How to get from Prague Airport to city centre?

Getting from Prague Airport to city: distance, travel time, stops, and cost

How to get from Prague Airport to city centre and Old Town

You can get from Prague Airport to city centre by Prague Airport bus. It will take you about 50min and will cost EUR 1.2. You can also get there by Prague Airport express (45min, EUR 2) or by Prague Airport-Prague city centre shuttle (group transfer - 50min, EUR 5.5). The distance between the airport and the city is about 18-20 km depending on the route chosen.

The prices for transfers and taxi from Prague Airport to the city are not so high. And that’s the only way to get to the city at night. If you travel by bus, Airport Express or Prague Airport shuttle, you'll need to pay for your trip in CZK, while you can pay in EUR when travelling by taxi. City buses, though being the cheapest travel option, are not suitable for families with children and disabled people. The first category of tourists is going to have an exhausting trip with changes, and for the second one there are just no special seats there (buses with seats for disabled passengers operate only on weekdays and on certain routes). Mothers with small children and aged tourists should take an Airport Express Prague or a taxi. Airport express bus Prague will take you to the main railway station, and taxi will take you to almost any destination: you won't get from airport to Old Town by it because the movement of any motor vehicle is prohibited there. You can find the timetable for buses and airport express in the article below.

Prague - the magnificent capital of the Czech Republic

Prague attracts tourists all year round. Travellers from all over the world seek to come to this mysterious and slightly medieval city of Europe. Paris Airport - Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (formerly Prague Ruzyne International Airport) is located in the suburb of Prague called Ruzyne. This is the place tourists arrive at most often. There are many excursions available for travellers: for instance, across the New and the Old Town, to Vysehrad fort, Prague Castle, Hradcany, and other places.

Prague Airport bus

Prague Airport bus
Cost

CZK 36 (EUR 1.2)

Waiting time

15+ min

Travel time

50min

Clients

ind. tourists

Prague Airport buses (N119, 100 and 179, and nighttime bus N510) will take you not to city centre itself, but only to one of the metro lines - green or yellow. To get to centre by this kind of transport, you'll have to make a change anyway. The most popular route among tourists is N119 because it is more frequent and get to the city centre faster than others (in 22 minutes). A ticket for 1.5h costs CZK 36: during this time you'll be able to use both buses and metro. You'll spend about 50 minutes getting from Prague Airport to city centre by bus with changes. The timetable for Prague Airport buses depends on the route: there are both a nighttime bus and daytime ones.

Buses from Prague Airport to the city centre:

N119, 100, 179 and nighttime bus N510

Timetable:

from 04:15 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (nighttime bus runs from 11:57 p.m. to 03:57 a.m.)

End point of the route:

N119: to Dejvicka metro station (green line)
N179: to Nove Butovice metro station (yellow line)
N100: to Zlicin metro station (yellow line)
nighttime bus N510: to Na Beranku (to I.P.Pavlova bus stop)

Travel time:

50min

Waiting time:

15-30min

Comfort level:

low

Cost:

30 min — CZK 24
90 min — CZK 36
1 day — CZK 110
3 days — CZK 310
1 month — CZK 675

Clients:

individual tourists with hand-luggage who know the route and the language and travel without small children

How to find the bus stop:

Please use this plan, to find the necessary stop.

Prague Airport express

Prague Airport express
Cost

CZK 60 (€2)

Waiting time

30min

Travel time

45min

Clients

families

Prague Airport express, though being twice as expensive as a usual bus, allows tourists to get to the very city centre faster and in more comfort (without changes in metro). There is also some room for luggage on these buses. To get from Prague Airport to the main railway station of the city - Praha hl. nadrazi - by Airport express, you'll have to pay CZK 60.

Timetable:

from 05:30 a.m. to 10:35 p.m.

Route:

Letiste (Airport) – Dejvicka (green metro line) – Hlavni nadrazi (Prague railway station)

Travel time:

45min

Waiting time:

30min

Comfort level:

high: soft seats, room for luggage, few stops

Cost:

Dejvická/Hlavní nádraží
CZK 40/60
CZK 20/30 (ticket for children)
The trip is free for children under 6 years old

Clients:

individual tourists, couples with children of 5 years old and upwards

How to find Airport Express stop at Prague Airport:

Please use this plan, to find Airport Express stop at Prague Airport.

Prague Airport shuttle

Prague Airport shuttle
Cost

CZK 150 (€5.5)

Waiting time

30min

Travel time

50min

Clients

couples

The trip by Prague Airport shuttle bus (for instance, by Prague Airport Transfers SRO or CEDAZ) is cheaper than it is by taxi, but more expensive than it is by Airport Express. Transfers taken on the spot will take you to metro, but if you book a seat in Prague tourist shuttle in advance, it will take you to any hotel in the city. Small minibuses are less comfortable than AEs, but they overcome traffic jams easier and get to the destination faster.

Timetable:

from 05:30 a.m. to 09:30 p.m.

Route:

(if you take a transfer at the airport):
- Dejvicka (green metro line)
- Namesti Republiky (yellow metro line)
If you book a shuttle in advance, you will be taken to your hotel.

Travel time:

50min

Waiting time:

30min

Comfort level:

English-speaking drivers, large room for luggage

Cost:

If you take a transfer at the airport: CZK 150 (the trip is free for children under 6 years old);
If you book a transfer in advance: EUR 11

Clients:

individual tourists with hand-luggage, those who travel without small children

How to find the shuttle stop at Prague Airport:

Prague Airport shuttle stops (white CEDAZ minibuses) are opposite Terminal 1 and 2.
If you book a transfer in advance, you will be picked up at the airport.

Taxi from Prague Airport

Taxi from Prague Airport to the city
Cost

€30

Waiting time

5min

Travel time

50min

Clients

families

Taxi from Prague Airport is rather expensive. But for some travellers it is the most comfortable way to get to the city centre: for example, for those who don't want to get there by metro with changes or exhaust their small children by long waiting for Airport Express. Prague Airport taxi will take you right to your hotel (it doesn't matter if it's in the centre or in the suburbs). The cost of taxi from Prague Airport to city centre depends on whether you take a car on the spot or book it in advance (the second option is more preferable for prudent tourists).

Timetable:

24-hour

Route:

from the airport to the hotel/to any address

Travel time:

50min

Waiting time:

10-15 min (if you take it at the airport on first-come-first-served basis)
If you book a transfer in advance, you will be picked up upon arrival. The driver will meet you with a nameplate.

Comfort level:

high
If you take it at the airport: air-conditioning, without stops and other passengers
If you book a transfer in advance: child seats, cold water, English-speaking operator

Cost:

from EUR 30

Clients:

families with small children, inexperienced tourists, those who are in the country for the first time or don't know the language, disabled people, aged tourists, those who travel with large luggage or arrive at night

How to find a taxistand at Prague Airport:

If you book a taxi in advance, the driver will meet you at the exit from the arrival area with a nameplate. If you want to take a taxi at the airport, then use the enquiry counter by official Prague carriers (for instance, AAA or Radiocab companies). They are located in each terminal.

Getting from Prague Airport to city centre. Easy diagram:

How to get from Prague airport to the city centre

We hope this article will help you choose the best way to get from Prague airport to city center, as well as the most suitable Prague Airport transport for you.