The Prague airport is located about 15 km/9 miles from the city centre. It takes approximately 25 - 30 minutes (40 minutes in heavy traffic) to reach the centre by car and about 30 minutes on public transport (bus + subway).
After you get off your flight in Prague, you will have several options of arriving at your destination: public transportation, taxi, a shuttle company, or any arrangements you would have previously made.
Taking public transportation is the cheapest way to get to and from the Prague airport. The ride costs 32 Kč (50 Kč on the Airport Express bus - see below) and the transit system is quite easy to use. Keep in mind that public transport may not have much space for luggage, can be crowded in peak times and most likely won't drop you off right at your hotel. If you have a lot of luggage, you may want to consider using a transfer service or a taxi.
To take public transport, you will need a ticket for 32 Kč, which you can buy at the Public Transport Information booth at the airport or directly from the bus driver (he will charge you a little more). See our Tickets & Passes page for more information about Prague public transport tickets.
For each piece of luggage larger than 25 cm x 45 cm x 70 cm (10 in x 18 in x 28 in), it is necessary to purchase a 13 Kč transfer ticket.
The only means of public transport that leaves or arrives at the Ruzyně airport is the bus. The Prague airport is served by the following buses:
Bus 119: Airport - Metro Line A (Dejvická)
Bus 119 runs between the Ruzyně Airport and Dejvická metro station (metro line A). This bus is the best choice if your destination is in the historical center of Prague (the Old Town, Lesser Town, New Town, Prague Castle area) or anywhere along line A of the metro including in the Vinohrady or Žižkov districts. The bus connections run every 7 to 20 minutes and the ride takes 23 minutes.
Taking Bus 119 from the airport:
Bus 119 leaves from outside the Arrivals terminal and runs from around 4.15 in the morning until around 0.10 at night. It will take you to the Dejvická metro station, which is the last stop. From there, you can take the metro using the same ticket to continue to your destination. The metro will get you to the centre in no time (2 - 4 stops, depending on where you're going). The most popular metro stations on the route are: Malostranská - Lesser Town (Malá Strana), Staroměstská - Old Town (Staré Město), Můstek - bottom and middle of Wenceslas Square, Muzeum - top of Wenceslas Square.
Taking Bus 119 to the airport:
Take line A of the metro to Dejvická. Bus 119 leaves from near the station exit and runs from around 5 a.m. until around 0:30 at night. The airport is at the end of the line and the bus stops at all the terminals - 1, 2 and 3. Announcements are made in English at the terminals.
Bus 100: Airport - Metro Line B (Zličín)
[Bus 100 Airport - Zličín] Bus 100 runs between the Ruzyně airport and the Zličín metro station (metro line B). Take this bus if your destination is near any of the metro stations on line B, such as in the New Town (Nové Město) or Smíchov districts. The bus runs every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after 7 p.m. The ride takes 16 minutes.
Taking Bus 100 from the airport:
Bus 100 leaves from outside the Arrivals terminal and runs from 5.45 in the morning until 23.39 at night. It will take you to the Zličín metro station, which is the last stop. From there, you can take the metro using the same ticket to continue to your destination. Once you get on the metro, expect the ride to take about 20 minutes (11 - 13 stops) to get you into the centre. Some important metro stations on the route are: Anděl - Smíchov District, Karlovo náměstí - Charles Square, Národní třída - Národní Avenue, Můstek - bottom of Wenceslas Square, Náměstí Republiky - Republic Square, Florenc - main bus station.
Taking Bus 100 to the airport:
Take line B of the metro to Zličín and get on bus 100, which runs from 5:30 a.m. until around midnight. The airport is at the end of the line and the bus stops at all the terminals - 1, 2 and 3.
Airport Express: Airport - Main Train Station (Hlavní nádraží)
The Airport Express is a special bus that connects the Ruzyně Airport with the Main Train Station (Hlavní nádraží), which is on line C of the metro. The Airport Express bus is scheduled to coincide with the arrivals and departures of SuperCity (Pendolino), EuroCity and InterCity trains. A ticket costs 50 Kč and covers the Airport - Main Train Station route.
When you come out of the arrivals terminal, you will see several taxi stands along the curb, run by different companies. They are all clearly marked and easy to distinguish.
Our recommendation is to take AAA Radiotaxi. You should expect to pay around 500 - 600 CZK to get from the Prague airport to the centre. Their cars should be readily available at the curb. If not, talk to the person in the AAA information booth located in the arrivals terminal. You should not need to call the dispatch centre but just in case, their numbers are 140 14 or 222 333 222 (English spoken).
Another good Prague taxi company is City Taxi but they don't have a stand at the airport at the moment. You can either call them at 257 257 257 (English spoken) or order a pickup by sending an SMS to 777 257 257 in the following format: your name, pickup location, pickup time.