13 reviews of Prague International Airport Vaclav Havel in English
Signs asking you not to bring guns through passport control made me smile.
Prague International Airport (Letiště Praha-Ruzyně / PRG) is a midsized airport with three terminals, located on the edge of Prague at some 15 km (9.3 mi.) outside the city centre. It is a well-organised and clean airport, where checking in and the handling of the luggage are done efficiently. Unfortunately, the airport offers hardly any cash dispensers and only a handful of exchange offices. This is especially inconvenient when travelling by public transport afterwards, since the ticket vending machines only accept coins. I strongly recommend not taking a taxi due to the large number of taxi sharks, who love to con the ignorant tourist. It is not uncommon for them to charge 1,000 Czech crowns (£ 32.50) for a ride to the city centre, whereas a day ticket for the public transport would set you back a mere 110 Czech crowns (£ 3.50). The journey by public transport is not entirely uncomplicated, since it requires at least one transit; first, one needs to take bus 119 to underground station Dejvická (line A) and then one can continue the journey. On the other hand, the Czechs have done a good job in creating clear and consistent bilingual directions in Czech and English at both the airport and on the public transport, so finding your way should not pose any difficulty at all. A job well done!
Nice airport, easy to get to via tram and bus, we passed through security quickly in both directions.
Nice range of shops and eateries, one of the better airports I've been through.
After missing my connecting flight in prague, i had to spend 24h in that city.
fortunately i didnt need to sleep in the airport, however, since my flight was the next day at 10pm, and since i have been in prague before, i got to the airport around 7 pm.
Its a rather small airport, clean, full of russians :P
Its also well structured.
Its not that easy to get to the city especially if u dont talk czech. You need to take a bus to the metro station and then from there on to the city.
A one way ticket would cost around 1€ or 25 koruna.
You can pay with euro in the airport, although they d pay you back in koruna, so make sure u either have at least enough koruna for a bottle of water, or 5€ notes if you're there for an overlay.
You wouldnt want to pay 50€ and get the change in koruna!
Aeroporto non molto grande ma di semplice utilizzo. Le indicazioni sono chiare e non è difficile raggiungere le uscite o le zone autobus/taxi. Ben collegato con la città. Ci sono dei bei negozi al duty free ma i prezzi sono uguali, se non leggermente superiori, a quelli della città. L'ambiente l'ho trovato pulito, anche i bagni.
This is quite an easy airport to arrive at I found as the second I walked outside I saw the buses, that then took me to a metro station, from which I could get near my hotel. Simples. The journey back seems harder somehow and there was a long wait for the bus. They should really link this airport up with the underground. It would improve things a great deal!
There are a good amount of shops and places to eat here. Unfortunately I didn’t really get time to enjoy them!
Netter, sauberer Flughafen. Teilweise bisschen tricky, wegen der zwei Terminals. Insgesamt etwas kompliziert, weil die Security Kontrollen härter und sehr viel näher an den Richtlinien als in FFM sind (so muss z.B IMMER der Gürtel ausgezogen werden).
Was mich etwas gestört hat ist die Tatsache, dass die Preise der Duty Free Läden erheblich schwanken. Wer also direkt nach dem Security Check einkauft ist der Gelackmeierte. Hier ist die Maxime: Je weiter weg vom Trouble, desto günstiger. Kann sich wirklich sehr lohnen! Komisches Prinzip. Dennoch, nett und übersichtlich!
Busier than many other airports but with a homely atmosphere. Lots of shops but beware, many of the products are cheaper in The Czech Republic itself. Comfortable bars and cafes and they even have smoking areas! Waiting areas more than adequate and just so much more convenient than Heathrow. Taxis outside but negotiate your fare before the journey starts - or get ready to take out a second mortgage!
Prague's international airport at Ruzyne, about 10km to the west of the city, is this year celebrating its 70th anniversary.
Handling just under 12m passengers a year, it is small by the standards of many major cities, but has been consistently voted 'best airport' in Central and Eastern Europe in the annual World Airport Polls. It has seen rapid expansion since the accession of the Czech Republic into the EU, with both tourist and business passengers showing healthy growth, up from 5 million passengers in 2000.
The vast majority of flights leave from terminals 1 and 2, on the main airport site. There is another terminal (terminal 3) on the south side of the airport, which mainly handles VIP and other special flights. Terminal 1 handles domestic and international flights with non-Schengen countries (including the UK) and was built in 1997, though has recently been refurbished. Terminal 2, opened in 2006, handles flights to Schengen countries.
Overall the airport feels very modern but compact (no endless walks to the gates) and I've had good experiences with both arrivals and departures. Everything was handled very smoothly, and staff were generally helpful and plesant, and most speak English and/or German.
There is a reasonable selection of duty-free shops and eateries in the departures area, though it's not as plentiful as in larger airports - and in common with airports everywhere, prices are higher than in the city. Be warned too that security checks for hand-baggage may take place at the gate, so don't leave it too late. A recent addition is Wi-fi access in most of the lounges and restaurants, operated in conjunction with T-mobile.
The only major failing is that there is no rail or tram connection directly into Prague. Depending on where you are heading, you have two public transport options: bus 119 takes you to Dejvická station on metro line A, and express bus 100 takes you to Zlicín station at the end of metro line B. Both journeys take about 30-40 minutes to the city centre. You can buy a travel pass at the City Transport office at the airport, which then covers you for onward metro or tram travel for a variety of periods, and provides excellent value.
More expensive is the Airport Express bus, which takes you to key stops in the centre of Prague, including the main railway station, and metro line C. There are a number of rather slower local buses to other destinations in Prague. If you are travelling at night after the metro has closed, things are a little trickier: bus 510 connects with a night-tram 51. Allow at least an hour for this.
An alternative, of course, is a taxi. Prague taxi drivers used to have one of the worst reputations for ripping off customers in the world. Although things have improved immeasurably in recent years, it's still worth ensuring that the driver turns on the meter at the start of the journey, and expect a hard sell if you are waiting for the bus, with grossly inflated travel times quoted to entice you into his car...
Overall then, one of Europe's nicer airports, and extending the metro or train to it would add another star.
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Siri, 11 December 2007: and now ich czech language, please!
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