Prague To Cesky Krumlov
Prague to Cesky Krumlov

Getting from Prague to Cesky Krumlov

Prague to Cesky Krumlov

Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018 @ 8:37 pm with 5416 views

What’s to See and Do?

People looking for a long day out from Prague will probably consider going from Prague to Cesky Krumlov. Cesky Krumlov was the royal seat of the Rosenberg family with their castle up on the hill and most of the town built below on the riverside in the valley. It’s very picturesque but also very steep to climb in places. The castle and the associated garden and open-air “rotating” theatre are the main cultural draws to the town. People who like canoeing and kayaking will also be found in this area either starting or finishing their trip here. Many riverside restaurants to try.

The most popular event in the city is in June and is called the “Five Petal Rose” Festival (the sign of the Rosenberg family). It’s a weekend Medieval Festival with lots going on it all parts of town.

How to Get to Cesky Krumlov

This is very much a SUMMER excursion and you will either be doing this on your own or as an organised tour so the options are as follows:

Organised Tour (Scheduled) – You’ll join an existing scheduled tour where you will be transferred both ways via a comfortable bus. The whole day will be 10 hours which divides into almost 6 hours of travelling time, lunch, a 3 hour tour of the town and you’ll be back in Prague before 7pm. Check the Cesky Krumlov Scheduled Tour Option.

Organised Tour (Private) – The length of the day is pretty much as you require it but in general the 10 hour day is the rule. In this case your transfer is by car and the travelling time is a bit less giving you an extra 30 minutes or so. Lunch is not included. Check the Cesky Krumlov Private Tour Option.

Driving – Allow approximately 3 hours for the drive but if you are going from Prague to Cesky Krumlov then leave a little early and you’ll have options to stop in either Jindrichuv Hradec or Ceske Budejovice on the way. It’s a pleasant drive and quicker now the motorway has opened but you’ll need a Motorway Sticker.

Bus – If you are going to use Student Agency then be VERY careful about the departure point. Departures from Prague to Cesky Krumlov from Na Knizeci (Anděl) are direct and take 2hrs 55mins. However, departures from Florenc (UAN) include two stops and take nearly 12 hours. If you use Student Agency you’ll have the choice of two bus stations, Špíčák or AN (AN means Bus Station in Czech). I prefer AN. Get off the bus, cross the road and turn left (this means the riverside will be on your right). At the end of the road turn right onto the older cobble stone road and this takes you to the centre part with Svornosti Square and the Tourist Info centre. From the square cross the bridge to go up to the castle and park.

Train – Train travel will be the most comfortable but it does not save much time. You’ll find a direct train from Prague to Cesky Krumlov from the Main Prague Train Station around 8am (arrives 11am) and one returning around 2pm (arrives Prague at 5pm) which does not leave much exploring time. The other train options require a stop at Ceske Budejovice so these routes are about three and a quarter hours.

What Would I do?

My first trip here was organised. Now my own personal preference would be to take the direct train from Prague to Cesky Krumlov so leaving Prague about 8am and getting into CK around 11am. Then I’d take the Student Agency Bus option back as they have departures almost every hour in the late afternoon up until 8pm so you can be back in Prague before 11pm. Prices are about the same i.e. CZK200 one way.

For more information on events in CK and surrounding areas, accommodation, apps etc then check the Official Cesky Krumlov Tourism page.

 

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  1. I am staying in Prague and would like to know what way is best for me to get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov, either by train or bus, as I am staying overnight at The Monastery so I really would like to be dropped off as close as possible to Hotel monastery. I then return to Prague next day so again will need transport,

    Thank you

    1. Hi Carolyn. If you are returning to Prague leaving CK after 2pm then my advice is to take the Student Agency Bus to/from CK from the Bus Station at Na Knizeci (Andel). Check their timetables (link is on the post) for arrival times etc and allow 3 hours for the trip. The problem part is to get to/from the hotel. If you are carrying luggage then you’ll need transport tickets for you and any large bag etc. These may be available at the hotel. Or you can take a taxi to and from Andel and that should not come to more than CZK200 for a one-way trip. FROM Andel to the hotel try the guys at https://livingprague.com/prague-transport/recommended-airport-transfer/ and make a reservation i.e. don’t take a taxi from the rank at the bus station.

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