Landing at the Vaclav Havel Prague Airport and not sure what is the best way to get to the city center? We have collected all the reasonable options and put them down for you. Prague is notoriously known for its dubious taxi drivers, so getting to the city center may be stressful.
Prague Airport is located approximately 17 kilometers and 25 minutes from the city center (Wenceslas Square) when there is no traffic jam. The rush hours are usually during the working days in the morning (7 to 10 AM) and in the late afternoon (4 to 7 PM). During the rush hour please add additional 20 – 30 minutes to your ride. The official address is Aviaticka, 16108 Prague 6.
1. Private Pickup (22€)
Welcome Pickups are focusing on the private airport pickups and all their drivers are hand-picked and well trained. For the same price as a taxi (22€), you will get a private driver with excellent English and knowledge of Prague. The driver will be also waiting for you with the welcome sign at the terminal exit. Did flight delay or cancel? No worries, your driver is monitoring the flight schedule and will manage accordingly. The best thing is you will land and go right away with no waiting as your car is always ready.
|✅ Private driver with excellent English||❌ Higher price (22€)|
|✅ Pickup at the terminal exit with sign|
|✅ Land and go (no waiting time)|
|✅ Driver knows Prague really well|
2. Uber (16€)
The second best option is taking an Uber. Uber operates in Prague since 2014 and became a reliable service which is more popular than a regular taxi. Uber drivers are usually waiting within a 5-minute distance of the airport, so the waiting times are really short. The cost with UberPOP is around 22€, but if you will use our promo code “PRAGUEGO” you will receive an 8€ (200 CZK) discount! The disadvantage compared to private pickup is you need to wait for your car and sometimes chase it in the parking lot. Also, the drivers quality varies and price may go up during the rush hours.
|✅ Reasonable price (16€)||❌ Higher price during the rush hours|
|✅ 8€ discount with promo code "PRAGUEGO"||❌ Requires Internet connection to book|
|✅ Short waiting times||❌ Quality of drivers varies|
|✅ Easy booking via mobile app|
3. Public Transport (2.50€)
The cheapest option to get to Prague center is using a special public transport called Airport Express. The bus station is at the parking lot right in front of the Terminal 1. Ticket costs 2.50€ (60 CZK) for adults or 1.20€ (30 CZK) for children and you can buy them at the terminal or directly from the bus driver. The bus terminates at Prague Main Station (Praha Hlavni Nadrazi) where you can take a subway (line C), tram or go by foot. Please keep in mind the bus schedule – buses operate every 15 – 30 minutes starting at 5:30 AM to 9 PM. The ride takes around 50 minutes (depending on the traffic) and you can use it also on the way to the airport.
|✅ Really cheap price (2.50€ / person)||❌ Often very overcrowded and busy|
|✅ No additional charges for luggages||❌ Last bus leaves at 9 PM|
|✅ Leaves every 15 to 30 minutes||❌ Less comfortable and slower than a private car|
|✅ Goes directly to city center with no stopping|
4. Shuttle Bus (11€)
A good compromise between a cheap public transport and a private car may be a shuttle bus. It costs only 11€ per person and will get you from the airport directly to your hotel or apartment. However, if you are traveling in more than 2 people, it is smarter to take private pickup or Uber. There is also a cheaper version of shuttle bus which costs only 5.50€ per person, but it goes only to the city center (Narodni street). Both shuttles are very comfy and typically a Mercedes Benz minibusses with airconditioning and guaranteed seat place. The ride takes from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the number of stops and traffic.
|✅ Reasonable price (11€ / person)||❌ Expensive if you are travelling in a group|
|✅ Comfortable minibus with air conditioning|
|✅ Take you directly to your address|
|✅ Operates 24/7 and leaves every 30 minutes|
Whatever option you will choose we hope you will have a great time in Prague. If you still haven’t booked your accommodation check out our article on best Hotels, Airbnb and private apartments in Prague.