IC Bus (German Railways / Deutsche Bahn), Flixbus, Eurolines, Leo Express and Student Agency intercity long-distance buses are the cheapest and fastest transportation between München in Bavaria and Praha in the Czech Republic. Direct Alex trains are also convenient but slightly slower and usually more expensive (but good return deals are often available). The cheapest one-way fare discount bus tickets from Munich to Prague can be as cheap as €9 and paying less than €20 is quite common if reserving a few days in advance. My Driver gives online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers – expect to pay at least €500 for a private car with driver.
Direct Bus and Trains between Munich and Prague
München and Praha, two historic cities very popular with international travelers, are generally not linked by the most modern and fastest railways or roads. Public transportation options between the two cities have improved in recent years but long-distance buses often provide the fastest, most comfortable and above all cheapest way to travel between Munich and Prague.
Direct railways are now running between München and Praha but the direct IC Bus operated by Deutsche Bahn usually provides the fastest travel between these two cities. Traveling times between Munich and Prague range from 4:39 to just over six hours. Special savings deals can be as cheap as €9 one-way during the off-season.
Several direct options are now available for travel between Munich and Prague:
- IC Bus (Deutsche Bahn / German Railways in cooperation with Student Agency)
- Eurolines buses
- Leo Express – weekends only
- Flixbus coaches
- ALEX regional trains
One-way prices from Munich to Prague can be as cheap as €5 for special deals or around €70 for full fare. Tickets are generally around €15 – €20 if booking a few days in advance and not traveling during a busy holiday period.
Families save on the IC Bus where children under 15 travel for free with parents (also on Alex). Flixbus (Meinfernbus brand has been dropped) has group discounts for three or more traveling together. Eurolines often have small discounts for youths and seniors. Leo Express if often the cheapest but does not have a daily service. Return discounts are offered by Eurolines and the Alex train.
IC Bahn (Deutsche Bahn) Buses from Munich to Prague
The double-decker IC Bus operated by Deutsche Bahn (German Railways), is generally the fastest way other than flying when traveling between Munich and Prague. The IC Bus has comfortable seats, ample legroom, free wifi, WC and electric sockets.
These express buses currently run up to five times daily in each direction with traveling time from Munich to Prague ranging from 4:39 (!) to 5 hours. The last bus of the day from Munich and the first one from Prag call en route at Munich Airport. (Transportation to Munich Airport is easy by S-Bahn train from downtown München.
Reservations are essential for travel on IC buses between Munich and Prague with the reservation fee included in the ticket fee if reserving a seat and buying the ticket in one transaction. As the buses are operated by German Railways, most Deutsche Bahn discount offers and passes are also valid including the Bahn Card (but NOT the Bayern Ticket). Children under 15 travel for free when accompanied by a parent or grand parent.
Tickets for the bus can be bought from any regular Deutsche Bahn ticket outlets including online from bahn.de. The IC Bus and all train services are listed in regular train timetables: Munich to Prague / Prague to Munich. (Useful German Railways destination shortcuts: M defaults to München Hauptbahnhof, MUC to Munich Airport.)
The IC Bus is operated by German Railways in cooperation with the Czech company Student Agency. Student Agency’s own buses on this route take much longer – usually late night – as they stop more often en route. These buses are not bookable as an IC Bus through Deutsche Bahn.
IC Bus stops:
- The IC Bus departs from Munich’s bus station (ZOB), which is 700-m walk from the München Hauptbahnhof (central station). If on an S-Bahn train, continue one stop to the west of the central station – S-Bahn station München-Hackerbrücke ZOB is directly next to the long-distance bus station.
- At Munich Airport, the IC Bus stops at Terminal 2, arrivals level, stop 14.
- In Prague, the IC Bus stops directly outside the Prague central station (Prhah hlavni nadrazi) – west side.
Flixbus MeinFernBus from Munich to Prague
Flixbus, Germany’s largest long-distance coach company, operates up to six daily buses between München and Praha. (Flixbus MeinFernBus changed to just Flixbus from mid-2017). Some buses stop en route at Munich Airport, Regensburg or Pilsen with traveling times ranging from 4h45 to 5h15 with a few night buses taking near 6 hours.
Flixbus often have very good discount deals available but even normal bargain fares available to all if booking a few days in advance can be as low as €15 one-way. Discounts are not given to children, pensioners or students but group fares are available for groups as small as three traveling together and booking in at least a day in advance.
Flixbus uses the following bus stops (not all stops are used on every journey):
- Flixbus buses depart from Munich’s bus station (ZOB), which is 700-m walk from the München Hauptbahnhof (central station). If on an S-Bahn train, continue one stop to the west of the central station – S-Bahn station München-Hackerbrücke ZOB is directly next to the long-distance bus station.
- In Prague, Flixbus buses stop at the main train station at bus stop 3 in Wilsonova street and / or at the central bus station (UAN) near the Florenc metro station, one stop to the north of the central station.
(Note: During 2016, all German Postbus and continental European Megabus routes were taken over and are bookable via Flixbus. In mid-2017, the name Flixbus MeinFernBus was shortened to the more snappy Flixbus only.)
Eurolines Buses from Munich to Prague
Eurolines currently offers two daily services between Munich and Prague in each direction.
Eurolines buses take just over five hours for the trip from Munich to Prague. Eurolines uses the so-called business class buses on this route with more comfortable seats and free wifi on board.
Specials on Eurolines can be as cheap as €15 one-way between Munich and Prague. Theses cheap discount tickets are surprisingly easy to snatch up when reserving in advance during non-holiday periods. Children, students and seniors may receive discounts on the full fares but the special savings fares are often cheaper.
Eurolines bus stops:
- Eurolines buses depart from Munich’s bus station (ZOB), which is 700-m walk from the München Hauptbahnhof (central station). If on an S-Bahn train, continue one stop to the west of the central station – S-Bahn station München-Hackerbrücke ZOB is directly next to the long-distance bus station.
- In Prague, Eurolines buses stop at the central bus station near the Florenc metro station, one stop to the north of the central station.
ALEX Trains from Munich to Prague
Direct trains from Munich to Prague are operated by a private company Alex but German Railways tickets and discounts are valid. Alex trains (ALX in Germany and EX from Prague) follow the Munich – Regensburg – Würth im Wald – Pilsen routing to Prague. As the express buses do not stop en route to Prague, travelers from other parts of Bavaria usually would do best by taking the Alex train from Regensburg to the Czech Republic, or from Nuremberg if traveling from Franken or northern Bavaria.
The journey time is near six hours. Alex trains are slow compared to the ICE trains that connect German cities and many other neighboring countries.
Alex trains currently run three times daily in each direction between Munich and Prague.
The Bayern Ticket and usually even better the Bayern-Böhmen Ticket may be used on the Munich to Prague route as far as Pilsen – the onward ticket to Prague can be bought in advance or onboard ALX trains. Other Deutsche Bahn discounts are also applicable.
Tickets may be bought from Deutsche Bahn outlets but for the best deal visit the Alex website. Tickets may also be bought on the train but a small surcharge is payable and the cheaper tickets are not offered.
Trains and Buses from Munich to Prague via Nuremberg
Many more options for travel between München and Praha require transfers in Nürnberg. The basic routing is ICE trains from Munich to Nuremberg and then a change to IC buses, which are much faster on this routing than trains.
Buses from Nuremberg to Prague take around 3h30. The total journey time is from 5 to 5.30 making travel from Munich via Nuremberg a bit more cumbersome but hardly slower – and often faster – than the direct route. However, the fares may be higher than on the direct routing too.
Trains on the Nuremberg to Prague route requires a transfer at Schwandorf – the buses are faster and cheaper.
See Travel by Bus or Train from Nuremberg to Prague for more details.
Buses from Leipzig are also the better option when traveling to Prague while the trains are the easier option when traveling from Dresden or Berlin (but buses may still be cheaper, if slower).
Private shared car services such as Blablacar often offer cheap deals and conveniently fast journeys but these are often only advertised a few days before traveling. My Driver gives online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers – expect to pay at least €500 for a car with driver.