The IC services - Frantiskovy Lazme or Cheb
The Ex services - Plzen or Cheb
The Regional services Munchen or Plzen
The Czech national rail operator, CD offers three different train services on the Prague/Praha to Plzen route.
(1) The IC services which depart from Praha hl.n station daily at 10:45 and 18:45
(2) Ex services, which provide the fast train services in the hours in which the IC trains don't depart.
(3) The Regional trains - most of which are the Zapnadi Express trains that are heading to Germany.
When booking in advance online, the ticket costs tend to be similar regardless of the train service - the popularity of each departure is what influences the price.
Our general guide to travelling by train in Czechia/The Czech Republic is available HERE.
1 or 2 x trains per hour
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: around two months ahead
This is a route on which the national rail operator CD, České dráhy, offers limited numbers of ‘Special Offer’ tickets, also known as ‘Akcni jizdenka’ tickets.
Though you'll generally save only the equivalent of around €3 by booking these tickets - not because they don't offer a good deal, but because train tickets are comparatively inexpensive in Czechia/The Czech Republic.
Our general guide to Czech train tickets is available here - and we have also published a guide to booking tickets on the CD website.
Reservations are available on these EX, IC and Regional trains - and if you add a reservation while making an online booking, they're complimentary - so it's definitely worth taking that step.
If you use the seating plan, you can select forward facing seats, window seats, or table seats etc.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|CD||from 165 CZK|
All trains also call at: Praha-Smíchov
These trains also call at Praha-Smichov station after they have departed from Praha hl.n. station.
The quickest end-to-end journey from Prague city centre is take a Line B Metro to its Smíchovské nádraží station where transfers are available to Praha-Smichov.
Praha-Smichov station is a functional rather than a beautiful station, but the transfer from the metro isn't any more awkward than at Praha hl.n.
Though if you do opt to join the train at Praha-Smichov we recommend opting to add a complimentary reservation when booking tickets on the CD website.
The train will inevitably be busier when it arrives at Praha-Smichov, having already picked up passengers at Praha hl.n.
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