Prague, Czechia (CZ)
Václav Havel Airport (formerly Ruzyne International Airport) lies around 15km away from Prague's city centre. It is a compact, modern and clean airport, but it can have long queues at security. There are two main passenger terminals, both offering free, fast Wi-Fi, with Arrivals and Departures on the same level. You can walk easily between terminals in around 10 minutes.
Do some plane spotting while you wait:
There are two observation decks:
Each concourse has its own security area, right before the gates. Avoid buying liquids that exceed the 100ml limit at the shops just after passport control. Each concourse has its own security checkpoint, so you will have to throw it away.
If you plan on travelling with any liquids, we recommend checking them in your luggage or waiting until you get to the shops near your gates – just be aware that the selection is limited.
There's no train connection into the city from the airport. You can take the public bus, an airport shuttle bus or a taxi. In this case, taxi can be the best option, as it's a reasonably quick and inexpensive journey. Otherwise, the Airport Shuttle is a good option.
We recommend taking a registered taxi offering fixed prices, operated by Taxi Praha or Fix Taxi. Rates are determined at set tariffs and all drivers who service the airport speak basic English. Journey time is 20-30 minutes. Travellers have reported problems with overcharging in Prague taxis, so be careful.
Cost: Around CZK 6550-600
Terminal 1, arrivals, Door D
Terminal 2, arrivals, Door E
There are two bus options.
The cheapest is to take public transport buses 119 or 100 to a metro station. The 119 goes to Nádraží Veleslavín (metro line A) in 15 minutes, and the 100 goes to Zličín (metro line B) in 18 minutes.
A more comfortable option, going into the centre, with more space for your luggage is the Airport Express bus, run by Czech railways. It takes you to the main railway station (Hlavní nádraží) stopping at Revolucni near Kotva Department Store, and Masarykovo railway station. The buses run every 30 minutes from 05:00-21:00 and the journey takes around 35 minutes.
Cost: CZK 32 public bus, CZK 60 Airport Express
Buying tickets: For the public bus, go to public transport counters in Arrival halls (07:00-22:00), automats at bus stops (cash), from a bus driver (cash); for the Airport Express, pay the driver
Uber also operates at the airport, with Uber Pop fares around CZK 320 (EUR 12.50) and Uber Black fares at around CZK 600-700 (EUR 24-28).
There are plenty of places to shower in Prague airport.
Showers are available at the Rest & Fun Center on Level 1, to the left of the hall for Concourse B. It will cost you CSK 99 (EUR 4) for 30 minutes, including towels and shower products. It's free if you're using the private mini lounge.
There's a free shower available after security in Pier D, Level 3, opposite the Erste Premier Lounge. Towel and key are available at the lounge for a deposit of EUR 10.
Showers are also available in some of the lounges in both terminals (Menzies Aviation Lounge in Terminal 1 and 2).
For a small airport, there are a surprisingly large number of places to wait in comfort:
If you need a diversion from traveling, Prague airport is a good place to be. The Rest and Camp, Fun center in Terminal 1 offers many spaces to take time out.
Here, you'll find:
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Location: Terminal 1, Level 1, to the left of the hall in Concourse B
In Prague airport, you can enjoy an easier way to travel, with private check-in in the VIP Lounge (Terminal 3, for private and charter flights) and Raiffeisenbank Lounge (Terminal 2, before security).
You will have an agent in the lounge who will sort everything for you, and your baggage claim tag will be delivered to the lounge before you go through the nearby security check.
This can really save you time, and add a touch of luxury to your journey.
If you need a break from travelliner, head to the free cinema in Terminal 2. The airport screens a variety of films and documentaries. There are also some aviation-themed films.
Location: Terminal 2, Level 2, Departures, in front of the observation deck
Opening hours: 10:00-23:00
Václav Havel Airport Prague offers its passengers complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout Terminal 1 and 2. To connect, simply choose 'prg.aero-free' in the list of Wi-Fi networks, launch your web browser and a Wi-Fi welcome page will guide you through.
The VIP Service Club CONTINENTAL offers instant check-ins in the comfort of the lounge before the departure or arrival of your flight. The service includes a complimentary limousine pickup that takes you to/from the airport, an instant luggage check-in, a limousine ride directly to your aircraft, free parking for 4 days, access to luxurious lounges, individual security checks, all-inclusive refreshments and snacks, children's area and duty-free shopping. The cost per person includes two standard items of baggage.
Location: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, before security
Opening hours: 24 hours daily
Cost: CZK 4,400 per person (when booked at least 24 hours in advance)
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If you've got children with you, Mr B could be a godsend. He's a bee mascot that's displayed in every child-friendly place the airport – whether it's meals, merchandise, play areas or even free buggies so you can check yours in and yet still push them right to your gate. This is an airport that understands parents' struggles and has made efforts to ease the journey.
Here are the highlights:
Quiet rooms for parents and children with changing stations, microwaves, cots, play areas and toilets.
Terminals 1 and 2, after security
Well-equipped play areas to burn up plenty of energy before you fly, with climbing areas, slides and toys.
Terminal 1, after security on the left
Terminal 2, after security on the left
Mini play areas
Smaller play areas suitable for kids from 3-8, with interactive toys and building blocks.
Terminal 1, after security, ground floor, towards end of Pier B, Gates A6-9 and B7-9
Terminal 2, after security, towards the end of Pier C
Play area inside a toy shop before you go through to your gate, with aviation-themed toys, games, building blocks, climbers, swings and more. There are also large-format games like chess for older kids.
Before security, connecting corridor between terminals, Bambule toy shop
You can take your buggy right to the gate, and even take folding ones onto the plane. But if you want to make things a bit easier, there are convenient, free buggies you can use to take you to your gate.
Terminals 1 and 2, just after security
These restaurants have children's menus, drinks and high chairs:
Restaurant Praha (Terminal 1, before and after security)
Nude Juice Bar (Terminal 1, after security)
McDonald's (Terminal 1, before security)
PAUL (Terminals 1 and 2, after security)