Travel

Airports

Prague’s Ruzyne International Airport is situated 16km northwest of the city centre. For flight departure information call the airport’s 24-hour hotline on +42 2 2011 5433 (English speaking operators are available).

Travel time between the city centre and the terminal is 25 to 40 minutes by taxi or shuttle and 50 to 60 minutes by public transport.

Ground transport

There are a number of transport options:

  • Taxis are the most convenient, but also the most expensive and the airport is serviced by a dedicated operator.
  • Shuttles are a comfortable and affordable mode of transport from the airport. Several shuttle services provide service between the terminal and central Prague.
  • Bus 119 or 100 is a cheap, but somewhat cumbersome alternative. This bus leaves from the covered island in the airport parking lot and takes you right to Veleslavin metro station (Bus No. 119) or Zlicin (Bus No. 100) and from there you can be at a central metro station in 15 to 30 minutes. You have to buy tickets from an airport machine or newsstand. Please note that all tickets must be stamped /validated. You can also buy a ticket from the driver in the bus.

Hotels

The high tourist season begins in May and ends in September. Christmas is also considered to be high season. If you plan to visit during these periods, it is advisable to book your hotel accommodation in advance.

Dining

Eating out is generally not expensive and you can eat anywhere with no health fears. In Prague and other tourist locations English is spoken in most of the restaurants and menus are translated into English.

Czechs tend to have their main meal of the day at lunchtime. In the evening, people tend to have a light dinner. Big meals are usually reserved for weekends.

Tipping

Tipping (approximately five to 10 per cent) generally applies to services such as taxis, restaurant bills and hairdresser.

Tips are not included in the quoted price and the tip amount is used to express satisfaction with service.

Tourist attractions

Although the capital city of Prague has a vast number of cultural, architectural and historical attractions, there is much more to explore in the Czech Republic, such as:

  • Castles (Karlstejn, Konopiste, Krivoklat)
  • Cities (Kutna Hora – gothic pearl, Karlovy Vary – the most famous spa town)
  • Medieval towns and villages
  • Natural beauties such as Cesky Raj National Preserve, Krkonose mountains or Sumava mountains.