You can get from Prague Airport to the city center by bus. It will take you about 50 minutes and will cost EUR 1.2. You can also get there by Prague Airport express (45 min, EUR 2.3) or by shuttle (shared transfer - 50 min, EUR 5.6). The distance between the airport and the city is about 18-20 km, depending on the chosen route.
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 traveling by taxi. City buses, despite 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 or a taxi. The express bus 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 express in the article below.
Prague attracts tourists all year round. Travelers from all over the world seek to come to this mysterious and slightly medieval city of Europe. Prague Airport - Vaclav Havel (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 travelers in the city: for instance, across the New and the Old Town, to Vysehrad fort, Prague Castle, Hradcany, and other places.
from CZK 32 (EUR 1.2)
Prague Airport buses (N119, 100 and 179, and nighttime bus N510) will take you not to the city center itself, but only to one of the metro lines - green or yellow. To get to the center 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 gets to the city center 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 center by bus with changes. Timetables for buses depend on the route: there are both nighttime buses and daytime ones.
N119, 100, 179 and nighttime bus N510
from 04:15 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (nighttime bus runs from 11:57 p.m. to 03:57 a.m.)
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)
30 min — CZK 24
90 min — CZK 32
1 day — CZK 110
3 days — CZK 310
1 month — CZK 675
individual tourists with hand-luggage who know the route and the language and are traveling without small children
Please use this plan to find the necessary stop.
from CZK 60 (EUR 2.3)
The Prague Airport express, despite being twice as expensive as a usual bus, allows tourists to get to the very city center 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.
from 05:30 a.m. to 10:35 p.m.
Letiste (Airport) – Dejvicka (green metro line) – Hlavni nadrazi (Prague railway station)
high: soft seats, room for luggage, few stops
CZK 20/30 (ticket for children)
Children under 6 y.o. travel for free
individual tourists; couples with children of 5 y.o. and older
Please use this plan to find the Airport Express stop.
from CZK 150 (EUR 5.6)
The trip by Prague Airport shuttle bus (for instance, by Transfers SRO or CEDAZ) is cheaper than taxi but more expensive than 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.
from 05:30 a.m. to 09:30 p.m.
(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.
English-speaking drivers, plenty of room for luggage
If you take a transfer at the airport: CZK 150 (the trip is free for children under 6 y.o.);
If you book a transfer in advance: EUR 11
individual tourists with hand-luggage; those who are traveling without small children
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.
from EUR 28
Taxi from Prague Airport is rather expensive. But for some travelers, it is the most comfortable way to get to the city center: 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 center or in the suburbs). The cost of a taxi from Prague Airport to city center depends on whether you take a car on the spot or book it in advance (the second option is preferable for prudent tourists).
from the airport to your hotel/any address
10-15 min (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.
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
from EUR 28
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 traveling with large luggage or are arriving at night
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 the counters of official Prague carriers (for instance, AAA or Radiocab companies). They can be found in each terminal.
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.