What to know before you go:
- You don’t want to miss out on this day trip on your next trip to Prague or even Vienna. Seriously, make it happen.
- There is no bad time to visit this beautiful city – even in the winter it is a quaint escape.
- There is a bear that lives in the moat around the castle grounds. Even on a beautifully sunny day in May, the bear did not come out to say hello so if you see the bear consider yourself lucky!
How to get there:
- Travel by car from Prague: the trip by car takes approximately 2.5 hours (175 km) and there is parking near the city center. We typically vote for the self-drive option, except this time the train tickets were a little cheaper than renting a car and there was less of a rental car hassle involved.
- Travel by train from Prague: The first train that connect from Prague to Cesky Krumlov leaves at 8:01 am and arrives in Prague at 10:50 am. To return to Prague via train, the direct connection leaves Cesky Krumlov at 2:02 pm which only leave you about 3 hours to explore. This round trip ticket costs about 18 EUR. Check the current time tables here.
- Travel by bus from Prague: If the train times leave you wanting more time, there are also bus options with Leo Express. Be warned that the reviews aren’t great, but in order to give ourselves a few extra hours here, we took the 5:15 pm bus from Cesky Krumlov and had no problems. Side note: the Leo Express buses pick up from Český Krumlov, aut. nádr. which is not the same place as the train station, but easy to find with a quick Google search.