Praha / Prague / Prag to Bratislava by train



From Praha hl.n. to Bratislava

Journey Summary

Travel Time
3hr 53min - 4hr 1min
Travel Information

Final Destination:
EC trains = Budapest or Bratislava
RegioJet = Bratislava Nové Mesto via Bratislava

All trains also call at: Brno

Taking the EC trains:

· 7 x trains per day
· Every other hour from 05:49 – 17:52
· Journey time = 4hr 1 mins
· Restaurant car available
· Reservations available

RegioJet trains:

· 2 x trains per day
· Depart Praha hl.n. (Prague Main Station) at 07:19 and 15:19
· Journey time = 3hr 53min
· Four classes of on-board service
· Reservations included with ticket

The EC trains only call at Bratislava’s main station, Bratislava, but the RegioJets go on to call at Bratislava Nové Mesto station, which is located to the north of the city centre.

7 x EC trains per day
2 x  RegioJet trains per day
1 x Railjet train per day


Book early and save: Yes*

Online bookings open: up to eight weeks ahead (EC trains); 4 weeks ahead (RegioJet trains)

The train service between Praha/Prague and Bratislava is now split between:

1.     International EC trains which can be booked on the Czech national railways booking service CD.

Most of these trains are newly modernised Czech express trains (a few are provided by Hungarian state railways).

2.     Privately operated RegioJet trains, provided by one of the companies that now competes with the Czech national rail operator.

CD does not sell tickets for the Regiojet trains and RegioJet does not sell tickets for the EC trains, so you will have to compare times and prices on each booking site.

The RegioJet trains tend to be the equivalent of a few €s cheaper, and its booking screen shows the prices in €s if you use the English language version.

Prices are displayed in Czeck korunas (CZKs) on CD -  see our guide to booking tickets on the CD website.

*Bookings open around 8 weeks ahead on CD and around 4 weeks ahead on Regiojet, but you will only save the equivalent of a couple of €s if you book in advance.

Rail pass users can now board the EC or the Regiojet trains

Taking the EC trains:

·        7 x trains per day
·        Every other from 05:49 – 17:52
·        Journey time = 4hr 1 mins
·        Restaurant car available
·         Reservations available

RegioJet trains:

·         2 x trains per day
·         Depart Praha hl.n. (Prague Main Station) at 07:19 and 15:19
·         Journey time = 3hr 53min
·         Complimentary hot/cold drinks
·         Complimentary entertainment portal
·         Reservations included with ticket

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
CD from 414 CZK

CD 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.

Regiojet from €10 approx

Regiojet Guide

On this journey

Good to Know

An additional service has been added to this route, the final departure of the day is now a Railjet train, which is scheduled to depart from Praha hl.n. at 19:50.

When making a journey from Prague/Praha to Bratislava earlier in the day, travellers have a choice between EC trains (a mix of newly updated Czech and Hungarian international trains) and trains operated by Regiojet,
Both train services take the same route across Czechia and then over the border into Slovakia.

It's not a particularly beautiful journey, but when the trains travel between Chocen and Ceska Trebovba, east of Pardubice, this part of the trip is marked green for scenic, on the European Rail Map.
But when we last travelled this way, the weather was poor, hence the lack of photos.

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