You may wonder why we dedicate a post to taxis in Prague… well it’s just for you to avoid the occasional rip off that you may experience if you’re a tourist.
How to avoid the occasional bad experience
Well, it’s true, things have improved a lot, and you can already see the change at Prague airport. Now, when you get out of the airport, you can easily get the company “AAA taxi” or “111 taxi” which are efficient and reliable. All of their taxis use taxi meters, so at least you know you’re paying what you should. You can also use the “Airport taxi” services that will charge you a fixed fee, all fees being given before you get in the taxi. It will generally cost you between 500czk and 600czk, which is around 20-25 EUR.
Still in the centre, it can happen that you catch a taxi from a random company and sometimes drivers, when they see you’re a tourist, will charge you twice or three times more. So just make sure every time you get in a taxi, to check whether the taxi meter is on! If the driver argues that it is out of order, it is simply that they intend to charge you the “tourist price”.
Reliable taxi companies in Prague
In any case, if you use companies such as “AAA taxi”, “111 Taxi”, “Nejlevnější taxi”, “Profi Taxi” or “Kuryr”, you can sit back and relax – you’ll be all fine! And don’t worry, most of the taxi companies are reliable, but always better to be cautious!
Two last tips:
– if you’re really on a shoestring budget, pick “Nejlevnější taxi” which is the cheapest option in Prague. Their cars are pretty good and the service is of good quality.
– if you feel more comfortable having English speaking drivers, you’d rather go for “AAA taxi”, even though it is slightly more expensive.
Getting around Prague is very easy thanks to Prague’s excellent transport system. There are many trams, bus and metros that take you all around the city.
Prague public transport, an easy way to get around the city
The network is very dense, and it’s very quick to get from one point to another. When you’re in Prague for a few days, it’s always nice to catch the tram. First they’ve been in Prague for long and it’s a great way to get around the city and enjoy sightseeing.
You can already use the public transport network when you arrive at the airport. It’ll take you all the way to the centre in a bit more than 30 minutes. First you catch the 119 bus that takes you to Dejvicka metro & tram stop. And from there you pick the tram or metro that will take you to your accommodation. It is convenient and easy to get around.
To have a look at schedules, tickets prices, have a look at DPP, the official website of Prague’s public transports >> http://www.dpp.cz/en/
Prague is today one of the main airports in Central Europe and is connected with all the main cities in Europe through regular airlines or low cost companies.
Main regular airlines flying to Prague
The main regular airlines at Prague Vaclav Havel airport are Air France, Aeroflot, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Czech Airlines, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, KLM.
Czech Airlines is the Czech national airline company. They are part of the SkyTeam alliance, as well as Air France, Aeroflot and Alitalia mentionned here above. They offer great connections from Prague to the Central European region.
Low cost airlines flying to Prague
The low cost airlines (# of connections) that are currently operating at the airport are: Smartwings (27), Ryanair (4), Easyjet (5) and Wizzair (15).
Even if some of the above mentionned companies are mentionned as low cost they won’t necessarily offer you the best price to Prague. Indeed, Prague is a competitive destination and most of the regular airlines flying to Vaclav Havel offer very good prices.
You can find all the airlines on the official website of Prague airport : http://www.csl.cz/en/site/informace_o_letech/destinace_aerolinky/aerolinky.htm