Departing from Prague/Praha/Prag:
On Sunday to Friday between around 06:21 and 18:21 trains depart every other hour, but on Saturdays the final EC train departure of the day is at around 16:21**.**
Final Destination: Hamburg or Berlin or Leipzig
All trains also call at: Praha-Holešovice, Děčín andBad Schandau
Sun - Fri = 7 x trains per day
Sat = 6 x trains
Online bookings usually open: 3 months ahead of the travel date
Book 1st class ticket journey tickets on DB or Trainline 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.
Opting to reserve is particularly recommended if you will be travelling during the summer, or won't be taking the first train of the daty.
When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct trains.
On the DB booking site look for journeys that have:
- 0 in the Chg. column
- EC (and only EC) in the Products column.
Use the earlier/later buttons to search for the cheapest ticket prices.
Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.
Though it can be worth comparing ticket prices across the different agents on this route - tickets can be cheaper on the CD (Czech Railways) compared to the DB (German Railways) website - and vice versa.
Our guide to booking train tickets (and reservations) on the DB (German national railways) website is available HERE.
We have also published a guide to booking tickets on the CD website.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|DB Bahn||from €14|
|CD||from 386 CZK|
Don't assume that you have to board the train at Praha hl.n.
These trains also call at Praha-Holešovice and this station has easier connections (by tram) from some parts of the city, particularly those by the river.
Though if you will be boarding at Holešovice, you should reserve, the trains can fill up on departure from Praha hl.n.
For virtually the entire journey the train travels through the beautiful Elbe River valley, but sit on the right of the train (when facing the direction of travel) for the best views.
This journey 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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