Getting to the City Centre
Unfortunately, there is no direct metro or train connection to the city, leaving public buses and the Airport Express bus line as the only budget transport options from the airport to the city centre. It is recommended for the fastest transport to the city centre or the nearest metro station to use bus route no. 119 or no. 100. For connection to the train station use AE bus – other bus services are much less convenient. Also please note that if you arrive after 11.00 p.m., you might not be able to travel by public transport, as the last public bus departs from the airport at around 11.40 p.m. After this time, travel by public transport is only possible using a combination of night routes with night trams because the metro does not operate after midnight. It is notably complicated and resulting in a journey to the city centre taking around two hours.
If you take the no. 119 bus you should get off at the last stop, Nádraží Veleslavín, where you can transfer to metro line A. However, at Nádraží Veleslavín, there are no escalators, and passengers will have to carry luggage by stairs or can use available porters who will help them carry luggage. Porters are working daily from 5.00 to 22.00. Once you board the metro, in just about 15 minutes you will be in the city centre. Get off at Malostranská if travelling to the Malá Strana (Lesser Town), at Staroměstská if going to the Old Town (Old Town Square), or Můstek or Muzeum if going to the Wenceslas Square area.
Bus no. 100 will take you from the airport to Zlíčín with a possible connection to the city via metro line B. Add an extra 30 minutes for travel to the city centre, getting off at the Můstek (Wenceslas Square) or Florenc (next to the Main Bus Station) stop.
Public Transport Information: free phone (+420) 800 191 817.
- Bus service from the airport to the city centre – download PDF
Bus no. 119 from Terminal 1 stop (Exit D, E, F) and Terminal 2 stop (Exit C, D, E) -> Nádraží Veleslavín (Metro Line A). Time of travel: approx. 20 minutes. Departs every 5 to 20 minutes from 4.15 a.m. till 11.30 p.m.
Bus no. 100 from Terminal 1 stop (Exit D, E, F) and Terminal 2 stop (Exit C, D, E) -> Zlíčín (Metro Line B). Time of travel: approx. 20 minutes. This bus is a good choice if you are heading to the western part of the city.
Bus no. 191 from Terminal 1 stop and Terminal 2 stop -> Petřiny (Metro Line A) -> Anděl (Metro Line B) -> Bus station Na Knížecí (Student Agency bus stops). Travel time from Airport to the Anděl stop is 48 minutes. Service operates from 5.00 am till half past midnight.
Bus no. 510 from Terminal 1 stop (Exit D, E, F) and Terminal 2 stop (Exit C, D, E) -> Na Beránku. Time of travel: approx. 45 minutes from I. P. Pavlova station or 73 minutes to the last stop Na Beránku. Service operates at night-time only, running from 0.15 a.m. to 5.00 a.m. If travelling to the city centre, get off at I. P. Pavlova (near Wenceslas Square).
Bus AE (Airport Express) from Terminal 1 stop (exit D) –> Terminal 2 stop (exit E) -> Masarykovo Train Station (Metro Line B) -> Main Train Station (Metro Line C). Travel time to the Main Station approx. 35 minutes. The line stops in the Masarykovo Train Station and Náměstí Republiky only in the direction of the Main Train Station (departure only).
You should purchase a bus ticket before travelling or if arriving late and all kiosks are closed, buy a ticket directly from the driver. When buying a ticket from the driver, please note that only cash is accepted (large banknotes are not accepted), and you will pay a higher price (including surcharge). Prague Public Transport counters are located in the arrival halls of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, open from 7:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. There are also coin-operated vending machines at each airport bus stop.
Validate Your Tickets Properly
Validate tickets immediately upon entering the vehicle or station transportation area.
- In trams and buses, use the ticket validation machines located on the holding poles near the vehicle doors.
- In metro stations and the funicular, use the validation machines located at station entrances.
Basic ticket: adults CZK 32 / children CZK 16; when purchased from the driver: adults CZK 40 / children CZK 20 – all tickets are valid for 90 minutes on any public transport.
When buying a 32 CZK ticket for public transport, you will receive a transferable ticket allowing you to travel for a 90-minute period. Note that if you are carrying any large pieces of luggage, e.g., a backpack or suitcase, you will need to purchase an additional half-price ticket (16 CZK).
Please check the current fares at the Prague Public Transport counters in the arrival halls of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 or visit www.dp-praha.cz
If you are staying for a longer period or plan to use public transport more frequently (more than a few times a day), short-term passes with unlimited travel within ticket validity are a good choice. Most visitors find travel passes cost-effective and hassle-free.
- 24-hour pass: 110 CZK
- 3-day pass (72 hours): 310 CZK
Bicycles and other oversized equipment can be transported only in the metro. If you carry luggage, you are required to purchase a half-price ticket in addition to your normal fare.
Airport Express Bus
The Airport Express bus is recommended if you are travelling to the Main Train Station and, although not necessary, it is very useful for transport to the city centre. The Main Train station is a hub for connections to trains departing to major cities and towns in the Czech Republic and other European capitals. The AE bus is timed to connect with arrivals and departures of all SC Pendolino, Eurocity and Intercity trains. A fare of 60 CZK is charged on this route when purchased from the driver, and when purchased in combination with a train ticket, you pay just 32 CZK. The fare also covers travel from Holešovice Station to Prague Central Station if the passenger then continues his journey on Czech Railways trains from Central Station.
Tickets available from the bus driver, online at www.cd.cz, vending machines at selected Czech stations and at all Czech Railways ticket counters.
The bus service does not operate during the night. During the day, it runs every 30 minutes.
Čedaz Public Shuttle Bus
The CEDAZ shuttle bus service from the Václav Havel Airport Prague to bus stop V Celnici street and vice versa was terminated on 29/12/2016. Customers are advised to use alternative transport and, for example, Prague Airport Transfers offer a cheap shuttle service.
Prague Airport Transfers Public Shuttle Bus
Prague Airport Transfers provide a cheap public shuttle bus connection between the airport and the city centre. This service is available only on a pre-booking basis, so the service might not be available if you have not made a prior booking.
There is a standard fare of 140 CZK for one person between the airport and any listed stop in Prague. Transport of two pieces of standard luggage per person is included in the price; persons with more or with oversized luggage might be excluded from transport or asked to pay extra for a private transfer.
Final Stop (Prague Centrum)
The stop is located next to the PREMIANT tour kiosk at Národní 40. The location is very close to Wenceslas Square, with metro lines A and B station MŮSTEK access (just 3 to 5 minutes walk). The estimated travel time from the airport is 30 minutes. website
Info Centres at Prague Airport
- The Prague Public Transit Company’s Information Centres provide all information concerning public transport operation, including its routes, its timetables, and its fares.
- The scope of the services provided:
- Information about the Prague Integrated Transport System, including its tariffs and its contractual conditions of carriage.
- The sale of timetables, maps, publications and the Prague Public Transit Company’s promotional materials
- The sale of individual tickets for 30 or 90 minutes or for 24 or 72 hours and the Prague Card
- The sale of all electronic fares that will be recorded on a chip card (only in Terminal 1)
- The sale of PIT cards and of paper coupons with an optional commencement date of their validity (only in Terminal 1)
- It is also possible to obtain leaflets about planned and ongoing closures and about changes to routes and other informational materials about the Prague public transport system free of charge.
The information centre at Terminal 1 / Arrivals
- Opening hours:
- Monday – Friday between 7.00 a.m. and 9 p.m.
- (with breaks between 11.00 a.m. and 11.45 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. and 5.45 p.m.)
- Saturday – Sunday between 8.00 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- (with a break between 1.00 p.m. and 1.45 p.m.)
The information centre at Terminal 2 / Arrivals
Opening hours: Daily between 7.00 a.m. and 9.00 p.m.