Prague to Berlin trip with a train, a bus or a road trip? What to choose? (Part 2)

In Part 2 of this series I’m going to lay out for you the best ways of organizing transportation for you Prague to Berlin trip. You can choose a comfortable train, a cheap trip with a bus or a road trip full of beautiful discoveries on the way from Prague to Berlin. If you haven’t read my list of 3 key things to do in Berlin (Part 1 of this series) then make sure to check it out too! So what are the best ways to get from Prague to Berlin for a short trip?

Day trip from Prague to Berlin
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How to get from Prague to Berlin

The comfy way – take a train from Prague to Berlin

With daily direct connections between Prague and Berlin, I can say for sure this is the safest and most comfortable traveling option. Although, the direct routes can be booked up until 4:30 pm, after which you will have to consider a train trip with a change in Leipzig, Germany. But you will want to start your day trip from Prague as early as possible, won’t you? Hence, I don’t think this is a limitation of any kind for you.

Anyhow, the Prague to Berlin train departs from Prague’s Central Station and in around 4 hours it arrives to Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the central station in Berlin. These trains feature a restaurant car, so you can grab something to eat or drink during your trip. Tickets vary in price, depending on how early you buy them. My tip is to book and purchase your train ticket a couple of days before your trip. That way, you will receive an affordable rate that can start at 14 EUR / one way.  When paying for your trip use your Revolut card to save on exchange rate (if you don’t have one yet, you can get your Revolut card for free with us).

I honestly believe that a train trip from Prague to Berlin is the best choice if you’re a visual type. If you decide to go by a train, you will get the chance to admire the stunning area of Bohemian Switzerland between Decin and Bad Schandau. It’s really beautiful, so consider this option!

You can always take a bus from Prague to Berlin

If you don’t enjoy traveling by train, taking a bus from Prague to Berlin is a great alternative. There are several bus companies operating on the route. The main ones are RegioJet, Flixbus and Eurolines. While the price for tickets varies mostly based on the connection you choose and how much in advance you book your tickets, I believe the quality of on-board service they offer also impacts the cost.

My recommendation is to opt for RegioJet, the rates start at 15 EUR. I always recommend them to all my friends and colleagues, because their services are simply unmatched. The starting point for your trip will be at UAN Florenc bus terminal, nearby Florenc metro station in Prague. With this option, you will benefit from a cosy bus ride with AC and Wi-Fi on board, along with several other facilities. What I enjoy the most while travelling with RegioJet buses is the touch-screen devices that permit access to several entertainment options – movies, games, TV series etc. This keeps you occupied during the trip and the journey seems shorter. Check the latest rates and offers for Prague to Berlin bus route on RegioJet website.

What about a road trip from Prague to Berlin?

If you are aiming to enjoy every single moment of your trip from Prague, take a car and turn the way to Berlin into a solid part of the whole travel experience. Although this might turn out to be a bit expensive depending on how much you spend on gas, it offers you a lot of flexibility as you travel. Cheap rental options are often available on Rentalcars.com, so check them out if you don’t have your own car.

With several rental choices, you can even get a car in Prague and return it at the same dealer’s office in Berlin. The best thing about renting a car for a day trip to Berlin is that you can stop along the route and admire several landmarks, as the area is packed with culture and nature. Here are some tips for what to check on the way from Prague to Berlin if you’re traveling by car:

  • Melnik and Litomerice are traditional Central European towns that offer quite impressive view thanks to their red rooftops and pastel-colored houses
  • The Bohemian Switzerland National Park is definitely worth visiting while passing by as it offers some of the most picturesque spots in the whole country
  • I also strongly recommend you stop by in Dresden – it’s one fo the “cutest” cities in Eastern Germany.

Need an itinerary for your trip?

In Part 3 of this series I’m going to present you with a complete itinerary for a short trip from Prague to Berlin. So, make sure to check that link out. If you are looking for a place to stay in Berlin, definitely check out one of these two areas. I really love these districts of Berlin! And, of course, don’t forget your Revolut card, to save on exchange rate when you spend Euros in Germany.

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