Visitors to Prague, Czech Republic will almost certainly use the convenient and well appointed Ruzyne airport situated about five miles west of the city. After some comprehensive expansion and improvement works in recent years the airport now acts not only as a gateway to Prague but to all of Europe for visitors travelling from as far afield as Korea. The transfer to or from Ruzyne is not as easy as it is in many major cities due to the absence of a dedicated rail link but is still quite simple and convenient.
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There are several bus services operating from Ruzyne into the city centre. The most convenient is the shuttle service run by Czech Railways which goes straight to Prague central railway station with a journey time of about 50 minutes. This service runs every half an hour throughout the day but does not run at night. The shuttle service is about twice as expensive as regular bus services into the city.
Bus number 119 runs from the airport into town but drops visitors at Dejvická metro station and you must continue your journey underground. This is marginally less convenient if your hotel is in the immediate city centre but for other locations in the city this is easier as the metro system is fast and efficient.
With both bus options it is easier and safer to buy tickets before you board and then validate them in the on board machines. If an inspector finds you without a ticket you are at risk of facing a large fine.
Visitors who intend to pre-book a hotel in Prague should enquire about the possibility of a free transfer to be included in the price of the room as this makes things easier and cheaper upon arrival and departure.
There are shuttle buses which run between the airport and the larger hotels in the centre which are a good option if you know which hotel you want or if you have pre-booked a room without the transfer included. These buses are a bit cheaper than taking a taxi but not much since they are run as very lucrative businesses.
Finally, as with airports and stations the world over, there is the option of taking a taxi from Ruzyne directly to your destination. This can be the quickest and easiest way of getting to your eventual destination, depending on the traffic, but is also disproportionately expensive. If you are more comfortable taking a taxi for reasons of security or convenience then speak to the information desk in the arrivals hall where they will be able to order one and inform you of the standard rate to your destination.
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