Travel to Prague
The air gate to the Czech Republic is Prague International Airport (PRG) which has daily connection from/to major European cities. From/to other destinations you will have to transfer in Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam or Paris. The airport called Ruzyne is located on the northwest edge of the city. In the Arrival Terminal find post office, bank and exchange counters, car rental agencies counters, AVE accommodation agency counter and restaurant. In the Departure Terminal are located shops, restaurants, fast food and airline agencies counters. For Airport Information dial 220-111-111.
To reach the city center use the cars, shuttle vans or buses leaving the airport from in front of the Arrival Terminal:
- FIX runs cars from the airport to any place in the city. Cars are easy recognized as Volkswagen Passat sedans with Visa Credit Card ad on the door. Driver will charge you fix price for a ride to the city (from 120 to 770 Kc, according to the city zone). All cars have air condition and are fast and comfortable.
- CEDAZ runs shuttle vans (every 30 minutes from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm) between the airport and the city center for 90 Kc. It takes about 30 minutes and the van is comfortable. Tickets are available on the board.
- WELCOME Touristic Praha runs shuttle buses (every 30 minutes from 8:30 am to 7 pm) between the airport and the city center for 95 Kc. It takes about 30 minutes and the bus is comfortable. Tickets are available on the board.
- CITY Transport Authority runs bus No 119 (every 10 minutes from 4:30 am to 11:30 pm) between the airport and metro station Dejvicka. It takes about 25 minutes and the bus is not comfortable. Do not forget to buy a 12 Kc ticket from the newsstand or from the yellow machine at the bus stop. At metro station Dejvicka transfer to metro line A to the city center (your ticket is still valid, for 60 minutes).
It is easy to get to the Czech Republic from all major European cities by train. Remember, in summer the international trains tend to be full and you should book your seat at least a few weeks ahead. Most international trains arrive at Praha Hlavni Nadrazi (Main Station). A few go to Praha Holesovice or to Praha Smichov or to Praha Masarykovo Nadrazi. All these stations have metro stops and are easy accessible.
The best facilities has the Main Station. There is exchange office, accommodation agency, showers, left-luggage office, day-use lockers, fast food. If you arrive in the middle of the night without a hotel reservation, store your bags and take a long walk inside until the sun rises. Be careful! Stations are magnet for pickpockets, crazies and at night it is a bad place. Do not walk outside the stations. The parks in front of are dangerous at night! Also do not take a taxi from the Main Station. The drivers are involved in mafia and could be dangerous. Take a metro instead, it is safe in Prague.
Bus is the cheapest way to travel across Europe. Czech Republic has connection from/to major European cities several times a week. Most international buses arrive to Prague to Florenc (Main Station), where you can find the schedules, fares and some travel agencies. A few buses go to Roztyly. Both stations have metro stops and are easy accessible.
Trams, buses and trolley buses are used for transportation in Czech and Moravian towns. In Prague three metro lines connect the city centre and out-lying districts. Tickets can be obtained at ticket-machines, newsagents and tobacconists.
Prague Ruzyne, on the western outskirts of the city, is the Czech Republic's only international airport. It's served by dozens of international carriers, including Ceske Aerolinie (CSA), the state airline. Smaller Karlovy Vary airport primarily serves domestic travelers, but has regular flights to Moscow.
Trains also run daily between Prague and most major European cities; Paris, Amsterdam, Munich and Vienna are some major hubs. Within the Czech Republic, Czech Railways (CD) provides cheap, efficient service. If you'll be traveling much within the country, consider purchasing a Czech flexi pass, which gives you five days of unlimited 2nd-class travel within a 15-day period - it's a deal.
Czech Automobile Transport (CSAD), the state bus line, tends to be faster, more frequent and marginally cheaper than the train. All domestic long-distance buses and most regional services depart the Florenc station, though many regional buses depart other terminals scattered throughout the city. There are also several private domestic carriers.