Parking and driving is restricted
Look out carefully for the trafic signs and explanations ( although they are given ONLY in Czech language )
Plenty of parkings like this one in the very centre - close to the park and to many of the expensive hotels - are allowed ONLY for residents of the hotels or local people.
Arrive by train
Karlovy vary / Karlsbad has a good connection to the European train-systems.
Arriving by train was the most common way of going for a vacation to Karlsbad for plenty of people before WW II.
You may save a lot of nerves that way and do not have to search for a parking.
Take a halfday-trip to Loket / Elbogen
Loket is a small town nearby Karlovy Vary / Karlsbad.
You may go there by car or by train and will see a very special town, built on a rock that is almost completely surrounded by the river Ohre / Eger
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was there and left some traces for the tourists...
For more infos and pics about Loket / Elbogen - please have a look on my Loket-page !!
Best deal is to take express bus - it takes only 2 h 15 min.
Buses leave hourly. Can buy ticket in the offices advertised in the bus terminal or use on-line ticketing possibilities :
http://www.studentagency.cz/express/vnitro/?&en - highly recommended
http://www.amsbus.cz/ (free registration is required)
Buses drop off the passengers also at "Karlove Vary Trznice" - most people leave the bus there as it is closer to the central part - but buses DO NOT pick up the passengers there when going to Prague!! You have to walk to the terminal to take bus back.
From Prague to Karlovy Vary
The tickets to karlovy Vary can be bought from the Student Agency - they have the best standared busses and of course are available not only for students ;)
The website is a little bit in czech, butvery easy to use: http://www.studentagency.cz/mainpage.php?switch=101901
The busses leave from Florenc Station in Prague
- School Holidays
- Road Trip
Bus to Karlovy Vary
From Prague you can reach to Karlovy Vray by bus. There are about 8 busses a day but not all of them are express and so the 2,5 hours ride can stretch to 5 hours. You can get the information about the bus times from the Prague bus station or Internet (don't know the link at the moment) or ask your hotel receptionist to give you a hand on this.
The timetables on the wall are a bit of a hassle because these are written only in Czech and you should pay attention to the fact that timetables vary according to the weekdays and holidays etc. To be safe just ask from the information.
In some cases the ticket can be bought beforehand and you can make a place reservation, on some cases the driver will sell the tickets on the bus (that info can also be obtained from the information desk).
If I remember correctly I paid 130 CZK for one-way ticket (or was it return?)
We booked our day trip to Karlovy Vary with Martin Tour. The trip was by bus with air conditioner. The trip takes 2 hours and 30 minutes aprox and we enjoyed watching the landscape. We bought the ticket on the kiosk of martin tour on Wenceslaw square 2 days before the trip and we took there the bus at 9.30 am and we back to Prague at 19.30.
- Road Trip
- Spa and Resort
- Historical Travel
Arrive by car
Karlovy Vary / Karlsbad is situated in the north-west of Czechia, about 50 Km east of Cheb / Eger.
Car-trafic is quite heavy and searching for a parking outside of the city is a good idea and saves you from a lot of stress
Day Trip by Bus from the German Side
A day trip to Karlovy Vary from the German side of the Ore Mountains, in this case the Zschopau valley area, by public transport is doable but requires a bit of planning. Train connections are complicated and time-consuming. The easiest option is the Autobus Sachsen bus line 1000. However, this bus runs only once per week, on Tuesday, and only from May to September. If this fits your travel dates, it is easy and convenient.
The bus starts in Zschopau very early in the morning, then runs via Chemnitz, Annaberg-Buchholz and Oberwiesenthal with a couple of stops in between to Karlovy Vary and, if there are passengers, on to Mariánské Láznĕ.
In Karlovy Vary the bus drops you off at the bus station of Dolní Nádraží, the "lower" train station, in walking distance from the centre and the beginning of the spa quarter. It arrives at 9.40 and departs for the return at 16.30 - enough time to do and see quite a lot in town. The return fare from Annaberg was 13 €.
Reservations for this bus can be made on this website - in theory, we had to find out that this did not work too well. Boarding the bus in Annaberg and buying the ticket from the driver turned out to be no problem, though.
(The little black figure in the photos is Arthur the guardian angel, whom the bus driver had attached to the windscreen of his bus. Hard to catch a photo without Arthur...)
See the locals beside the road...
On the way to Karlovy Vary the bus stopped in front of a building, which was shop/coffee shop/ bar/ post office - all rolled into one. That was a funny experience.
Bus driver stepped out for a fag and we had a chance to look around and see a side of Czech Rep that you don't see in Prague... It was like going back in time for about 10 years.
I specially loved the door of the local post office (look at the picture)...
Prag - Karlovy Vari
It is my first trip to Prague. I would like to know how long it takes with a cab from the airport to the bus station. I will be going to Karlovy Vari by bus. My plane will land at 13:05 and I have to catch a bus at 14:30
I am afraid I do not reach the bus.
Karlovy Vary Train Station [main ]
The station is in need of an update , very scruffy inside and out, not a good welcome to smart Karlovy Vary town. This is the station for Prague and Cheb, there is another station in Karlovy Vary. There is a bus dont know any info, so i walked down.From the station ignore the road and walk down a path through the trees to a road over a bridge over the river. Straight ahead for the main centre and hotels, and post office., this took about 20 minutes. Downhill from station, Uphill to station.
Terminal - bus to Prague
Your bus to Prague leaves from this gray building, not far from the "Trznice" where the bus from Prague drops-off the passengers.
Linking the two spas
For a change of scenery the train to Marianske Lazne passes quite slowly through some beautifully wooded countryside.
It takes about an hour and half to leisurely trundle some fifty odd kilometers.
Prague- Karlovy Vary: My best bus service ever
The name is misleadind, not only for students.
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