This small guide is for all travelers to Prague!
Vaclav Hável Airport, which is the name of Prague Ruzyne Airport (PRG) is small, has just two terminals connected to each other and is very easy to navigate.
It is close to the centre of Prague – depending on the transport, the journey can take from 25 to 45 minutes. Terminal 2 is for ALL Schengen area flights, Terminal 1 is for all other flights. Waiting times are never too long, it is a comfortable, fast and modern airport.
Comparative table of prices and duration
|Bus and subway||40Ckz||45 min|
|Airport Express||60Ckz||40 min|
|Uber||From 350Ckz||25 min|
|Taxi||From 700Ckz||25 min|
|Rent a car||From 500Ckz/day||25 min|
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Public transport from the airport to Prague
In general, getting from Prague airport to the centre (and vice versa) is very easy and fast if you do it the right way. Here are the best options for this journey. Prague transport is very inexpensive.
The bus stop is right outside of the terminal, at ground level. At the same stop, you will find the yellow machines to buy the transport tickets, you must buy the 40Ckk. You can pay with card, you don’t need to have cash.
Bus 119 and Metro green line (A)
This combination is the most cost-effective and used by most of us. For only 40 Ckz (~1,6 Euro) and about 35 minutes you can be in the centre of Prague.
It leaves every 6-8 minutes and you have to take it to its last stop called Nádraží Veleslavín, from where the green line metro goes. You will see the entrance to the metro when you get off the bus and the same bus ticket is valid for the metro, you don’t have to validate it again. The stops in the centre are Mustek or Staroměstská.
Bus 100 and Metro yellow line (B)
If your destination is near a yellow metro line stop, you also have this alternative. Instead of bus 119, you can take bus 100 from the airport, at the same stop.
This bus leaves every 15 minutes during the day and in an 11-minute journey you will be at the Zličín stop, where you can change to the Yellow Metro. The stops in the centre are Můstek and Národní třída mainly.
Airport Express Bus: AE
This is a very good option to go directly to the centre of Prague. The Airport Express bus is taken in the same place as the above and arrives at the main train station Hlavní nádraží, which is on the top of Wenceslas Square. It is marked with the initials AE.
It operates from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day with a frequency of 30 minutes. The ticket costs 2.50 euros and the journey will take approximately 33 minutes. For the Airport Express, you need to buy the ticket ‘AE’, the public transport ticket is not valid.
For those who do not know what to do with their luggage on the last day, we recommend you leave it in the luggage room at the train station and when picking it up, use this bus directly to Prague Airport, as it leaves from the door of the station.
How to get from the airport at night
Arriving from Prague airport at night is a little different, the subway stops at 12:30 a.m. and the trams also change to their own night routes.
The process is still quite easy. Instead of the normal bus 119 or 100, you will have to take the night bus 910 which leaves every 30 minutes. In only 11 minutes you will be at the Divoká Sárka stop, where you can take the night tram 91 to the city centre. The closest stop to the Old Square will be Dlouhá třída.
Rent a car at the airport
The car rental counters are located on the ground floor of parking lot C, you will have to go through them when you leave the terminal, but it will be easy for you to find them. The price per day is usually around 17-20 euros for the most basic cars and depends on the number of days you rent them.
After several complaints from colleagues and clients who have been with us, we recommend not to use Budget.
Taxi at the airport
We saved this option for last for a reason. Taxis are not usually very reliable in Prague, prices vary a lot from one taxi driver to another and attempts to cheat are unfortunately quite common among tourists.
Instead, we recommend booking in advance.
In case there is no other option, we recommend using the official yellow taxis with the triple-a sign, they are at the exit of the terminal. Confirm the price before travel. The taxi ride takes about 25 minutes and should not cost more than 800czk.