Getting to Prague from Cesky Krumlov (Student Agency Bus)
Prague is 2hr 55 min away from Cesky Krumlov by bus. The Student Agency bus is one of the cheapest and most convenient way to travel to and fro Prague. Alternative transportation means include trains to Prague (inconvenient – you have to take a bus to Ceske Budejovice and then take a train to Prague – longer journey + more expensive) or private shuttle (very expensive)
Student Agency Bus is just the name of the transport company. You can also buy tickets (Adult ticket price: 150 Kc) if you are not a student (discounts available for students). Hot chocolate is served during the ride and you can also enjoy a 70s-80s era Czech movie with weird English subtitles. The services available are similar to that provided by our Orangeways bus from Budapest to Vienna.
If this is not enough to keep you entertained, surf on the net by tapping on the free Wi-Fi inside the bus. Yes! Wi-Fi in a bus travelling at 70km/h cutting across Czech Republic!
As this route is quite popular among the local population and tourists, book your tickets online at http://www.studentagency.cz early to secure your seats. Don’t feel intimidated by the Czech wordings when you reach the site. The booking process had became much more easier since they implemented an English version of the booking form. Previously, I had to learn a bit of Czech language to book 4 bus tickets!
How to book Student Agency Bus tickets
Follow these steps (with screenshots) to book your Student Agency bus tickets to and fro Prague:
Step 1: Go to http://www.studentagency.cz and click the UK English icon on the top right of the screen.
Step 2: That should bring you to the following page. Click on National Bustickets to book tickets for travel within Czech Republic e.g. from Cesky Krumlov to Prague.
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Step 3: Select your route (Cesky Krumlov – Praha) among the available ones and click “Search coach service”. If you intend to go to Cesky Krumlov from Prague, click “Cesky Krumlov – Praha” and click “Swap destination”
Step 4: Select your preferred timing and click <<the magnifying glass and booking>>. The movie that will be played during the journey is also indicated here
Step 5: Select your preferred seats. Red squares are reserved and you can only select the green squares. Once you are done, click Pay to pay for the seat. The system allows one ticket booking at a time so you have to repeat the process for more tickets.
Step 6: Check your route details and provide your name and email to book. Follow the payment instructions after this (very straightforward)
You are done! Repeat Steps 3 to 6 if you are buying more tickets. Check your email and print out the receipts. Show it to the bus stewardess before boarding and enjoy the ride!
Disclaimer: This guide is accurate as of 8 September 2009. Do let me know in the comments if any of these steps no longer work.