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 2.3) or by Prague Airport-Prague city centre shuttle (shared transfer - 50min, EUR 5.6). The distance between the airport and the city is about 18-20 km, depending on the route chosen.

Prices for transfers and taxi from Prague Airport to the city are not that high. And that’s the only way to get to the city at night. If you choose to 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, won't suit families with children and disabled people. The first category of tourists is going to have an exhausting trip with changes, while 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 the Airport Express Prague or a taxi. The Airport express bus Prague will take you to the main railway station, and taxis will get you to almost any destination: you won't get from Prague Airport to Old Town by them because the movement of any motor vehicle is prohibited there. You can find timetables for buses and the 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. Prague Airport - Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (formerly - Prague Ruzyne International Airport) is located in the suburbs of Prague called Ruzyne. This is the place tourists arrive in most often. There are many excursions available for travellers in the city: 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

from CZK 32 (EUR 1.2)

Waiting time

15+ min

Travel time

50min

Clients

Ind. tourist

Prague Airport buses (N119, 100 and 179, and nighttime bus N510) will take you not to the city centre itself, but only to one of the metro lines - green or yellow. To get to the centre by this type 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 32: 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. Timetables for Prague Airport buses depend 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 32
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 are travelling 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

from CZK 60 (€2.3)

Waiting time

30min

Travel time

45min

Clients

Family

The Prague Airport express, though being twice as expensive as a usual bus, allows tourists to get to the very city centre faster and with more comfort (without changing to the 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)
Children under 6 years old travel for free

Clients:

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

How to find the Airport Express stop at Prague Airport:

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

Prague Airport shuttle

Prague Airport shuttle
Cost

from CZK 150 (€5.6)

Waiting time

30min

Travel time

50min

Clients

Couple

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 the metro, but if you book a seat on a 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, plenty of 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 are travelling without small children

How to find the shuttle stop at Prague Airport:

Prague Airport shuttle stops (white CEDAZ minibuses) are located in front of 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

from €28

Waiting time

5min

Travel time

50min

Clients

Family

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 the Airport Express. A Prague Airport taxi will take you right to your hotel (it doesn't matter if it's in the city 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:

24/7

Route:

from the airport to your hotel/any address

Travel time:

50min

Waiting time:

10-15min (if you take it at the airport on a 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, no stops and no other passengers
If you book a transfer in advance: child seats, fresh water, English-speaking operator

Cost:

from EUR 28

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 are travelling with large luggage or are arriving at night

How to find the taxi rank at Prague Airport:

If you book a taxi in advance, the driver will meet you at the exit from the arrivals area with a nameplate. If you want to take a taxi at the airport, then use enquiry counters of official Prague carriers (for instance, AAA or Radiocab companies). They can be found in each terminal.

Getting from Prague Airport to city centre. Simple 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.

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