When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Prague?
July and August are mid-season so it may be possible to find deals on last minute flights or reduced airfares but generally prices are typically higher at this time of year. Tickets are cheaper either side of the high season – April to June and then from September to October with May’s Spring Festival as the highlight.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Prague?
It’s best practice to book your Prague flights around six to eight weeks before your preferred departure date because airlines are inclined to lower their rates to fill seats. Deals on last minute flights are never certain, so it’s better to book in advance. Being flexible with your dates is also key to saving money since airfare costs can vary significantly over a month or even a week.
Flying to Václav Havel Airport (PRG)
Prague International Airport (PRG), also known as Václav Havel Airport Prague, is the Czech Republic’s biggest and busiest airport. Flights to Prague are possible from many major UK airports such as London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh. Currently, the only direct Prague flights available are through British Airways from London Heathrow. Departing from another airport will require a transfer in Europe, be it in London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Munich or Paris. In some cases, Netflights can help you to find indirect return flights that are significantly cheaper than their direct counterparts, making them more budget friendly. A direct flight clocks in at two hours whereas a decent indirect one with a short wait period ranges from three and a half to five hours. Carriers operating flights to Prague in 2018 include British Airways, KLM, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France and Swiss.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Prague Airport (PRG) consists of four terminals, two are for passengers and two are for general aviation and cargo. All services coming in from the UK will arrive at Terminal 1, the non-Schengen Terminal. Terminal 2 deals with service inbound from within the Schengen Area and does not have passport control. There are a wide range of amenities available, including ATMs, free Wi-Fi, shops and restaurants. For those wanting to freshen up, there are showers located in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Getting to the City Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
There are several options for getting into the city centre once disembarked from your Prague flight. The airport is located 18km from the city centre and depending on your mode of transport, you can reach it in about half an hour. The Airport Express takes 35 minutes and will drop you at the city’s main train station which has links to the citywide metro and various trains. The 100 and 119 buses will take passengers to metro stations where they can transfer onto a train to reach the city centre. Taxis and car rentals are both available as well.
Why visit Prague?
Prague is a city made for wandering. There’s something on every street to look at and crevices to explore. No visit to Prague is complete without a walk along the Charles Bridge, the city’s iconic bridge that straddles the Vltava River. Street performers and buskers gather along the entire length entertaining the crowds of tourists, all while the statues look down upon them. Climb up to the castle that looms high up on the hill with its twisting spires and gothic arches. The biggest attraction is a 45 second show. Blink and you’ll miss it, every hour on the hour crowds gather in the town square to see the dance of the Astronomical Clock. It may be decidedly underwhelming, but as one of the oldest working clocks of its kind, it certainly has its own draw and taking a few moments to study its intricate details is time well spent.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British citizens do not need a visa to enter the Czech Republic, only a passport that’s valid for the duration of their stay. However, stays of longer than 30 days will require registration with the Czech Foreign Police. British Overseas Citizens may need a visa. The Czech Koruna is the recognised form of currency. Not all bureau de change will have koruna in stock so be sure to order your money well in advance of your departure. You may find better exchange rates online. Alternatively, withdraw cash from the ATMs in the arrivals hall.