The Best and Easiest Ways to Travel from Prague to PassauRuss Bily
Are you finishing your trip through the Czech Republic and want to visit the German city of Passau on the Austrian border? Or instead, you are in Passau and want to visit beautiful Prague? Anyway, you think in the right direction, as these two cities are really amazing and worth seeing.
Moreover, in case of your travel from or to Passau in a car, you can have additional stops in Konopiste, Vissy Brod, Cesky Krumlov, and Plzen. A trip to the south Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov or western Pilsen, famed among beer-heads worldwide, will definitely be a highlight of your holiday.
The towns of Vyšší Brod and Konopiste are worth considering for a short stop on the way from or to Passau. If you decide to visit either or both of those cities, we recommend at least two hours for Český Krumlov and one hour for České Plzen.
There are plenty of ways to accomplish your wish. A variety of transport runs between Prague and Passau. You can choose from planes and trains to buses, shuttles, and taxis.
Or you can choose your own pace and make the most out of your trip by hiring one of our local English speaking driver-guide. Along the way, you can stop at places of interest and explore intriguing landmarks.
What is better for you?
Only you decide as it depends on your possibilities, time and money you intend to spend, sites you want to visit, and whether you’re traveling alone or with a group. Every kind of transport has its advantages. We are here just to give you recommendations on the best and easiest ways to travel from Prague to Passau.
In some of my articles, I wrote about how to get from Prague to Salzburg and spend a good time on the way or how to get from Prague to Krakow and visit Auschwitz Memorial on the way. This time I’m going to tell you about the ways to get from Prague to Passau and vice versa.
From Prague to Passau by Bus
The distance between Prague and Passau is 222.2 km. The total duration of the journey Prague-Passau is slightly below 4 hours.
The buses normally go from Prague once a day, and back from Passau once a day – always one morning and one afternoon bus.
The most popular bus carriers are RegioJet and FlixBus.
- FlixBus is one of Europe’s leading bus carrier, providing reliable and comfortable service to more than 900 destinations in 20 different countries.
Tickets from Prague to Passau cost from 18 € to 38 €.
For the more detailed information, please visit the website of this bus carrier www.flixbus.com.
- RegioJet is a popular train and bus company offering affordable ticket options to top travel destinations. Overall RegioJet serves 16,001 train routes, connecting 168 cities in 16 countries. To cover all these routes RegioJet runs an average 898 trips per day and 26,940 trips per month. You will find the cheapest RegioJet tickets by searching on www.wanderu.com.
Tickets cost from 19 €.
For the more detailed information, please visit the website www.studentagency.eu.
- LEO Express does not have direct buses from Prague to Passau. However, Intercity Bus goes from Prague Main Railway Station to Linz Industriezeile. I Linz, you can use FlixBus to go to Passau, Hauptbahnhof.
Please check this option on the website www.le.cz.
You may also search for the best and cheapest options on the website www.goeuro.com.
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Depending on the bus line you travel with, your options include 2 stations that have bus departures from Passau: Bahnhofstraße 24 and Passau Hbf.
Bus trips arrive in Prague at 18 different stations, depending on the bus line you are traveling with. For example, Main Railway Station, ÚAN Florenc, Praha hl.n., Praha-Liben, Praha Nadrazi Holesovice, Central Bus Station, Praha Hlavni Nadrazi, Praha Smichovske nadrazi.
From Prague to Passau by Train
Many tourists like trains even more than buses due to their speed, cost, comfort, and ease of use. Train rides are smooth and turbulence-free, which makes them better than planes. This kind of transport does not mind traffic jams, which makes it better than buses.
With no take-off, landing or seat-belt signs, you’re not stuck in your seat for endless amounts of time. You can move about the train as frequently as you wish. Since someone else is doing the driving, you’re free to eat, drink and nap.
The average journey time between Praha hl.n. and Passau Hbf is 7 hours and 50 minutes and the fastest journey time is 5 hours and 23 minutes.
Average train ticket price is 25 €.
If you use https://www.goeuro.com/trains_from_prague_to_passau you can find the cheapest and the fastest options.
From Prague to Passau by Plane
Air travel certainly has its ups and downs. On the one hand, it’ an awesome to hop aboard a low-cost airline and found yourself in another city or even on the other side of the continent in few hours. However, when it comes to a European trip, trains almost always trump planes.
You may think you’re saving loads of time by flying between cities. But don’t forget that you spend a lot of time traveling to the airport, getting through security, waiting to board, waiting for luggage, and many other things.
Also, don’t forget about the factor that there are additional expenses – taxis or buses to the airport, checked baggage fees, excess baggage fines, and marked up food and drinks at the airport or on the plane.
Airports are seldom conveniently located or easy to get to. At best, you’ll need to board a bus or train and travel some distance to get to the heart of your destination. You also usually wouldn’t want to stay close to the airport. Compare this to trains, buses, and especially cars, which can deliver you within walking distance to your destination’s top attractions.
Air travel involves a lot of waiting in lines — check-in lines, security lines, boarding lines. Train, bus or car travel eliminates those lines. And in general, trains, buses, and cars are much cheaper than flying, especially short distances. In addition, many railway services offer discounts that you’ll never see airlines touting.
As you wish to go from Prague to Passau or vice versa, the flight is not the best option anyway, as you can go by plane to Linz or Munich only, and then get by bus or car.
From Prague to Passau by Car
Travel by cars and private transfer are gaining more and more popular among tourists who travel throughout Europe in general and from Prague to Passau in particular, as they offer the freedom that few other modes of transports do. You can travel along otherwise unreachable roads, head to remote villages, and not worry about schedules or seats selling out.
Many experienced travelers have certainly evaluated car trips for their autonomy and the ability to plan any route at will. But traveling by car also gives amazingly beautiful views outside the window.
There’s something charming and romantic about traveling by car. There’s a nostalgic appeal to this kind of travel, especially when the world is flying by outside your window.
In addition, along with the journey from Passau to Prague or vice versa, you can explore the following cities and sights:
- Český Krumlov – number 1 UNESCO site after Prague with its fairytale Old Town and romantic Krumlov Castle.
- Pilsen with its well-known Pilsner Urquell Brewery, especially if you are a real beer fan.
- The town of Konopiště with its château and rose garden.
- Vyšší Brod, a small town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, famous for its Monastery or Cistercian Abbey.
Now I will give you just a few hints on what highlights and attractions you can see at each of these places on the way between Prague and Passau.
Travel from Prague to Passau with stop in Cesky Krumlov
If you only have time for one trip during your trip from Prague to Passau, Český Krumlov is the place number one for you. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992, south Bohemia’s Cesky Krumlov is one of the region’s most picturesque towns, made up of elegant Renaissance buildings housing charming cafes, pubs, restaurants, shops, and galleries. Along the way, you can gaze at the picturesque countryside of South Bohemia.
The Castle of Cesky Krumlov is the number one attraction in the city. Composed of five courtyards and eleven hectares of gardens, it attracts tourists from all over the world. Cesky Krumlov Castle became the primary residence of the Rosenbergs in 1302, and they remained there for nearly 300 years, greatly influencing the castle’s and town’s history.
A golden carriage in the castle is sure to amaze. Constructed from gilded walnut in 1638, the carriage was used to transport presents from newly-elected Emperor Ferdinand III von Habsburg to Pope Urban VIII.
In this city explore the narrow and romantic streets of the Renaissance Old Town that includes 300 medieval buildings, enjoy views from a footbridge over the Vltava River and see the impressive Egon Schiele Art Centre.
You can also have a picnic near the Vltava River with a magnificent view of the river and the castle if you visit Český Krumlov during warm months. In winter you can have a dinner at one of the medieval-like restaurants with a fireplace in one of the romantic streets. And do not forget to try local Eggenberg beer.
You may also like to visit Saint Vitus Church and the town square with its Renaissance town hall, Plague Column, and fountain. Latran Street with its colorful, medieval houses is also must-see.
The Castle of Cesky Krumlov, the second biggest castle in Bohemia is not to be missed. Take a close look at the bear moat, where bears are really in residence.
And it’s not all that this city has to offer. Its Baroque theatre is one of the oldest in Europe. Constructed from 1680 to 1682, it is one of only several Baroque theatres in the world with its original stage machinery, costumes, and scenery.
Český Krumlov is a must-visit place on your way from Germany to the Czech Republic or back, as its Historic Centre is an outstanding example of a small Central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than several centuries.
In one of my previous articles, I wrote about Day Trip to Cesky Krumlov and Hluboka Castle from Prague Please visit my blog for further information about Český Krumlov.
Travel from Prague to Passau with stop in Plzen
The light “lager beer” was “born” in Pilsen (Plzeň in Czech) during 1842 and became known as “pilsner.” It did not only become famous as a brand but also as a type of beer. Since it was introduced to the beer world, pilsner has gained popularity all over the world.
However, during your visit to Pilsen, you may not only visit the Pilsner Urquell Brewery and taste golden Pilsner Urquell beer but also explore other highlights of this city.
Pilsen is Czech Republic’s fourth largest city, most renowned not only for its Pilsner Urquell Brewery but also for being the birthplace of the Škoda automobile company. There are plenty of things to do and see in Pilsen.
Visit the Old Town of Pilsen, which features the tallest cathedral in the country. The Gothic Saint Bartholomew Cathedral with its distinctive steep spire was built sometime in the late 13th century.
It is situated in the center of the main square and for a small fee you can climb up the narrow steps to the top of the tower and admire the incredible bird’s eye view over the city. Don’t forget to walk around the square below, where you’ll find some ancient buildings and the intricately painted town hall dating back to the Renaissance.
The Puppet Museum, or Muzeum Loutek in Czech, can also be of interest. It is situated on the central square opposite the Saint Bartholomew Cathedral. The building is listed and dates back to the Middle Ages. The exhibition traces the history of puppetry in Pilsen and the vicinity from the end of the 19th century onward.
You may also like to visit the zoo and botanical gardens. This is the second oldest zoo and one of the largest in the Czech Republic, and you can see such exotic animals as Palaearctic Berber lion, bobcats, Alaskan sheep, and hippos.
If you love history, especially the period around the second World War, come to the Patton Memorial Museum. The museum’s exhibition documents the last days before the liberation of Pilsen by the US Army, the aftermath with the post-war economic aid, and the later communist totalitarian regime.
Don’t miss the Great Synagogue in Pilsen. This incredible synagogue is the second largest in Europe and you can spot its towers for miles around. Its architecture combines romantic, neo-renaissance, Oriental, Russian Orthodox and Arabic styles.
There are no longer many practicing Jews in Pilsen, so the synagogue is also used as a concert hall and as an exhibition hall for photography artwork.
You can also go through Pilsen’s secret underground labyrinth of passageways, cellars and wells. It stretches out for over nine kilometers under the oldest parts of the city.
You can learn more about Pilsen’s underground and overground history since the early Middle Ages, as well as be learning about the city’s history of beer brewing.
I wrote about Plzeň or Pilsen in my article “The Must-see Cities in the Czech Republic».
Travel from Prague to Passau with stop in Konopiste Castle
As you already know, and I wrote about it in my previous articles, the Czech Republic has its fair share of castles, around 1800 castles and chateaus (!)
Konopiště Castle is an easy stop on your way from Prague to Passau, as it’s located around 50 km southeast of Prague. It has become famous as the last residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne, whose assassination in Sarajevo triggered off World War I. Konopiště is known for its large collection of Ferdinand’s hunting trophies and weapons, antique furniture and art objects, as well as its Rose Garden.
Konopište Rose Garden was established in the years 1906-1913, at the time of its inception, there was planted over 200 species and cultivars of roses, of which 1,500 copies were tall shanks and 7,000 shrubs. After the Second World War, this part of the Konopište park was substantially damaged and neglected. At the end of the last century, the rosarium was restored.
Do not forget to see the castle’s resident bear, housed in the bear pit at the rear entrance of the castle. They also have a small collection of Birds of Prey including a Bald Eagle. They aren’t in cages instead they are chained. There are opportunities to hold some of the owls although there is an additional charge for this.
Travel from Prague to Passau with stop in Vyssi Brod
Vyšší Brod is a small town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It has around 2,600 inhabitants and it is the southernmost municipality in the Czech Republic. Vyšší Brod Monastery – the spiritual center of South Bohemia.
When you will be walking or driving through the picturesque countryside around the Lipno Reservoir, don’t forget to visit the monastery in Vyšší Brod, the spiritual center of South Bohemia since the middle of the 13th century.
You will also see an ingenious early Baroque altar system in the monastery church, which was created by two local monks in such a way that they could easily change the altarpiece four times a year. Another high point of the tour is the richly decorated library dating back to the Baroque period.
You can also visit the Postal Museum in Vyšší Brod. There you’ll be able to see the history of the post since the 16th Century till today—post-officers uniforms, boards, boxes, cases, postal maps, post offices equipment, inkpots, lights, writing machines, postal and stamping machines, postal carriages and cars models.
You’ll see the telegraph and telephone from the half of the 19th Century till today, postmarks from Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, color inspections, press methods, as well as wagons and carriages, postal coach and package wagons, postal sleighs, representative carriages, carriage harnesses.
You may also visit The Dean Church of St. Bartholomew in Vyšší Brod. It is early-Gothic, originally founded 1259, modified 16th century, rebuilt 17th and 21st century.
It was damaged in the Hussite war and restored in the 16th century. In 1761 it acquired a new baroque altar, a wooden altar hanging between pillars, on the side pillars statues of St. Bernard and St Benedict. New church-tower was built in 1864.
Everyone has his or her own preference for mode of transport. For many of the tourists, it comes down to weighing up the pros and cons of each option. Many people will use a combination of the mentioned above transport to achieve their travel objectives.
However, if you want to make stops on your way from or to Prague or Passau, or other European cities, to find out exciting sights in Eastern and Central Europe, if you don’t want to hurry and have a lot of fun while traveling, you can choose a private car with a local English-speaking driver-guide, using our service.
And remember that the main advantage of traveling by car through Eastern and Central Europe is the opportunity to see the country (Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic—any!) The car gives freedom: travelers can always stop to admire the castle on the hill or stay in the city for another day.