I’ve just made the journey from Duisburg to Prague. I was dropped off at Prague central station at around 5:30 this morning. As is often the case, I travelled with FlixBus. I like FlixBus, but long bus journeys can be a pain in the bum. After a few hours you need to keep moving your position to try and get comfortable and sleep never comes easy. It’s always the same, no matter what company you use, but in my experience FlixBus generally has the best prices and I like the fact that I never have to print out a ticket. I just pull up an electronic ticket on my phone, let the driver scan the code, and I’m good to go.
There are a few ways to travel from Duisburg to Prague with FlixBus. All the options involve transferring from one bus to another somewhere along the way. Depending on what time you choose to travel, you need to change buses at Berlin, Frankfurt, or Munich. In my case, I had a couple of hours layover in Munich and it was good to get out and stretch my legs. When I arrived at the bus station at 21:45, I’d been travelling for over 10 hours and my bum was feeling pretty numb. The journey between Stuttgart and Munich was pretty impressive though. The views were incredible. The route goes through some heavily forested areas. I’ve never seen so many trees in my life and, in some places, it was possible to look down at picturesque villages in the valleys below, nestled between the trees. All in all, my journey from Duisburg to Prague took around 18 hours and cost me €45.89.
I’m not going to be living in Prague, so I still had some travelling to do, and knew I would not be able to check in at my new residence until 15:00 on the afternoon, so I had a lot of time to kill between getting off the bus and finally getting a chance for some rest. Fortunately, FlixBus busses usually have power outlets so I’d been able to keep the battery on my phone fully charged and didn’t need to worry too much about it going flat if I had to keep using Google Maps. However, although FlixBus has Wi-Fi, I was unable to take advantage of it because I use Android and Google has decided to prevent me from accessing public Wi-Fi on my phone. That’s a bigger pain in the ass than a long bus ride, so I’m going to have to find a way to work around that soon.
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