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Student Agency buses can be easily recognized from a distance by their characteristic yellow colour. The Czech company Student Agency operates several pairs of buses between Prague, Brno (second largest Czech city) and Vienna every day. These buses represent a quick and comfortable way of travelling between the Czech and Austrian capitals and a solid alternative to fast trains. Contrary to what the name suggests, you don’t need to be a student to go with the bus.
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There is a steward in every Student Agency bus, who provides all services to passengers and is able to answer questions in Czech or English. Warm drinks like coffee or hot chocolate are included in the price of the ticket and theoretically you can have as many as you like during your journey. Cold drinks are also offered, but these are for a fee.
Shortly after departure from a stop the steward distributes headphones. You can use them for listening to music (different kinds of music channels are at disposal) or for watching a movie – either an international movie of a Czech movie with English subtitles. You can also take newspapers and magazines for free, but these are only in Czech.
There is usually only one stop between Prague and Vienna: the bus waits few minutes in Brno. Occasionally you will have to switch buses here (the steward will tell you in such case). The total journey from Prague to Vienna takes about five hours.
If you want to save time, try Eurolines, which operate direct buses Vienna – Prague (not over Brno) in 4 hours. They offer discounts on return trips, for children, students, and people over 60. Go to Eurolines fast online booking.
Booking tickets online at least few days prior to departure is strongly recommended. One way ticket from Prague to Vienna-Praterstern costs EUR 16, to the Schwechat Airport it costs EUR 24. If you travel only from Brno, the prices are EUR 8 less in both cases. There is no discount for return tickets (they cost two times the one-way tickets).
You must pay the tickets shortly after the booking. If you don’t, your booking will be cancelled soon. The best is to pay immediately with a card. Usually it is possible to cancel the booking till 2 hours prior to departure with no extra charge.
Printing out a confirmation is not necessary (though it won’t hurt in any case), but it is important to remember your booking code in order to get into the bus.
Student Agency buses to Vienna depart from the international bus terminal Praha-Florenc close to the centre of Prague. It is only about 15 minutes walking distance from the Old Town. Florenc is a major hub of Prague public transport with several bus and tram lines and the intersection of metro lines B (yellow) and C (red). There are counters with Student Agency representatives in the terminal building.
In Vienna city centre Student Agency buses stop near Praterstern station. Praterstern is an important traffic hub located just at the entrance to Prater (the Riesenrad is well visible from the station). Praterstern is well accessible by S-Bahn, by U-Bahn (metro) lines U1 and U2, and by numerous bus and tram lines.
The bus stop for Student Agency and other long distance buses is located in Joseph-Roth-Gasse about 3-5 minutes walk from Praterstern train station. When you arrive at Praterstern by a train or U-Bahn, follow the signs to the exit to Lassallestrasse. Student Agency bus stop is round the corner behind the building of Bank Austria. When you come few minutes prior to departure, you can easily recognize the place thanks to a group of waiting passengers.
From Praterstern the bus continues to its terminal stop at Vienna International Airport in Schwechat. The stop can be easily found directly in front of the arrivals area of the airport.
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