The final tournament of the European Football Championship 2024 is approaching very fast and many fans are starting to plan how they will get to the matches taking place in ten German cities. České dráhy’s international trains, operated in cooperation with the German carrier “Deutsche Bahn”, offer a convenient and environment-friendly transport option. The Berliner services run at two-hour intervals during the day. In the course of the championship, an additional supporting night train will also be running on the Prague – Berlin – Prague route.

Leipzig and Hamburg will be the venue for the Czech national team’s matches in the basic group stage. Both the cities are easily accessible by train. With regard to the fact that there is already quite a lot of interest in travelling during the championship, we recommend the purchase of tickets with seat reservations well in advance. České dráhy’s tickets can be purchased in a three-month advance sale, but some capacity can already be booked through Deutsche Bahn (DB) sales channels. For the time of the championship organisation, German Railways (DB) is introducing compulsory reservations on the arrival at Germany for international trains, which is another argument for securing your journey in timey. When purchasing tickets in the electronic systems of České dráhy, it is possible to obtain a seat reservation for international trains free of charge.

The Czech national team matches are scheduled for Leipzig on Tuesday 18 June and Hamburg on Saturday 22 June and Wednesday 26 June. “The train journeys from the Czech Republic to both Leipzig and Hamburg are easy and comfortable with EuroCity trains and InterCity or InterCity Express train connections. The journey from Prague to Leipzig with only one change in Dresden takes about 4 hours. There are four direct services from Prague to Hamburg per day and other train transport services with a change in Berlin to ICE express trains. The journey from Prague to Hamburg takes less than 7 hours,” says Jiří Ješeta, Member of the Board of Directors and Deputy Director General of České dráhy for Passenger Transport.

The international trains on the Prague – Dresden – Berlin – Hamburg / Kiel / Flensburg / Leipzig line and back offer a daily capacity of almost eight thousand seats. At the same time, Czech Railways is negotiating with partner carrier DB to further increase the capacity of these trains.

The train journeys bring many benefits with them. The Berliner train services offer an on-board Wi-Fi network, the possibility of charging travel electronics (mobile phones, tablets, etc.) or a dining car. In addition, the usual worries associated with the travelling by car, such as congestions on motorways and in urban conurbations, troubles with parking, which is usually subject to parking fee payments, or obtaining emission stickers which are necessary for cars to enter many German cities, are eliminated if you decide to travel by train.

Passengers can buy the most advantageous tickets in the E-shop operated by České dráhy or on the My Train mobile application. The price of the First Minute Europe tickets is at its lowest level at the time of the pre-sale launching, and as the travel date approaches and the train occupancy increases, the price gradually grows as well, as is the case with other modes of transport. The particular offer of the train connection and the current price for a given service at the time of purchase can be found in the ČD E-shop, on the website or in the My Train application downloaded on your mobile phone. The prices for the First Minute Europe tickets in 2nd carriage class, including seat reservation, for the Prague – Leipzig route start at CZK 387 and for the Prague – Hamburg route at CZK 516.

EC Train in Dresden