Yellow reputable AAA taxis no longer have taxi stands at the airport. All travellers are recommended to use Prague Airport Transfers, which operates a private taxi and low-cost shuttle service with a fixed price, or the services of carriers whose details are listed below. You will reach your destination safely and reliably, in tried and tested cars that guarantee quality. If you take a taxi without pre-booking or with a non-reputable company, it is advisable to negotiate a price or at least get a price estimate before you get in.
Be aware of Prague taxi drivers, who have a very bad reputation for overcharging tourists. There have been a significant number of reports about airport taxi rip-offs by touts outside the airport terminal, and even complaints about airport metered taxis are not uncommon. Prague Municipality is trying hard to clear this bad reputation and taxis are randomly checked by a special police team, though this in fact did not eliminate the problem. Still today there are large numbers of taxi drivers who take advantage of first-time visitors to Prague and take longer routes or even go as far as to adjust meters to run faster.
Prague Airport Transfers (flat rate taxis)
A popular private transport service at a fixed price with one price for most city locations, including all Prague hotels. For groups of up to four passengers you will have to pay 590 CZK, or 780 CZK for up to eight passengers. You should pre-book this service online or call once you arrive, and they will send a car within 10 minutes. Once you arrive, their English-speaking driver will welcome you at arrivals holding a card with your name. If you are visiting Prague for the first time they offer excellent free walking tours, free printed guidebooks and maps. Credit cards accepted. Prague Airport Transfers is one of the most reputable transfer companies in Prague.
FIX TAXI (metered white taxis)
These cab stands are located directly in front of the arrival halls at Terminal 1 – exit D, and at Terminal 2 – exit E. The company provides a taxi service at guaranteed tariff prices which are equal to the maximum prices allowed for taxi services in Prague. Fees start at 40 CZK plus 28 CZK per kilometre, plus 6 CZK per minute of waiting or traffic, based on the number of kilometres travelled. Estimated price from airport to city centre or vice versa is around 650 CZK to 700 CZK.
You can easily recognise them as they are all white with the FIX TAXI logo, and they use Czech-made cars – Skoda Superb or VW Transporter minivans. It is also important to mention that FIX TAXI was formerly known as Airport Cars or 111-Radiocab, a company that had a bad reputation in the press for reckless driving in the city centre using silver VW Passat cars. The company started business in 1991, not long after the Czech Republic Velvet Revolution, when overcharging was at its peak and it was not unusual to charge customers 2000 CZK for the ride to the city centre.
Driver are required to speak at least basic English and all vehicles provide free Wi-Fi connection. The company no longer offers discounts for return taxi bookings.
Information on pricing is available from the taxi booking counters located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 arrival halls. Tel. +420 722 555 525, firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders are accepted only during 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and at least 40 minutes in advance.
Taxi Drivers from Prague Airport Repeatedly Protested. Taxi drivers who service the Václav Havel airport ceased to provide services as a protest against bad financial conditions, and did not land cars in front of the airport terminals several times during March 2019. At those times, long queues formed in front of the airport halls and tourists waited sometimes more than an hour for replacement vehicles of other taxi service providers.
Taxi Praha (metered white taxis)
These cab stands are located directly in front of the arrival halls at Terminal 1 – exit D, and at Terminal 2 – exit E. Taxi Praha operate a service at guaranteed tariff prices, with fees starting at 40 CZK plus 28 CZK per kilometre, plus 6 CZK per minute of waiting or traffic, based on the number of kilometres travelled. Approximate price from the airport to the city centre is 650 CZK to 700 CZK, and obviously the further you travel, the higher will be the price.
You can easily recognise them because they are all white with the Taxi Praha logo, and use Czech-made cars – Skoda Superb (comfort class).
Drivers are required to speak at least basic English and all vehicles provide free Wi-Fi connection. No discounts available for return taxi bookings.
Information on pricing is available from the taxi booking counters located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 arrival halls. Phone: +420 220 414 414. Email: email@example.com
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Airport Taxis Operator Changed from 2017
From 1st January 2017, YELLOW AAA Taxis will leave the airport as an official transport partner. The company will be replaced by one of Prague’s oldest taxi companies, TAXI PRAHA. For many foreigners it is quite sad news, because AAA Taxi was a well-known and reputable company. From 1st January 2017, FIX TAXI and TAXI PRAHA must also comply with new airport standards. These include suitable dress code, basic foreign-language knowledge, free Wi-Fi for customers, maximum car age of three years, and delivery of car in a maximum of five minutes. Taxi companies and their drivers will be charging the maximum allowed prices, in order to run their taxi business profitably, as the prices for renting front parking will more than double.
Taxi Price Guide
If you are not travelling with Prague Airport Transfers at a fixed-price tariff, the final price depends on the distance and traffic, thus making it difficult to estimate exactly how much you will pay. Prices range from 200 CZK if you are going just to an airport hotel located a few kilometres from the terminal to 1200 CZK if you travel to the farthest end of Prague (assuming there is little traffic). Thus if travelling during the peak traffic time, travel from the airport to the city centre can take 45 minutes and the final price will be higher than if travelling late in the evening or early in the morning. If the taxi has to wait in the traffic or at lights, you will be charged 6 CZK per minute. The standard price to the city centre is around 600 CZK and you shouldn’t pay more than 700 CZK. If you are asked for more than 700 CZK, this should raise a red flag that something is wrong. It is good to know that there are significant reports from tourists about metered airport taxis trying to fool tourists with some bad practices to inflate taxi charges. One of the most popular is that the taxi driver takes a longer route to the city centre, or intentionally chooses a route with heavy traffic where you will be charged for waiting. For example 15 minutes waiting will increase the total charge by about 100 CZK.
It is very common that official taxi drivers, rather than using a direct route to Prague City centre, use the highway bypass to make the journey more expensive. Although the journey will not be much faster, it will be significantly more expensive as drivers will charge for a longer distance, per km. Such trips can be about 30 km and can cost at least 1000 CZK.