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There are 3 ways to get from Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice by train, bus or car

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Train

  1. Take the train from Karlovy Vary to Plzen Hlavni Nadrazi
  2. Take the train from Plzen Hlavni Nadrazi to Ceske Budejovice

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Karlovy Vary Terminal Bus Station to Prague Florenc Central Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Prague to České Budějovice,,aut.nádr

Drive

  1. Drive from Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice
Karlovy Vary → České Budějovice
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice is to train which costs 340 Kč - 600 Kč and takes 4h 32m.

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The quickest way to get from Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice is to drive which costs 550 Kč - 800 Kč and takes 3h 12m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Karlovy Vary station to České Budějovice. However, there are services departing from Karlovy Vary Terminal Bus Station and arriving at České Budějovice,,aut.nádr via Prague. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice. However, there are services departing from Karlovy Vary and arriving at Ceske Budejovice via Plzen Hlavni Nadrazi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 32m.

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The distance between Karlovy Vary and České Budějovice is 181 km. The road distance is 217.8 km.

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The best way to get from Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice without a car is to train which takes 4h 32m and costs 340 Kč - 600 Kč.

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It takes approximately 4h 32m to get from Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice, including transfers.

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Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from Karlovy Vary Terminal Bus Station.

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Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice train services, operated by Czech Railways (ČD), depart from Karlovy Vary station.

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The best way to get from Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice is to train which takes 4h 32m and costs 340 Kč - 600 Kč. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 380 Kč - 650 Kč and takes 5h 25m.

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  • Distance: 181.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 32m

What companies run services between Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic and České Budějovice, Czech Republic?

You can take a train from Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice via Plzen Hlavni Nadrazi in around 4h 32m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice via Prague in around 5h 25m.

Train operators
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Karlovy Vary to Plzen Hlavni Nadrazi
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
190 Kč - 320 Kč
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
190 Kč - 240 Kč
Business
260 Kč - 310 Kč
1st Class
260 Kč - 320 Kč
Train from Plzen Hlavni Nadrazi to Ceske Budejovice
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
150 Kč - 270 Kč
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
150 Kč - 190 Kč
Business
220 Kč - 260 Kč
1st Class
220 Kč - 270 Kč
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Karlovy Vary Terminal Bus Station to Prague Florenc Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
130 Kč - 190 Kč
Website
RegioJet
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Karlovy Vary to Prague
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
250 Kč - 300 Kč
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Prague to České Budějovice,,aut.nádr
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
250 Kč - 310 Kč
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at České Budějovice,,aut.nádr station.

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Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice train services, operated by Czech Railways (ČD), arrive at Ceske Budejovice station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice is 218 km. It takes approximately 3h 12m to drive from Karlovy Vary to České Budějovice.

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