Transportation – Arriving & Departing (Prague)

I. By Plane
Prague’s Ruzyne Airport
Tel. 220-111-888, www.prg.aero
Is located 19km (12 miles) west of the city center.
Prague Airport ranks among the most modern ones in Europe.

Getting Downtown
You can make your way from the airport to your hotel by:

Private Airport Pick Up
– Most convenient airport – hotel transportation.
– A driver holding a sign with your name on it and standing at the arrival gate will wait for you.
– Book your private airport-hotel transportation here.

Official Airport Taxis
– FIX TAXI and Taxi Praha taxi service providers for getting to/from the airport. They operate nonstop at guaranteed prices, based on number of kilometres travelled.
– Sales counters of taxi service providers are located at the Terminals 1 and 2 Arrival Halls. Boarding points are clearly marked in front of both Arrival Halls.
– Expect to pay about 700Kc to 800Kc for the 20 or so minutes to the city center.
– If you want to save money, find other travelers to share the expense.

Prague airport express
– Direct transport between Václav Havel Airport Prague and the Prague Main Railway Station, where it is possible to transfer to trains to the rest of the Czech Republic and abroad, is arranged by the Airport Express shuttle buses, stopping directly in front of the main railway station building. Travel
– Travel time, airport – Prague Main Railway Station (bus and metro), is about 25 minutes.
– Ticket can be purchased from AE bus drivers. The prices are CZK 60, CZK 30 for children 6-14 years of age, and free for children under 6 years of age.

City Bus
– Even cheaper is city bus no. 119, which takes passengers from the bus stop at the right of the airport exit to the Veleslavín metro station, green line A (and back).
– Public transport bus rides are subject to regular Prague Public Transport Fares. The bus/metro ticket costs 32 Kc, but the bus makes many stops.
– Travel time, airport – city center (bus and metro), is about 40 minutes.

II. By Train
– Passengers traveling to Prague by train typically arrive at one of two central stations: – Hlavní nádrazí (Main Station) or Nádrazí Holesovice (Holesovice Station).
– Both are on line C of the metro systém and offer a number of services, including money exchange, a post office, and a luggage-storage boxes.
Hlavní nádrazí (Main Railway Station)
– Wilsonova trída, Praha 2 (tel. 224-614-071), is the grander and more popular station which also means more pickpockets are making their living here.
– Built in 1909, this once beautiful Art Nouveau structure was one of the city’s beloved architectural gems before it was connected to a darkly modern dispatch hall in the mid-1970s.
– From the train platform, you’ll walk down a flight of stairs and through a tunnel before arriving in the ground-level main hall, which contains ticket windows, a useful Prague Information Service office that sells city maps and dispenses information, shopping galery and restrooms.
CD Center
– Tel. 221-111-122, www.cd.cz, run by the Czech Railways.
– It provides domestic and international train information as well as currency exchange.
– Open Mo-Fr 3:20 am to 00:30 am, Sa+Su 2:00am to 2:30am, and 3:20 am to 00:30 am.
– Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Luggage Room
– Luggage lockers are available in all of Prague’s train stations and the price starts on 60 Kc per locker per day.

Leaving the Train Station
– After you leave the modern terminal hall, a 5-minute walk to the left puts you at the top of Wenceslas Square and 15 minutes by foot from Old Town Square.
– Metro line C connects the station easily to the other two subway lines and the rest of the city.
– Metro trains depart from the lower level, and tickets, costing 24Kc to 32Kc, are available from the newsstand near the metro entrance.
– Gouging taxi drivers line up outside the station and are plentiful throughout the day and night but are not recommended.

Nádrazí Holešovice
– Partyzánská at Vrbenského, Praha 7 (tel. 224-615-865), Prague’s second train station, is usually the terminus for trains from Berlin and other points north.
– Although it’s not as centrally located as the main station, its more manageable size and location at the end of metro line C make it almost as convenient.

III. By Bus
The Central Bus Station-Florenc
– Krizíkova 4-6, Praha 8, Tel. 900-144-444 for timetable info,
– A few blocks north of the main train station.
– Most local and long-distance buses arrive here.
– The adjacent Florenc metro station is on both lines B and C.
– Florenc station is relatively small and have basic visitors services.


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