All tourists arriving in the Czech capital are met by the Vaclav Havel Airport. Accordingly, the first question travelers are interested in is how to get to the city from Prague airport. There are several ways to overcome 20 km to the capital’s attractions or the hotel. Consider in detail all the routes.
General information about the terminal
Vaclav Havel Airport Terminal was built in the Ruzyne area, so the second name of the airport terminal is Ruzyne. The distance to the capital is 19.5 km. Here is the main office of Czech Airlines.
Interesting fact! The airport opened in 1937 and in the same year at the international exhibition in Paris received an award for the concept of functionality.
Thanks to the successful choice of location, the airport expanded. Today on its territory there are 4 terminals:
- No. 1 – accepts flights from states that are not members of the Schengen zone;
- No. 2 – accepts flights from the states that form the Schengen zone;
- No. 3 – intended for charter and private flights;
- No. 4 is the first terminal, now it accepts only officials, as well as VIP-persons.
- Vaclav Havel airport official website: www.prg.aero ;
- on the territory there are shops, free Wi-Fi, duty-free zone, cafe;
- an exchange office works, but the rate is not the most profitable to get to Prague, you need small money.
Tourists can get to the center of Prague by various routes:
- by bus;
- by express;
- night bus;
- take a taxi or book a transfer.
How to get from Prague airport to the center of the capital
City buses heading towards the center of the capital leave from terminals No. 1 and No. 2. Since we are talking about urban public transport, you do not need to buy tickets in advance, they can be purchased immediately before boarding the bus.
Where do they sell tickets:
- on racks DD, work schedule from 7-00 to 21-00;
- in information centers, work schedule from 8-00 to 20-00;
- in machines, work around the clock;
- at bus stops.
Travel passes come in different durations:
- short-term – 30 and 90 minutes, 1 day or 3 days;
- long-term action – 1 month, 3 months or 1 year.
Travel documents are valid in zones O, P, B, on the routes of buses, trams, as well as on the funicular, in the subway. For tourists the most relevant tickets are valid for 30 minutes, the price is 24 CZK and 90 minutes, their cost is 32 CZK.
Important! To purchase tickets in vending machines, prepare coins in advance. When boarding, you must immediately stamp the ticket, otherwise you will face a serious penalty.
|Route||Metro station||Interval||Route duration||Schedule|
|119||Nádraží Veleslavín, located on the green metro line (line A), alternatively, tram routes No. 18, 20, 26||5 to 20 minutes||Quarter of an hour||From 5-00 to midnight|
|one hundred||Zličín, located on the green metro line (line B)||10 minutes to half an hour||20 minutes||From 5-00 to midnight|
|191||Na Knížecí (yellow line B) Petřiny (green line A), Anděl (yellow branch B)||5 minutes to half an hour||45 minutes||From 5-00 to midnight|
The fastest and most comfortable route is No. 119. In general, the public transport network in Prague is understandable, it’s even easier to understand it and get to the city center than ordering a transfer. Some travelers note that it is not necessary to take a taxi. Each bus has an interactive route display, where all stops are displayed, in addition they are voiced by the driver.
To get from Prague airport to the center of the capital you can comfortably use the shuttle, which follows non-stop from the airport to the train station.
- the shuttle leaves from terminals No. 1 and No. 2, the landing zone is marked with the special sign “AE”;
- interval of movement – half an hour;
- timetable towards the center – from 5-30 to 21-00, towards the airport – 06-30 – 22-00;
- tickets for city buses in the shuttle are not valid; travel tickets are needed; they are bought at vending machines, railway ticket offices and directly from the driver;
- price – full ticket 60 CZK, children (up to 14 years old) 30 CZK.
Since there are no stops on the route, you can get to your destination – the center of the Czech capital in half an hour. Tickets are more convenient to purchase from the driver, as the machine only accepts coins, and they are not always in the wallet.
Daytime public transport runs around the city until around midnight. But how to get from the Prague airport to the center of the Czech capital if the flight arrives in the capital late at night?
From the terminal No. 1 from midnight to 03-55 the night bus No. 510 runs. If you need to get to the central areas, follow Divoká Šárka and change to tram No. 51, as the metro in Prague runs until 23-00.
How to get to the center of Prague from the airport with alternative buses
Comfortable buses serving snacks, drinks and free internet. Ply from the airport to the bus terminal Florence. Similar flights are carried out in the opposite direction, so if you are interested in the question – how to get to the airport in Prague, consider this option – quickly, comfortably, but you will have to pay 73 CZK for amenities. You can book a travel document in advance on the portal or buy a bus from the driver, however, in this case the cost will be slightly higher. The route is designed for 40 minutes. The first flight leaves at 6-35, the last at 22-15.
A large transport company that offers comfortable flights with all amenities. Buses follow a similar route – Florence Airport Station. The fare is from 90 CZK to 142 CZK if you book tickets on the official portal, 178 CZK if you purchase a document in transport.
Minibuses depart from Exit F of Terminal No. 1, Exit E of Terminal No. 2, the stop is V Celnici Street, here is the Náměstí Republiky Metro Station, yellow line B. The minibus has a capacity of 20 people. The flight interval is half an hour, the first leaves at 7-30, and the last at 19-00. The fare will cost 150 CZK; for passengers under the age of 6 years, a ticket can not be purchased. Tickets are sold at the terminal building.
You can get to the center of Prague quickly and comfortably by taxi. Transfer will cost from 500 to 600 kroons – landing 40 kroons, cost per kilometer 28 kroons. The road will take from 20 minutes to half an hour.
Basic rules for ordering a taxi:
- choose only an official taxi – yellow cars with a traditional sign on the roof;
- maximum capacity – 4 passengers and three luggage places;
- most drivers are fluent in English;
- tips in Prague taxi drivers are considered optional;
- You can pay by card.
Important! During the peak season, there may not be any free cars, so contact Radiocab taxi and AAA Radiotaxi representatives, they can be found near the airport ticket offices.
For Russian-speaking tourists, the best choice is Kiwi Taxi, you can order a taxi online, on the company’s website, choosing a specific date and time. If you managed to rent a taxi without prior booking, please note that the following information should be indicated by car:
- name of carrier company;
- contact number;
- license number.
Find out the cost of the trip in advance.
For clarity, download a virtual card to your phone to navigate on the go. If in Prague you often have to use taxi services, download the mobile application of the respective company to your phone. By the way, you can also pay for the trip using this application.
If you need more detailed information on how to get to the city of Prague from the airport, contact the information centers. They are located in the terminal building, next to terminals No. 1 and No. 2, operate from 7-00 to 21-00. Information is provided in different languages, including Russian.
Prices on the page are for August 2019.
Overview of Vaclav Havel Airport (arrival area, baggage, duty-free):