Cheap flights to Prague
Prague is certainly high on most people’s list of beautiful European cities. The Czech Republic’s capital offers a labyrinth of cobbled lanes where ancient chapels, hidden gardens, bohemian cafes and old-fashioned bars can be discovered. And, in its main squares there’s grandiose architecture, great galleries and some of the world’s best beers to sample.
The best news is that there are plenty of cheap flights from the UK to Prague that allow you to take advantage of all these riches without breaking the bank.
When to book cheap flights from the UK to Prague
Let’s be honest, though, Prague isn’t exactly renowned for its great weather – even during the hottest month of July the city receives its most rainfall.
Easter, Christmas and the summer months are its peak seasons – and the Prague Spring Classical Music Festival in May means that even late spring can see less opportunities to bag a bargain flight. Fortunately, the short distance between the UK and Prague helps to keep prices reasonable. But, the very best deals can be had by those who book their flights to Prague in September and October.
How to find the best flight deals to Prague
Whenever you are looking to visit Prague it’s always possible to secure a lower air fare with just a few tricks when you search for your flight.
- Be flexible about where you fly from. You can search for cheaper flights from alternative airports close to you by using our ‘Nearby Airports’ option. This appears under your chosen departure location, and lets you explore deals available from other UK airports. Similarly, if you are searching for flights from London to Prague, you can view the prices from all London airports when you make your search.
- Be flexible about your dates. If you are not restricted to flying on a certain day you can choose to ‘Show Flexible Dates’. This feature can be seen just above where your flight options are returned from your search. It’s the easiest way to see on which days the cheapest flights are.
UK departures to Prague
There are plenty of options for direct flights to Prague from many UK airports. The range of airlines offering flights helps to keep prices down.
Here are some of the most popular departure locations.
Airlines offering flights to Prague include:
- Air France
- Air Berlin
- British Airways
- Wizz Air
- Czech Airlines
Getting in to Prague from Vaclav Havel Airport
Prague’s airport is named after one of the heroes of its Velvet Revolution. It is located just seven miles west of the city and you can expect a transfer time of around half an hour.
There is no direct metro line connecting the airport to the city, so you have the choice of a more expensive taxi ride or using the bus services. The buses will drop you at the metro line, or at the train station if you need.
How to get around in Prague
Prague’s integrated metro, tram and bus network make travelling through the city really easy. Your ticket is valid on all types of transport and includes transfers between them.
As a rule of thumb:
- Buses are generally not much use for tourists as they generally connect to outlying suburbs.
- Trams are ideal for covering short distances, crossing the river or travelling between neighbourhoods.
- The Metro is fast and frequent and great for knocking off longer distances in the shortest of times.
- Do bear in mind that Prague is a wonderfully atmospheric city, and most of its centre can be easily explored on foot.
The hidden delights of Prague
Away from the popular sights of Prague Castle, Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge there’s always something new to discover in Prague. Indeed, stumbling over unexpected pleasures is what the city is all about.
Here are three of its lesser-known delights to visit.
- Feel the hairs stand up on the back of your neck when you visit the macabre Church of Bones, or Sedlec Ossuary, as it is called in Czech. Here the bones of around 70,000 people have been artfully arranged as decorative features.
- Equally unsettling is the Zizkov TV tower where giant statues of babies seem to ascend the structure. The view from the top is stunning, and when you descend you’ll find yourself in the lively Zizkov neighbourhood, where the nightlife is excellent.
- Literary lovers have the choice of Franz Kafka’s Bookshop (once owned by his father) or the surreal Franz Kafka Museum. Situated on the west bank of the river – near the Charles Bridge – the museum intersperses Kafka’s personal artefacts with, what can only be described as, Kafkaesque artworks. It’s absorbing, unusual and certainly memorable.