Czechia may be a small country. But it has a great railway. Perhaps even greater than the Swiss railway. Apart from superb and cheap day trains, České Drahy have night trains and proper dining cars. Little ČD rail buses ply the forests and hills and reach even the tiniest hamlets of this romantic Central European country. If you are headed for Prague by train, have a look at Můj vlak.
Můj vlak is the mobile app made by České Drahy. It runs on iPhones and Android phones.
Můj vlak can be used in Czechia for buying České Drahy tickets and seat reservations. It can also sell you tickets beyond the Czech border - deep into Slovakia, Hungary and Germany.
The main menu has four categories. Each category has a search mask of its own.
The Connections section looks up connections across Europe. With an internet connection it is powerful. Můj vlak finds connections even in Russia (I hit it with Blagoveshchensk-Birobidzhan). It only gives up when you ask it something insane - “Tashkent Pass-Brest (*F)”
There is an extra menu in which you can specify your particular whims and fancies, such as “No ICE trains” or “via Orsha” or “Special and historic trains”. This is very detailed and immensely helpful if you want to zero in on a particular route.
This is a beautiful function I haven’t seen anywhere else. You can enter the number or name of a particular train ("442", say, or "Poľana" - my favourite eastern escape train), upon which it shows that service, including its timetable, amenities and operator.
The closer to Czechia, the more detail, but it gets good results even in the near abroad.
This function is Czechia only. Enter a Czech station name and it shows you a map, a list of what there is at the station and how long it is open. Also which public transport lines stop at the station.
If travelling Czechia by rail this is a must have.
For domestic Czech services this is home turf for Můj vlak. However, Můj vlak can furnish you with lots of tickets into or out of the country. You can get all the way from Prague to Brussels or vice versa with Můj vlak.
In fact, Můj vlak makes it possible to reach some German destinations at a super promotional price. I have written a report about using Můj vlak and Czech Rail for genius ticket-splitting. Subscribe to my blog and I'll send you the report.
Můj vlak also gets you seat reservations - even for some trains outside Czechia. For instance, you can get seat reservations for any German train in Můj vlak… for €3 (79 CZK) instead of €4.50
EC 213 Mimara
Villach Hbf [*A] > Zagreb Glavni Kolod. [*HR]
Villach Hbf [*A]: 16:53
Faak am See [*A]: 17:06, 17:07
Jesenice(SL) [*SLO]: 17:33, 17:39
Lesce Bled [*SLO]: 17:50, 17:51
Kranj [*SLO]: 18:11, 18:12
Ljubljana [*SLO]: 18:33, 18:36
Zidani Most [*SLO]: 19:27, 19:29
Sevnica [*SLO]: 19:44, 19:45
Dobova [*SLO]: 20:07, 20:21
Zagreb Glavni Kolod. [*HR]: 20:51
Generated by the Můj vlak mobile application, http://www.cd.cz
If you are in Czechia this app is a godsend for accurate, up-to-date timetable information and making seat reservations. The station function is also extremely useful.
The use of Můj vlak for the European Rail tourist is threefold:
Here are the main things Můj vlak has going for it. See below also for Můj vlak's peccadilloes.
Můj vlak is a supremely powerful and useful app. In Czechia it will be your special friend, in Germany it will be your dirty secret. Both are great to have.
If you are on an extended European tour by train, Můj vlak is the app I particularly recommend, due to its up-to-date offline timetables and powerful connection search function.
Subscribe to my blog for my report about Můj Vlak's added uses in Germany. Speaking of Germany, check out my post with two hacks that can slash your German rail fare.
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