How to get to Prague – the best options to reach the Czech capital

Have you already decided to visit Prague? Congratulations! I believe you won’t regret it. Prague is a gorgeous city that has so much to offer. But how can you get to Prague? 

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is located right in the heart of whole Europe. You can reach Prague either by plane, train, bus or of course by a car.

Travelling by plane

There is a modern international airport – Václav Havel Airport Prague – that right now operates direct flights to approx. 115 destinations offered by 45 airlines. That makes Prague very reachable by a plane from all over the world either by direct flight or with transfers.

For budget travelling there are several low budget airlines that operate in Prague such as RyanAir, EasyJet, WizzAir, Vueling and more. For overseas flights from the US you can use services such as Delta Airlines, KLM, Air France.

Check SkyScanner or Kiwi.com to find the best route options and cheap flights to Prague from your destination. Did you know that Kiwi.com is actually a Czech company based in Brno? 🙂

Speaking of Brno, there are more international airports in the Czech Republic, for example in Brno, Ostrava or Pardubice. But they are way smaller and offer limited flight routes and destinations compared to Prague (but you can check them as well, they might operate just your destination). 

If you can’t find any suitable plane route directly to Prague, you can also check nearby airports abroad that have good train or bus connections to Prague. That might be Dresden, Nuremberg, Vienna, Bratislava or Wroclaw.

At the Prague airport

There are two main public terminals at Václav Havel Airport Prague. Terminal 1 (T1) serves for intercontinental flights such as flights to US, Canada, South America or Asia and also for non-Schengen flights such as flights to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Ukraine, Romania and Turkey.

Terminal 2 (T2) operates European flights within the Schengen area. The third terminal T3 serves for charter, cargo and private flights. Both terminals T1 and T2 are very close to each other approx. 5 minutes walking distance and are connected via airport building. So you don’t need to be worried that you’ll miss your flight if you arrive at the wrong terminal on your way back home.

The official website of Prague airport is prg.aero where you can check arrivals, departures and flight status. I recommend signing up for SMS notification about your flight. Upon arrival you’ll get a message with the number of a belt where you can collect your luggage. Upon departure you’ll receive updates about the status of your flight – opening of check-in, opening of gate and gate number, last call and gate closure. I find it very practical and use it every time.

Already in Prague looking for how to get from the airport to the city centre?

How to get from Prague airport to the city centre

If you arrive in Prague by plane you’ll land at Václav Havel Airport Prague in Ruzyně district (northwestern edge of Prague). The best way to get to the city centre is to use public transport because it’s fast, cheap and it operates every few minutes. 

The fastest way will in most cases be taking bus 119 that will take you to green line A metro stop Nádraží Veleslavín. The other options are bus 191 that will take you to green line A metro stop Petřiny (but it is a longer ride) or bus 100 that will take you to yellow line B metro stop Zličín. From the metro stop you’re in the city centre in a few minutes. 

You can also take a taxi – the official airport taxis based on an agreement with the airport are Fix taxi and Taxi Praha or you can use services such as Uber or Bolt.

For more information you can check out my article The best way how to get around Prague.

Travelling by train

Are you going to Prague from a nearby country or planning to visit more European cities at once? In some cases it might be more convenient to use a train instead of a plane. For example from Vienna, Bratislava, Dresden the journey takes just a few hours and so in many cases it’s faster than plane connection. You can also check direct train connections to Munich, Berlin, Kosice, Budapest, Linz – the journey is a little bit longer but still can be more convenient than a flight. 

Prague Main train station is located right in the city centre just a few minutes walk from Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square). You can use the Czech National Railways České dráhy or private railways RegioJet (my favourite one) or Leo Express for international journeys. The best way to check your train connections and routes is on Omio.com or Trainline.com. For international and also all local train connections check IDOS.cz/en.

How to get from main train station

The main train station in Prague is called “Praha hl.n.” or “Hlavní nádraží” and is located very close to the city centre. It is served by metro line C stop “Hlavní nádraží” and also with trams and buses.

Travelling by bus

To near capitals and cities abroad and also in Czech it can be the best option to take a bus, because it can be the cheapest and sometimes also faster than any other means of transport when there is no direct railway or flight connection. To reach other European cities you can use FlixBus, RegioJet and other services. The best way to check your bus connections and routes is on Omio.com. Are you looking for a combination of train and bus? Check IDOS.cz/en.

How to get from the bus station

The Florenc bus station where most of the international buses or coaches end is also close to the city centre and is very well served by public transport. There are 2 metro lines – yellow line B and red line C, trams and buses.

Travelling by car

Of course you can come to Prague by car. There are several highways leading to the Czech capital city. Not all of them are connected directly to neighbouring countries. But that is an opportunity to enjoy nice countryside views along the way. 

Czech highway electronic vignette

Czech highways are subject to toll and you’ll need to pay for an electronic vignette. In 2022 the Czech toll rates are:

  • 1500 CZK (60 EUR) for a year validation,
  • 440 CZK (18 EUR) for a month or,
  • 310 CZK (13 EUR) for 10 days. 

Please make sure to get the electronic vignette in advance online on the official website edalnice.cz/en. It is easy and fast. Or check here the official sales point and self-service kiosks. Do not buy it in any other place as it might be a tourist trap.

There are special “ECO rates” with prices reduced to half applicable if your car is fueled in some eco way such as natural gas or biomethan (for LPG applies standard rates) and the highways are completely free for electric vehicles, vehicles powered by hydrogen or hybrid vehicles, and also historical vehicles. For more details check the official website edalnice.cz/en.

Parking in Prague

There are no low emission zones in Prague so you can enter the city and the city centre as well. But remember there are paid parking zones in the vast majority of Prague so you will have to deal with parking (there are exceptions with no parking zones in the peripheries).

You have several options on how to deal with parking in Prague. Either you will book an accommodation with private parking option, you will leave your car at the edge of Prague on one of many P+R parking spots (find out more here) and continue to city centre by public transport, or you drive in to the centre and use one of the more expensive parking garages there. You can also park your car on the street and pay an hourly rate, but the amount of hours is limited (depending on the particular place). Find out more info on street parking on the official website parkujvklidu.cz/english.

Wondering what is the best way how to get around, when you’re already in Prague? Check out my article The best way how to get around Prague for detailed information.

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