It’s just over two hours by train from Prague to Dresden. The České dráhy (Czech Railways) trains are comfortable and not expensive. And the scenery between Děčín CZ and Bad Schandau DE is beautiful.

It’s easy enough to book online, choose your seats and print your tickets. Our tickets in First Class were 700 Kč each including the seat reservation.

Trains depart from Praha hlavní nádraží (Prague Main Station) – when you arrive, the departure board indicates the platform. Once on the platform, there is a diagram of the train carriages and where they will stop – so you can plan to be in the right place when the train arrives.

The seats in the First Class carriage were arranged in a 1 – 2 formation.

The seats were comfortable and there was plenty of room.

Each passenger in First Class receives a complimentary bottle of water. After that, the onboard staff will take your food and drinks order from the menu. If you are lucky, or have planned well, you benefit from ‘happy hour’ pricing. It really is happy hour when a 0.5l Gambrinus is reduced from 94 Kč to 39 Kč.

If you’re flexible about your travel times, it’s worth booking a ‘happy hour’ train – this picture from the menu onboard 14th July 2021, so may change.

First Class was the last coach, so I had a great view from the rear window as the train travelled from Děčín (CZ) and Bad Schandau (DE).

Within a few hours we arrived in Dresden and walked 15 minutes to the Hilton Hotel.

Masks were required, although you can remove your mask to eat and drink. Nobody checked our double vaccination certificates during the journey – same on the return.

After a few days, we took the same train on to Berlin. The price of the Dresden – Berlin ticket was more than a Prague – Berlin ticket. This because fares from Prague are cheaper. So, we bought Prague – Berlin tickets without reserving seats. There’s no point reserving a seat as the reservation is lost if the seat remains unoccupied 15 minutes after the journey. We had no problem finding empty seats in First Class.

The full menu card (14th July 2021).