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Train travel in the Czech Republic

Train travel in the Czech Republic, Copyright Leo ExpressFrom Prague, travelling to secondary cities and visiting the Czech Republic is quite easy.

And even though travelling by bus is one of the most popular means of transport, train travel remains the most comfortable option and is quite often cheap.

Train operating companies in the Czech Republic

If you’re planning on catching a train, you will travel with one of the 3 companies currently operated in the coutry : České dráhy (on a regular train or Pendolino, the local fast train), Leo Express or RegioJet. This last one is a subsidiary of Student Agency that offers bus and train connections in the Czech Republic but also offers travel agency services.

České dráhy

The national railway operator offers the best connections and has the most developed network in the country. It is still today the first operator in terms of passengers, as the market was liberalized only recently. Though, even if the comfort aboard trains and the prices of tickets are reasonably good, České dráhy offers a lower quality of service and more expensive tickets than its competitors. Thus, you would probably only consider this option if you’re going to small cities that are not serviced by the other two train operators.

Leo Express

With its first commercial journey at the end of 2012, this train operator has only recently entered the market. Leo Express offers great comfort and is probably the operaor that offers the best seat in “Premium” class, which is the equivalent of their 1st class. Its network remains very limited as they only offer train travel to slightly more than 10 destinations in the country.

Three travelling classes are offered:
– Economy, their lowest class, where you still get a wi-fi internet connection!
– Business (half way between 1st and 2nd class): you will benefit from a number of services such as a free wi-fi connection, free snacks and beverages.
– Premium, equivalent to a premium first class, where you will benefit from all Business class services, larger space with a comfortable seat allowing you to be in a sleeping position. Moreover, you will be offered a free meal as well as free drinks.

RegioJet

Founded in 2009, Regiojet stands out thanks to its prices and the value for money it offers to its clients. Even though launched only 4 years ago, they already offer a relatively dense network that covers most of Czech Republic’s main cities.

On board, you will enjoy great comfort but also free drinks. Regiojet offers 3 travelling classes:
– Standard, equivalent to a regular second or economy class. You travel in a 6-seat compartment and benefit from free wi-fi as well as free beverages.
– Relax, that can be compared to a first class
There, you travel in a regular “open space” car. Even though the seat design is not as advanced as in other countries in Europe such as France and their fast trains (TGV), you will enjoy the same quality of comfort. As in Standard class, you will be offered free hot and cold beverages, and the prices for meals and snacks are extremely cheap.
– Business, where you get more space than in Relax class, and share you compartment with 3 other people. The seat and services provided are comparable to those in Relax class, the only difference being the space between seats. Furthermore, you have more privacy as you travel in a 4-seat compartment.

Your next travel in the Czech Republic

The two new companies that recently entered the market have innovated a lot and have improved train travel standards. Travellers have definitely benefited from their entry on the market, both financially and in terms of comfort! Thus, if you’re planning on catching a train in the Czech Republic soon, we would definitely advise you to go for one of these two companies, RegioJet probably being slightly better than Leo Express.

Bugsy’s Bar, Prague

Bugsy's bar Prague, Copyright Bugsy' barBugsy’s Bar is certainly one of the best cocktail bars in Prague, and that’s why it is pretty difficult to get a table when you get there after 10pm during weekends.

Bugsy’s bar, a must

If you get there one of these weekends when it’s getting packed, you may be offered to wait a little, close to the bar, before being able to move to the next available table. Ideally, you should call and book a table (even 30 minutes before your arrival), keeping in mind that you’ll need to show up before 10pm. If you’re planning on coming later, just hope that you won’t have to wait too long.

The bar that was first to serve Mojito in the Czech Republic (in 1995) has now become an institution on Prague night scene and will celebrate its 20th anniversary beginning of 2015. The bar offers a wide variety of cigars and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy for instance a Partagas or MonteCristo (Prague is one of these cities in Europe where it’s still legal to smoke in bars).

A great cocktail and champagne menu

The  bar offers the usual Mojitos, Caïpirinhas, Cosmopolitans or Black Russian, but also some of their own creations such as the Bugsy’s Rose. You’ll also notice that Bugsy’s offers a great selection of Champagne bottles (more than a hundred!) starting at approximately 80 € for a Moet & Chandon, and including exceptional bottles such as some of Krug or Dom Pérignon « millésimes ».

Even though it was one of the first cocktail bars to open in the Czech capital, Bugsy’s has always focused on keeping a high standard, the bar being completely renovated twice since they first opened. As far as staff is concerned, you’ll talk to people who are cocktail experts and know exactly what to serve you if you tell them what you like.

You can get more details on Bugsy’s team page.

Bugsy’s Bar
Parizska 10, 110 00 Prague 1
+ 420 840 284 797
Open 7 days a week from 7pm to 2am
(Reservations from 7pm to 10pm)
More information on Bugsy’s bar 

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Prague historical tram (line 91)

Prague historical tramIf you’d like to travel in time and discover the old part of Prague, you may hop on Prague’s historical tram (line n°91) that goes from Výstaviště Holešovice to Vozovna Střešovice in 38 minutes.

You don’t have to go all the way from the first stop to the last, and will be able to hop on at your nearest stop, and hop off at any time. Still, you’ll note that these trams only run on week-ends and bank holidays, from 1pm to 5pm, with one departure per hour. You can check the timetable and stops on DPP’s official website.

During your tram ride, you’ll have the opportunity to pass by Republic’s square (Náměstí Republiky), Wenceslas square (Václavské náměstí), the National theatre (Národní divadlo), Národni avenue and Prague castle (Pražský hrad). Tickets, that you can buy on the tram, cost 35 CZK per adult (approx. 1.4 €) and 20 CZK (approx. 0.8 €) for children up to 15 years of age, handicapped people and seniors (older than 70).

If you’re planning a special event, a birthday, a trip with friends or a corporate event, you may also privatize the whole tram, and rent it on an hourly basis. Prices start at 3,800 CZK an hour (for a 24 people group) and you can also book a jazz band to entertain your guests. For more information, have a look at Prague historical tram rental page.