Václav Havel Airport is situated in the Prague periphery in Ruzyně district, and it transports over 12 million passengers every year. There are several ways to travel from the airport to the city centre: by regular buses MHD, Airport Express and public city transport. Taxi services and car rentals offer alternative options.
Metro Stations to the City Centre by Public City Transport
The bus lines MHD 119, 100, and 191 provide the quickest transportation to the nearest metro station and the centre of Prague. Bus stops are located directly in front of the arrival halls in Terminals 1 and 2.
Passengers can travel from the airport to the metro station Nádraží Veleslavín (Line A, green line) by using bus line 119 which arrives directly in the city centre within 17 minutes. A 16-minute ride on bus line 100 leads to Zličín metro station, Line B (yellow line). Finally, leaving from the airport to arrive at Na Knížecí/Anděl station (metro B, yellow line) requires a 50-minute journey. Bus arrivals vary between 5 to 30 minutes according to the time of day.
The last bus leaves the airport at 11:40pm and the metro closes after 12:00pm At night, passengers can use standard night bus and tram lines. Night bus line 510 operates from 0:15am to 5:00am, arriving at the airport station Na Beránku. This route passes through Pankrác, I. P. Pavlova and Karlovo náměstí stations. The journey to I. P. Pavlova from Na Beránku lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Passengers are required to purchase a ticket before every journey with the public transport. More information about fares and locations for ticket sales can be found here.
A ticket must be validated immediately at the metro station or upon entering the means of transport. The ticket validating machine in metro is located at the entrance to the station. Trams and buses have machines inside the conveyance close to the door.
Airport Express (AE) to the Main Train Station
This bus line is a direct connection from the airport to the Main Train Station located in the Prague city centre, a five-minute walk to the Wenceslas Square. If Prague is not the final destination, passengers can easily transfer to trains. At the Main Train Station, trains travel to other Czech cities, but also lead to a number of European metropolitan districts.
The low floor buses AE with enlarged space for luggage arrive daily every 30 minutes from 5:30am to 10:30pm, and the journey to the Main Train Station takes approximately 35 minutes. There are two stops which travel in the direction of the airport: Masarykovo nádraží and Náměstí Republiky. The Main Train Station designated only for passengers to disembark.
Passengers should be aware that AE buses are not part of the Prague Public Transport system and regular fares do not apply. The ticket price is 60CZK per person, children under the age of 6 travel free of charge and the fare for children 6-15 years is 30CZK which is paid to the driver. Passengers can also buy tickets at www.cd.cz, in automatic machines, designated stations, and at all České Dráhy counters. Purchased tickets are non-transferrable and valid only for this bus line.
Public line transport: Prague Airport Transfers
Prague Airport Transfers is another option which provides transport to and from the airport. It travels to Národní třída 40, which is close to Můstek metro station.
Public link transport uses comfortable minibuses called shuttle-buses, which provide air conditioning. A shuttle bus can transport 8 passengers. Therefore, it is necessary to reserve seats in advance. The fare for a passenger with regular luggage is 140CZK/1. The journey from the airport to Národní třída 40 takes approximately 35 minutes. The company also provides private transfers and transport with luxury limousines.
Taxi: Fast and comfortable transport to the city centre
Taxi services offer an alternative method of travelling from the airport to Prague. Only two taxi companies: AAA Radiotaxi and FIX, may park directly in front of both Terminals. Since January 1st, 2017 AAA Radiotaxi will be replaced by Taxi Praha.
Other taxi companies park in parking areas P1 EXPRESS (Terminal 1) and P2 EXPRESS (Terminal 2). As these services are not required to pay airport taxes, they offer lower rates than the previously mentioned companies.The price should be approximately 24CZK/1km. However, some taxi services charge different rates so it is advisable for passengers to ask for an estimate in advance.
Travellers can order a taxi by phone, via mobile applications, or signal for a ride at the airport. Ordering a taxi in advance should ensure a lower price. In most cases, passengers can pay by cash or credit card
Renting a car
Visitors who wish to travel by car in the Czech Republic may find renting a car a preferable option.
At Václav Havel Airport, there are several car rental offices, and only a valid driving license is required. Some companies will only rent a car to drivers over the age of 21 who have had a driving license for more than one year.
Visitors have the possibility to choose and reserve a car at car rental’s websites. The rental price typically includes a compulsory third-party insurance, collision damage waiver, local taxes, and other fees. The customer is responsible for the cost of fuel and the car must be returned with the tank display at its original level.
Customers can pay rental charges cash or with credit cards. A deposit is required and the price varies according to the type and model of the vehicle. When the car is returned undamaged, the deposit is returned in full.