Historical capital of Bohemia, city of a hundred spires, and one of the most beautiful places in the world - Prague is one of Europe's most romantic cities.
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 55 minutes (total distance 720 miles)
Number of flights per week: 2
Airlines that fly direct: Jet2.com
Airports in Prague: Vaclav havel Airport Prague
Seasons: High: May - September : Low: October - April
Currency: Czech Koruna (czk)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
With its convenient location, there are plenty of options for you to get to Birmingham Airport. BHX is only a short half hour drive away from the city centre of Birmingham, and if you decide to come by car you’ll find 7 car parks – all within walking distance of the airport terminal or accessible by a free shuttle bus. If you prefer to travel by public transport, Birmingham International train station is located just outside the airport. From here, there is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
Whether you are travelling to Prague for leisure or business, Birmingham Airport has everything that you might need to relax or do some last-minute work before your two-hour flight. As the 3rd largest airport in the UK outside of London, BHX has all the amenities you’d expect of an international airport.
With over twenty shops inside the terminal, you’ll be able to find any last-minute travel essentials that you might need. Spend time browsing the latest fashion, accessories and beauty products or bag yourself a bargain at World Duty Free. If you need some inflight entertainment, why not look for a new book, newspaper or magazine at WHSmith? BHX also has an ICE currency exchange service, so it’s a good idea to change some pounds to Czech Korunas before you fly.
If you’re in need of a quick bite before your flight, Birmingham Airport has plenty of bars, restaurants and cafés for you to choose from. There’s a great selection of coffee shops for your daily caffeine fix. If you are travelling as a family, Frankie & Benny’s is a great choice to host you and your little ones. And if you’re with friends, you might want to kick start your holiday with a pint in Wetherspoon.
Why not enjoy a premium experience by booking into one of the three airports lounges? You’ll find complimentary food and drinks, quiet zones and unlimited WiFi, sockets to power your devices before the flight, and exclusive views of the runway.
Arriving at Prague Airport
Václav Havel Airport Prague, Prague’s international airport, is located 12 miles west of the city centre and has 2 runways and 4 terminals. Arriving from the UK you will arrive at Terminal 1.
The airport has several car rental services on-site, perfect for those looking to enjoy the Czech Republic at their own pace. If your plan is to stay within Prague then a taxi, train or bus into the city is likely to be more economical. There is no metro station at the airport, but you can take a bus to the nearest one. Tickets are available from the public transport kiosks inside the terminal, the vending machines beside the bus stops, and the DPP kiosk in the arrival’s hall. There's also an airport express bus, which offers a direct service from the airport to Hlavní Nádraží, Masarykovo Nádraží, and Náměstí Republiky in central Prague.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Prague
Famed for its gothic architecture, nightlife, beer and rich history, there’s plenty for you to do in Prague. You’ll find historical buildings around every corner, an impressive square in the old town – arguably one of the most spectacular in Europe – and fairy-tale worthy gardens.
The city is relatively affordable, despite all these wonders. Basic accommodation will set you back on average £40 a night, while more premium stays can be around £90 a night. Going out and dining will also be relatively inexpensive, with a half pint averaging just over a pound.
The best times to visit Prague are during the spring and early Autumn when the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds. Because of the city's generally chilly climate, the warmer summer months see the largest influx of tourists – which means higher hotel rates.
Culture in Prague
The city of a hundred spires, founded in the 9th century, Prague is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It has been the centre of politics, culture and business for the Czech nation from its inception and its inhabitants are very proud of its history.
Beer is an integral part of the Czech culture. So much so that some restaurants offer beer taps in seating booths, so you can pour your own drinks! If you’re visiting in May, make sure you check out the Czech Beer Festival - with over 150 varieties of beer hailing from around the country for you to try.
The Vlatva River meanders through Prague, running under its many bridges and drawing a horseshoe around its industrial district. Why not hire a pedal boat to discover Prague from a unique point of view? Head to Josefov - Prague’s historical Jewish district - to discover the history of Europe’s Jewish culture. And while you’re there try a trdelník, a traditional Jewish-Czech pastry.
Read our travel guide to Prague to learn about the top things to do in this fascinating city.