When you land in Prague and step out of the airport, you’ll see a few different ways of getting into the city center. In this post you’ll find a few different options based on your budget and preference. Let’s go over them from the most budget friendly to most comfortable and luxurious.
Everything written below is accurate as of December 12, 2023. Ticket prices change over time, so please do keep this in consideration in case things have increased.
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Prague’s public transportation has 30 min or 90 min ticket options. Most of the time you’ll only need the 30 min one which costs 30 korunas ($1.33). From the airport, it’ll take about 45 min so you’ll need the 90 min ticket which costs 40 korunas ($1.78).
Child under 15: free
Senior 60-65: 60 CZK
Senior over 65: free
Prague does not have a week option or 10 ticket packet and since I walked most places during my visit I only bought three 90 min tickets. If you need to use more public transit than I did then consider the 24 hour or 72 hour unlimited tickets.
24 hour 120 CZK ($5.34)
72 hour 330 CZK ($14.67)
Once you have your ticket you’ll wait for the 119 bus. You’ll take it until the last stop which is where you’ll transfer to metro line A. In my experience, you don’t need to re-validate your ticket as it’s good for the 90 minutes.
The Prague city center (Old Town) stations you can get off at are:
- Mustek (or transfer here to metro B to get off at Namesti Republiky)
- Muzeum (or transfer here to metro C to get off at Hlavni nadrazi)
Important to note about Prague’s public transportation tickets is that they need to be validated. Instead of having actual barriers keeping you from entering the station, there are only little yellow machines where you have to input your ticket to validate it. The tickets have orange arrows to show you how to insert them.
Out of the three tickets I bought and used, there was one time where a transit officer came to check that people had valid tickets. I would recommend always having a validated ticket to avoid any issues.
AirPort Express Bus
As mentioned in its name, this is an express bus to get you as quickly as possible from the Prague airport to city center. Seeing as you don’t need to transfer, it is a bit pricier compared to the regular bus option. It costs 100 korunas ($4.45) for a one way ticket.
This Airport Express Bus only stops at Prague’s Main Railway Station right outside of the building. If that is close to where you’ll be staying then it can be convenient to use this mode of transportation. It is a bit of a walk to the city center. You can always transfer to metro line C or bus to get you closer to where you are staying.
This is a great option if Prague is not your final destination. The Main Train Station has connections to multiple other cities in the Czech Republic as well as surrounding countries.
There are both private and shared shuttle options to get you from the Prague (PRG) airport to the city center. The shared option is more economical, but both are more comfortable than using public transportation.
This shared shuttle is most economical, costing 16€ (one way) and it’ll take about 45 minutes to get you to where you have to go. Please note that they only pick up from hotels or addresses in Central Prague and do not pick up from the main train station.
Book this private transfer for up to two people to arrive comfortably into Prague. It’s 39€ (one way) for the two people and takes about 30 minutes to get you from the airport into the city center.
If you need to get to the Prague Florenc Central Bus Station, then I suggest this private bus transfer. It goes directly from the Prague airport to this station. It’s very economical, costing 4.65€ (one way) and takes at max 45 minutes.
If you’re looking to arrive or leave in style with your group, consider a private party limo transport or an unlimited beer party bus. The private limo costs 199€ for a group up to 8, includes music and drinks, and takes about an hour. The beer bus costs 549€ for a group up to 5.
The most direct way is always a taxi, but of course it’s the most expensive way. As soon as you step out there will be taxi drivers asking you if you need a taxi. You can opt to go with one of them, but make sure they’re a legit taxi. Ask if they use a meter or if it’s a set price before getting in.
The downside to a taxi is if there is a long queue when you arrive and need to get going. That’s where a pre-booked shuttle comes in handy.
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Which is your preferred way of getting to the city center from the airport? Let me know in the comments!
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