If you are landing at Vaclav Havel Prague Airport and unsure of the ideal way to get into the city centre, we have put together all the acceptable alternatives and our recommendations. Prague is famously known for its dubious cab drivers and has good public transport and a few fantastic private shuttle companies. With our advice, transport from the airport won’t be stressful.
Prague Airport is situated about 17 kilometres from the city centre. It takes about 25 to 30 minutes to get there when there is no traffic. If you travel further and travel in traffic, the journey can take up to 60 minutes. The rush hours are usually during working days in the morning from 7 am to 10 am and in the late afternoon from 4 pm to 7 pm. During those rush hours, it is a good idea to add 20 minutes to your travel time.
Out of all options, we also don’t recommend taking a public airport taxi because you can get a much better service with a private transfer or Uber Black for the same and even very often much lower price.
Prague Airport Transfers focus on private airport pickups, and all their drivers are hand-picked and well-trained. For a slightly lower price than an airport taxi, €22, you will get a private, professional driver with excellent English and knowledge of Prague. The driver will also be waiting for you with a welcome sign at the terminal lobby for up to 60 minutes at no extra charge. If the flight is delayed or arrives early, your driver will monitor the flight schedule and manage pickup accordingly. The best thing is you will land and go right away with no waiting as your car is always ready. The service has excellent ratings. Just Google ‘Prague Airport Transfers sro’.
UBER or Bolt
The second recommended option is taking an Uber or Bolt. Uber is now a reliable service that is becoming much more popular than regular taxis. Uber drivers are usually waiting within a 5-minute distance of the airport, so the waiting times are short. But during peak times, it can take up to 15 minutes before a car arrives. The cost with UberX is just around €15. For UberX, you get assigned mostly smaller compact cars, which are fine for max. Four travellers with two bags (for comfort with bags recommended only for two travellers). For Uber Select, you get ordinary larger cars, most fine for four passengers with three bags, and the price is slightly higher than Uber X. Uber Black is for luxury rides with a professional driver, where you get assigned cars like Audi A6 or Mercedes E-class for a price of approx. €35. The disadvantage of using Uber or Bolt compared to Prague Airport Transfers is you need to wait for your car and sometimes chase it in the parking lot. It is important to note that the drivers’ quality and vehicle models vary significantly. Still, the highest risk is that prices may go up during the rush hours, and sometimes you will end up paying more for an old, small car compared to the classic taxi. Bolt offers similar pricing to Uber but only two car types: Bolt and Comfort. Pricing and cars are very similar to UBER. Most drivers work for both applications.
If saving money is important and travel time and comfort are not top priorities, the cheapest option to get from Prague Airport is by public transport, which is very cost-effective and easy to use. The bus stops are in front of each terminal (follow bus signs). A single ticket valid for 90 minutes costs 32 CZK (about €1,30) and is transferable – meaning you can use it for the bus, tram or metro. If you carry larger bags like suitcases, you might need an extra ticket, which costs half of the price of your ordinary ticket, 16 CZK. Most convenient is bus no. 119, which terminates at Nádraží Veleslavín and from there you can transfer to metro line A, in the direction of the Depo Hostivař. According to the address where you need to go, you might continue to downtown and get off either at Malostranská (Lesser Town), Staroměstská (Old Town) or Můstek (New Town). The bus goes in intervals every 6 to 8 minutes and operates from 4:23 am to 11:42 pm every day. Another option is to take bus no. 100, which goes to Zlíčín (metro line B), or bus number 191, which goes directly to Anděl in Smíchov district.
There is also an AE (Airport Express) bus which links the airport and main train station in just 35 minutes. The bus stop is at the parking lot right in front of Terminal 1. If you arrive at Terminal 2, you need to walk about 5 to 7 minutes to Terminal 1. Tickets cost 60 CZK (about €2,50). The AE bus operates at 15- to 30-minute intervals from 5:30 am to 10:00 pm daily. You can use this bus even if you are not connecting to the train and transfer to the metro (line C). The train station is not far from Wenceslas Square, and you can even consider 10 to 12 minutes walking.
A good compromise between cheap public transportation and a private car might be a shared shuttle bus. It costs just €12 per person (€19 for a group of 2 persons) and will get you from the airport directly to your hotel or apartment address. But if you are travelling with more than 2 individuals, you probably won’t save much, and a taxi or Uber might represent better value. There is also a cheaper version of this shuttle bus that costs just €5.50 per person, but it only goes to the city centre (Narodní třída). The two shuttles are very comfortable, typically a Mercedes Benz minibus with air conditioning and comfortable seats. The journey takes from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the traffic and the number of stops.
If you were planning to rent a car for your stay in Prague, it makes sense to arrange a rental at Prague Airport. Opposite Terminal 1, next to the Marriot hotel, you will find the P COMFORT building with various rental companies like Sixt, Hertz, Avis Car Rental and Budget Car Rental, along with a few local ones like Dvořák Rent a Car or Czechocar Car Rental. Offices are open from 8:00am to 22:00pm. This option makes sense only if you are planning to use a car for driving outside of Prague; otherwise, due to the parking restrictions in the city centre and often traffic, it doesn’t make much sense.
Yellow Regiojet buses have a stop at Terminal 1. They offer routes between the airport and Hradčanská stop in Prague 6. Due to the 1-hour intervals are not the best options for connecting to the city centre, but they are beneficial if you are travelling to other cities from Prague Airport.