Prague airport and how to get to the city center
Prague airport is one of the most frequent in Europe and right information on how to get to the city center is very useful to know.
You will learn details about the best choices of transfers from the PRG airport and its conditions and prices.
You have four options available to you to get from Prague airport to the city center:
- Public transport,
- Public taxi,
- Prepaid taxi, and
- Uber, Taxify or Liftago taxi.
Prague airport is one of the most modern airports in the world. Vaclav Havel Airport Prague is the correct name of the airport (PRG), and it handles around 13 million people annually, which is around 1 million people a month.
What transfer options are available at Prague airport?
We've researched and put together the best choices, and these are below:
1) Public transport. From the terminals, there are two bus lines which run on a regular basis, Number 119 and 100. Bus 119 will take you via the green line metro to Nádraží Veleslavín station. Bus 100 takes the yellow line metro B, to Zlicin station. Bus 119 is used more often because the A subway line is closer to the city center. Ticket cost 32 Kč (about EUR 1.4, USD 1.5). If you need further details you can gain access to the timetable here.
2) Public taxi. Only use cars with a visible taxi sign, and always ensure the taxi driver turns the meter on. The price ranges from between 400 to 500 CZK.
3) Prepaid taxi. Try searching Google with the phrase "Prague airport transfers" and pick the best one for you. The average price is 250 to 550 CZK. The driver will always be waiting with a sign with your name on it in the arrival hall. You will find a list of the available transport companies here. A useful tip for you: We have located a company who will give you a free tour guide on Prague if you book their taxi transfer. Here's the URL for this bonus - we think it's a great extra!
4) Uber, Taxify or Liftago taxi. You can download a taxi app to your phone and use it for your transfer to the city center. Uber is used in Prague all the time and its competitor in Czech is called Liftago taxi. For a free bonus with your first ride, click here to register for Uber, Taxify or the Liftago taxi. They are very similar services, and all you need to do is add your current location, where you want to go, and you'll be able to see how much it will cost you straight away, so there are no hidden surprises.
Where to find taxis the airport
The official taxi stand is situated in front of the terminal building. You'll spot the taxis quite easily as they are bright yellow.
Prague airport terminals and its available services
Here's some good news - the airport has Wi-Fi - it's fast, with unlimited use, and it's free!
The airport has two main halls, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (click the picture above). Terminal 1 is for flights outside the Schengen area and Terminal 2 is for flights inside. You can check which country your flight arrives/departs within here. Google Maps have a great view here: http://bit.ly/2mixk5p
Rest & Fun Center
For those with some time to spare between flights, there is a mini-lounge, hotel rooms, internet café, refreshment, and showers available. The center is located in the transit (non-public) area of Terminal 1.
The price list is available here.
Self-check-in kiosks (selected airlines only)
Both terminals are equipped with self-service check-in kiosks.
If you wish to use this service, you will need to scan your travel document or e-ticket, so have this readily available. If you don't have either of these, then you can enter your booking number or frequent flyer program for the airline, manually. Once you can see your flight details on screen, follow the remainder of the instructions, for example, choosing your seat. When you've entered all the details successfully, the kiosk will print off your boarding pass.
If you are traveling with just hand luggage, once you have your boarding pass, simply head to the relevant departure exit. If you have baggage to check-in, just hand it in at the specially designated "Baggage drop-off” counter located near the standard check-in desks, and you will receive a ticket for your luggage. You can then proceed to passport control. Companies that support this type of check-in are listed below.
Entry regulations to the Czech Republic
Entry regulations are issued in accordance with § 85f, paragraph 4, of the Civil Aviation Act (No. 49/1997 Coll.). These regulations apply to all persons entering air-side at Prague Airport. You can read the whole text here.
Import regulations - the list of goods that you can bring into EU countries can be found here.
Security standards of Prague airport - rules for entry into the checked zones and the aircraft can be found here.
Lounges (check your credit card to see if you get in for free)
There are two lounges in Terminal 1 - VIP Service Club CONTINENTAL and MasterCard Lounge. The Raiffeisenbank, ERSTE Premier, and Premier Private Lounges are located in Terminal 2.
Showers are available for a small charge in both terminals. They are situated close to the business lounges and are quite easy to find.
Plastic luggage packing
Locations for Luggage Packing:
Terminal 1 - Departure hall - public area, near the entrance A
Terminal 2 - Concourse - public area, near the entrance D.
The price is about 400 CZK.