Václav Havel Airport Prague, formerly Prague Ruzyně International Airport is the international airport of Prague, Czech Republic. It is located 10km (6 mi) west of the city centre. It serves as a hub for Czech Airlines, a base for Travel Service Airlines and its subsidiary SmartWings, as well as a focus city for Wizz Air. In 2013, it handled 11 million passengers, making it the busiest airport in the newer EU member states. It also handles cargo operations.
The airport has two main passenger terminals, two general aviation terminals, and a cargo facility. Some of the carriers operating at the airport are AirBaltic, easyJet, Aer Lingus, Finnair, Delta Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, British Airways, Air One, and Emirates.
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic, and one of the largest cities in Central Europe. It has served as the capital of the Bohemian region for several centuries. The city’s medieval centre is home to beautiful early-century architecture while the city’s modern parts brim with energy, culture, and adventure. Some of the best attractions that you can visit in Prague are Charles Bridge, Prague Castle (the world’s biggest ancient castle), Old Town (the city’s historic centre), Josefov (home to historic synagogues), Wenceslas Square in New Town, the famous Infant of Prague statue, and Petřínská rozhledna (a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower). Learn more about the city’s history and art by visiting Czech National Gallery, Czech National Museum (Národní muzeum), Prague City Gallery, Jewish Museum, Mozart and Dušek Museum, and Czech Museum of Fine Arts. Immerse yourself in Czech culture by going to opera and Black Light Theatre shows, festivals (like Prague Spring, Prague Folklore Days, and Prague Advent Choral Meeting), river cruises, and sightseeing flights.
How to get around within Prague
Even if you prefer walking around or taking public transport, either way will let you explore the beauty of Prague. Just take note that historic districts are not accessed by public buses (to prevent air and noise pollution), so you’ll either have to walk or transfer to the electric-powered tram or metro. Prague is considered as a “walkable” city so navigating your way from point A to point B should be no problem. However, almost all of the streets are cobbled, so it may be quite difficult for the elderly or the disabled to get around. You can also take the tram and metro. The city runs the Prague integrated transport (PID) system which operates three metro/subway lines, several bus and tram (streetcar) lines, regional (S) trains, and also a funicular to Petřín hill and a number of ferries across Vltava River. A cheaper alternative is getting on a shared minibus airport service via Budweis-shuttle or Czechshuttle.cz, both of which offer door-to-door transportation. If you plan to take a taxi instead, it’s recommended to negotiate the fare before getting in since fare prices can be really expensive. Public transportation is still recommended. You can also get around the city via sight-seeing cruises offered by the Prague Steamboat Company.
How to get there
Upon arriving at Václav Havel Airport Prague, you can get into the city centre in several ways. The bus is the cheapest way to Prague. Take Bus 119 or Bus AE to get to the metro. Meanwhile Bus 100 takes you to the subway station Zličín (Metro B) and the night bus 510 will take you to the "Jiráskovo náměstí" or "I.P.Pavlova," which terminates close to the city centre. The most comfortable option is by taking the taxi. The airport has a taxi desk near the arrivals gate where you can flag down a taxi. You can also get on the Czech Railways-operated Airport Express, which leaves the airport in 30-minute intervals. AAA taxi-owned Cedaz bus is also another option. If you are staying at a hotel, there are various companies that run shuttle services that can take you from the airport to your hotel. You can also arrange private transfers or rent a car in advance. Other ways of getting in is by train, bus, and car.
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