If you are traveling to Eastern Europe, you’re likely to visit both Prague and Budapest! Going between the cities is easy by train and there’s even an option of an overnight train! There’s a daily train leaving the Prague station around midnight and arriving at Budapest around 7am. This is a great way to save time and money! I’ll be sharing essential information for taking the Prague to Budapest night train EN477 including where to leave your luggage, where to eat, how to find the cheapest tickets, and how to book a compartment.
Left Luggage (Where to Leave your Luggage)
Where to Eat
We got to the train station round 10pm and most fast food stands were already closed. However, don’t worry, there’s a grocery store that is open till 11pm! Go here instead of any of the convenience stores for a much better selection and much better prices!
You can find it under the escalators just below the main atrium in the train station.
Boarding the Train
Now the important part, how to find the cheapest tickets! If you are booking a few weeks in advance, the cost of the ticket should only be $40 EUR each. If you’re paying more, you are likely buying from a reseller at full cost tickets. The best way to buy them is directly through the Czech Railway System.
You can search the site in English, but to buy it, you need to goon their Old e-shop and everything is in Czech. Once you have found the dates you want, go to this link to purchase your tickets. My experience is based on the 2nd class (Trida 2) tickets. This is the best resource for everything related to tickets! Follow these steps and make sure you aren’t booking tickets that are $100+ EUR
How the pricing works is that there’s a price to reserve your spot on the train, and then there’s extra fees to reserve your “bed”. I would recommend to just reserve your bed to have ease of mind and it’s not that much extra. In total, our reservation for 3 people was 87 EUR while the “bed” reservation was 42 EUR. This comes to 43 EUR per person.
Overall, it was a very fun adventure although not as comfortable as I imagined! The whole experience felt safe and it was not an issue to take a train late at night. It’s an amazing way to save time traveling between the cities so I would definitely recommend doing this. Check out the rest of my Europe travel posts!