How to travel from Frankfurt to Prague, CZ

Next June two US seniors (us) wish to take an overnight sleeper train to Prague. What are our best options?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 11, 2016 22:34
    Hi Eric,

    There is a direct overnight train from Frankfurt to Prague. This is the 'Canopus' City Night Line train.

    Generally, you would purchase tickets by entering the route under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com); however, only 2nd class seats on this train are able to be booked through our website at this time.

    Actual sleeping compartments on this train are currently only able to be booked by calling us. We can be reached by calling 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday.

    Generally, City Night Line trains can be booked 90 to 180 days in advance of an intended departure date.

    Please note, our website may display 1st class seats for this train, but this is an error as City Night Line trains actually don't even have 1st class seats.
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  • Jeff, you state that the Canopus is a direct connection, whereas the website mentions train changes for the regular trains on this route. That wouldn't make much sense out of booking a sleeper if one has to change trains (compartments) two or three times.

    My son tells me that Frankfurt is not exactly a tourist attraction being a business hub. Munich is more my style. Is there a Canopus equivalent from Munich to Prague?

    Eric Harris
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 12, 2016 17:12
    Hi Eric,

    I'm sorry, however, I'm not sure I understand your question. You wouldn't take an overnight connection that involves changing trains multiple times through the course of the night. A daytime connection would involve changing once en route, yes; however, if you wish to travel overnight, you would just take the direct night train that I mentioned. Also, day trains would only carry seats, not sleeping compartments.

    A daytime connection from Frankfurt to Prague involves taking a direct train from Frankfurt to Nuremberg (high-speed 'InterCity Express' trains), where you would switch to a bus that would take you to Prague ('InterCity Bus'). You would purchase tickets for a daytime connection from Frankfurt to Prague by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering the route. For daytime connections, you would also just want to enter an earlier time as your desired departure time.

    There is actually no overnight from Munich to Prague. Instead, there are direct buses ('InterCity Bus') or direct trains ('ALEX' train) that run during the day. The bus ride from Munich to Prague takes just over 4.5 hours, while the train takes about 5.5 to 6 hours. You would check schedules and purchase tickets for the buses and trains from Munich to Prague by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering the route.

    Generally, daytime options from Frankfurt or Munich to Prague can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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