Salt Lake City
I've read that the taxis in Prague can sometimes be sketchy. I'm flying into Prague on Christmas Day and staying near Old Town and was wondering what the best transportation from the airport will be (shuttle, taxi, etc.). My hotel offers a shuttle for 32 Euros, but I'm wondering if there is a better/cheaper option. Thanks!
You can take a taxi, but make sure to decide on a rate before you get in. Taxis in Prague are known for taking tourists super long ways and running up the meter....when in reality most times you don't even use the meter. If you don't have tons of luggage with you, I suggest taking the bus to the metro...depending on how close your hotel is to a metro station. You can take the 119 bus from the airport terminal and take it to the very end, which is right before the Dejvicka metro (green line)....you get off the bus and just walk a hundred feet or so to the metro entrance....you can then hop on the green line and take that into old town really easily! If you would rather not deal with all that, I think there are also some super-shuttle type of things that you can get to pick you up at the airport and drop you at your hotel. Hope that helps!
The bus and metro work fine but a cab will cost about $20 and it's worth it. Just take one of the AAA (yellow taxis) from the official rank outside either terminal. They charge on a fair meter and many of the drivers speak at least a little English. Overall the official taxis in Prague are honest since they can get in trouble with dispatch if they get complaints.
In addition to all of Katherine's suggestions, you can also take the airport express bus -- it's easy. Here's the link for more info.
bus #100 to the metro station Zličín (to avoid traffic jam use this route)
bus #170 to the metro station Nové Butovice
bus #119 to the metro station Dejvicka
Price for combine tickets for 90 minutes is 32 Kc (1,25 Euro) (bus + metro)
You can buy tickets with cash or credit card in airport lobby after arriving (go 20-30 meters to the lext after exit to lobby from luggage area)
What is your hotel, btw?
dont take the shuttle. what you do is that you go to the public transport office in the airport arrivals section and buy a ticket for e.g. 3 days (300 CZK), and you just go to the bus stand right outside. take bus line 119 "Dejvicka", and you will end up at Dejvicka Metro station. Take the metro train to Staromestska, and you're there.
Taxis are also an option, but you dont need that, public transport is great, and trams operate almost 24/7.
i would just stick with the public transport ticket which is valid for all transport in the city of Prague (including the trip from the airport).
Remember to stamp the ticket when you enter the bus :)