From one beautiful city to another let’s look at the easiest ways to get from Prague to Vienna. There are actually quite a few ways to get between the two cities and no matter if you’re just going for a weekend trip to Vienna or backpacking across Europe there are plenty of options to get around from country to country. 

One thing we love about Prague is how central it is in Europe and how easy it is to travel between countries. It makes it possible to go to Vienna for just a weekend for example if you’re living in Prague. Or if you’re travelling around Europe it is also just super convenient to get from one capital to the other. 

Let’s get right into all the different options on how to get from Prague to Vienna. In this post, you will find the different options, ticket prices, links to sites where you can book from, and reasons why we recommend each option.

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Dom and Jo at Belvedere Castle in Vienna, Austria.

5 Best Ways to get from Prague to Vienna

Prague to Vienna is quite a common trip for locals, expats, and tourists alike. Since it’s just a popular route, there are plenty of different options to get between the two cities. Below you can find the different options and select your mode of transport based on how much time and the amount of moneyyou want to spend, as well as the convenience of your trip.

Prague to Vienna by plane:

Average price: $200 for a return ticket 
Average time: 1-hour flight (+ extra time to the airport, waiting at the airport, etc)
Convenience: 4.5/5
Where to book: Kiwi.com 

This method is probably better if you book this in advance because prices for plane tickets can fluctuate quite a lot. Buying a plane ticket last minute can be a little expensive. But it doesn’t hurt to look if there’s a last minute deal by chance. Especially since flying takes less than an hour and the airport in Prague is quite easy to get to from the center of the city.

Since there are other options that we personally think are better we wouldn’t recommend flying but we know everyone prefers something else so it’s still good to put this out there for anyone interested in flying from Prague to Vienna.

Book your flight ticket from Prauge to Vienna here.

Prague to Vienna by bus:

Average price: $25or less one way
Average time: 4-hour bus ride
Convenience: 4/5
Where to book: Omio (previously known as GoEuro)

Taking the bus from Prague to Vienna is definitely one of the better options if you want to just sit back, relax, listen to some music, and enjoy the ride. The ride is quite smooth and the main highway from Prague to Vienna is good. There are times where accidents on the highway delay the trip and add some extra time to the journey but it’s not that common.

The nice thing about taking the bus from Prague is that the bus station in Prague is quite central and you can even walk there if you’re somewhere downtown. Same thing when you get to Vienna the bus will drop you off quite central so you don’t have to go anywhere far.

One other thing we wanted to mention is that busses do run quite often so if you miss one there should be another in the next hour or so. We do recommend booking in advance though to guarantee a seat!

Book your bus ticket to Vienna here.

Prague to Vienna by Train:

Average price: $22 or less one way
Average time: 4 hour train ride
Convenience: 4.5/5
Where to book: Omio

We love trains and love relaxing inside the train carriage, getting work done, and looking outside as the train rolls through different areas of the country. It takes the same amount of time as a bus but we find taking the train from Prague to Vienna is much more pleasant.

The trip leaves from Prague’s main train station and drops you off close to downtown Vienna so it’s super convenient and trains run super frequently between the two cities. If you’re looking for a nice and relaxing trip to Vienna we’d say hop on a train.

The only downside is that there is sometimes random railway construction and trains can get delayed but it’s not that common. Worst case you have extra time to listen to your podcast or music. 

Book your train ticket to Vienna here.

Prague to Vienna by Rideshare:

Average price: $10 one way (prices vary on the driver)
Average time: 4 hour rideshare
Convenience: 4.5/5
Where to book: Blablacar

If you’re in the mood to make a new friend or want someone to chat with then a rideshare is a good option. We’ve used Blablacar a few times just on day trips from Prague but haven’t taken one to Vienna before. 

You can always search on the app/website to see if anyone is driving on the day you’re looking to go. One of the benefits of a rideshare is that it is quite cheap and you can usually meet friendly people. 

If you’re a little adventurous and comfortable driving with a stranger then give it a go.  

Search for a BlaBlaCar driver here.

Beautiful Belvedere Castle which you can find in Austria's Capital, Vienna

Prague to Vienna by rental car:

Average price: Anywhere from $25-$50 a day + gas
Average time: 4 hours by car
Convenience: 4.5/5
Where to book: Rentalcars.com

If there are 2+ of you then renting a car may be your best option. That way you can make some stops along the way like Kutna Hora or Brno. It’s definitely the most expensive option out of the 5 but if there’s a few of you heading to Vienna together this is a good option.

We recommend renting a car through Rentalcars.com and then picking it up from the Prague Airport since it’s usually the cheapest option. We like using Rentalcars.com because it compares the different rental companies and shows you the cheapest and best options!

Another good tip is that the further you book the car rental in advance the more likely you are to get a better discount!

Book your rental car from Prague Airport here.

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We hope you have the best trip to Vienna and enjoy all the fun attractions and activities you do. We love how close it is to Prague and how easy it is to visit other countries and cities from Prague. This is just one of the many reasons why we love living in Prague.

Have fun!

Dom & Jo
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