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Prague’s taxis are legendary for their bad reputation (see Safety section); nowadays things are changing for better as authorities are cracking on the system. Still if you need a ride it’s better to call a central dispatcher in advance instead of finding one on the street to be assured of safety.
You don´t have to be affraid to make a reservation even from the Airport in advance, if you know verified dispatching (see below). The price is not fixed, but it used to be usually cheaper.
There are lots of dependable and well regulated radio-taxi companies in Prague with English-speaking operators (AAA Radio taxi is the biggest and most used, but in Prague are many others skillful, steady and quality dispatchings) and courteous service. Some companies offer application for smart phones, which can localize you according GPS and show approximately price etc. Your hotel will be happy to provide you with a number or arrange a taxi ride for you.
Local taxi rates at maximum (by the law) : drop charge is 40 CZK plus 28 CZK per kilometer, and 6 CZK per one minute of waiting time. The ride from airport to Prague center will cost you about from 550 CZK to 650 CZK. That taxi rate you have if you take taxi from the street, but if you call dispatching, you will get cheaper price (for example 19CZK/km) , better quality and guarantee, in compare with taxi from the street. Next advantage of dispatchings is that all drivers accept payment by euro.
AAA Radio Taxi
(+420) 233 113 311
(+420) 257 257 257
(+420) 244 114 411
Tick Tack taxi
(+420) 233 333 555
Transfer services for flat rate is an alternative to common taxi service. It is as comfortable as common taxi service, but in these cases customers pay only prices set in advance. From 1. 5. 2013 there is new law which regulate taxi services and tranfer services for flat rates. Transfer services with flat rates will be possible to order only in advance and you must make written order and invoice payment, because those drivers willl be not allowed accept any payment according this new law.
A lot of companies are specialized in airport transfers - they check actual times of arrival, so there are no complications when flights are delayed. All of the contractual transport companies don´t have charges for waiting and there is no drop charge.
Ride to Prague center will cost you 550 - 600 CZK (about 22 - 24 Euro)
Advice for the end : Ask in your hotel for taxi dispatching instead of transfer service, hotels mostly take some kickback from the flat rates, so i tis advantageous to call taxi in compare with Transfer service.
ASAP Prague Transport
+420 774 466 977
Cadillac Escalade airport taxi for only 21 EUR
Prague Airport Transfer
Czech airport shuttle
+420 608 446 212
Prague Airport Shuttle
+420 602 395 421
CabinPrague taxi and shuttle
(+420) 720 30 30 00
Prague Airport Transfers sro
(+420) 777 777 237
Prague Airport Shared Shuttle
(+420) 800 870 888
(+420) 728 199 816
Friendly Transfer Prague
+420 602 337 750
+420 790 444 744
+420 777 059 959
(+420) 734 731 056
HFS s.r.o. Taxi & Transfers Prague
00420 775 744 447
If you are planning to stay just in Prague, renting a car is not a very good idea considering restricted parking in the city center, difficult navigation and quite heavy traffic. When in Prague, walk or use Prague efficient public transit system, which is safe and inexpensive and you can hop on the tram even after midnight.
However, driving is the perfect way of exploring the Czech countryside at your own pace. When planning your trip, note that driving times vary significantly depending on the type of road in the Czech province. Distance alone is not a sound indicator of the travel time. Multi-lane expressways connect major cities like Brno, Plzen, and Karlovy Vary; anywhere else roads may crawl though small towns and villages with restricted speed zones, or be under construction. Having a current detailed road map is a must when driving a car in the Czech Republic.
Unless you will stay in the country for more than 60 days, you don’t need any special driving documents. Otherwise, an international driver’s license (available from your local AAA for $10) is required . You must be over 18 to drive a car in the Czech Republic and must carry your driving license at all times, along with a vehicle registration card, and an ownership certificate or rental agreement. In the city the speed limit is 50km/h, while outside urban areas the speed limit is 90km/h and 130km/h on highways. Seatbelts are mandatory in the front and back seats. The Czech Republic has a zero-tolerance policy on alcohol consumption , so even a single beer devoured before driving may potentially get you into trouble.
With a valid driving license and a credit card you can rent a car from any local and international rental car agencies. Some local Czech companies are quite reliable and can give you a better deal. Check the companies web sites below whether the company has an airport office in Prague.
Before you rent, it is highly recommended that you type in the company's name into Google, in conjunction with the world "complaint" or "scam". There are a number of rental companies at the airport, with a vey bad reputation.
ASAP Rent car
Rentplus Car Rental