If you are going to Prague by plane and it’s not one of your private jets, you will land on Václav Havel Airport Prague. In this case, you will need some kind of transport to get to your hotel or simply to the Prague centre. In this article, I will show you what possibilities you have and how to choose the best one for you.
Please remember to not change your money at the airport! There are many tourist traps where they will give you really bad rate. Buy your tickets to centre with card and exchange money there. Soon there will be article how to change money in Prague, so make sure to keep eye on this blog!
I’m sure that this is the first option that comes to your mind. And yes, it’s comfy and quick but it can be quite expensive. This is the best option if you have a big luggage or if you are really tired from your flight. If you want to take a taxi, you can just get in one of them in front of the terminal. Maximum prices for taxi services in the Czech Republic are 40 crowns (€ 1.5) starting rate, 28 crowns (€ 1) for one kilometre and 6 crowns (€ 0.2) for one minute of waiting. Considering this, you should pay about 600-700 crowns (€ 23-€ 27) to the centre and it should take about 30 minutes. Be careful, never ride taxi without taximeter and if the price is much higher (like 1500 crowns). The driver has to give you printed receipt. If the price is too high or you didn’t get receipt don’t be afraid to call the city police (phone number is 156).
Liftago is a Czech mobile app for taxi services. If you don’t like public transport this is certainly must have app for your vacation in Prague. You can pick your driver to suit your needs. You can see how much the trip will cost, how long will it take, what car your driver have and what is his rating. If you add your credit card to the app you can even pay with it. All drivers in this app are licensed so you don’t have to worry about being ripped off. I personally use this app everytime I need a cab. You can download it for Android here or iOS devices here.
This is the cheapest way of getting anywhere in Prague and trip from/to the airport is no exception. It’s not as comfortable as a taxi but if you don’t have any oversized luggage it should be fine. So how to get to the centre using public transport? It’s simple! After you step out the airport you should see some bus stop either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. First things first – you need to buy a ticket. Somewhere around the stop, you should see the yellow ticket machine. In this machine, you need to find option “90 minutes Prague or 4 zones”. This means you can ride bus, tram or metro for 90 minutes around Prague and it will cost you 32 crowns (€ 1.2). This is plenty of time to get to the centre.
After you buy your ticket you need to find bus number 119 and ride to the Nádraží Veleslavín station. Make sure you validated your ticket after you get on the bus (you can do this in the small yellow box, see the picture below). If you don’t do that you can get 1500 crowns (€ 57) fine. When you arrive at Nádraží Veleslavín, just follow the crowd to the metro station and take a train in direction to Depo Hostivař. When you get out at Můstek or Museum station, you will be in the beautiful centre of Prague. And for the price of one beer!
If you need to get back to the airport it’s equally simple. Just find the nearest metro station at line A ( the green one), go to the Nádraží Veleslavín station and then take bus number 119 again. Just make sure you take the right direction and you have validated your ticket!
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