Prague is one of the largest cities in Central Europe and has recently emerged as one of the trendiest vacation destinations. Once a very cheap place to visit, in recent years Prague has become quite pricey, especially during the peak summer travel season and during the Christmas Markets.
Still, with careful planning you can get travel from Paris to Prague during the Christmas Markets and not pay a premium because of the time of the year when you travel.
The cheapest way to travel between the Paris and Prague is the bus. However, should you manage to book a flight at the right time (several months before departure), it’s possible to score cheap tickets, at rates comparable or lower than the bus ticket. Of course, you also need to consider the time and money spent to get to/from the airports.
Flights from Paris (airport code: CDG) to Prague
Prague is served by Ruzyně International Airport (PRG) , which is located 20 km from the city center. It is hub for Czech Airlines, Smart Wings, Travel Service and Wizz Air.
Direct flights from Paris are run by Air France (CDG), Czech Airlines (CDG), easyJet (CDG) and Smart Wings (CDG). The travel time is 1h 50 min.
During the shoulder season (November 2011) , single airfare starts at €73 on easyJet . Return airfare starts at €141 on Air France. During summer (June 2012), single airfare starts at €40 on easyJet and return flights cost from €68 also on easyJet.
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Trains from Paris to Prague
Prague is well connected with the European rail network. However, there isn’t any direct route between Paris and Prague.
There are two sort routes (about 15 hours of travel):
- Paris Est – Mannheim Hbf – Prague ;departs Paris at 7 :05 p.m. daily
- Paris Est – Strasbourg – Offenburg – Prague ; departs Paris at 7:24 p.m. daily
Via Bahn.de , you can book the Mannheim Hbf – Prague section (first route); single fares start at €79. On the same site, you can also book the Offenburg – Prague section (second route); single fares start at €131.
Buses from Paris to Prague
The main station in Prague is Florenc, located east of the city center.
Eurolines connects most of the European cities, including Paris, to Prague. Buses depart Paris Gallieni Porte Bagnolet daily except on Tue, either at 2:15 p.m. (Sun, Wed, Fri) or 4 p.m. (Thu, Sat, Mon). Return fare starts at €92 and depends on your return date ; otherwise, single tickets cost from €64 per person, one way. The travel time is 10 hours.
Driving from Paris to Prague
Should you consider driving across three countries, then rent a car and enjoy a road trip in Europe. The total driving time between Paris and Prague is 1030 km and you should be able to cover it in 10 hours. Of course, considering the long distance, you should make some stops along the way.
Note: * the price is valid at the time the article was written.