Northern route Prague–Zurich train to run from December
The new train will provide a direct connection between Prague and cities along the Rhine.
Starting with the timetable change on December 11, a new night train will run between Prague and Zurich, complementing the existing direct connection via Linz and Innsbruck in Austria. It will follow the route of former night trains to Switzerland via Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. This follows from the booking system of Austrian Railways (OBB).
The EN458/459 trains will make eighteen stops. The route through Germany will be about an hour longer than the southern route. The journey from Prague will take 14 hours and 40 minutes, while the return journey will take 13 hours and 36 minutes. The route via Linz will take 13 hours and 59 minutes to Switzerland and 12 hours and 59 minutes to Prague.
Trains to Switzerland will leave Prague at roughly the same time: via Linz at 6:21 p.m. (arrival at Zurich 8:20 a.m.), via Germany at 6:25 p.m. (Dresden 9:10 p.m., Leipzig 11:46 p.m., Frankfurt a/M 4:00 a.m., Mannheim 4:41 a.m., Basel 7:48 a.m., Zurich 9:05 a.m.).
The EN459 return train will leave Zurich at 7:59 p.m. (Basel 9:13 p.m., Mannheim 11:42 p.m., Frankfurt a/M 0:52 a.m., Leipzig 5:54 a.m., Dresden 7:08 a.m.) and will arrive at Prague at 9:35 a.m. The southern route train will leave Zurich at 9:40 p.m. and arrive at Prague at 10:39 a.m.
The train will be provided by Ceske drahy. The connection between the Czech Republic and Saxony outside peak hours will improve, the last direct train to Dresden now leaves Prague at 5:37 p.m. It will also be possible to travel directly from Prague to Frankfurt am Main, Mannheim or Karlsruhe.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.