Visit Prague by train - the old town square
 

No flights necessary...

Prague's historic old town square is just 15 minutes walk from Prague Hlavni station where you arrive by train from London...

UK to Prague by train from £66...

It's easy to travel from London to Prague by train, and it's affordable & time-effective compared to an afternoon of airport buses, airports, flights, taxis and then a hotel.  Take a late morning Eurostar from London to Paris & a high-speed TGV to Zurich, then an excellent Czech sleeping-car to Prague, arriving in the heart of Prague next morning, 15 minutes walk from its historic old town.  Or take daytime high-speed trains from London to Berlin on day 1, stay overnight in the German capital, then take a daytime train with restaurant car along the scenic Elbe valley from Berlin to Prague on day 2.  Or you can stop overnight in Cologne or Munich if you prefer.  Or cheapest of all, take Eurostar to Brussels from £44, stay overnight and travel from Brussels to Prague for an incredible €21.  The choice is yours...

Train times, fares & tickets...

This page is a step-by-step guide to train travel from the UK to Prague, with times, fares & how to buy tickets:

  

London to Prague via the Zurich-Prague sleeper - the most time-effective option

 

London to Prague by day trains with overnight stop in Cologne or Berlin - a leisurely option

 

London to Prague by day trains with overnight stop in Paris or Munich - also great options

 

London to Prague by day trains with overnight stop in Brussels - the cheapest option, from £66

 

London & East Anglia to Prague via the Harwich-Hoek ferry - the ferry alternative to Eurostar

 

London to other Czech destinations:  Brno, Ostrava, Karlovy Vary, Cesky Krumlov, Plzen...

 

London to Krakow & Prague in one trip

 

Scotland & the North of England to Prague by ferry from Hull or Newcastle.

 

Buying UK train tickets to connect with Eurostar    

International trains to & from Prague...

  Trains to Prague from other European cities

  Trains from Prague to other European cities

Other useful information...

  Useful country information: Currency, dial code, etc

  Prague city map, metro & tourist information

  Prague Hlavni station information  

  Suggested hotels in Prague

  Travel insurance, EU Health Card & SIM cards  

  Holidays  & tours to Prague by train

  Luggage on trains   Left luggage at stations    

  Taking your bike     Taking your dog

  General European train travel information

  Amsterdam to Prague by sleeper train from €79

  Munich to Prague by train from €15

Interactive map:  Click a route for times, fares, tickets...
Route map:  London to Prague by train

Sponsored links...

 


Useful country information

Train operator:

CD (Ceskι Drαhy):  www.cd.cz.  Online Czech tickets: www.cd.cz/eshop

All-Europe train times Eurostar times & fares

   

Railpasses:

 

Beginner's guide to European railpasses    Buy rail passes online

Time zone:

GMT+1 (GMT+2 from last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).

Dialling code:

 

+420

Currency:

£1 = approx 30 Czech Koruna  Check current exchange rates

Tourist information:

www.czechtourism.com   Prague bus, tram, metro info  Prague map  Recommended guidebooks

Hotels in Prague:

Finding a hotel or hostel in Prague  Hotel reviews: www.tripadvisor.com

Visas:

UK citizens do not need a visa to visit the Czech Republic.

Page last updated:

3 May 2017.  Train times valid 11 Dec 2016 to 10 June 2017.


London to Prague

Option 1:  London to Prague using the Zurich-Prague sleeper...

The Cologne-Prague City Night Line sleeper was sadly discontinued from 11 December 2016, but a new Zurich-Prague sleeper means it's still possible to travel to Prague without an overnight stop.  This is the most time-effective way to reach Prague or Cesky Krumlov, although not the fastest.  It's a comfortable & civilised option, some sleepers have an en suite toilet & shower...

London ► Prague

Prague ► London

How to much does it cost?

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone...

Have your trip professionally arranged...

What are the trains like?

See the Eurostar page for photos & information about Eurostar.

TGV-Lyria from Paris to Switzerland:     Watch the video guide

The single-deck TGV-Lyrias feature interiors styled by designer Christian Lacroix, with 1st and 2nd class seats and a cafe-bar car selling drinks & snacks.  First class fares include a complimentary cold breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack according to time of day.  There are power points for mobiles & laptops at all seats.  Incidentally, SNCF's in-house designer has never forgiven Christian Lacroix for breaking the unwritten 'rule' and using warm funky oranges and purples in 2nd class, cooler greys and lime green in 1st class, but see what you think!  Lyria is a consortium of the French and Swiss national railways, see the TGV-Lyria page for more information.

TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon   TGV bar car

A TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon.  There's no check-in, you just walk up to it & get on.

 

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, hot & cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.

Zurich to Prague by sleeping-car...

This modern Czech sleeping-car has 9 standard compartments with washbasin and 3 deluxe compartments with a compact en suite toilet & shower.  Each compartment can be sold with 1, 2 or all 3 beds in use, as single, double and T3.  There are toilets and a shower at the end of the corridor, and each compartment converts from beds to a private sitting room for the daytime parts of the journey.  There is a power socket for laptops and mobiles.  All necessary bedding and towels are provided.  The doors have card-key locks like hotels.  A very safe, civilised and comfortable way to travel!  Do not obsess about getting a deluxe - In the standard compartments the beds and the decor are exactly the same as the deluxe ones, the only difference is that the compartment floor space is a fraction smaller (though not so you'd notice) and there's a washbasin instead of an en suite toilet & shower.  You can of course use the shower at the end of the corridor - you access it using the same card key that opens your compartment door.

The sleeper train from Zurich to Prague

The sleeping-car to Prague, ready to leave Zurich HB.  Photo courtesy of Shaiq Ali Khan

City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper   City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   Comfortline sleeper corridor

Standard sleeper set up as a 2-berth, with blind down & washstand open.  Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds.

 

The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, washstand closed.  Very similar to a deluxe, but without the shower & toilet.

 

Deluxe sleepers are similar to standard ones, but with a bit more floorspace & compact shower & toilet instead of washstand.

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.

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Option 2:  London to Prague by daytime trains with hotel stop in Cologne or Berlin

You may prefer to use daytime trains, and although London to Prague is too far to go in one day, you can easily break the journey up with an overnight stop in either Cologne or Berlin.  Indeed, this can be the cheapest option, setting aside the cost of a hotel or hostel for a night. By all means go one way by sleeper, the other by day trains with a stopover.  Or one way with stopover in Cologne, the other with stopover in Berlin.

London ► Prague

Prague ► London

How much does it cost?  London to Prague from €88!

How to buy tickets online, with hotel stop in Cologne...

How to buy tickets online, with hotel stop in Berlin...

How to buy tickets by phone...

Have your trip professionally arranged...

What's the journey like?

By high-speed ICE to Berlin...

ICE2 first class ICE2 second class High-speed ICE train from Cologne to Berlin, at Berlin Hauptbahnhof

ICE2 1st class.

ICE2 2nd class.

ICE2 at Berlin.  More info about ICE

   

Treat yourself to lunch!

 

ICE2's elegant restaurant car...

 

ICE2's convivial bistro-bar car...

Berlin to Prague by EuroCity train...

Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

So civilised!  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Berlin-Prague express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  Most Berlin-Prague trains use Czech carriages like this, a few use Hungarian air-conditioned carriages.  Photo courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

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Option 3:  London to Prague by day trains with hotel stop in Paris or Munich...

This is potentially the cheapest option, London to Prague from as little as €74.  It's too far to go in one day, so choose between an evening departure from London with overnight stop in Paris, or a morning departure from London with an overnight stop in Munich.

London ► Prague with overnight stop in Paris

London ► Prague with overnight stop in Munich

Prague ► London with overnight stop in Paris

Prague ► London with overnight stop in Munich

What's the journey like?

From London to Paris by Eurostar: See the Eurostar page for photos & information about Eurostar.

From Paris to Munich by TGV Duplex...         Click for video guide

Sit back with a glass of red and enjoy the ride - book an upper deck seat for the best views.  The train is equipped with power sockets for laptops & mobiles at all seats in both classes, and a cafe-bar serves drinks, snacks & microwaved hot dishes.  First class passengers on this route are given a simple but tasty meal box with a small bottle of beer or wine served at their seat, included in the fare.  The train soon leaves the Paris suburbs behind and speeds across a vast wide open plateau of woods & farmland at up to 200mph, past picturesque French villages of the Champagne region.  An hour or two later, the train leaves the high-speed line and slowly meanders through pretty wooded hills, the countryside eventually flattening out towards Strasbourg.  On leaving Strasbourg, look out for Strasbourg cathedral on the left with its famously missing second tower.  Minutes afterwards you rumble across the river Rhine into Germany, before heading on to Stuttgart & Munich.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de l'Est   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex at Paris Est. These impressive 200 mph double-deck trains lin Paris with Nice, Marseille, Munich, Barcelona & Switzerland...

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

From Munich to Prague by ALEX train...  More information about trains from Munich to Prague

An ALEX train from Munich to Prague ready to leave Munich Hauptbahnhof   A meal on the train from Munich to Prague - far more civilised than the bus!

An ALEX train to Prague about to leave Munich...

 

Some trains have a bistro

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Option 4:  London to Prague with overnight stop in Brussels, from £66...

This is the cheapest option of all, thanks to an amazingly cheap €21 Brussels-Prague fare sold by the Czech Railways website.  And with an evening departure from London well after the close of the business day, and an arrival in Prague the following evening, it may well suit many people able to leave London in the evening, but not before.  The other options may break up the trip better, this involves a long ride across Germany next day with 3 changes, but you can't argue with the price, and the ICE trains from Brussels to Frankfurt and Nuremberg are top notch.  Take a good book and treat it as a chill-out trip!

London ► Prague with overnight stop in Brussels

Prague ► London with overnight stop in Brussels

Brussels to Prague for €21 booking

Incredible, Brussels to Prague for only 580 Czech Koruna (€21) even booking as little as a week or so ahead.  Remember you must enter Cheb in the via box!

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London to Prague via Harwich

  Boarding the Stena Line ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland for Amsterdam

London to the Netherlands by Dutch Flyer train & ferry...  Take a train from London's Liverpool Street station directly to the ferry terminal at Harwich.  You walk off the train, into the terminal, get your boarding card & cabin key at the Stena Line check-in desk and walk straight onto the overnight ferry to Hoek van Holland.  The new superferry Stena Hollandica is the largest ferry of its kind in the world.  See the Netherlands page and see the video...

  Standard inside cabin on the ferry

Cosy cabins:  The overnight Harwich-Hoek ferry is a floating hotel.  All passengers travel in a cosy private cabin with en suite shower & toilet and satellite TV.  This is the cheapest 2-berth cabin...

  Captain's suite deluxe cabin on the Stena Line ferry 'Stena Hollandica'

... and this is a Captain's Class cabin with double bed & complimentary bubbly in the minibar.

The comfortable ferry alternative to Eurostar...

You might prefer to travel by train & ferry to reach Prague, for example to avoid the Channel Tunnel if problems affect the Eurostar service or if you suffer from claustrophobia.  The ferry option is cheaper at short notice when all the cheap Eurostar fares have sold out.  It's also handy if you live in East Anglia as you can travel direct to Harwich avoiding London.  Indeed, you may simply prefer a relaxing journey, cruising overnight on the Stena Line superferry in a luxury en suite cabin with shower, toilet, satellite TV and free WiFi (see the video!), lunch in Amsterdam, a pleasant evening in Berlin, then a scenic train ride to Prague next morning, along the Elbe river valley.  A great way to reach Prague, four capital cities in one trip!

London & Harwich ► Prague

Prague ► Harwich & London

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by` phone:  Special booking form

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 Scotland & the North to Prague

  DFDS Seaways ferry 'Princess of Norway' about to sail from Newcastle.

DFDS Seaways Princess of Norway about to sail overnight from Newcastle to Amsterdam...

  A Commodore Deluxe cabin on DFDS Seaways

A Commodore deluxe cabin with minibar, satellite TV, shower & toilet.  See the video...

  A standard cabin on DFDS Seaways Newcastle-Amsterdam ferry.

A standard Seaways class cabin with shower & toilet on DFDS Princess of Norway...

If you live in the North of England or Scotland, the fastest option is to take a train up to London and travel from London to Prague using Eurostar & onward trains as described above.  If you choose this all-train option, see this advice on buying cheap connecting train tickets to London.  But there are some useful ferry alternatives which by-pass London.  DFDS Seaways run an excellent daily overnight cruise ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam, and P&O Ferries run a daily overnight cruise ferry from Hull to Rotterdam.  You can take the overnight ferry to Holland, hop on an Intercity train to Berlin and spend a pleasant evening there, then take a scenic train ride along the Elbe river valleynext morning to downtown Prague.  A wonderful combination!

Scotland & the North ► Prague

Prague ► Scotland & the North

Fares & how to buy tickets...

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Other Czech destinations

  Typical Czech train at Prague

Czech Railways (CD) link all main towns & cities in the Czech republic...

Train travel in the Czech Republic...

Key destinations...

Buying tickets for trains within the Czech Republic:  www.cd.cz/eshop...

You can buy tickets for train journeys wholly within the Czech Republic online at www.cd.cz/eshop, complete with seat reservation, at cheap Czech prices with no booking fees.  You sign up and are sent a activation email, you pay online and print out your own ticket.  Feedback from anyone who uses this system would be welcome.  www.cd.cz/eshop will also book daytime international trains (but not overnight sleeper trains) from Prague to neighbouring countries, including Krakow & Warsaw, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Dresden & Berlin, also at cheap prices.  However, don't try and use the e-shop for journeys in the other direction (from countries outside the Czech Republic to Prague, except from Germany or Austria), as these tickets aren't valid unless stamped by the conductor on an outward journey from Prague.  Tickets to or from Germany or Austria can safely be booked at www.cd.cz/eshop in either direction.

Czech pendolino, 2nd class   Czech pendolino, first class   Czech Railways pendolino at Prague, about to leave for Vienna

SuperCity pendolino trains...  The pride of the Czech Railways, these modern 'pendolino' units operate the premium 'SuperCity' trains linking Prague & Ostrava (the Czech Republic's second city).  Left-hand picture = 2nd class, centre picture = 1st class, with similar seating, but carpeted.


Visiting Prague

Click for map of Prague     Click for Prague Hlavni station info

It's an easy walk from Prague's main Hlavni station to the old town and the famous Charles Bridge, as you can see from the map.  For Prague bus & metro information see www.dpp.cz or see this link.  For Prague tourist information see www.praguewelcome.cz.

Main square and cathedral, Prague   The clock in Prague's main square  

Prague old town square with the old town hall & cathedral...

 

Old town hall clock.

 

Crossing the King Charles Bridge...

No flights were involved in the taking of these pictures - Prague is just a train ride away from the UK!

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Holidays & tours to Prague by train

 

020 3327 0761 (UK)

1-888-829-4775 (USA)

1-855-882-2910 (Canada)

1300 971 526 (Aus)

0800 000 554 (NZ)

 

01904 730 727 (UK)

 

01904 527120 (UK)

If you want a holiday to Prague by train not plane, but would like someone else to organise all the train tickets and hotels for you, several specialist companies do just that, for a holiday with no airport hassles or whole days in cramped coach seats on motorways.  Railbookers offer tailor-made individual holidays with departure on any date you like, Rail Discoveries & Great Rail Journeys both offer escorted tours with specific departure dates.

Railbookers custom-made holidays & breaks to Prague by train...

Railbookers can custom-make a flight-free holiday to Prague for you, with train travel, transfers & hotels included, for however long you like, leaving on any date you like.  For example, they offer a 6-night holiday to Prague, Vienna & Budapest with daytime train travel by Eurostar & TGV.  See the Railbookers Prague page for suggested itineraries & prices.  Indeed, they can arrange trains and hotels for a tour of eastern Europe to your own specification.  They take good care of their clients, and I have no hesitation in recommending them.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.co.uk

  US call free 1-888-829-4775, www.railbookers.com.

  Canada call free 1-855-882-2910, www.railbookers.com.

  Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 000 554 or see website.

Rail Discoveries, www.raildiscoveries.com, 01904 730 727...

Rail Discoveries offers a 10-day escorted tour to Vienna, Prague and Berlin with 3* hotels and overland travel by Eurostar, sleeper train and EuroCity trains.  Check prices at www.raildiscoveries.com, then book online or call 01904 730 727.

Great Rail Journeys, www.greatrail.com, 01904 527120...

GRJ offers a 13-day escorted tour to Vienna, Budapest & Prague or a 12-day escorted tour to Berlin, Dresden & Prague, with 1st class train travel and 5* or 4* hotels.  Great Rail Journeys also offer holidays by train to other European countries.  Check the tour details & prices online, then call 01904 527120 to book or use their online booking form.

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Send your luggage in advance

Ride the trains without heavy luggage... 

Send your suitcase ahead by Luggage Mule from around £30 each way.

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European Rail Timetable & maps

Thomas Cook European Timetable -  click to buy onlineTraveller's Railway Map of Europe - buy onlineThe European Rail Timetable (formerly the Thomas Cook European Timetable) has train & ferry times for every country in Europe plus currency & climate information.  It is essential for regular European train travellers and an inspiration for armchair travellers.  Published since 1873, it had just celebrated 140 years of publication when Thomas Cook decided to pull the plug on their entire publishing department, but the dedicated ex-Thomas Cook team have set up a private venture and published the first edition of a reborn European Rail Timetable in March 2014.  You can buy it online with worldwide shipping at either www.stanfords.co.uk or www.europeanrailtimetable.euMore information on what the European Rail Timetable contains.

A Traveller's Railway Map of Europe covers the whole of Europe from Portugal in the west to Moscow & Istanbul in the east, Finland in the north to Sicily & Athens in the south.  On the back are detailed maps of Switzerland, Benelux & Germany, plus city plans showing stations in major cities.  Scenic & high-speed routes highlighted.  Buy it online for £14.50 + postage worldwide (UK addresses £2.80) at www.stanfords.co.uk/Continents/Europe-A-Travellers-Railway-Map_9789077899090.htm or (in the Netherlands) for €13 + €5.50 postage from www.treinreiswinkel.nl.

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Guidebooks

Paying for a guidebook may seem an unnecessary expense, but it's probably only a tiny fraction of what you're spending on your whole trip.  You will see so much more, and know so much more about what you're looking at, if you have a decent guidebook.  The Lonely Planets and Rough Guides are about the best out there for independent travellers.  Both have everything you need - lots of background historical and cultural information, lots of practical information.  You won't regret buying one!

Click the images to buy at Amazon.co.uk

Lonely Planet Best of Prague - click to buy online   Lonely Planet Czech & Slovak Republics   Lonely Planet Eastern Europe - buy online at Amazon

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Prague Open Top Bus Tour

Buy a ticket for Prague's hop-on, hop-off Open Top Bus...

City Sightseeing's red-and-yellow open top tour buses are now a familiar site in 100 major cities on 6 continents.  They do a hop-on, hop-off tour bus ticket for Prague and you can buy a ticket online before you go, redeemable on any day you like within 3 months of buying it, see www.city-sightseeing.com.

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Find hotels in Prague

    

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It has been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel at a cheaper rate.

►► My recommended booking site:  www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Suggested hotels in Prague near station or near the old town square....

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels: www.hostelworld.com...

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Travel insurance & health card

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel without proper travel insurance from a reliable insurer with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover loss of cash & belongings (up to a limit), and trip cancellation.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year - I have an annual policy myself.  However, don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, see the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers, Seat61 gets a little commission if you buy through these links, and feedback from using insurance for rail & ferry travel is always welcome.

In the UK, use www.confused.com to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get an EU health card, it's free...

If you're a UK citizen travelling in Europe, you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, which entitles you to free or reduced rate health care if you become ill or get injured in many European countries, under a reciprocal arrangement with the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms as from January 2006.  The EHIC card is available from ww.nhs.uk.  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

Carry a spare credit card, designed for travel with no currency exchange loading & low/no ATM fees

Taking out an extra credit card costs nothing, but if you keep it in a different part of your luggage you won't be left stranded if your wallet gets stolen.  In addition, some credit cards are better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.

 


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