The Prague airport, Václav Havel, is located around 18 km west of the town centre. The airport handles more than 11 million passengers each year, the peak season is July and August when a total of 3 million passengers arrive to or depart from the airport.
Getting to and from Prague airport to Prague city centre is fairly easy; depending on your budget you have various travel options to choose between.
Public bus from the airport: the cheapest way of travelling between the airport and the city centre is to take the bus line number 119 from the airport to the Metro station Nádraží Veleslavín (the last stop on the bus route) and then continue with the Metro A line (Green line) from there to one of the central metro stations like Mustek (Wenceslas Square), Staromestska (Old Town Square), Namesti Miru (Vinohrady) and Museum (Wenceslas Square).
When taking the public bus / metro you should know the following
- Bus nr. 119 departs from both Terminal 1 and 2, just follow the bus signs inside the Terminal buildings. The bus departs every 5 to 20 minutes depending on the time of the day.
- A ticket for travelling between the airport and the city centre costs less than 2 Euro. If you have a suitcase you would have to pay about 1 Euro additionally for a luggage transport ticket.
- The ticket you will need is a 90 minute ticket (bus, tram, metro unlimited for 90 minutes); this will be enough to get you anywhere in Prague.
- Tickets can be purchased inside terminal 1 and 2; Prague public transport companies have clearly marked counters in both terminals. Alternatively, there is a ticket machine for cash payment in Czech Koruna on the departure platform and also ticket machines where you can buy tickets with the most common credit cards. The last option is to buy your ticket from the driver, but this is a bit more expensive and you anyway need Czech Koruna to do so, so you might as well buy it at the ticket machine. NOTE: Tickets have to be validated in the stamp machines on the bus.
- Bus 119 runs from around 4 AM till around midnight.
- Total travel time to the centre of town is about 35-45 minutes.
- At the Nádraží Veleslavín metro station, where you change from bus to Metro, there is no elevator so you will have to carry your suitcase down the stairs.
- In addition to line 119 you have a few other public bus routes from the airport. They might be an option if you travel to other city parts, other than the centre of town. You can see more about these buses here.
See more info about ticket prices for public bus, tram and Metro here. As you will notice, you also have an option to buy a 1 day (24 hour) or 3 day (72 hour) ticket.
Airport Express Bus: If you travel from the airport to the main train station, you should for sure take the airport express which goes directly to the main train station Hlavní nádraží.
When taking Airport Express you should know the following:
- The airport express departs from the bus platform by terminal 1and 2 (look for signs saying AE)
- The bus operates from 5:30 to 22:30, departs each 15 to 30 minutes depending on the time of the day. Travel time to the main train station is about 35 minutes.
- A one-way ticket for the Airport express bus costs around 3 Euro, one suitcase is included in the price. If you have a ticket for a train from the main train station, you are entitled to a discounted ticket (less than 2 Euro).
- Tickets can be purchased from the driver, payment option is cash in Czech Koruna. If you have a train ticket, make sure to show it to the driver so you can get the discounted ticket.
- When travelling from the city to the airport, you can also board the bus at the train station Masarykovo Nádraží and at Náměstí Republiky.
Airport Transfer: pre-ordering a transfer from the airport to your accommodation is probably the most hassle free way of travelling. A driver will wait with a name sign where you exit the customs area and from there on he will be in charge of getting you to your hotel or apartment.
Pre-booked transfer from Prague airport – you should know the following:
- A pre-booked transfer is up to 20% cheaper than a regular taxi.
- To the centre of town a 1-4 person vehicle costs around 22 Euro, the price might vary 1-2 euro up / down depending on the drop off location (you will know the exact price when you book)
- Almost all drivers speak English, often also other languages
- You have various payment options e.g. prepaid, or cash / credit card to the driver
- The company will monitor the arrival of your flight so even if there is a delay, the driver will be there waiting for you when you arrive.
- A pre-booked transfer is available from 1 person to larger groups.
- Some of the providers offer extras like e.g. a free walking tour in Prague.
- The service is door to door.
Taxi from the airport: taking a regular “yellow-cab” taxi from the airport to the centre of town is also an option. Taxis are available in front of Terminal 1 (Exit D) and Terminal 2 (Exit E)
Taxi from Prague airport – you should know the following:
- Taxi services are done according to tariffs which are calculated from a starting fee + kilometre fee and traffic waiting fee e.g. by red lights. In best case scenario, a taxi to the centre should cost you around 23 Euro and if there is lots of traffic the price might increase to 25 Euro or more. If you are charged more than 30 Euro to the town centre, something is not 100% correct.
- There are several taxi companies operating from the airport, some have better reputation than others in terms of the service they provide, so you should maybe check this out if you plan to take a taxi from the airport.
- In and outside the terminal you will see commercials with guaranteed taxi prices to the centre and large discount savings etc; they are often misleading and with strings attached, so pay attention.
Rent a car at airport Prague: at Prague airport you will find all the major car rental companies like Sixt, Hertz, Europcar etc. The car rental offices are located at the ground floor of parking C. In the terminals you have car rental signs so just follow them. You can check prices for rental cars from Prague airport here.
Car rental Prague airport, what you should know:
- Car rental at the airport is usually more expensive than renting at the city stations.
- If you are only going to Prague centre, you do not need a rented car.
Renting a bus from Prague Airport: If you are a large group arriving at Prague airport, it might pay out to rent a bus, even if you are only going to the Prague centre. Several companies offer buses from 20 to 50, 60 or even more persons. Rented buses have to be booked up front, in the process of the booking you will agree on where the bus will wait for you at the airport.
FAQ bus and transport from Prague airport
Q: Are there any intercity buses driving from the Airport?
A: Yes there are, you have several daily direct buses departing from Prague airport to Brno and from Prague airport to Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). If you travel to some other destination, you should first go to the Florence bus station from where you have bus connections to the whole Czech Republic as well as international destinations like Vienna or Dresden.
Q: Is there a bus from the airport directly to the Florence bus station?
A: Yes, from around 7 (AM) till 22 (10 PM) you have a direct bus to the Florence Bus terminal every 30 minutes. Buses depart in front of terminal 1. Tickets for the bus can be bought online or from the driver.
Q: Do the taxis run by meter?
A: By law they have to, but that does always mean you cannot be scammed.
Q: I arrive late in the evening; will I still be able to catch the airport bus?
A: Yes, no worries, as you see above the airport bus runs till late in the evening.
Q: Can I pay my transportation with Euros, Dollar or Sterling?
A: The currency in Czech is the Koruna so it is advisable to always pay in the local currency, but in most cases you can use at least Dollar and Euro to pay for the taxi or a transfer, but you will probably get a horrible exchange rate, so it is better to take some Czech Koruna from an ATM at the airport before heading towards the city.
Hope you found our small guide for transportation from the Prague airport helpful. If you have any additional information you feel we should add you are more than welcome to leave a comment below.