How to Get to Terezin from Prague

The former concentration camp of Terezin is one of the most interesting excursions to do in the surroundings of Prague. In this post I show you which are the best options to reach it from the Czech capital.

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Carlos Bleda

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How to Get to Terezin from Prague

Terezin Concentration Camp | ©Robert Eklund

Terezin is a Czech town located 62 kilometers north of Prague tragically known for the concentration camp installed in its fortress during the Second World War. Today converted into a museum and memorial, this place is one of the excursions of greater historical and cultural value that we can do in the surroundings of the Czech capital.

A visit to Terezin is one of the most popular things to do for visitors to Prague despite the distance. Knowing which are the options to get to this town is essential if we want to visit the memorial, the facilities and the museum of the former concentration camp. And that is why today I will share with you the best ways to get from Prague to Terezin.

The best option: with an organized excursion

Detail of the monument of the Children of Lydice in the concentration camp.| ©Donald Judge
Detail of the monument of the Children of Lydice in the concentration camp.| ©Donald Judge

The best option to get to Terezin is by one of the best guided tours that can be done from Prague. The convenience of having private transportation there and back makes it the best option. This type of excursion includes a transfer to Terezin to visit the largest concentration camp in the Czech Republic, as well as to see the Ghetto Museum, the cemetery and the Small Fortress.

Information of interest

  • Duration of the tour: 5 hours with a professional guide.
  • Schedule: Depending on the tour, usually starts early around 9:00.
  • Recommended if: You are not looking for complications and want the simplest option.
  • Price: 56 € approximately
  • More info: Visit the post about the Terezin Concentration Camp Day Trips from Prague

Book an excursion to Terezín from Prague

By bus: if you want to go on your own

By bus to Terezín| ©Scott Lowe
By bus to Terezín| ©Scott Lowe

If guided tours are not our thing and we prefer to go on our own, the best option to get to Terezin is by bus. Luckily we have the possibility to take a bus line as there are only 60 kilometers that separate the town of Terezin from Prague.

From the bus station of Nádraží Holešovice in Prague direct buses leave every few minutes. The frequency is variable but you will not have to wait more than an hour and a half between one bus and another. In the best cases they leave every half hour. The journey time is 50 minutes and, being a regular bus, you will have to pay attention and get off at the Terezin stop. You will notice which stop it is since half of the bus will get off as usual. The price per person per way is 5 euros and can be purchased at the ticket office of the same station.

The return buses leave at 16:00, 16:35, 17:35 and the last one at 18:35. Keep this in mind when planning your visit. Also note that the bus stop in Terezin does not leave you at the camp itself and from there you will have to walk or take a cab. It is a short way to go by cab although there is a lot of demand and you will be charged about 10 euros. It is a couple of kilometers walk from the station to the Terezin camp.

Useful information

  • Travel time: 50 minutes.
  • Timetable: Depending on the bus. There are buses every half an hour or hour and a half from early morning.
  • Recommended if: You are looking for the best alternative to go on your own.

By train: another alternative to travel by your own means

LeoExpess train from Prague| ©Minwormed
LeoExpess train from Prague| ©Minwormed

If for whatever reason the bus does not convince you we have the alternative of taking a train. I do not recommend it against the bus as it is a little more expensive and the journey is a little longer. But it is a perfectly valid option. In Prague there are two train stations from which we can get to Terezin. Podbaba, closer to the center, and click here Holesovice in the eastern part of the city.

From either of them we can take a regional train to the nearest town to Terezin, as there is no stop there. You will have to take a cab on arrival if you choose to do so. There are trains every hour and the ones we are interested in are: 670, 672, 676, 680, 684, 688, 690, 692, 696, 674, 678, 682, 686, 694 and 698. These trains are direct or with few stops in between and the journey time ranges from 50 minutes to an hour and a half. Prices are around 10 euros and vary depending on the intermediate stops.

Useful information

  • Travel time: Between 50 minutes and 1 hour and a half.
  • Timetable: Depending on the train. There are trains every hour for both the outward and return journeys.
  • Recommended if: You want an alternative to the bus and you don't mind paying a little more and taking a few minutes longer.

By car: what to do if I go with my vehicle

Driving a car| ©why kei
Driving a car| ©why kei

If you have a car or want to rent one in Prague, getting to Terezin is very easy, fast and comfortable. From the center of Prague it takes less than 50 minutes to drive the 62 kilometers that separate the capital from our destination.

The most direct route goes through several nearby villages and there are tolls at the exit of the city. You have to take highway 8 out of Prague and then take exit 35 to the E55 road and then link with the 608. It is a simple road and has no great difficulty following the GPS. The only thing is that it is a very busy route and we can find some traffic.

The great advantage of going by car, besides the independence it gives us, is that we have a parking lot very close to the entrance of the Terezin camp and we will not have to walk or take a cab to get there.

Information of interest

  • Travel time: 45-50 minutes.
  • Timetable: As you wish.
  • Recommended if: You have a car and want total independence.

Cab and Uber: other means of transportation that can also be useful for you

Cab| ©Skitterphoto
Cab| ©Skitterphoto

As a last resort we have the option of taking a cab to Terezin. And I say last because compared to the prices of other means of transport the cab is tremendously expensive. The trip from Prague can cost between 70 or even 100 euros depending on traffic. Although it is comfortable, fast and leave us at the same door the extra cost does not compensate. It is only an option if we want to visit Terezin and the other options have fallen off for different reasons.

Another alternative is to resort to services such as Uber that do operate in Prague and surroundings. The advantage over the Taxi is that we will know in advance the price and the route and the ease of hiring it through their app. However, although it is cheaper than the cab, it is still expensive compared to other means of transport.

Useful information

  • Travel time: 40-50 minutes.
  • Schedule: The one you choose.
  • Recommended yes: As a last alternative if you have no other choice.

Book an excursion to Terezin from Prague

We compare all options

  • Organized tour
  • Price: approximately 56 €.
  • Duration: 5 hours with professional guide
  • Schedule: usually starts at 9 am.
  • Bus
  • Price: approximately 5 € per person per way.
  • Duration: 50 minutes.
  • Timetable: you must confirm but there are usually buses every half hour.
  • Train
  • Price: 10 € approximately.
  • Duration: 50 minutes to one hour: Between 50 minutes and an hour and a half.
  • Schedule: there are usually trains every hour, for the outward and return journeys.
  • Private car
  • Price: it is about 62 km so it will depend on the price of gasoline at that time.
  • Duration: about 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Timetable: your choice.
  • Cab
  • Price: between 70 and 100 €.
  • Duration: about 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Timetable: your choice.