Car Hire at Prague Airport
This information is correct as of October 2015
Whether you are drawn to Prague’s folklore and beer, to Karlovy Vary’s heavenly spas or to Brno’s medieval markets and lively nightlife, you can find the best car hire at Prague Airport with Skyscanner. Why not check out our guide on things to do in Prague.
Where to hire a car at Prague Airport
There are eight car hire companies with desks at Prague Airport; Sixt, Renplus, Hertz, Europecar, Dvorak, Budget, Czechocar and Avis. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Prague Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Shell garage located just 10 minutes drive from Prague Airport. Take Aviaticka from the airport and get on the R7. Follow this to Evropska and the garage will be on the right hand side.
Driving around Prague Airport
Prague Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads with highway connections all around. A vignette is required for driving on these. You can buy buy ten day, monthly or annual vignettes at gas stations, post offices or border crossings. The southeastern highway (D1, E50 and E65) links to Brno to Bratislava in Slovakia and on to Vienna and Budapest. The southwestern highway (D5, E50) leads through Plzeň to Germany where it continues as A6. To the west, there is expressway R6 (E48) leading to Karlovy Vary and Cheb. The northwestern expressway R7 leads to Chomutov and Chemnitz. To the north, you can take highway D8 (E55) to Lovosice and to the northeast, you can take expressway R10 (E65) to Liberec and Turnov. To the east, the D11 (E67) goes to Hradec Kralove and Poland.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Prague Airport.
For relaxation and Czech architectural beauty, look no further than Karlovy Vary. With a history that stretches back to Emperor Charles IV to the Second World War where it became Karlsbad under German occupation, this enchanting town is famous for its blissful spas. Beethoven, Scilller and Marx are all said to have sampled their healing powers. Karlovy Vary’s most famous event is undoubtedly its International Film Festival held in July which celebrities flock from around the world to attend. No less captivating are the surrounding hills which are wonderful for hiking and walking while the towns cafes, bars and restaurants are perfect for undoing all the good work of a day in the spa. It takes just an hour and a half to reach Karlovy Vary by car from Prague Airport. Take Aviaticka from the airport and get on the R7. Follow this to the E48 and Route 222 for Karlovy Vary. Follow signs for the city centre.
Beautiful Brno is the Czech Republic’s easternmost province in Moravia. Lush green hills, rolling vineyards and mountains surround this pretty town. Handsome architecture and fascinating museums make this a town for exploring. It is also the home of one of the country’s most famous writers, Milan Kundera. Medieval markets, bustling squares, a stunning castle, a hilltop cathedral and an eerie crypt are just a handful of Brno’s most intriguing sights while its lively beer halls and restaurants are the perfect way to spend an evening.
Brno is just over two hours from Prague Airport. Take Aviaticka from the airport and get on the R7. Follow this to the E50 then the D1 to theRoute 42 to Brno. Exit towards the centre and the E461 and follow signs for Brno centre.
Stunning Prague is a sea of ruby red rooftops and glistening spires, fairy-tale castles and sweeping bridges. Steeped in history and folklore, the Czech capital is a maze of cobbled streets soaring upwards to hill top monasteries and down to cool basement bars. Beautiful architecture and quirky monuments are everywhere from the magical Astronomical Clock and Frank Gehry’s Dancing Building to the ancient castle that rises up through the heart of the old town. Buskers on the Charles Bridge are a daily sight while the works of Mucha and Kafka reside in its wonderful museums and galleries. Absinthe fuelled clubs and bars, medieval inspired restaurants serving hearty Czech fare and the best beer in the world provide ample nightlife for those that can handle it!
It takes just 40 minutes to reach the centre of Prague from the airport. Take Aviaticka from the airport and get on the R7. Continue on the R7 taking Evropska towards the city centre.
Street parking operates in zones. The orange zone operates a maximum of two hours of parking at €1.60 per hour from 8am to 6pm. The green zone is maximum six hours of parking at €1.25 per hour from 8am to 6pm. Blue zones are for residents and business with permits. Others may not use these spaces. Parking garages are becoming more common with prices varying depending on location. Charges are from approximately €7 per day. Most shopping centres and malls come with free parking. Another option is the use the Park & Ride facilities located at many subway stations. The cost is only 80 cents per day and the cost of the public transport. Some hotels in Prague also offer free parking.
Prices subject to change