About traveling from Salzburg to Prague

Salzburg 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. Salzburg, the City of Mozart is best known for its beautiful Baroque architecture, and music. While Prague, the Czech capital, is famed for its cobbled streets, well-preserved buildings, and foamy beer.

Between Salzburg and Prague are some exceptional sights, including Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s Konopiste Chateau, the whimsical Hluboka castle, UNESCO-listed town of Cesky Krumlov, the secret Nazi concentration camp of Mauthausen, the breathtakingly beautiful, UNESCO-listed village of Hallstat, and the musically-inclined town of Sankt Gilgen. The easiest way to visit these sites is to book a private car transfer with Daytrip.

How to get from Salzburg to Prague

After enjoying the birthplace of Mozart, and some breathtaking Baroque architecture backed by the soaring alps, many travellers want to head to the romantic city of Prague to admire its architecture and down a brew or two.

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

Salzburg to Prague by train

To travel from Salzburg to Prague by train, you will need to purchase a ticket from Salzburg hbf, which is Salzburg’s central train station, to Prague Hlavni Nadrazi. Because there are no direct trains from Salzburg to Prague, you will need to transfer in Linz, Ceske Budejovice and Linz, or Vienna.  The earliest train is at 5:12 AM, and the last train is at 5:12 PM, with trains departing every 4 hours. The train from Salzburg to Prague is operated by Czech Railway (CD), Austrian Railways (OBB), and RegioJet, with train tickets costing €15-20 on average for the 4 hour trip. The distance from Salzburg to Prague is about 300 kilometers.

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

Salzburg to Prague trains
Time intervals4 hours
First/Last Departure 5:12AM AM/5:12 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€38
Duration~5.5 hr
Operating CompaniesCD, OBB

Salzburg to Prague by bus

To travel from Salzburg to Prague by bus, you can depart from Salzburg, PR Süd or Hbf Bahnsteig and arrive in Prague’s Florenc or Hlavni Nadrazi. If you don’t get a direct route, you will have to transfer buses in Ceske Budejovice or Munich. While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus departs at 7:35 AM, and the last bus is at 5:15 PM. Bus departures are clustered in the morning and evening. The bus from Prague to Salzburg is run by Flixbus or Leo Express, with bus tickets from Prague to Salzburg costing between €15-€29. The journey lasts between 5.5-8.5 hours, depending on if you get a direct route.

Salzburg to Prague by bus
Time intervalsEvery 2-4 hours
First/Last Departure 6:15 AM / 6:00 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€30-€58
Duration~ 5.5-8.5 hrs
Operating CompaniesFlixbus, Leo Express

Salzburg to Prague by plane

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

Unfortunately there are no direct flights from Salzburg to Prague, and only a handful take less than 4 hours. Austrian Airlines requires you to transfer in Vienna, while Lufthansa has a transfer in Frankfurt. Tickets average around €300 for the 2.5+ hour flight from Salzburg to Prague. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight, making this a slow, expensive, and inconvenient option.

Salzburg to Prague Flights
Departure times7:00 AM, 8:10 AM, 11:25 AM, 2:23 PM, 6:30 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€600
Duration~2.5+ hrs
Operating CompaniesLufthansa, Austrian Airlines

Salzburg to Prague Private Car Transfer

For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Salzburg 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 Salzburg, and can even add sightseeing stops on the way!

Book a Private Car Transfer from Salzburg to Prague

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

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