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December 17, 2017

Bratislava to Prague by Train (Info, Directions, Tickets)

Bratislava to Prague by Train: This post provides information on the journey featuring station, directions and prices on this railway route

Michael’s Gate, Bratislava. Photo by Jorge Lascar

If you are will travel by train from Bratislava to Prague, this post gathers information to improve the quality of your railway journey. It features information regarding the railway stations, connections, trains and where to buy tickets for the journey between the Slovak capital to Prague.

Bratislava and Prague used to be part of the same country (Czechoslovakia). The two cities still share strong economic, cultural and social bonds, therefore the route is quite busy and has a number of daily frequencies connecting the city.

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Bratislava to Prague by Train: Overview
Train Stations in Bratislava
Train Stations in Prague
Traveling time from Bratislava to Prague
Buy Tickets / Prices from Bratislava to Prague
Train Travel Resources

How to Travel by Train from Bratislava to Prague: Overview

The train ride from Bratislava to Prague is relatively short and available at attractive prices. There are many trains departing daily, from early in the morning until the end of the day. Most of these trains operating on this route are EuroCity trains.

Bratislava (City Center) to Prague

The Bratislava Main Railway Station (hlavná stanica) is located around 1.5 kilometers north of the city center and its old town. There are a good amount of bus lines connecting the city center to the Bratislava Main Station.

Most of the trains operating on the Bratislava to Prague route start their journey in Hungary. Bratislava’s  is located between Hungary and the Czech Republic, therefore most trains from Hungary to Czech Republic travel through the Slovakian territory.

The routes and timetables may change, depending on a number of factors, but you can check them at the Rail Europe website.

Bratislava (Airport) to Prague

If you are arriving at the Bratislava Airport and want to reach Prague by train, the fastest option involves only one connection. You will start your journey taking a bus (or taxi) from the Airport to the Bratislava Main Station. This trip is rather short and its distance is of roughly 8 kilometers. The bus number is 61.

Once at the Bratislava Railway Station (hlavna stanica), you will take a direct train to Prague Main Station.

Bratislava to Prague Airport

If you are traveling from Bratislava to the Prague Airport and by train, the fastest option involves only one connection. After taking a direct EuroCity train from Bratislava to Prague, there is a direct bus to the airport. The bus to the airport departs from the upper floor of the Prague Main Station and takes roughly 30 minutes to arrive at the airport. The name of the bus line is AE (Airport Express) and the single ride price is of 60 CZK.

There are also other options that may be cheaper. You can take the metro at the Prague Main Station to stops closer to the Airport followed by a bus. If you prefer this connection the best option is to take the Metro line Zličín and from there the bus 100.

Train Stations in Bratislava

The train station in Slovakia’s capital that is the main point for international railway traffic is the Bratislava main station (hlavná stanica). It is still in the city center, but located a 15 minute walk away from the old town. There are many buses departing to the old town, as well as taxis.

From the Bratislava main station you can get trains to  a number of countries and also to most of the cities in Slovakia. Check our article about trains from Bratislava for more info.

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Train Stations in Prague

Prague Main Station – Photo by Chris Waits

There a few different stations in Prague, with less or more relevance depending on the route. However the Prague Main Railway Station (Praha hlavní nádraží) is the one that manages most international routes departing and arriving the Czech Republic.

If you are travelling from Bratislava to Prague, some trains may continue after the journey after the Prague Main Station. Those usually stop at the Prague Holesovice (Praha-Holešovice) station. This station is located in the Northern part of Prague, and it may come handy to use this station, depending on your accommodation arrangements.

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The Prague Main Station is also relatively close to the Prague Florenc Bus Station. There are many domestic and international buses departing from Florenc, and the station has a high traffic of passengers.

Traveling Time by Train from Bratislava to Prague

The traveling time between Bratislava (Main Station) and Prague (Main Station) is of 4 hours. This applies to direct EuroCity direct trains. The trip is usually uncomplicated and without border checks, as both Slovakia and Czech Rep. are in the EU.

How to Buy a Train Ticket from Bratislava to Prague

There are a few options to buy train tickets from Bratislava to Prague online.

If you live in North America, you can purchase the tickets at the Rail Europe website. If you live outside North America you can buy them at the Rail Europe World website.

Alternatively, you can also buy them at the Voyages SNCF website.

If you want, you can also buy your tickets at any train station in Slovakia, even minutes before departing, as long as there are available seats.

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