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Travel Overview

The Václav Havel Airport Prague is located in the northwest outskirts of Prague, some 20 kilometers from the city centreYou can fly direct from all major European cities, and most international airlines from further abroad are catered for. 

Getting around Prague's city centre is pretty easy, and there is a good choice of transport links to get you moving.

As a rule of thumb:

  • Buses are generally not much use for tourists as they generally connect to outlying suburbs.
  • Trams are ideal for covering short distances, crossing the river or travelling between neighborhoods.
  • The Metro is fast and frequent and great for covering longer distances in the shortest of times.
  • Do bear in mind that Prague is a wonderfully atmospheric city, and most of its centre can be easily explored on foot

If it's your first time in Prague, then I would suggest using a transport app like 'City Mapper' or similar, which will give you the best options for moving around whilst in and around the city. You can also try using this Czech travel tool, which has all the main points of interest on it and will give you a choice of routes for your destination. 

 

 

Václav International Airport > city center

The Airport Prague is directly connected to Prague Main Railway Station (Praha hlavní nádraží), from where a direct transfer to train services running to destinations within the Czech Republic and abroad is possible. This connection is provided by Airport Express buses that run every 20 minutes. From Prague main railway station you can then easily get on the Metro to all of the moan places to stay and explore around they city.

There are also buses that run from outside the terminals at the airport which allow you link to the metro and trams. Unfortunately the metro doesn't go to the airport. 

Taxi ranks operate outside the terminals and will offer the most convenient and stress free way to get to your hotel, especially of you are carrying lots of luggage.

Airport Transfers are also available. Generally speaking they are safe, reliable and comfortable, and charge one price to travel to any hotel or apartment in Prague. they have taxis, minibuses and coaches are modern high quality vehicles, driven by professional English speaking drivers. You can book an airport transfer here.

 

City Centre > PVA Expo

Venue Address: Beranovych 667, 199 00 Prague 9, Czech Republic.

The Prague PVA Expo center is situated about 12km from the center of Prague. The most convenient transportation using public transport is via The Metro to the "Letňany" station on the red "C" line. Which is nice and easy as its the last stop on line at its northern end.

By bus "Výstaviště Letňany" bus stop is the closest to the venue, with buses running there from various stops within town. Check routes before travelling.

The venue is also accessible by car, and parking will be available to a limited number of spaces. Also see the 'parking' section of this website.

A Taxi from the city centre should cost around €10-€15 and will take about 20 minutes, depending on traffic. 

 

GETTING AROUND IN THE CITY

Public Transportation

Prague Metro: Covers all areas of the city centre, and operates 05:00-24:00. Metro lines run a service every 2-3 minutes during peak hours, and every 4-9 minutes after 19:00. There are 3 metro lines: A (green), B (yellow), C (red).

Buses:The daytime and night operation of buses is similar to tram operation. Night service is provided by bus numbers 901 to 915. Bus schedules are located at individual stops.

Trams: Daytime operation is from 4:30 a.m. to midnight. Night operation is provided by tram numbers 91 to 99 in 30 minutes intervals. The central interchange station for night lines is Lazarská. Tram schedules are located at individual stops.

      ! Important Warning: Trams always have the right of way at pedestrian crossings.

 

Tickets

Travelling by city transport is possible only with a valid ticket. Passengers have to purchase their tickets before boarding the vehicle or entering the Metro system. The ticket is valid only if marked in the validation machine. Tickets can be bought at selected Metro stations or in Dopravní podnik information centers, hotels, at news stands, travel agencies, department stores, etc. 

From April 26, 2019, all trams have a card payment terminal. Visitors and citizens of Prague can get on the tram without a ticket, then buy it and use it on other public transport links up until its time limit expires. These tickets are valid without being marked in the validation machine.

Cashless payment is also possible in the bus links, heading towards the airport (Bus 119 and  Airport Express).

Cashless payment is not possible on board underground trains.

30 minutes = 24 CZK (€0.95)
90 minutes = 32 CZK (€1.27)
24 hours    = 110 CZK(€4.37)
72 hours    = 310 CZK(€12.32)
The tickets are valid for the Metro, trams, buses and funicular for the displayed amount of time above (after validation).
Remember to always validate your ticket otherwise, you could get fined.

 

Taxi's

Taxi drivers have a bad reputation in Prague – they deserve it. In 2010 a study was done to determine how much taxi drivers charge tourists for a ride from the airport to city center. Half of the taxi drivers overcharged.

A taxi ride from the airport to city center should cost around 70 CZK (€28) A few taxi drivers have charged ‘tourists’ 5000 CZK (nearly €200!)

After many complaints from tourists the city started to listen and did a few things to ratify the problem. When you step out of the airport you will notice a special place for official Prague taxis. These taxis have a fixed price for specific destinations in the city center. No haggling or surprises - just check the sign for the destination where you want to go and it will tell you how much the taxi ride costs.

All around the city are designated taxi stops with a sign describing how much you should pay from one destination to another. For example, if you want to go from the Main Train Station to the Airport, simply check the sign and it will tell you how much you should pay. When the taxi arrives confirm with the driver the price.

Of course, if you hail your own taxi from some random street at 3am you are at the taxi driver’s mercy – enter at your own risk.

A ride in the district of Prague is around 28.00 korun/km (€1.11). The boarding fee is 40 korun (€1.59). Waiting is 6.00 korun/1 min (€0.24).

Do a quick estimate of the number of kilometers from where you are and where you are heading. If the price for the taxi ride is plus or minus 25% then you are fine. If the price is 200% more then I would get another taxi.

If all of this puts you off a little not to worry. Uber also operates in Prague, which means fairs are pretty much set, so no nasty surprises, plus receipts for expenses shouldn't be a problem. Make sure you download the app before you go.

 

Car

Driving around Prague city centre can be a bit eye opening if you are not used to it, but it is by no means the scariest of European cities to navigate. I'd certainly recommend not driving, as  Prague has ample public transport systems and the city isn't that big. However if you intend on driving as the main mode of transport here are a few hints to help and keep you safe and legal:

When driving in Czech Republic the following documents should be carried:

  • Full, valid driving licence
  • Proof of Insurance (third party or above)
  • Proof of ID (passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)
  • International Driving Permit

While driving in Czech Republic you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items: 

  • Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjusted the beam manually) 
  • High-visibility vest for driver’s use. However, it is recommended that there is a vest for each passenger
  • A first-aid kit is required in all motor vehicles
  • Warning triangle (Any motor vehicle travelling in Czech Republic, regardless of country of registration, must carry a warning triangles) 
  • Motorcyclists (Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles)

SPEED LIMITS:

On Motorways 130 km/h
On Other Roads 90 km/h
Car with Trailer or Caravan 80 km/h

Always adhere to the signposted speed limits

It is prohibited to drink alcohol before or while driving. No amount of alcohol in the blood is tolerated. This rule also applies to horse riders and cyclists.

 

 

 

 

Bike

Prague one of those cities that is best seen by bike. You can take in the sites whilst travelling and have the freedom to roam. Although it may not be renowned for it, Prague is fast becoming more cycle friendly. Dedicated cycle paths are still a bit low in numbers and there are still the hills and cobbled streets to look out for. Luckily, more and more bike lanes are being painted on the roads of Prague every year, and the city has some gems to offer cyclists: The bike lanes along the Vltava river, which makes for a particularly beautiful ride, especially in the morning hours, and has its own cycle-highway, complete with a tunnel for cyclists. This ultramodern bit of cycling infrastructure was constructed on the site of an abandoned railway track.  

There are also a few bike hire/public bike schemes available which are relatively easy to use and have collect/drop off points all over the city. A list of these and prices are available here under the 'Travel in Prague' section then look in 'Bike'.