From touchdown to downtown – getting from Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport to the city centre
Unlike many other European capitals, Prague is located within easy reach of its international airport. Vaclav Havel Airport (recently renamed from Prague Ruzyne Airport) is about 17 kilometres north of the city. By taxi or public transport, you’ll be able to get from the Arrivals gate of either terminal to the city centre within about half an hour, depending on the traffic.
There are also several bus routes available, which make it easy to get exactly where you need to go in the city. Once you know where to buy your ticket or how to get a taxi, if you prefer, getting to your GowithOh apartment is a piece of cake.
Prague is the global hub for the national air carrier, Czech Airlines (CSA) and the airline is part of the Sky Team alliance that includes Delta, KLM, Air France and Korean Air, among others. Direct flights are available on certain days between the United States and the Czech Republic through Delta, in cooperation with Czech Airlines. Most European carriers have regular flights to Prague, as well as a number of budget airlines such as easyJet, WizzAir, SmartWings, Jet2 and GermanWings.
There are three terminals at Prague’s airport. The older Terminal 1 caters to international flights to and from non-Schengen countries, for example, flights to and from the USA, the UK and Ireland. The sleek, newer Terminal 2 flies to Schengen-zone member countries, and Terminal 3 is reserved for charter and private flights. The airport handled a total of 10.8 million passengers in 2012, making it one of the busiest European airports outside of Western Europe – which isn’t surprising, given its enviable location smack-dab in the centre of the continent. For further information, there’s an English-language version available of Prg.aero
, the airport’s website.
Prague has had its fair share of justified bad rap against its taxi drivers, so it’s best to make sure you use one of the trustworthy companies, and this is especially true when travelling to and from the airport.
The best is AAA Radio Taxi (Aaradiotaxi.cz, 222 333 222), the main providers of taxi services at the taxi ranks outside each of the terminals. Its bright yellow cabs are easily recognisable. Rates are determined at set tariffs, which are clearly displayed to passengers en route. The drivers who service the airport all speak basic English, and the average fare to Prague’s city centre is about 550 to 600 Kc. AAA Taxi also offers a discounted return trip to the airport, where you can arrange for a pickup for your departure - ask for more details from the taxi driver or the taxi rank host. Taxis are available outside the airport at any time of the night or day.
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There are s
everal options when it comes to getting downtown by public transport, which is by far the cheapest option. Each goes to a different metro line, so make sure to find out the closest metro station to your apartment. All of the buses run at regular intervals throughout the day and evening, and signs at the Arrivals gates point to their pick-up points; the buses make stops at both terminals.
Make sure you have a ticket before boarding, which you then must validate on the bus (tickets are not available from the driver). You will need the higher-fare ticket, for 32 Kc, if you plan to transfer to the metro, a tram or another bus.
Bus No. 119
is the most frequented, as it runs between the airport and the Dejvicka metro station, the northern-most end of the green, or A, line of Prague’s metro system, which is the bus’s final stop. This line connects to the busiest hubs in the city centre, such as the stations in the Lesser Town and in Old Town. Note that each stop is first announced at the previous stop, indicating that it will be next. On the way to the airport, the bus makes several stops at private terminals and logistics buildings within the airport; the stops for terminals 1 and 2 come afterwards.
Bus No. 100
runs between the airport and Zlicin, which is the western-most stop of the yellow, or B, metro line. The journey takes 18 minutes.
Bus No. 179
runs between the airport and Nove Butovice, which is a stop on the yellow, or B, metro line. It takes 45 minutes.
Another option is the Airport Express bus, which runs between the airport and Hlavni Nadrazi, Prague’s main train station, located in the heart of the city. This takes about 35 minutes.
Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service
The easiest way to get to the city center from Prague Airport is to pre-book your private airport transfer. Once you arrive at Prague airport you will be greeted by the driver in the arrivals hall. The driver will help you with your luggage and you will be on your way in no time. You will be driven in a premium black vehicle where you will be able to relax and know you will be dropped off directly at your apartment or hotel. The price for a private airport transfer is about the same as a taxi.
Our recommended company for this service in Prague is myDriver Airport Transfer Prague.