Getting From Prague to Munich
Prague is in a great location and several picturesque capitals are within 5 hours overland travel. Munich is one of them. Consider this as a long day trip if it’s there and back or as an overnight stay if you will be stopping in other places.
Staying in Munich
I’ve stayed here both on business and for long weekends like Oktoberfest etc and twice it’s been at a very pleasant 3 star. It’s a 3 minute walk from the Hauptbahnhof (railway station), less than 5 minutes to the Karlsplatz S-Bahn. There’s a U-Bahn station (Theresienwiese) at the end of the road. When I’ve been driving here I’ve used a guarded car park around the corner in Schwanthalerstr. Take a look at the Art Hotel in Munich.
Tours and Activities in Munich
You’ll find a selection of great tours, activities and adventures at GetYourGuide Munich.
Expect a journey of at least 4 hours to get from central Prague to Munich and you’ve got a few options especially if stopping on the way. You’ll need to buy a Czech Motorway sticker. Details on the Driving page.
The fastest way of getting from Prague to Munich is to exit Prague in the direction of Plzen and stay on the D5 motorway until you get into Germany. Then take the A93 to the A9 then follow that all the way to the city. It’s a good option if you want to break the journey at Regensburg.
If you have time and want a more scenic route for getting from Prague to Munich then exit Prague on D1 and take signs for Ceske Budejovice. This means you will be travelling south-west on the A4/D4. It’s a good option if you want to break the journey at Pribram, Písek or Strakonice and there’s a 45 minute detour possible after Vimperk on the A39 which skirts the Šumava National Park and goes to Cesky Krumlov. Without the detour this means a 5 and a half hour trip.
There are different coach providers that will offer the Prague to Munich trip like Eurolines and Flixbus but I prefer Student Agency. They use the new long distance “RegioJet” coaches which are the highest standard you can get on a bus route and include leather seats, on-screen film, wifi (domestic trip), hot and cold drinks, papers etc and a stewardess if you need further help. Simply click on the Student Agency Bus Timetable link, select the “Prague to Munich” section and times/prices/availability will be displayed. You can pay by card in advance or go to the Student Agency booths at the Florenc Bus Terminal (UAN Florenc). Coaches take about 4.5 hours and the schedule should have about 4 or 5 services per day including the overnight which departs at 2300 and gets into central Munich at 5am.
It’s very similar to Vienna in price and duration. During the day there is a regular Euro City train service from the Main Train Station which takes four and a half hours to Munich Hauptbahnhof (check my recommended hotel at the top of the page only 3 minutes walk from here). Either way, consider the EUrail “select pass” if you think you’ll be spending time on trains in this part of Europe as the 2-country or 3-country passes might be worth it for you. You can also familiarise yourself with the Prague Main Train Station.