About traveling from Vienna to Prague

Vienna and Prague are two of the most picturesque cities in central Europe, and both are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their rich culture and historic architecture. Vienna, the capital of Austria, is known as the City of Music for its famed composers, and is home to some rich architectural ensembles courtesy of the Habsburg dynasty. Prague, the Czech capital, is famed for its cobbled streets, well-preserved buildings, and foamy beer.

Between Vienna and Prague are some exceptional sights, including the Slav-centric Sázava Monastery, the UNESCO-listed towns of Kutna Hora and Trebic, the excellent dry wines at Sonberk Winery, the wine-loving village of Mikulov, and the incredible opulence of Lednice Chateau. The easiest way to visit these sites is to book a private car transfer with Daytrip.

How to get from Vienna to Prague

After enjoying the the seat of the Habsburgs and the home of Freud, Mozart, and Beethoven, you might want to escape to the fairy-tale beauty of Prague, where world-class beer is cheaper than water.

Fortunately, you have several transportation options if you’re travelling from Vienna to Prague. For travellers on a budget, the bus or train is the cheapest way to travel from Vienna to Prague. The fastest way to travel from Vienna to Prague is by car, which is also the best way to travel from Vienna to Prague as it is the most convenient. It’s also possible to travel from Vienna to Prague by plane, but this is the slowest and most expensive.

Vienna to Prague by train

To travel from Vienna to Prague by train, you will need to purchase a ticket from Wien Hauptbahnhof, which is Vienna’s central train station, or Vienna Simmering Bahnhof, to Prague Hlavni Nadrazi. The earliest train is at 6:39 AM, and the last train is at 7:10 PM, with trains departing every 3 to 4 hours. The train from Vienna to Prague is operated by Czech Railway (CD), Austrial Railways (OBB), and RegioJet, with train tickets costing €15-20 on average for the 4 hour trip. The distance from Vienna to Prague is about 300 kilometers.

Trains have bathrooms on board, and usually offer a dining car.

Vienna to Prague trains
Time intervals3-4 hours
First/Last Departure 5:20 AM / 4:20 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€30-40
Duration~4 hr
Operating CompaniesCD, OBB, RegioJet

Vienna to Prague by bus

To travel from Vienna to Prague by bus, you can depart from Vienna’s International Busterminal (VIB) Station Erdberg or Südtiroler Platz and arrive at Prague’s Florenc or Hlavni Nadrazi. While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus departs at 3:20 AM, and the last bus is at 11:30 PM, with 2 busses leaving every hour. The bus from Vienna to Prague is run mostly by Flixbus, with bus tickets from Vienna to Prague costing between €15-€18. The journey lasts a little over 4 hours.

Vienna to Prague by bus
Time intervals2 per hour
First/Last Departure 3:20 AM/11:30 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€30-€36
Duration~ 4 hrs
Operating CompaniesFlixbus, RegioJet

Vienna to Prague by plane

To travel by plane, head to the Vienna International airport, and catch a flight to Prague. As usual with flights, you’ll want to buy your tickets in advance.

For travelling such a short distance, only direct flights make sense. The plane tickets cost around €125 for the 50 minute flight from Vienna to Prague. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight, making this an expensive and inconvenient option.

Vienna to Prague Flights
Departure times6:40 AM, 9:50 AM, 1:05 PM, 5:10 PM, 8:00 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€250
Duration~50 min
Operating CompaniesAustrian Airlines

Vienna to Prague Private Car Transfer

For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Vienna to Prague. You will be picked up at your accommodation, and the driver will take care of your luggage. You’ll then be able to enjoy door-to-door service to your accommodation in Vienna, and can even add sightseeing stops on the way!

Book a Private Car from Vienna to Prague

Going the other direction? Check our guide on How to get from Prague to Vienna

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