There is a choice of taking direct trains overnight or during the day when travelling from Praha to Warsawa.
Though it isn't a scenic journey so if you opt for the overnight train, you won't miss out on a journey to treasure.
These direct trains are usually scheduled to depart from Praha hl.n station daily at 06:15 and 14:15
On the 06:15 departure, for the first phase of the journey, as far as Bohumin, the train heading to Warszawa, will be joined to another train heading to Krakow.
So if you only see a train heading to Krakow on the departure screens at that time, the info will also apply to the train heading to Warszawa.
It is a particularly unexciting journey across mainly farming landscapes, so having something with you to watch or read is highly recommended.
So you won't be missing out on a thrilling travel experience, if you opt to take the overnight train instead.
Final Destination: Warszawa Wschodnia also known as Warszaw East.
It seems as though the train which typically departs Praha at 14:15, the 'Slilesia' will be arriving at Warszawa Gdasnka station, instead of at Warszawa Centralna.
All trains also call at: Katowice (change for Krakow) and Warszawa Zachodnia, also known as Warsaw West.
2 x trains per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: 8 weeks ahead - see our guide to booking tickets on the CD website.
Something to look out for is that CD won't automatically include a reservation for these trains when booking tickets, but it will give you an option to add a reservation.
You'll need to be proactive and add the reservation, because reservations are required on this train for the part of the journey in Poland.
Rail Pass users will also need to reserve prior to boarding, these can be booked online on the CD website or from the International ticket desk in Praha hl.n. station.
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Arriving in Warszawa:
These trains call at four stations in Warszawa/Warsaw.
They will both call first at Warszawa Zachodnia, so take care not to leave the train there if you are heading to the city centre.
and they will both terminate at Warszawa Wschodnia which is on the eastern side of the city centre.
The train which departs Praha at 06:15, will still be calling at Warszawa Centralna, but it seems as though the train which typically departs Praha at 14:15, the 'Slilesia' will instead be temporarily arriving at Warszawa Gdasnka station.
Though Gdanska station is on the Blue Line, the M1 of the Warzaw Metro.
Final Destination: Warszawa Wschodnia
The train also calls at: Krakow
The train is usually scheduled to depart Praha hl.n at 22:15 and arrive in Warszawa Centralna station at 09:06.
For the part of the journey between Praha/Prague and Bohumin, these coaches heading to Warszawa, will be joined to another train that will be heading to Hummene in Slovakia.
If on the departure screens, you only see a train heading to Hummene departing at 22:15, then the departure details, will also apply to this train.
Arriving in Warszawa:
This train calls at three stations in Warszawa/Warsaw, so check your final location in your city to see which of these three stations will suit you best - leaving the train at Warszawa Centralna may not be your best option.
It will call first at Warszawa Zachodnia, so take care not to leave the train there if you are heading to the city centre.
It will terminate at Warszawa Wschodnia which is on the eastern side of the the city centre.
Our general guide to taking European overnight trains is available HERE.
1 x train per night
Book early and save: Yes*
Online bookings open: 2 months ahead of the travel date
The train conveys:
- Compartment Seats (Sitzwagen)
- Couchettes (Liegewagen); 4 berths AND 6 berths
- Standard sleeping cars (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins
- Deluxe sleeping cars with showers in the cabin (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins
*It's worth making the effort to book ahead if you want a bed in a sleeping cabin, but you'll save less than €10 compared to booking at the station if you want to travel in a seat or couchette.
A plus of booking online is that you will have ensured your place on the train. Your first choice of accommodation MAY be sold out if you don't book in advance.
There's much to be admired regarding the CD website, the online booking service of the Czech national rail operator, České dráhy, but how to book a berth in a couchette, or a bed in a sleeping cabin isn't particularly obvious.
Hence our step-by-step guide to booking overnight accommodation on the CD website, which you can find HERE.
The couchette and sleeping coaches/cars are attached to an IC service between Praha and Breclav and then on arrival there, they're re-attched to a train which will then head off to Budapest.
Travelling with a rail pass:
Rail pass users must reserve before boarding these trains, and reservations CAN be booked online - follow the same steps as for booking tickets, except when initially looking up the journey, select, 'I want a reservation' instead of 'Buy'
OR reservations can also be arranged and paid for at the CD Travel desk at Praha hl.n station - ideally do this when you first arrive in Prague/Praha hl.n on the preceding train on your itinerary.
The reservation desk does not remain open until late it in the evening, so it will be closed if you attempt to reserve just prior to boarding.
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If your rail pass itinerary includes Prague/Praha and Warsaw/Warszawa, then this overnight train is a comparatively good option.
It's a particularly dull journey on the daytime trains.
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