How to Get from Prague to Salzburg and Spend a Good Time on the Way

Going for a trip abroad, especially to Eastern or Central Europe, many people hesitate and have lots of questions regarding the most interesting route and the most comfortable and cheap transport. It’s obvious because everyone wants to have the trip of a dream.


Very often, the tourists, who are planning to go from Prague to Salzburg, ask question, such as “What is the most convenient and economical way to travel?”, “What is the quickest and cheapest way of transport?”, “How long does it take to drive from Prague to Salzburg?”, “What route should we choose and what places visit?”, or how to get from Prague to Salzburg?


In this article, we are going to answer these questions and thus, help you to find the best way from Prague to Salzburg and spend a good time while traveling.


How to Get from Prague to Salzburg?


The distance between Prague and Salzburg on the European routes is 379 km. You can get from the Czech capital to the picturesque Austrian town using an aircraft, a train, a bus, or a private car transfer.


 Way #1: By train

There is no direct rail connection between Prague and Salzburg, but with a change in Linz or České Budějovice, you can get from Prague to Salzburg in about 6 hours and 30 minutes. The train departs every day, beginning from 5 a.m., from the main train station in Prague. You can check the train schedule with the help of transport service  or the website of the Austrian railways. A one-way ticket for a travel on the 2nd class train will cost you about 25 €.


Way #2: By bus

Student Agency buses depart from Prague bus station Florenc at 23:00 and arrive at Salzburg bus station at 05:00. OA one-way ticket costs 800 Kč (29,6 €). Please, check the schedule on the website of Student Agency company or


Way #3: By plane

We give this option for your choice and comparison with other, more convenient ways, but it should be noted that air traffic is not the most advantageous way to travel from Prague to Salzburg, as there are no direct flights between those two cities. The price for Lufthansa tickets for a three-hour flight with a change in Frankfurt will cost 293 €. So, you should think twice if this price is justifiable.


Way #4: By shuttle

To get from Prague to Český Krumlov and then to Salzburg, you can use a CK Shuttle, which provides a friendly, affordable and reliable shuttle bus transportation service, which is an easy, fast, and comfortable way of getting between Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Salzburg, Hallstatt, and Prague. You can find a more detailed information and prices here:  


Way #5: By private car  with a local driver guide

Traveling in a private car with a local driver guide, using our service  is the quickest and the most economical way to get from the Czech capital to Salzburg, as it will take you approximately 5 hours.


The main advantage of the trip by car is its mobility. You plan your trip in your own way, stop wherever you want, visit interesting places whenever you like, take pictures, and have a lot of fun. And the whole idea of the country is very different from what the tourists can see from the bus window.


Nothing can compete with exploring Eastern or Central Europe in a privately-hired car. Moreover, with an experienced local driver-guide, you will not need to care about reading signboards in unknown languages as he’ll be taking care of it while driving carefully.


Now, let’s find out what are the most interesting things you can visit on your way from Prague to Salzburg.


Budvar Brewery in České Budějovice, the Home of the Budweiser Beer


In my previous post, I recommended you to visit Plzeň, the city in the Czech Republic, famous for its brewery Plzeňský Prazdroj (see full post here “Places to Visit on the Way From Munich to Prague).


In this article, I advise you to come to České Budějovice on your way from Prague to Salzburg to taste the original Budweiser beer. You will see how the long-time tradition is combined with modern technology in producing Budweiser Budvar beer, which qualities are recognized by the customers all over the world.


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We advise you to order a Brewer tour on the website  and find out about the secrets of how the world-famous Budweiser Budvar lager is made. You will find out how the best quality domestic ingredients, the brewery’s own water drawn from more than 300 meters deep wells, and the top-class brewer’s yeast are used to make beer characterized by its delicious taste.


The whole thing takes approximately an hour and is one of the best things to do while you are visiting České Budějovice. The price of this tour is 120 CZK and includes tasting the Budweiser beer.


Next, Our Stop Is Český Krumlov—UNESCO World Heritage


As I have written in one of my previous posts on “Popular Places to Visit on the Way from Vienna to Prague“, when you arrive in Český Krumlov, you will be captivated by the monumental panorama of the Český Krumlov State Castle and Chateau here, which rises above the picturesque Renaissance architecture.


Taking a walk through the medieval historical center will leave you in no doubt as to why Český Krumlov is one of the gems included on the UNESCO list.


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Among Český Krumlov’s attractions is its Baroque theater, which is one of the oldest preserved chateau theaters in Central Europe. You will be able to view hundreds of decorations, costumes, and props, as well as an orchestra pit, theater machinery and an extensive collection of original scripts.


The theater serves only as a theater museum today. However, a unique auditorium, set in the Castle Park, offers unforgettable theater performances under the night sky. During the year, Český Krumlov offers countless cultural events, such as FIDELIO classical music concerts, the Five-Petalled Rose Celebrations, an International Music Festival, and a festival of Baroque art.


The atmosphere of the Middle Ages will be evoked for you by a stay in the Švamberský dům Hotel and visit its cozy restaurant and terrace. You will find yourself in one of the oldest buildings in Český Krumlov, which has retained its original Gothic character despite numerous conversions. Here, you can try the most delicious dishes of the traditional Czech cuisine and brew beer brand Eggenberg.


Hallstatt, Austria’s Most Beautiful Lake Town


A trip to Hallstatt Lake is definitely one of the nicest ways to discover the beauty of Austrian Alps on the way from Prague to Salzburg. Also known as “the Pearl of Austria”, Hallstatt is really spectacular due to its “guardian of the Hallstättersee lake” status and the beautiful mountains surrounding it.


Hallstatt is a tiny town in the Austrian Alps, located in a narrow area between the rocks and the lake. Hallstatt is away from major highways, but still, tens of thousands of tourists from around the world visit it every year. Hallstatt is famous primarily for its oldest salt mines in Europe.


You may take an excursion boat, start your trip from Hallstatt Lahn, and continue via Obertraun on the other side of the lake, where the romantic castle Grub is located. For those who would like to be active, you can rent bicycles, rowing and pedal boats on Lake Hallstatt. This allows you to explore the surroundings on land or water.


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Being in Hallstatt, you should definitely try the local lake fish in one of the idyllic restaurants with terraces.


For example, Das Kainzv restaurant offers a beautiful view of the lake and the Lutheran church located opposite. In the restaurant, guests will find traditional Austrian dishes and regional specialties from the Salzkammergut. Truly recommendable is the freshly caught fish like trout and Arctic from Hallstatt Lake.


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Directly in the city center, Gasthof Zauner also specializes in cooking fish. Guests can eat freshly caught fish from the lake, and the restaurant only uses regional products like vegetables, salads and organic meat.


Five Fingers


Here’s a view of Hallstatt Lake and Hallstatt itself, which will be opened for you from the viewing platform called Five Fingers.


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This viewing platform is located at the altitude of 2100 meters. It is built on the limestone plateau of Dachstein in the Austrian Alps, and received its name due to the characteristic shape of five fingers, hanging over the abyss. Each of the fingers has its own feature: a frame for photographing, all-glass floor, a telescope, etc.


In order to get to Five Fingers, you need to take the cable car from the town of Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt. The cable car consists of two segments. We recommend you to visit the famous Dachstein Giant Ice Caves,  so you need to go to the first station called Schonbergalm. There is another segment, leading to the village Gjad Alm. Every year in August, there are the concerts of classical music in a cave.


The price of tickets is very flexible, but all inclusive ticket, which includes also the visit inside two caves, costs € 40.


Because of its exceptional landscape, Dachstein plateau with the town of Hallstatt has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Upstairs there is a lovely restaurant, so you will not stay hungry.




So, if you are still thinking what kind of transport you should use while traveling from Prague to Salzburg, don’t hesitate to explore Eastern Europe in a private car with a local driver guide, using our service, which will provide you a perfect transportation.


We provide a door-to-door service from Prague to Salzburg, which means that we will pick you up directly at your hotel and take you to the other hotel or any other desired destination.


Please, first take a look and choose on our website the best way for your travel and places you want to visit on your way from Prague to Salzburg.


Then, consider your goals, plans, budget, places you want to see, and determine what is the best for you, and contact us by customer support. And we will be very happy to help your dream trip come true!

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