Prague boasts a rich history of architectural excellence over the centuries and continues to enjoy an interesting culture which attracts many visitors every year to the capital of the Czech Republic.
Getting To Prague
There are two main ways into Prague. The first is via the international train station, Praha hlavní nádraží, and the other is via the Prague international airport (otherwise known as Václav Havel Airport Prague).
The Prague airport serves 11 million passengers annually. It sits 6 miles to the west of the centre of the city which makes the centre of Prague easy to access for tourists.
Czech Airlines is based there and low-cost airlines Smartwings and Wizz Air both have bases within the airport. Smartwings has flight connections throughout eastern and central Europe from Prague, whilst Wizz Air connects well within continental Europe and also to Luton Airport, outside of London, UK. Take a look at the available flights to Prague to see which airline would be best for you.
Getting From The Airport Into The City
Taxis are certainly one option to get into town. Prague is one of the largest capital cities in Europe though, so it is important to know exactly where you are going otherwise the cost can be excessive.
The AirportExpress links Terminals 1 & 2 to Praha hlavní nádraží main international train station every half hour. The journey lasts about 50 minutes and costs CZK 60. If you plan to continue with a long distance rail journey within the Czech Republic or another nearby country then this will be the connection to take.
With regards to buses and the metro system, you can board one of several buses from the airport which will take you to a connecting metro station. From there, you can use the metro to get into town.
There are buses that stop outside a number of the airport terminals every 10-15 minutes. A bus ticket can be purchased in advance from the arrival hall for CZK 32 which covers a period of 90 minutes. Paying directly on a bus is possible, but is more expensive at CZK 40.
The 100 bus terminates at Zličín station where you can connect to the Prague Metro A line into the city. The 90 minute ticket covers both journeys.
The 119 bus arrives at the Dejvická station where you use the Metro A line to the city centre.
The 179 bus goes to Ciolkovského, with a brisk 10 minute walk to get you to the Praha–Ruzyně station of the S5 line on the Prague railway system. An hourly train can then get you into the city centre.
This is the main train station which has regional trains to get to major cities within the Czech Republic, but also extends with lines that cross borders. Various train-lines go into Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Serbia and the Netherlands. Croatia is served during the summer months too.
The station also has a Metro Line C station here, so it’s also possible to get onto the Metro system here. There are also several tram routes that stop outside the railway station.
The Prague metro system currently operates three lines which are denoted by the colours green (line A), yellow (line B) and red (line C). One existing line is presently being extended and there are plans for two new lines in the near future.
The Metro is the fastest way to get around the city. Partly this is due to speed of transport, but also because Prague is a city of substantial size so taking the roads is not usually the fastest way to get around.
The open ticket system on the Metro means that you are responsible for buying a ticket valid for the Metro and validating it prior to boarding a Metro train. There are ticket inspectors who perform random spot ticket checks keep people honest.
The Prague tramway system has 21 routes during the day and 9 that operate solely at night. Daytime trams run from about 5am until just past midnight. There are many different routes around the city, so it pays to study the tram routes before setting off for a day of sightseeing.
Night-time trams which run double-duty covering night-time shut-down of the Metro system operate different routes which all terminate at Lazarská. This makes it easy to interchange between night trams.