Prague to Karlstein by train

Mar 22nd, 2006, 05:49 AM
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Prague to Karlstein by train

Thinking of a daytrip to the Castle town by train.

Most travel guides seem to indicate using Smichov station. However, I see the train goes through Hlavni first.

Isn't Hlavni more convenient to Old Town?
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 08:08 AM
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 09:17 AM
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Most trains to Karlstejn leave from Smichov, and frequently, so that's why guidebooks say that. However, if one particular train you want leaves from Hlavni, that's fine.

It might be a little more convenient to Old Town, it's a bit closer. From some locations in Old Town, it won't make that much difference. For example, if you were right near the bridge or Staromestska metro stop, it would be just as easy to get to Smichov as Hlavni--you'd have to transfer once in either case. If you were near Mustek, you could get to Smichov without transferring, but not the main station.
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 09:57 AM
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Christina,

Thanks. How long a walk is it from the Old Town Square to Hlavni train station? Just trying to figure if it's a walk or a ride.

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From Old Town Square itself, I'm guessing it's about .75 to 1 mile (1-1.5 km). I have a map at home that I think has distance on it, I'll try to check.
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Thanks. So that's about a 15 minute walk.

We're staying just above there and to the right (east) as few blocks.

I have another question but I should start another thread with a proper title.
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My map didn't have a distance scale, bummer. Well, I think it is less than a mile, but 1 km or a bit more is probably about right. From the map, it seems about 8 blocks from the Old Town square itself. If you are at that location, the main train station is definitely closer for walking (and I wouldn't walk to Smichov).
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