SWISSbuckling to Europe Pt XXX – EC 379 Berlin to Prague

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Traveling through German/Czech countryside

Our awesome time in Berlin had came to an end and we had to move on to the next city – Prague. Our train tickets were bought on Deutsche Bahn’s excellent website for €29 each.

We arrived early at Berlin Hauptbahnhof and had time to pick up some supplies at the supermarket.

Kaiser’s

To be honest Berlin Hbf was one huge maze and we had difficulties finding our platform. Despite the time spent locating it, we were still early and the previous train had yet to leave the platform.

IC 545 between Cologne and Berlin

ICE Train

Our train arrived at the platform shortly after the ICE train left. To my surprise, it was a České dráhy carriage.

Czech carriage

I checked with the DB staff whether it was correct train as there was no sign of the word Prague. She assured me that it was the correct train but it would terminate at Dresden. Apparently there was track maintenance between Dresden and Ústí nad Labem and a replacement bus would bring us between them.

Train: DB EC 379 “Carl Maria von Weber”
Depart: Berlin Hbf – 14:44
Arrive: Dresden Hbf – 16:52
Duration: 2h8m
Distance: 205 km

We boarded and found ourselves an empty compartment to spread ourselves out.

Like a boss I

Like a boss II

The countryside looked kinda bleak from the train.

Landscape punctuated by wind farms

Curtain

The two hours’ journey passed quickly and we found ourselves in Dresden just before 5pm.

Dresden Hbf

There was no sign of where to go and we wandered around the train station looking for the onward transportation to Prague. Feeling a little worried that I might miss the bus, I went into the ticket office and asked the staff inside. She gave me the instructions (turn left after Bayerische Straße exit and walk straight) and we were glad to spot the buses.

The first bus had moved off while the driver were confirming that we had the right tickets and were supposed to be on the bus.

On the bus to Czech Republic

Bus: DB Bus
Depart: Dresden Hbf – 17:25
Arrive: Ústí nad Labem hl. n. – 18:15
Duration: 50m
Distance: 65 km

Leaving Dresden Hbf

Destination: Ústí nad Labem hl. n.

Lovely church in Dresden

The bus ride was a little longer than expected. I didn’t know when we crossed the border between Germany and Czech Republic but I was still excited that I was entering a new country.

German/Czech countryside

Barriers along the expressway – due to crosswinds?

The bus seat was much more cramped compared to the train compartment and I was glad to arrive at Ústí nad Labem, which seems to be a nice town.

Our DB bus

Outside Ústí nad Labem hl. n.

We had 8 minutes to make our connection.

Going back on EC 379

The sky had a lovely color due to sunset.

Ústí nad Labem hl. n.

Ústí nad Labem hl. n.

Ústí nad Labem town on the other side of River Elbe (Labe)

City Elefant on the other platform

It was election time in Czech Republic and posters were everywhere.

Yellow/Blue

Red/White

Our train arrived on time. Interestingly the train carriages belonged to ÖBB.

Austrian carriages

Train: DB EC 379 “Carl Maria von Weber”
Depart: Ústí nad Labem hl. n. – 18:13
Arrive: Praha hl. n. – 19:27
Duration: 1h14m
Distance: 106 km

The carriage that we boarded was crowded and all the seats inside the compartments were filled. We had to sit along the aisle.

Sitting along the aisle

It turned out that the other carriages weren’t as full and there were seats there. However, since it was a relatively short distance to Prague, we just remained in the same carriage.

The sun set as we traveled towards Prague. By the time we reached Praha hl. n., it was already dark.

Crossing the platform through the underpass

Although we had bought tickets for the direct train between Berlin and Prague, it was annoying that the repair works between Dresden and Ústí nad Labem caused us the additional hassle of bus transfer. The good news that the repair works had been completed and visitors could now travel without transferring to bus.

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