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3 Minutes Guide Into Prague’s PRG Airport: Know the Ins and Outs!

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July 25, 2021
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Miriam Jaffe
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Here we'll cover the PRG, also known as Prague's own Vaclav Havel Airport. From transportation and accommodation to the available health tests in the airport, we've got you covered. Read on to find out more about the PRG!

If you're visiting this site with the anticipation of visiting and traveling Prague, congratulations! Apart from visiting what Prague has to offer, another important aspect that a few realize, is knowing how to navigate certain airports as they can get quite big in size. This is coming from personal experience, as I've gotten completely lost in an airport before. If you just want to learn more about Prague's airport, that's awesome as well! Airports are commonly referred as every traveler's first visited attraction if they traveled by plane.

Let's learn a little bit more about Prague's airport to be completely prepared for your upcoming trip!

If you’re headed to Prague by plane, you’ll get the chance to step foot in Vaclav Havel Airport (airport code PRG for those of you in the know). Navigating airports can be stressful, especially after a long flight, so if Prague is where you’re landing, read on to be prepared upon arrival!

Vaclav Havel Airport
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What is the main airport in Prague?

The main, and only international airport in Prague is the Vaclav Havel Airport, so if you’re coming into Prague from abroad, this is where you’ll land. 

Airport map

The airport in Prague is made up of two terminals for the public. Terminal one (T1) is typically for non-Schengen flights, and houses concourses A and B, while Terminal two (T2) is for flights within the Schengen zone, and houses concourses C and D. There is also a Terminal three (T3) for private and VIP flights. 

Map of PRG prague airport terminals
Image Courtesy: Prague Airport

Getting to the city center

Like many other airports in major cities, Prague airport is a bit of a distance from the city center. While Prague does have an extensive metro network, it, unfortunately, doesn’t reach the airport (yet). Here are your ways to get from the airport to the city center:

Bus

Departing from outside the arrival hall in both terminals, you can take bus 119 to Veleslavin train station. From there, you will transfer onto metro A. You can get off at Mustek for the Old Town, or Muzemum for Wenceslas Square. You can also get off anywhere else along the line if you’re trying to get to your hostel or see something else! Tickets cost between CZK 32-40, and are valid for 90 minutes. 

Taxi

You can also catch a taxi outside of terminals one and two. The two providers are FIX Taxi and Taxi Praha. Getting to the city center will typically run you about CZK 500, but it’s not a bad idea to confirm the price with the driver before you start the journey. 

Airport Express Bus

If you’re trying to get to the train station in Prague, you can take the AE bus. Departures are every 30 minutes, and the bus picks up from both terminals. You will end up at Hlavní nádraži station, which connects to metro line C, as well as the main train station in Prague. Tickets cost CZK 60 when purchased from the bus driver. This route also runs in reverse if you want to get from the train station to the airport. 

Bus from Prague airport to the city center
Image Courtesy: Living Nomads

Hotels near Prague airport

While there aren’t many hotel options near the airport, there are a couple from which you can choose. If you’re wanting to explore Prague itself, staying near the airport isn’t a great idea because it’s not near much of what there is to see and do, but if you’ve got an early morning flight (or a late-night arrival), there are options!

Courtyard by Marriott

Situated directly in front of terminal one, and with a covered walkway from terminal two, this is a super convenient hotel for transit travelers. As a Marriott property, it won’t be the cheapest option, but if you’re a member of their rewards program, you can rack up some points while there. To make a reservation, head to their website

Hotel Ramada

For a more budget-friendly airport hotel option, the Hotel Ramada has cheaper room options. There is a free shuttle service from terminals one and two, and the hotel also has direct access to bus 119 if you want to go into the city center. You can book a room here

Hotel Holiday Inn

If you’re looking for a place to stay, but not necessarily overnight, Hotel Holiday Inn offers “day use” rooms from 8:00 - 18:00, or you can reserve a room for the night. From the hotel, you will also have access to a free shuttle to the airport, as well as access to bus 119. To make a reservation, head to their website

AeroRooms

Located in the airport, you can use this airport pre-departure for a quick nap, or after you’ve checked in for the evening. You can reserve a room from 10 - 16:00 for CZK 999, or from 18:00 - 8:00 for CZK 1,999. You can also reserve a private shower for CZK 99 for a 30-minute shower if you want to freshen up before continuing on with your travels. Currently, a valid negative PCR or antigen test is required to stay at the hotel, and you should book your room choice in advance to ensure availability. 

If you’re looking for recommendations of places to stay in Prague, read this!

The courtyard marriott hotel near Prague airport
Image courtesy: Marriott

Lounges

If you have a long layover or get to the airport early, there are a handful of lounges at the airport, both in public and transit areas. Information about the lounges in the airport, their entry requirements, and prices can be found here

Prague airport Covid test

Hopefully one day someone will be able to skip over this section, but for the time being, it’s relevant so here we go. If you’re traveling from Prague airport to somewhere that requires a Covid test, you can be tested at the airport. Testing is done in the connecting corridor between terminals one and two, and you will get your PCR or antigen test results within 12-24 hours. Testing is available seven days a week, from 4:00 am to midnight. While you cannot book a specific time for your test, you can fill in a test request form online beforehand. Prices for tests are as follows:

  • Standard PCR test: CZK 1,750/70€
  • Basic PCR test: CZK 800/32€
  • Travel PCR test: CZK 2,000/80€
  • Express PCR test: CZK 7,500/280€
  • Antigen test: CZK 800/32€
Airport covid pcr tests prague
Image Courtesy: US Embassy in the Czech Republic

On to Prague we go!

Whether the airport in Prague is your first stop in the Czech Republic, or your last, being prepared can only make traveling less stressful. There is also free WiFi in the airport, so you can connect to that while waiting for your flight, or planning your next move. 

Figured out where to stay in Prague yet? Well, if you haven't, make sure to check out our guide to choosing the perfect place to stay in the city. It's a strongly recommended as we've got some hidden gems that you'll definitely love!

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