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Taxis in Prague

For a long time, ordering a taxi in Prague was a source of much unhappiness, particularly for foreign tourists. Drivers were quite happy to charge exorbitant prices for their services, and visitors who couldn’t speak Czech were the most likely to be the victim of such behaviour. But in recent years, the situation has changed dramatically, and ordering a taxi now needn’t be any cause for concern.

Prague City Council introduced the following regulations for taxi services (last update: February 2024):

  • The maximum charge is CZK 36 / approximately EUR 1.50 per kilometre
  • The starting fare, regardless of the journey, is CZK 60 / approximately EUR 2.50
  • Up to CZK 7 / approximately EUR 0.30 per minute can be charged for waiting

How to order a taxi in Prague?

You can order by telephone, via the internet, via a mobile app, or by hailing a taxi in the street. But bear in mind that the last option can be risky.

Fewer taxis may be available during the rush hour. So, you should be prepared to wait a little longer.

To avoid being ripped off, you should only use reputable taxi companies. We recommend the following:

  • AAA Taxi is one of the largest Prague taxi companies. You can order on 14 014 or (+420) 222 333 222, through the company website or via their mobile app. Just tell them where you want to be picked up and the destination. The company will immediately tell you how much you will have to pay, thus saving you an unpleasant surprise later. An advantage of AAA Taxi is that you can use a payment card.

To give you an idea of taxi prices, here are several examples of taxi rides:

  • From Prague Airport to the city centre you should pay from CZK 550 to CZK 800 (from EUR 22).
  • The journey from the Old Town to Prague Castle (Hradčanské náměstí) will cost you from CZK 200 to CZK 350 (from EUR 8).
  • A trip from the outskirts of Prague to the centre will range from CZK 300 to CZK 380 (from EUR 12).
  • A 10-minute trip from the city centre (ranging roughly from 2 kilometres – 2.5 kilometres) will cost from CZK 90 to CZK 120 (from EUR 3.60).

Please note: Rates may vary depending on the traffic conditions (e.g. the price increases even if you’re stuck in a traffic jam).

To avoid any scams and to ensure hassle-free journeys around Prague you can book your transfer from the airport into the city on our website: Airport → Centre Transfers

The main benefit of transferring with us is the fixed price, which doesn’t go up even if you find yourself stuck in a traffic jam. If you go with us from the airport to the city centre, the driver will be waiting for you and holding a sign with your name on it. You can then get your visit to Prague off to a good start and avoid stress waiting for a taxi.

Should I pay a tip to the taxi driver?

In the Czech Republic, it’s considered polite but not obligatory to tip waitstaff in restaurants, tourist guides, and taxi drivers. The general practice is to round up the price to the nearest 10 or 100 crowns.

To round off, here are some tips to avoid being conned:

  • Flagging a taxi in Prague in the street can be risky. We therefore recommend that you avoid doing so.

  • As soon as you get into the vehicle, tell the driver your destination and ask him or her how much the trip should cost. If the amount appears too much, feel free to get out of the car and order another taxi. If you do so by telephone by or via the internet, you’ll receive price information as soon as the order is completed.

  • Pay attention to how fast the price increases on the metre. If it appears to be rising too quickly, ask the driver to stop and then you should get out of the vehicle.

  • Some drivers from large companies sometimes inflate the fare. You should therefore always ask for a receipt.

  • Every taxi must be equipped with a top-light and a sign with the word “TAXI”. The registration number, company name and the price list should be shown on both sides of the vehicle. The price should correspond to the pricelist which should correspond to the metre. If the vehicle looks otherwise, you should wait for another taxi.