How to get to Václav Havel Airport in Prague
Arrive at the airport 2 hours in advance, have a larger total reserve
Each airport is a different size and requires a different amount of time to go through the check-in desk and security. While you can do everything in Ostrava in 40 minutes, in Barcelona even 3 hours is not enough. It will take you 2 hours to get through Prague Airport. If you don’t know what to expect at the airport, read the airport guide.
But it’s only just beginning with the two-hour advance to the airport. Expect unexpected circumstances: When driving by car or bus, you are likely to be caught in traffic jams, there is a risk of road closures and technical difficulties with train transport.
Therefore, have enough reserve – if you are from Prague, half an hour to an extra hour will be enough in case public transport stagnates. However, if you are from another city, expect more advance notice. It is not unusual for trains to be delayed by up to 6 hours in winter, and ice on the road will not save even those who decided to drive by car. It is therefore ideal to arrive a day earlier in the winter and spend one night in Prague – it will be cheaper than buying new tickets.
Check which terminal you are flying from
There are 3 terminals in Prague, so it is necessary to know which one you are flying from. Terminal number 3 is used for private and charter flights (travel agency flights), cargo transportation and official state visits. You will be interested in terminals number 1 and 2: Terminal 1 is used for flights outside Schengen, from Terminal 2 there are flights to the Schengen area. The advantage of the Prague airport is that these two terminals are right next to each other.
How to get to Václav Havel Airport
By public transport
There is no direct metro or train connection from the center of Prague to the airport, it is necessary to use city buses or Airport Express (AE) bus lines:
Bus line 119 – departs from the Nádraží Veleslavín stop, which you can reach by metro line A. The bus runs every 10 minutes from 4:15 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., stops at Terminals 1 and 2, and the journey from Nádraží Veleslavín takes about 20 minutes.
Bus line 110 – Starts at the Zličín stop, where metro B runs. It stops at Terminals 1 and 2, the journey from Zličín to the airport takes about 20 minutes.
Bus line 510 – From midnight to 3:30 a.m., you must use night bus no. 510, which goes to the airport from Stodůlek. The journey takes about 40 minutes. If you are coming from the center, take tram number 51 at the Dejvická or Václavské náměstí stops and change to bus 510 at Divoká Šárka.
AE bus (Airport Express) – Airport Express buses are ideal if you arrived in Prague by train. It is a direct connection from the Main Station to Terminals 1 and 2. The journey time from the Main Station to the airport is approx. 35 minutes. The bus runs every half hour – in the direction of the airport from 6:30 to 22:00 and at 5:30 there is an extra morning connection, in the direction of the Central Station from 5:30 to 21:00.