P.P.S. We're now in Katowice at midnight and it's a beautiful, warm, newly built station - there are trains running all night long so people are lounging around. Emma reports in that the paid-for bathrooms are full of things to buy, from toothbrushes to tampons, and the ticket office is still open, as is McDonalds and a coffee chain.
Maybe this adventure isn't so bad after all!
Well, we've been bent over the barrel for this one. We actually searched for ways to get Emma's parents TO Kraków from Prague a few months earlier, and if you believe the first few results on the Internet, you'd be hard pressed to think it's even possible.
But since booking our beloved Polskibus.com back (Kraków to Wroclaw, then another one from Wroclaw to Prague), we have since found two other methods, none of which turned up on rome2rio.com or anywhere online.
One was a flyer at the bus station for Darbus and another le.cz - Leo Express - which we found at the Momotown Hostel. And they look cheap.
So don't believe all of what's online - you can get direct buses between, well, pretty much every city!
(Other options include trains and bus connections, usually to Ostrava, with details offered but not book able on Db.de... But they were all huge pains in the ass and had horrid connections)
In regards to prices, we took mid-week Polski buses from Prague to Wroclaw, then again from Wroclaw to Kraków - both cost 25PLN per person, one way - about £4.50. The buses are super comfortable, have toilets and the wifi works on the Polish side of the border.
P.S. Don't do what we did and only give 45 minutes connection between your buses. We're now having the joy of getting a train to Katowice and then an overnight train to Prague, so we can make our 8.30am appointments in Prague. Our bus was diverted due to highway maintenance. Blarrgh!!!
EMMA & PETE
We're just two Aussie's who met in London, married in Prague and travelled overland back to Australia.