Prague Travel Guide

 

About Prague - Arriving to Prague by bus

Taking into account dramatical drop in prices for flight tickets in recent years, especially with increased availability of low cost airlines operating between European cities and Prague and with their recent trend to serve also less common destinations, international bus lines are not now the cheapest possibility for travels around Europe.

However, there is still a bunch of destinations for which bus can be cheaper than plane. International buses also remain good alternative for those who cannot find a cheap flight. Probably, most served route is London – Prague (and back) with several bus operator making this route several days during the week.

International bus operators

Eurolines is a Europe wide network of coach operators, with operators in almost all European countries. It serves around 500 destinations throughout whole Europe. The buses are quite comfortable, they have on-board toilet and air-condition. Drivers usually serve refreshments. Return rates for most frequented routes are quite good, for example you pay 60 GBP (= 92 EUR) to get from London to Prague and back or 65 EUR to get from Berlin to Prague and back. Promo return ticket from Paris to Prague costs 92 EUR. It takes about 21 hours to get from London to Prague or around 15 hours from Prague to Czech capital.

It is recommended to book some days in advance, especially during summer. More information about Eurolines and their routes and prices could be find at www.eurolines.com, www.eurolines.cz or directly at the office in your hometown or capital (in Europe).

Route between London and Czech capital is also served by some local bus operators. They mostly charge little less than their international competition while they usually offer the same standard and quality. These operators include Capital Express or Bohemia Euroexpress Int.. Most of these lines arrive at the Prague's Central Bus Station Florenc or station Zelivskeho. Both of them are just by the metro station. If you are not certain, just ask at your travel agency. Tickets can be bought usually with your travel agency or, if you are in Prague, at the Florenc bus station. And sometimes over the internet.

Long-distance and regional buses

Domestic long-distance buses are quite good alternative to trains, some destinations within the country are served better by bus than by train. Most of the bus operator in Czech Republic have emerged from the CSAD (which was a nation wide state company). Regional divisions of the former mother company now stand as independent companies.

There are also several independent small companies who make a vital competition for these bigger coach companies. They usually run several buses on one or two lines.

Among Czechs, yellow buses of the company Student Agency are now quite favourite. The company, that started as a small office helping student to travel abroad, now offers a bunch of services. Comfortable buses with highly competitive rates for domestic and international routes are among them.

Student agency offers, for example, a ticket for the route between Prague to Brno for 170 CZK (= 6 EUR), or promotional one way ticket from Prague To London for 950 CZK (approx. 30 EUR). More information on fares with Student Agency is here.

Czech bus operators are usually reliable and most of the buses run usually on time (unless some unforeseeable thing happens).

Useful tool for those who plan to travel around Czech Republic is the National timetable information system (IDOS), on which you find almost all of the buses operated by domestic bus companies. The database also provides information on train connections.

TIP: Find out more about Prague city transport system.

Main Bus Stations in Prague for long-distance buses

* Florenc - Krizikova street, Prague 8, (Metro B line, Florenc station),
* Na Knizeci - Nadrazni street, Prague 5, (Metro B line, Andel station),
* Holesovice - Partyzanska str., Prague 7, (Metro C line, Nadrazi Holesovice stat.),
* Roztyly - Rysaveho street, Prague 4, (Metro C line Roztyly station),
* Cerny Most - Chlumecka street, Prague 9, (Metro B line, Cerny Most station)