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Prague’s airport is called ‘Ruzyne’ and it is located at 160 08 Praha 6-Ruzyne. The cheapest way to get from the airport is via bus and there are two services covering the airport route. Bus number 119 is the best option to get to the historical centre of Prague (the Old Town, Lesser Town, New Town, Prague Castle area) as it connects with line A of the metro, running between the Ruzyně Airport and Dejvická metro station (line A) every 7 to 20 minutes with journey time of approximately 20 minutes.

Alternatively bus number 100 runs between the Ruzyně airport and the Zličín metro station (line B). The service runs every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after 7pm with journey time of around 15 minutes. Tickets need to be purchased before boarding and can be obtained at newsagents and nearby vending machines. There is also a shuttle service which stops downtown at Namisti Republiky.

Taking a taxi from the airport might be the most convenient choice of transport, but to avoid being ripped off (which is common in major tourist areas of Prague) the best option is to pre-book a taxi via your hotel or a taxi phone. Otherwise ensure you confirm the price beforehand; from the airport to a central destination should cost around 600 Kč.

Flying to Prague is extremely easy with regular flights from major European cities such as Paris, London, Dusseldorf, Munich, Frankfurt, New York, Seoul, Taipei, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Hamburg, Moscow, Helsinki, Rostov, Istanbul, Lisbon, Madrid, Malta, Rome, Dublin and Edinburgh with connecting flights available to anywhere in the world.

If you are coming from the UK, either because you are resident there or you have flown into Heathrow or Gatwick, there is always the train. Seat 61 has details about trains to the Czech Republic from London via Brussels and either Cologne, Berlin or Frankfurt, or call Rail Europe on 08708 371371 for advice about prices and routes. One train option it to take an afternoon Eurostar to Brussels followed by a connecting train to Cologne then the Kopernikus sleeper train overnight to Prague. Alternatively, an early-evening Eurostar from London to Brussels, followed by an overnight sleeper to Berlin then a EuroCity journey from Berlin to Prague or depart London in the morning, change at Brussels and Frankfurt for the Frankfurt-Prague sleeper and arriving in Prague early the next morning.

Train stations in Prague are Main Station (Hlavní nádraží), Holešovice Station (Nádraží Holešovice), and Smíchov Station (Nádraží Smíchov) which are accessible by the metro and tramlines. There are good intercity train connections, for example the train journey from Prague to Brno is just two hours. See Bus and railway timetables for more information.

The Czech Republic still maintains its original currency; the Czech Crown, known as the ‘Koruna’ and £1 is approximately 30.5KČ while €1 is 26KČ. The price of a three star double ensuite room in a hotel in Prague will cost around 3,000 KČ and a four star around 4,500 KČ. Prices vary according to season; high season is April to June and September to December while the low season is July and August. Outside of the capital, in Brno for example, rooms are considerably cheaper.

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