How To Travel Amsterdam to Prague (and back)
Prague in the Czech Republic is a very popular European tourist destination and is located 700km south-east from Amsterdam.
Let's look at the options for travel between these 2 cities by air, train and bus. Note that Prague is known as Praag (in Dutch) and Praha (in Czech).
1. Amsterdam-Prague by Air
Flights between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Prague Václav Havel Airport Airport (PRG) take around 90 minutes flying time - certainly the quickest way to travel. Dutch airline KLM has up to 4 daily non-stop flights from Amsterdam to Prague using either its "Cityhopper" Embraer 190 or Boeing 737 aircraft. Return airfares are priced from €110 excluding luggage.
KLM's Skyteam partner CSA Czech Airlines flies 2x daily non-stop flights (morning and evening) between Amsterdam and Prague using Airbus A319 aircraft. These CSA-operated flights flights are also codeshared by Czech carrier SmartWings.
A return ticket is priced from about €120 excluding luggage.
Alternatives: No-frills airline Easyjet flies up to 2x daily from AMS to PRG - expect to pay about €100 return for an advance booking that includes checked luggage.
Transavia (a KLM no-frills subsidiary) flies daily from Eindhoven airport (EIN) to Prague - prices are from just under €100 return including checked luggage fees.
Other airlines that serve Amsterdam and Prague are Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), Austrian (via Vienna), Swiss (via Zurich), British Airways (via London) and Alitalia (via Milan).
2. Amsterdam-Prague by Train
There are no direct trains between Amsterdam and Prague. The rail journey can be done during the daytime with stops in Hannover and Berlin (Germany) and this takes around 10 hours 30 minutes.
Amsterdam to Prague: For example, take the early 0700 Berlin-bound IC service from Amsterdam Central to Hannover (arrives 1119) where you can connect onto the ICE train to Berlin, which arrives at Berlin Hauptbahnhof at 1306. Prices start from €39 (2nd class) or €69 (1st class) one-way.
Then take the 1319 Eurocity service departing Berlin Hbf which arrives at Prague Central station at 1736. This sector takes about 4 hours 20 minutes and is priced from €29 (2nd class) or €49 (1st class) one-way.
Prague-Amsterdam: You could take the early 0633 Eurocity from Prague, which arrives at Berlin Hbf at 1041; from there take the ICE train leaving at 1051 which arrives at Hannover at 1228. At Hannover get on the Amsterdam-bound IC train departing 1240 which arrives at Amsterdam Central at 1701.
Note, the connections both ways are tight so any delays could mean having to wait for the next available train. The Amsterdam-Berlin IC train runs 5x daily; the Berlin-Prague Eurocity runs 6x daily. We would also recommend a night stopover in Berlin.
How to book online: Amsterdam-Prague can now be booked at the NS International site with through-ticket prices from €49.90 (2nd class) and €89.90 (1st class) each way, if booked well in advance.
3. Amsterdam-Prague by Coach
Flixbus is a German bus company that operates up to a 2x daily bus service from Amsterdam Sloterdijk station to Prague (central bus station ÚAN Florenc). The journey takes around 13 hours and prices start at €39 one-way. There are also connecting possibilities via Germany.
Eurolines runs a 4x weekly overnight coach service from its Amsterdam Duivendrecht terminal to Prague central bus station. The journey takes approximately 14 hours and singles start from around €33.