If you’re wondering how to get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov during your trip to the Czech Republic be sure to print out this helpful guide.
Here are the different ways you can make the journey:
How to Get From Prague to Cesky Krumlov
Taking the bus from Prague to Cesky Krumlov is one of the many ways you can reach the beautiful Southern Moravian city.
The bus agency STUDENT AGENCY (owned by the same company as Regio Jet) runs the route every 2 hours starting at 7:00 AM.
The travel time is approximately 3 hours.
Water and a Czech newspaper will be served on the bus. Hot drinks like tea, coffee, and cocoa are also available free of charge.
A one-way ticket costs 7.40 Euro or around $10 (CAD).
Tickets can be purchased online (click here to visit the Student Agency website) or at the Prague main bus station (Florenc).
The bus to Cesky Krumlov leaves from Praha, Na Knizeci bus terminal which is a few steps away from Andel metro stop.
The bus station is within a 10-minute walk of the center of town. All the accommodation options are easily accessible on foot from the station.
There aren’t a lot of amenities in the area surrounding the station however a small grocery store is located across the street at the end of the bus station parking lot. This is a great place to visit before you head to your hotel/hostel or before you get on the bus back to Prague.
I personally took the bus from Cesky Krumlov to Prague. I love bus rides and unfortunately for me this journey was only 3 hours. It’s a nice ride through the Moravian countryside and for a while you’re riding along rolling hills and vast countryside’s. It’s easy to notice the transition when you start getting closer to Prague. The housing gets denser and eventually there aren’t any more forests.
Another option, although less budget-friendly, is to take the train from Prague to Cesky Krumlov.
The train doesn’t take a direct route however; you will have to make a stop in Ceske Budejovice first.
Tickets can be purchased online through the Czech Railways website. You can also visit Prague Hlavni Nadrazi in person if you’re not able to make you’re booking online.
A one-way ticket costs about $14 (CAD) and the trip takes 3.5 hours, which makes it longer than the bus. The reason it takes so long is because you will have to switch trains in Ceske Budejovice.
Trips on the train from Prague to Cesky Krumlov run every 2 hours starting in the morning. The location of the train station in Cesky Krumlov isn’t ideal and it’s about a 25-minute walk to the center of town.
If you’re getting in late at night or you just don’t feel like walking there will be many taxi options available.
The train takes longer and costs more money than the bus and the view along the way isn’t even worth it. If for some reason you really like trains then the decision is already made for you. If you want to save time, money, and reach the center of town faster then you will want to take the bus.
Taking a shuttle from Prague to Cesky Krumlov is an affordable and efficient mode of travel between the two cities.
There are many private shuttle companies to choose from.
Some of the popular choices include:
But there are a ton of choices available. Be sure to do some quick online searches and read some reviews before booking your shuttle trip.
A private shuttle will cost anywhere in the $30-$50 (CAD) range depending on how many people are in your group.
I actually used a transfer to get to Cesky Krumlov from Vienna and I used the CK Shuttle company. It was quite reasonably priced and cost me around $40 (CAD). I was picked up and dropped off in front of both of my hotels and the driver I had was both informative and helpful.
To be honest the shuttle service was just what I was looking for after a few long weeks of travel. It was convenient because of the pick-up and drop-off and was quite spacious in the 4-door VW Golf.