Budapest is a significantly larger city than Prague with roughly 1.7 million inhabitants over 1.2 million. Prague feels like a very compact city where most important sights are within a very short distance. The winner of this category is Prague , because all its beautiful sights are so easily accessible.
Between Budapest and Prague regularly ply 7 direct trains ; one of them is a night train . The train journey takes 6 hours 46 minutes. The ticket price is 560 CZK (20 €). All trains depart from Prague Main railway station or Holešovice and arrive at Budapest East station named Budapest -Keleti.
The best time to visit Budapest, Vienna , and Prague are during the spring and fall months. Weather is pleasant and tourist numbers are low. The weather is still very pleasant during the summer months but these cities can get very crowded. The winter months have bitterly cold temperatures and snow but very few tourists.
The fastest and most comfortable way to travel from Prague to Vienna is by taking the EuroCity train . This modern and luxurious train will get you to your destination in 4 hours and 25 minutes.
The best times to visit Prague are the spring and early fall when the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds . Because of the city’s generally chilly climate, the warmer summer months (average high temperatures hover in the low to mid-70s) see the largest influx of tourists – which means higher hotel rates.
The rate of violent crime is low and most areas of Prague are safe to walk around even after dark. Be careful on Wenceslas Square. It is usually packed with tourists and the crowds make things easy for pickpockets. There have also been cases of trusting “love-seekers” being robbed of all their money at night .
If you are wondering how many days in Budapest you need, two days is adequate to see the whole city, as long as you’re efficient. Three days will allow you to get to more of the top attractions at a slower pace. You can add a fourth day if you want plenty of time to relax.
To really see Prague, it’s best to visit for four to five days . That will allow you to see all the main sites and get a sense of the city’s culture.
Credit cards are accepted in most places in Prague , for example in hotels, restaurants and international shops. However, some local shops, cafés and bars do not take credit cards. Cash is still king in the Czech Republic (Czechia), so if you able to do so, pay in cash .
Between the two, we preferred Vienna by far. If you are wondering how many days in Vienna you will need, I would say you will want at least two full days to explore. Ideally you would stay up to five days , especially if you want to take any day trips from Vienna, but 3 days in Vienna is really the sweet spot.
Vienna has the Glamour of an Imperial City as it was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It has incredible Palaces, Museums, Restaurants, and ofcourse Cafés. Its Architecture is stunning, and it is a very well organized and clean City. Budapest on the other hand is beautiful , but it is stuck in the Soviet Era.
Traveling the scenic route from Vienna to Prague is a great experience in itself, and it is the most convenient option: It is a fast, reliable and comfortable connection between the two cities. Vienna and Prague are connected by the modern, high-speed Railjet trains .
Vienna is far more significant historically and culturally, with many world class museums. On the other hand Prague looks much more beautiful and a better place than Vienna for just wandering around and hanging out, the nightlife is better too. Not to mention it is much cheaper than Vienna if budget is an issue.
There are direct trains covering the distance between Vienna and Budapest in 2 hours and 47 minutes and they leave their respective station every two hours. If you decide to travel between Vienna and Prague , the journey will last 4 hours and 45 minutes with departures almost every two hours.
The distance between Prague and Budapest is 530 kilometers , and, of course, the fastest way is travelling by plane – it takes less than 1.5 hours.