnels. 5. On departure from Wurzburg the train will be on a conventional railway until it arrives in Nurnberg.

Train 2

Between And
Praha / Prague / Prag
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Praha Autobusová St. Wilsonova (Bus Station)

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (partial)

Good to Know

Buses usually depart from the main bus station in Nurnberg in even hours.

The ZOB bus station is across the street from Nurnberg Hbf train station.

Use the passage way which leads down from the main concourse in the station, it's a subway which leads under the streets outside the station.

There are signs pointing the way to the exit you need for the ZOB bus station in the passage way.

The German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn provides IC buses instead of trains on this route.

The buses are equipped with Wi-fi.

Rail tickets and passes are accepted on these buses, but rail pass users must reserve prior to boadring.

Book these reservations at a Reisezentrum travek desk at a station in Germany, ideally before you arrive in Nurnberg/Nuremburg

Buses usually depart from the main bus station in Nurnberg in even hours.

The ZOB bus station is across the street from Nurnberg Hbf train station.

Use the passage way which leads down from the main concourse in the station, it's a subway which leads under the streets outside the station.

There are signs pointing the way to the exit you need for the ZOB bus station in the passage way.

The German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn provides IC buses instead of trains on this route.

The buses are equipped with Wi-fi.

Rail tickets and passes are accepted on these buses, but rail pass users must reserve prior to boadring.

Book these reservations at a Reisezentrum travek desk at a station in Germany, ideally before you arrive in Nurnberg/Nuremburg

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