With just under 10 days to spend in Central Europe, I decided to spend half of my time visiting Slovakia and the other half visiting the Czech Republic. Since our flight from Doha landed really early in the morning in Prague, I figured the best way to make use of the time was to grab a train from Prague to Slovakia, and just start the holiday there and make our way back to the Czech Republic since our flight back home to Kuala Lumpur leaves from Prague.
After doing a little research I finally settled and booked our train tickets with RegioJet. It’s a Czech-owned rail and bus company that is one of the many options for trains that get around Central Europe. There are tons of options to choose from when travelling by train from Prague. One that intrigued me was the sleeper trains that had really nice beds, but unfortunately they only travel at night and are kind of slow. RegioJet was the best looking one that suited our schedule. Plus, they had really reasonable prices for business class fares. I paid about 55 euros for a return trip from Prague to Bratislava, which lasted about 4 hours each way.
Since the journey for the train ride was exactly the same in both directions to and from Prague/Bratislava. I’ll just be writing a single post instead of 2 separate posts because the service/product was identical in both directions.
First, I had to get myself from the airport to the main train station located in town. I pre-ordered a Talixo ride, which was something like Uber, but the driver waits for you at arrivals with a placard with your name on it. After getting off at the main train station in town, all we had to do was get on the right platform and hop onto our train.
Business class seats on RegioJet are in a 1-1 configuration on this train. The seating arrangement is very private, with only 4 seats in the cabin, and there are only 4 cabins in the business class carriage. The only awkward part is that the 4 seats face each other, so if you’re travelling as a pair and want to sit facing the same side, it might be a little strange to be staring at the stranger in front of you for the whole journey.
There are 4 cabin classes on this train ranging from low cost, standard, relax and business. I suppose it varies from train to destination? I did manage to walk into the relax cabin to snap a few pictures before having my meal. So yes, depending on your budget you can pay as little as 12 euros one way for this same route. More information on RegioJet can be found here.
It was really spacious in the cabins, and there are also overhead compartments which easily fit my oversized suitcase with no issues. Each seat comes with its own side table, coat/bag hanger & power sockets. There were also reading materials placed on the middle table and a RegioJet booklet.
Right after we settled in our seats and got comfortable, the train attendant came by to our cabin to introduce himself and provided us with menus and explained what our business class tickets came with. He was in an extremely chirpy & friendly mood and easily recommended add ons which he thought were good. We were lucky to get him working on our return journey from Bratislava as well.
Business class tickets came with complimentary items listed below.
- Bottled water (unlimited)
- Italian illy coffee (unlimited)
- Oxalis tea or fresh mint tea (unlimited)
- 100% orange juice or Bohemia Sekt Brut
- Daily newspapers and magazines (CZ, SK)
- Entertainment portal on your own electronic device (headphones for rent)
Unlimited espresso coffee drinks by Illy was already a win in my book. The extensive menu also had salads, sushi, sandwiches, pasta, sweets, alcohol and lots more which were very reasonably priced. I ordered a slice of cheesecake for 40 cents euros and was pleasantly surprised it was actually really good despite the dubious price. Also, get the ham & cheese croissant for 1 euro, it was delicious.
While waiting for the food to arrive I sneaked off to explore the train for a bit, to see what the standard seats in the carriage next to ours were like. They looked pretty comfortable, set in a 2-1 configuration, just without it being enclosed in private cabins. The quad seats that faced each other had a nice dining table which could be nice if you’re travelling with friends.
After returning to my seat the train attendant came by with a trolley and started handing us our food and asked if we needed anything else after the meal. I pre-ordered a 2nd cup of coffee and he told me it would be ready after I was done with my meal. He shut the cabin doors and wished everyone bon appétit. B
After that very satisfying lunch consisting of sparkling wine, cookies, vegetable chips, a ham & cheese croissant, a very large cookie and a cappuccino I was almost in a food coma. The train attendant returned after 30 minutes with my 2nd cup of cappuccino and cleared our tables and said not to hesitate to let him know if we needed anything else. The service was impeccable.
The next few hours of the journey were just spent dozing off and waking up to get the occasional shot outside the window for extremely gorgeous views of the countryside, or waking up when the train attendant checked on us to see if we needed more drinks or snacks.
Based on my awesome experience with RegioJet, I can highly recommend taking this train if you’re ever looking to venture out from Prague to other neighbouring cities or countries. It completely exceeded my expectations, and also with a price tag of 55 euros for a return trip, it was well worth it.