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Prague Airport to City: All Transport Options

Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG), previously Ruzyne Airport. is the busiest airport in the Czech Republic, located approximately 18 km from downtown Prague. There are three modes of transportation available when travelling from Prague Airport to the city: taxi, private transfer, or a selection of buses.

Taking a taxi is the most convenient option and booking an airport transfer is even better as it gives you some added security. Both services are door-t0-door and provide the fastest transfer to Prague. Alternatively, you can take the Prague Airport Shuttle Bus (AE Express). The route is non-stop direct and tickets cost just €4 (CZK 100).

You can also take a public bus but the routes include a change onto the metro and may take well over an hour. Although the public night buses are specifically useful for those landing after midnight.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Prague at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €35 35min 24/7
Private Airport Transfer €33 35min 24/7
Airport Express Bus €8 45min 05:30–22:00
Public Bus €2.40 40min 24/7

How to get from Prague Airport to the city centre by taxi

The best way to get from Prague Airport to the city is by taxi. Taxis in Prague are usually white or yellow and easily recognisable with their taxi logos and bright roof signs. Under normal traffic conditions, the taxi trip from Prague Airport to the city takes approximately 35 minutes.

The official taxi service at the airport is Uber and you can book your ride using the app, self-service Uber kiosks, or service counters inside the terminal. Once you’ve request your ride, you can head to the taxi rank and meet your driver.

Prague Airport to city centre taxi cost

The official Prague Airport taxi partner is Uber. This means you’ll receive a fare estimate before booking your trip. Just keep in mind that your fare will be calculated based on taximeter rates, so the estimation is not always exact.

With that being said, the estimated cost of a taxi from Prague Airport to the city centre is between €35 (CZK 867) and €45 (CZK 1,114).

*Uber applies surge pricing during periods of high demand, so you may end up paying more on the day.

Cost

€35 (CZK 867)

Trip Duration

35 Min

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG).

Where do I get a taxi from?

Prague Airport’s taxi ranks are located just outside both terminals (T1 and T2).

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Prague Airport to the city centre is quick and convenient, as the service is door-to-door and always available. However, Uber is known to apply surge pricing during busy periods. So if you’re travelling during peak season, rush hours, or on the weekend – your final fare may be much higher than expected.

Editor’s Note

Some taxi drivers may speak English, but this is never guaranteed. We recommend jotting down the address of your hotel or accommodation to avoid miscommunication.

Useful Tips

Tipping in Prague is generally expected, with a 10% tip as the standard.
Never accept taxi services from random individuals offering rides at the airport.
Taxis in Prague can fit up to 4 people with 3 pieces of luggage.
Airport taxis in Prague typically accept card payments thanks to the Uber app’s digital payment feature. However, it’s always best to carry some cash in the local currency just in case (€).

How to get from Prague Airport to the city by private transfer?

The best way to get from Prague Airport to the city centre is by booking a private transfer in advance. Not only does this allow you to skip the taxi waiting line but you can also enjoy the added peace of mind of a premium service with plenty of travel extras.

Private transfers, such as Welcome Pickups’ personalised services, are specifically designed with travellers in mind and offer a comprehensive service to ensure a stress-free arrival:

  • Meet and greets
  • Trained English-speaking drivers
  • Flight monitoring
  • Guaranteed fixed fares
  • 24/7 customer support

 

With everything planned ahead of time, all you have to do is jump in your taxi and enjoy the view as you descend into downtown Prague. Plus, your driver will even give you a mini tour of the city and share a few local tips and tricks so that you can make the most out of your stay.

How much is a private transfer from Prague Airport to downtown Prague?

The useful thing about opting for a private transfer is that you get a fixed quote ahead of time. This means you can book and pay for your transfer in advance so that you don’t have to worry about a thing on the day.

Nevertheless, the fixed prices of a private transfer from Prague Airport to the city centre are as follows:

  • Sedan (up to 4) – €33 (CZK 817) during the day and €39 (CZK 966) at night
  • Minivan (up to 8) – €47 (CZK 1,164 daytime and €56 (CZK 1,387) nighttime
  • Minibus (up to 12) – €100 (CZK 2,477) during the day and €120 (CZK 2,972) at night

 

You can book on our website or app within minutes. All you have to do is enter your personal details, flight number, and the pick up time to secure a quote. The quote is fixed and not subject to change. So even if roads are congested, you won’t pay anything extra.

Cost

From €33 (CZK 817)

Trip Duration

35 Min

*Booking your private transfer from PRG Airport in advance is the best way to ensure a seamless experience

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Private transfer are available 24/7 from Prague International Airport.

Where do I get it from?

When you book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups, your local English-speaking driver will be waiting for you at Arrivals, holding a sign with your name on it. They will then help you with your luggage and lead you to your pre-selected vehicle.

Convenience

Prague Airport transfers offer more convenience and customization than the airport taxi service. For a similar price to official airport taxis, you can save time and ensure a top-quality, reliable service with a trained local driver. And you won’t be subject to surge pricing!

Editor’s Note

We recommend setting the pickup time to 20-30 minutes after the landing time to leave enough time to clear passport control and baggage claim.

Useful Tips

Our modern sedans can seat up to 4 people, our larger minivans can take up to 8, and our spacious minibuses are for groups of up to 12.
A few days before you're due to fly, you will receive an email including your driver's name, details, and vehicle information so that you know what to expect on the day.
Ideal for families and business travellers after a seamless arrival experience.
If you need a child booster or baby seat, you can request one during the booking process online or using the app.
You can contact your driver via our app or Whatsapp to ensure a seamless arrival.

How to get from Prague Airport to city centre by bus

The Prague Airport Express bus (AE Line) connects the airport to “Hlavní nádraží” (Prague Main Railway Station). Old Town is a 15-minute walk from there. The service is non-stop and gets you to the centre in around 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

How much is the express bus from Prague Airport to Prague city centre?

A one-way ticket for the AE Express from Prague Airport to the city costs just €4 (CZK 100), making it a great budget choice. A child ticket costs just €2 (CZK 50).

You can purchase your bus tickets either from the Prague Public Transport counters in the Arrivals Halls, or from the yellow vending machines at each airport bus stop. You can also buy your tickets from the bus driver, using cash or card.

*Remember to validate your ticket using the yellow machine on board the bus.

Cost

€4 (CZK 100)

Trip Duration

45 Min

The AE Express departs every 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Prague Airport bus runs from 05:30 until 22:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

The Prague Airport shuttle bus leaves from the bus stop just outside of Terminal 1. You’ll see signs leading you outside to the bus stop.

Convenience

Taking the Prague Airport Express bus is a great budget choice as tickets are cheap and the service is direct. However, if your plane lands outside of operating hours, you’ll need to take a taxi or give the public bus system a go.

Editor’s Note

You can connect to metro line C at Prague's central train station to get to other areas of the city.

Useful Tips

Children under 6 years of age travel for free.
The AE Express tickets are non-transferrable, single-journey, and only valid on the AE line.
There is no extra charge for luggage.

How to get from Prague Airport to city centre by bus?

You can also take a public bus from Prague Airport to the city centre, however, the journey is not direct and involves transferring onto the metro to get to central Prague.

There are a few buses that run during the day and at night. Bus 59 (Divoká Šárka – Nádraží Veleslavín) is the most convenient choice. The trip takes about 15 minutes and you can change onto metro line A at Veleslavín Train Station and get off at “Staroměstská” in Old Town.

Another options is bus 191 (Divoká Šárka – Petřiny – Anděl). The service takes around 50 minutes and you can change onto metro line A at “Petřiny” or metro line B at “Anděl”. Finally, you can take bus 100, which goes towards “Zličín” (yellow metro line B) and is a wise option if you are travelling to the western part of the city.

If you are arriving at night, you can catch one of the night services: buses 910 and and 907. Line 910 takes you to “I.P. Pavlova station” in the city centre in around 40 minutes, whereas bus 907 gets you to “Hradčanská” in around 30 minutes.

How much is the bus from Prague Airport to the city centre?

Tickets for the public buses are part of the PID tariff, which means you can buy tickets valid for different durations.  A 30-minute short term ticket costs €1.20 (CZK 30) and a 90-minute ticket costs €1.60 (CZK 40).

You can buy your tickets using the PID app or from the driver using cash or contactless payment. You can also buy them from the automated machines and kiosks in Arrivals.

*PID tickets are valid for use on trams, the metro, buses, ferries, and trains in Prague.

Cost

€1.20

Trip Duration

40 Min

Line 59 departs every 3-10 minutes. Bus 100 leaves every 10-20 minutes, and bus 191 runs every 5-30 minutes. The night buses leave every 30-60 minutes. every

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Public buses run 24 hours a day from Praha Airport. The metro trains run from 05:00 to 00:00.

Where do I get it from?

All public buses stop at the bus stops directly outside of Terminals 1 and 2. All you have to do is exit Arrivals and follow the signs.

Convenience

Taking the public bus is not direct, so it’s not the most practical mode of transport. However, they offer more flexibility if you are travelling to other areas in the city. On top of that, the night buses provide a practical solution for those arriving in the early hours of the morning.

Editor’s Note

Please note that if you land after 23:00, you'll probably have to take the night buses 907 or 910. The 907 is the quickest, taking roughly 30 minutes to get to Hradčanská. Don't forget that the metro doesn't run at this time of night either.

Useful Tips

If you buy the ticket before boarding the bus, don't forget to validate it using the machines on board.
Short term bus tickets are valid for 30 or 90 minutes for all public means of transport.
If you plan on using Prague public transport throughout your stay, you can also buy a 24-hour ticket or a 72-hour ticket.
Download the PID app for more flexibility over bookings.
Ideal for solo travellers, backpackers, and experience travellers.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Prague. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

Cancel up to 24 hours before the pickup and get an 80% refund

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Prices

DAYTIME
€33
NIGHTTIME
€33
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Welcome Pickups - Airport Taxi Services

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Prague Airport to city centre?

The airport’s official taxi provider is Uber. This means you will receive a fare estimate based on local taximeter rates. Nevertheless, getting from Prague Airport to Old Town by taxi typically costs between €35 (CZK 867) and €45 (CZK 1,114). Just keep in mind that Uber applies surge pricing during periods of high demand. For a guaranteed fixed fare with no hidden fees, pre-book your taxi from Prague Airport with Welcome Pickups.

How much is a bus from Prague Airport to city?

The AE Express bus costs just €4 (CZK 100) and gets you from Prague Airport to Old Town, the city centre, in about 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can use the public bus system, however, these services are not direct, adding time and changeovers to your journey. Nevertheless, you’ll pay no more than €1.60 (CZK 40) for a ticket.

How far is it from Prague Airport to the city centre?

The distance between Prague Airport and the city centre is approximately 18 km and the journey will take you 35 minutes by taxi and 40 minutes on public transport. If you don’t want to hang about, pre-booking a. airport transfer service will ensure a smooth and speedy arrival to your destination.

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