Prague in the Czech Republic is a very popular European tourist destination and is located 700km south-east from Amsterdam. Prague is known as Praag (in Dutch) and Praha (in Czech).
Let’s look at the options for travel between these 2 cities by air, train and bus. Note that there have been some significant changes to service frequencies due to the ‘coronavirus’ measures.
1. Amsterdam-Prague by Train
There are no direct trains between Amsterdam and Prague. The rail journey can be done easily during the daytime with a single stop in Berlin (Germany) and this takes around 12 hours 30 minutes.
Amsterdam to Prague: For example, take the early 0700 IC Berlin service from Amsterdam Central which arrives at Berlin Hauptbahnhof at 1322. A trip of 5 hours 20 minutes. You then have time for a lunch stop around Berlin station.
Then take the 1516 Eurocity service departing Berlin Hbf which runs via Dresden and arrives at Prague Central station at 1936. This sector takes about 4 hours 20 minutes.
Prague-Amsterdam: You could take the early 0826 Eurocity from Prague, which arrives at Berlin Hbf at 1242; from there take the IC Berlin train leaving at 1434 which arrives at Amsterdam Central at 2100.
There is ample time to connect in Berlin each way, although you may want to have include a longer stopover in Berlin.
How to book online: Amsterdam-Prague can be booked at the NS International site with through-ticket prices starting from €37.90 (2nd class) and €69.90 (1st class) each way, if booked well in advance. You can also book separate Amsterdam-Berlin and Berlin-Prague tickets as well.
Seat reservations for 2nd class are an extra €4 per person – this is not mandatory though provides peace-of-mind about finding a seat.
2. 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 2-3x daily non-stop flights from Amsterdam to Prague using either its “Cityhopper” Embraer 175/190 aircraft. Return airfares are priced from €110 excluding luggage.
KLM’s Skyteam partner CSA Czech Airlines flies 1-2x daily non-stop flights (morning and evening) between Amsterdam and Prague using Boeing 737 aircraft.
A return ticket is priced from about €120 excluding luggage.
No-frills airline Easyjet flies a sporadic service (around 3x weekly) from AMS to PRG – expect to pay about €100 return for an advance booking that includes checked luggage.
3. Amsterdam-Prague by Coach
Flixbus is a German bus company that operates a number of connecting bus services from Amsterdam Sloterdijk station to Prague (central bus station ÚAN Florenc or Prague Central station).
A change of bus is required in Germany or Austria. The total journey time can vary between 14 and 23 hours and prices start at €32 one-way.
This article was originally published in 2011 and has continuously been updated. Last update 2 October 2020.