Prague to Vienna by Bus

A visit to the points of interest of Prague including, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle), St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague astronomical clock Dancing House, Old Town Square, Church of Our Lady before Tyn Petřín, Lookout Tower (and view of the city), Wenceslas Square, Vyšehrad Fortress, Lennon Wall, Strahov Monastery, Czech beer - Barhopping in the historic center before taking the bus the Vienna

What to see in Prague

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic which is part of the EU and Schengen communities.  The historic city of Prague and the castle complex are both UNESCO sites.  The following are notable points of interest in Prague;

  • Charles Bridge
  • Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)
  • St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Prague Astronomical Clock and Town Hall (and view of the city)
  • Dancing House (and view of the city)
  • Old Town Square
  • Church of Our Lady before Tyn
  • Petřín Lookout Tower (and view of the city)
  • Wenceslas Square
  • Lennon Wall
  • Czech beer – Barhopping in the historic center

Hotels in Prague are really good value even in the center of the historic city.  If you stay outside the historic center hotels are significantly cheaper and you can take the underground train into the city.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge, Prague

Charles Bridge was completed in the 15th century after around 50 years of construction.  It crosses the Vltava River and is now a footbridge but it used to be one of the major trade routes between Eastern and Western Europe.  The bridge has towers on each side and is considered to be one of the finest Gothic structures on the world.  There are 30 statues of saints lining each side of the bridge (above).

The Charles Bridge is famed as being a romantic bridge but it’s likely that it will be full of tourists when you visit.  I’d recommend taking your partner to the bridge at night (above) or early morning.  At these times you are more likely to have the bridge to yourselves and have a true romantic experience.

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

Guards at Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

Hradcany Castle (above) is located on top of a hill a short walk uphill from the historic center of Prague.  For fans of UNESCO world heritage sites the castle complex is listed as a UNESCO site.  If you need another reason to visit the castle then the fact that it’s the biggest ancient castle in the world should tempt you.  The history of the castle dates back to the 9th century but it is now a modern looking castle and a mix of various architectural styles.  In 1939 when Germany took over Czechoslovakia, Hitler infamously stayed in the castle admiring his new possession.  Nowadays the castle is the home of the current Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.

St. Vitus Cathedral

Prague Castle, Prague

St Vitus cathedral is located in the Prague / Hradcany Castle complex and is visible from Prague old town.  It is a Gothic Cathedral and construction started in the 14th century.  Almost 600 years later after many problems including lack of funds and a fire, the Gothic Cathedral was finally completed.  As it stands in the central square of the castle and is the tallest building in the complex you are guaranteed to see it.

Prague astronomical clock

Astronomical Clock, Prague

The Prague Astronomical Clock is the oldest functioning astronomical clock in the world.  It dates back to 1410 and is located on the Town Hall in the Old Town Square (above).  The clock performs a show every hour called “The Walk of the Apostles”.  The clock is surrounded by tourists for the hourly show which doesn’t really matter as you are looking up to the clock.  Legend has it that if the clock was neglected and stopped working then the city of Prague would suffer.

Dancing House

The Dancing House, also know as Fred and Ginger, is located on the riverfront of the Vltava River.  It has the name Dancing House or Fred and Ginger because it resembles a couple dancing.  Fred and Ginger refers to the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  It’s worth visiting this house for making an Instagrammable photo if nothing else.  There is a top floor restaurant in the building which offers wonderful Prague city views.

Prague Old Town Square

Old Town Square, Prague

The Old Town Square of Prague is often the meeting point for walking tours of the city.  Located in the center of the city, it houses many sites including the Old Town Hall, Baroque St. Nicholas Church, Church of Our Lady before Tyn as well as many traditional Czech houses, restaurants and bars.  If you visit during Christmas or Easter, the square hosts medieval style markets.

Church of Our Lady before Tyn

Church of Our Lady before Tyn

The Church of Our Lady before Tyn is located opposite the Old Town Hall in the Old Town Square.  It’s possible to climb the Old Town Hall tower opposite which gives you 360° view of Prague including the best view of the church (above).  The church is Gothic and competes with the Astronomical Clock to be the most notable point of interest of the Old Town Square.  It is 80 meters tall and dates back to the 14th century.

Petrin Lookout Tower

Petrin Lookout Tower, Prague

Petrin Lookout Tower is located close to Prague Castle.  If I had to describe the Petrin Lookout Tower I would describe it as an ugly version of the Eiffel Tower.  The design of the Petrin Tower was inspired by the famous Tower in Paris.  Having said how it’s not so beautiful it does give you a beautiful panoramic of the UNESCO historic city of Prague and Castle Complex.  Built in 1891 the tower took 4 months to make and is 63 meters tall.  To reach the observation deck it’s a 299 stair climb.

Wenceslas Square

National Museum Building on Wenceslas Square, Prague

Around Wenceslas Square you can find the National Museum Building (above) as well as lots of hotels, shops and restaurants.  If you photograph the building from further down the street you can use a pond down there to get a reflection shot.  Behind the building is the end of the UNESCO historic city of Prague and hotels start to get cheaper.  Wenceslas Square is also the home of one of the major metro stations of Prague so you will probably arrive here if you are staying away from the center.

Lennon Wall

The John Lennon Wall is a must see for Beatles fans, since the early 80’s this normal wall became graffitied.  It wasn’t the normal type of graffiti but pictures of John Lennon as well as his lyrics and Beatles lyrics.  The wall even caused riots in 1988 when students rebelled against the communist regime, Lennonism was blamed.  Nowadays, as well as being Lennon wall it is also an anti war wall.

For Beatles fans reading, I recommend my article on a hotel in Liverpool where you can find the Mona Lennon painting in reception.

Czech beer – Barhopping in the historic center

Czech beer in Prague, Barhopping

Prague is one of the cheapest places in Europe to drink beer.  Around the historic center you’ll find countless bars which all sell low priced Czech beer.  I definitely recommend planning a night out and taking advantage of the cheap beer, just make sure you don’t schedule anything for the morning after.

Prague to Vienna by bus

Bus from Prague to Vienna

The Flixbus to Prague is a lot cheaper than taking the train.  The journey takes around 4 hours and you should be able to find a ticket for $20-$30.  On the Flixbus service you have your own power socket to charge your phone or computer and free WiFi so the journey passes quickly.  You could always look out the window and enjoy the beautiful countryside of Czech Republic and Austria.  Vienna in German is Wien so don’t stand next to your bus waiting when it’s already there!

Vienna to Bratislava

2017-08-05T20:15:06+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Czech Republic, Eastern Europe|29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. Abigail Sinsona August 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Oh dear Prague, you won me over with this post James. If I were to choose to visit just one city in Europe, I’d choose Prague in a heartbeat! I love the photos you have taken too. They are so beautiful and only want me to go some more!

  2. Kate Storm August 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Nice round up of Prague’s iconic sites! I’m headed to the city for the first time this fall, and the photos have me excited. I think I’m most looking forward to the views from Prague Castle–I love a good overlook!

  3. The one thing I always look forward to in your posts, aside from the very interesting information you provide, are your lovely photos and this time is certainly no exception. You really do know how to bring a post or description of a place to life. Prague looks like such a wonderful historic and beautiful place to visit. The size of the castle is impressive and the churches are so lovely. Great tip about saving money on accommodation by being just outside the center.

  4. Ressa August 2, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I have never visited Prague or Vienna- is traveling by bus common? The places you’ve visited are spectactular! I’m definitely in awe of the St Vitus Cathedral- it looks so pretty! Keep traveling, friend!

    • James Smith August 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      Traveling by bus is common but the most popular way of traveling between Prague and Vienna is by train.

  5. Yukti August 3, 2017 at 4:31 am - Reply

    You have covered all iconic sites of Prague. My favorite was Wencalas Square, Astronomical clock area and View from top at Prague Castle. It is very good that you took bus tour, as it is cheaper than train. I used Eurorail which was much expensive. In my next visit I will also try Flixbus. Lovely pictures.

  6. CJ Haughey August 3, 2017 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Eastern Europe is still high on my list and Prague seems like the perfect base to start the adventure. I’ve heard too many good things and even the picture of the beer alone is enough the whet my appetite!

  7. Kerry Ireland August 3, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Some of my abroad friends took the bus from Prague to Vienna and they highly recommended it! When I went to Vienna, I came the opposite way, from Switzerland. We did the Eurail and started in Geneva, and ended in Vienna. A bus would have been much cheaper, but you live and you learn!!!

  8. Suma August 3, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    What a perfect timing to across this post! I’m planning to visit Prague and Vienna next month and I was just getting down to planning the trip. Your post has made my life a lot easier, the Flixbus looks perfect. As always, you have covered all the major highlights of the city, sharing all the important facts and gorgeous pictures. Cannot wait to explore this beautiful city, especially to see the Astronomical Clock.

  9. Tatum August 4, 2017 at 1:50 am - Reply

    I realized when I first got to Europe that some of the time that taking the bus was much more cost effective. Why take the train for $80 when you can take a bus that pretty much gets there the same time only costs $30. I will say though that I hated Vienna and wanted to get out of there ASAP.

  10. Jamie August 4, 2017 at 2:29 am - Reply

    I love the colors of the buildings surrounding the Church of Our Lady before Tyn. You have provided a wonderful resource listing the city highlights….and how to travel there only by land!

  11. Mimi August 4, 2017 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Prague is my favorite city in Europe that I haven’t lived in and this post gave me so many great memories. I never thought to take the bus to Vienna though, I’ve always taken the train and stopped in Bratislava to enjoy that city as well. But 4 hours on the bus is not that bad and the price seems reasonable too. Thanks for the info!

  12. Amanda Tran August 4, 2017 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Wonderful post on Prague! This just got me SO excited to go. Perfect post and itinerary for my style of travelling. The sky looks stunning on the Charles Bridge at night!

  13. Abhinav Singh August 4, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

    I am actually planning this but the other way round. 1 night stop in Vienna and head to Prague via bus. One of my friends whose in laws live in Vienna told me you could also cycle up to Prague. Both the cities are amazing. I am more keen to see Prague as some of my favorite Bollywood films have been shot there. The old town square looks so good. I would like to visit it in day as well as night time. Fingers crossed.

  14. Mariella Molestina August 4, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Definitely two of my favorite cities in Eastern Europe, not only because they offer so much history but because they are cities that are just so beautiful architectural wise. When I went, I also did Prague and Vienna and it was so easy to just take a bus ride to the next city, as it is a very common thing amongst travelers to do so, so many options to choose from when looking for a bus provider to move you around. My favorite is the Church Of Our Lady Before Tyn as it is just a spectualar piece of building!!!

  15. Lydia Smith August 4, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks for these lists. Visiting Prague won’t be a scary adventure.I would be glad to see the Astronomical clock, many countries have that and it never seizes to amazing. To think that the Astronomical Clock displays a show is interesting.

  16. Archana Singh August 6, 2017 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Prague has been on my list for a really long time. The castle, the church, the streets, the views, the astronomical clock and everything else you mentioned above looks so enticing. I really wanna visit it.

  17. Kate and Kris August 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I went to Prague and Vienna when I was 16. They look very similar in your blog but would like to go back and see them again. Looking forward to your observations on Kiev as we are moving there in less than two weeks

  18. Ruth | Tanama Tales August 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Like Prague a lot! I have done bus travel around Europe and it is a good alternative when the train tickets are not within budget. How was your experience with FlixBus? I tried it in Germany (three times) and it was a disaster. #feetdotravel

  19. Tracy August 12, 2017 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Prague is such a beautiful city – so much to see and do and it’s affordable. I would include a visit to the Klementinum to see the baroque library as its such a beautiful sight to see.

    We have travelled to Prague via Berlin and Vienna by train (you know me and trains) and overnight train to Prague. The bus looks comfortable and cheap though.

  20. Shona @ paraphernalia.co August 12, 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Prague stole my heart with its architecture, history and beer 😉 I’d head back there in a heartbeat!

  21. Maria August 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I spent a weekend in Prague last year and loved it. I combined beer and lookout point at Letna Garden instead of Petrin which I was really happy with.. One thing not on your list (that I sadly missed) is the Strahov Library which looks absolutely amazing! I’m considering going back just for that xD The fact that it is so cheap to get to Vienna, which I haven’t visited either, just makes it better 😛

  22. Janiel August 13, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I will actually be visiting Prague in September! I’m very excited now, because of this post & its PERFECT information about the square and the different buildings. I hadn’t heard of the dancing house in my research, so I’m actually pretty excited I get to add it to my list before I go instead of after.

  23. Travel Lexx August 14, 2017 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Absolutely love Prague and you’ve captured some of the best things to do in the city! Definitely agree on the beer – there are so many delicious options to try and barhopping is definitely a fun suggestion! I was there again earlier this year but this just made me want to go back!

  24. Barry August 16, 2017 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    There’s plenty of detail in here James and it was interesting to read about the John Lennon wall. Sometimes trying alternative travel methods instead of flying can be way more fun. I don’t mind using the bus every now and again.

  25. Marcelle August 17, 2017 at 3:59 am - Reply

    Your fish eye pictures of some of the architectural highlights in Prague are beautiful. I would love to walk over the most romantic bridge in the world, Charles Bridge. The price of the bus to Vienna is amazing for Europe!

  26. Siddharth and Shruti August 18, 2017 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Wow! Given that both Prague and Vienna are on our bucket list, needless to say we love this post. Had never heard of the Petrin Lookout Tower. Uglier maybe, but the view is amazing! Love your fish eye photos! Did not know that the bus would be cheaper and only takes 4 hours! Will surely try to take the bus if we plan a trip from Prague to Vienna.

  27. Angie FeetDoTravel August 22, 2017 at 5:27 am - Reply

    I visited Prague for the Xmas markets with a light dusting of snow and bitterly cold, so unfortunately I didn’t get to see as much as I would like. There are a lot of World facts in here that I didn’t know when I visited, guess I will just have to return! Pinned for when I do! #FeetDoTrav

  28. My Travelogue by Bhushavali August 24, 2017 at 3:37 am - Reply

    You know me well! If it has 2 UNESCO sites in it, it has to be in my wishlist! I hope to explore eastern Europe next year if all goes well. I have to begin with Austria as its almost centre! Considering both Salzburg and Vienna! Let’s see!
    Thanks for the tip about going to the Bridge at night or early morning and about staying just out of the centre for cheaper options!

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