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How to Get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov is a historic town and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Czech Republic. It developed in the early medieval period under the castle, which remains the focal point today. It is ringed by the Vltava river and surrounded by the beautiful Sumava National Park, home to alpine meadows, lakes, rivers, and old-growth forest. Cesky Krumlov day trip from Prague is a very popular option to spend a day from the Czech capital. It is located 170km south of Prague, close to the Austrian border.

 

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Cesky Krumlov

 

There are five ways to visit Cesky Krumlov from Prague: A Welcome Pickups private day trip, an organised coach tour, a national train, an intercity bus or your own hire car.

Comparison of the options

OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY ADVANDANGES
Welcome Pickups €290 8 Hr 24/7 Private & Customisable with a Local English Speaking driver
Coach €80 10 Hr Daily Official Tour Guide
Train €30 (per person) 3 Hr Once per day Cheap Option
Public Bus €26 (per person) 2 Hr 45 Min Every Day 15 per day
Car Hire 90€+ 2 Hr 24/7 Private

Welcome Pickups Tour to Cesky Krumlov from Prague

Take a day trip from Prague through the stunning landscape of Bohemia to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cesky Krumlov with Welcome Pickups. Your day will begin with a pickup at your chosen location by your private, English-speaking driver. After a brief introduction, you will be on your way in a modern, comfortable with all the amenities you need on board, including Wi-Fi. Your friendly driver will also be your guide throughout the tour, showing you the best sites on the way there and suggesting some excellent places for photo opportunities. The tour includes a number of recommended stops at Cesky Krumlov but you are free to customize the tour as you want and add or remove stops at your own will. You will have a local English speaking driver for your self to show you the majestic sceneries of Cesky Krumlov.

Recommended Tour Stops

  • Cesky Krumlov Old Town
  • Cesky Krumlov Castle
  • Vltava River

This Welcome Pickups day tour to Cesky Krumlov is private and exclusive to you, and it is therefore also customisable. If there is anywhere else in the area you would like to visit, you can do within the overall tour duration. Just let your driver know before you set off. The tour lasts a total of 8 hours and is available for groups between 1-8 people.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of this private day trip begins from €290 for a group of 1-4 people. A larger group of 5-8 people €360. Please note that this does not include entrance fees to any attractions or meals.

Where Do I Get Picked Up from?

As this is your own day tour, you can choose where you will be picked up from within Prague. This may be your accommodation, or perhaps a local café or site of interest. You can also choose when you wish to begin your tour. Just let us know when you book. You can also let the driver know where you want to be dropped off at the end of your tour.

Convenience

A Welcome Pickups day trip from Prague to Cesky Krumlov is designed to be the most convenient way to visit the city, making it the best day trip. You are picked up from your chosen location at the hour you choose to set off by your private driver-guide. Your comfortable, modern vehicle has everything you need on board and your driver will take you on the best routes through perfect scenery, giving you tips and information for your day ahead. You can visit exactly where you want, although you also have recommended stops to follow if you wish. At the end of your tour, you will be dropped off at the location you want, meaning you are in safe hands throughout the day.

Editor’s Note

Bring with you some comfortable clothes and good walking shoes as you might find it slippery on some historic road surfaces or nearby the river. You will definitely also want to bring a good camera.

Organised Coach Tour from Prague to Cesky Krumlov

A popular way for tourists to travel from Prague to Cesky Krumlov and some of the peripheral locations of the Czech Republic is to take an organised coach tour. There are a number of companies offering different tours to Cesky Krumlov, although the itineraries are very similar. These tours come with a driver and tour guide, which are available in many languages. These include: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian. Tours usually last 10 hours and set off at 09:00. Each member of your group buys a ticket for the tour bus.

How Much Does It Cost?

As there are a number of companies offering day tours to Cesky Krumlov from Prague, there is not one single price. The general price per ticket is around €80. There may be discounts for young children, but this varies amongst organising companies.

How Often Do They Leave?

Coach tours operate throughout the year, although the frequency is determined by the season and the operating company. Some tours run a few times per week whereas others run most days. Tours don’t operate on Mondays. As they cover the full day, they leave only once per day.

Convenience

A trip to Cesky Krumlov with organised coaches have the full day’s schedule pre-planned in advance, so you can know exactly what you are going to do. They offer central hotel pickups and usually have everything you need for the day included. A tour guide accompanies the group, offering the experience in a variety of languages. The downside is that you will be traveling with a fairly large group, so your access to the guide may be limited. Furthermore, the program for the day is fixed, so you won’t have much opportunity to see what you want for as long as you want.

Editor’s Note

If you have a large group, it is worth booking everyone on well in advance of the tour date. This way you will save a fair bit of money and ensure everyone gets a seat. This is particularly true if you are booking on to another language tour than English.

National Train from Prague to Cesky Krumlov

One of the cheapest ways to explore the Czech Republic is to take a national train. These are operated by the company Ceske drahy. There is a single direct train per day from Prague (Praha) to Cesky Krumlov. This train leaves at 08:48 each morning and takes 3 hours 4 mins in total. There is also only one return train from Cesky Krumlov to Prague, leaving at 14:07.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of the journey is approximately €15 (400 CZK) each way per person. You are therefore likely to spend around €30 for the round trip. Tickets can be purchased online. You will also have to pay entrance fees to any attractions. You may also like to hire a licensed tour guide. Please see the section above, on guides, for further information.

Convenience

The train takes you from the city centre of Prague right into Cesky Krumlov. The trains of the Czech Republic are often clean and comfortable. However, these trains take over 3 hours and only leave once per day, leaving you with extremely limited time to explore Cesky Krumlov.

Editor’s Note

As this option allows for only limited time, it might be worth it as a last resort. If you plan to stop over in the area, it is reasonable.

Public Bus from Prague to Cesky Krumlov

An alternative low-cost public transport method to visit Cesky Krumlov from Prague is to take a public bus. These are run by the organization Regiojet and leave from the station Praha Na Knizeci. Buses are quicker than the trains, taking 2 hours 45 mins and more accessible throughout the day.

How Much Does It Cost?

Buses cost €13 each way per person, making them a round trip of €26. Tickets can be ordered online. This is recommended as there are less seats available, particularly at popular travel times. You will also need to pay for any attractions that you visit.

Where Do I Catch the Buses from?

The buses leave from Prague Na Knizeci, a bus station on the west side of the river. It is accessible by the Andel metro station, which is on line B. The bus station at Cesky Krumlov is either at the train station Spicak or from the AN bus station, which is located east of the river and the city centre, next to the hospital.

Convenience

Buses are the lowest cost option to travel to Cesky Krumlov and run much more often than the train. They run from a location outside of the city centre and may require some walking and taking the metro to reach the station. This option is only a transport option and doesn’t include a guide or any schedule to make it a tour.

Editor’s Note

Having a GPS system such as Google Maps will make navigating your way to the bus stations and to the city centre in Cesky Krumlov a lot easier.

Private Car Hire from Prague to Cesky Krumlov

Having your own hired car is another way that you can get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov. This option means that you can travel on your own schedule and visit for as long as you want. Car rental shops are available throughout Prague and you will find many of the well-known brands, such as: Hertz, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Budget, ACE and more. 

How much does it cost?

The starting price for renting a car can be as low as €40 per day, although this is subject to a lot of variability. This depends on the company you hire from, the type of vehicle you hire, the number of days you have it for, whether you pay in advance, etc. You will also need to pay for fuel costs, any tolls and parking, making the total experience cost €90+. As this is a transport option only, you must pay for entrance fees to any attractions and you may also wish to hire a guide.

What Do I Require to Drive in the Czech Republic?

You must have a valid driving licence that you have held for at least 2 years. This must also be an EU licence, or else have a relevant driving permit with it. You must be at least 21 years old and have with you your passport or EU identity card. 

Convenience

Having your own vehicle gives you the autonomy to travel to Cesky Krumlov from Prague at your own pace and on your own schedule. You can be there for as long as you like and can explore other nearby regions. The downside is that you will need to create your own itinerary for the day, do all the research for yourself, book your own tickets for the attractions you wish to visit and find your way around yourself. This option also doesn’t include a guide intrinsically, which will result in a higher cost if you hire one.

Editor’s Note

Parking can be fairly limited and easily fills up in Cesky Krumlov, due to it being a popular location for tourists. It is worth researching a good, central car park in advance, as well as a couple of back ups.

Frequently asked questions

How far is it from Prague to Cesky Krumlov?

Cesky Krumlov town is is 170 km south from Prague and it takes abput 2 hours to get there by car.

What is the cheapest way to get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov?

The cheapest way to get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov is with the public bus, which costs €13 each way.

What is the fastest way to get from Prague from Cesky Krumlov?

The fastest way to get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov is with a Welcome Pickups day trip. You will have your own private vehicle and local, English-speaking driver who knows how to get you there in the best way possible.

Train or bus from Prague to Cesky Krumlov?

The train is a more comfortable option and passes through more beautiful scenery, but it only has a single return train per day. Therefore, it is best to take the train there and the bus back.

Is there a direct bus between Prague and Cesky Krumlov?

There is a direct bus from Prague to Cesky Krumlov, leaving from Prague Na Knizeci to the Spicak train station in Cesky Krumlov.

Is there a direct train from Prague to Cesky Krumlov?

There is a direct train from Prague Hlavni Nadrazi central train station to Spicak train station in Cesky Krumlov. There is only one direct train per day, leaving at 08:48.

How do I travel from Prague to Cesky Krumlov without a car?

There are four ways to travel to Cesky Krumlov from Prague without a car: a public bus, the national train, an organised coach tour or a Welcome Pickups private day tour.

How long does it take to get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov?

If you travel by car or bus it takes approximately 2 hours 30 mins whereas it takes around 3 hours by train.

Where do I catch the Prague to Cesky Krumlov bus from?

The bus to Cesky Krumlov can be caught from Prague Na Knizeci, a bus station on the west side of the river. It is accessible by the Andel metro station.

Where do I catch the Prague to Cesky Krumlov train from?

The train from Prague to Cesky Krumlov can be taken from the central Prague Hlavni Nadrazi train station.

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