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9 things to do on a layover at Prague Airport

Stuck on a layover at Prague Airport? Playing the waiting game is nobody’s idea of fun. Instead, make the most of your time with these 9 things to do on a layover at Prague Airport.

1. Enjoy a meal

Airport DiningSit-down restaurants serve up Czech and central European cuisine, Mexican, and classic pours of Pilsner Urquell. Restaurace Praha is a cafeteria-style spot with affordable meals starting at under CZK 100. For to-go options, check out Paul, Fresherie, Bread & Co, and UGO Fresh Bar. Western chains include Burger King and Costa Coffee. Four eateries are open 24-hours: in Terminal 1 you will find 2 pre-Security and one inside Security and in Terminal 2 you will find 1 option pre-Security.

2. Lounge

Airport LoungesSometimes an airport lounge is just what you need during a long layover: a one-stop-shop offering food and drinks, solid WiFi, news and TVs, and comfortable seating for working or relaxing, all for a single entry price. Shower facilities are available in most lounges, too! You don’t even have to be Business or First Class flyer to get in most of the airport lounges here – simply pre-book a visit or use your lounge membership program to gain entry. Locations are available in our Prague Airport Guide.

3. Shop

ShoppingPass your layover by browsing the few dozen shops here. Many shops focus on Czech traditions, selling Bohemian lead and hand-cut crystal, Prague Old Timer watches and clocks, locally-made natural skincare and makeup at Manufaktura, and Blue Praha’s general souvenirs. A few international boutiques offer great window shopping opportunities. A small outpost of Billa grocery store is great for affordable snacks and edible souvenirs. You’ll also find the traditional convenience and Duty Free areas, bookstores, and last-minute technology shops.

4. Take a shower

showersThat last flight probably has you ready to freshen up. Pay-to-use shower facilities are located in the Rest & Fun Center in Terminal 1’s non-Schengen area. A cost of CZK 99 gets you 30 minutes shower access, plus towels and toiletries. In Terminal 2, a shower is located in Pier D. It is free but requires a deposit for key and towel. Several airport lounges also have shower facilities, included in their entrance fees.

5. Tour the airport

If you’ve made a reservation ahead of time, you can join a behind-the-scenes tour of the airport, including cargo zone, lounges, dispatch area, and fire and rescue stations. Tours last two hours and cost CZK 220 per adult. See the tour details here.

Visit the museum and observation deck

Two observation decks provide great views of the airport, including aircraft coming and going. In Terminal 2, a free museum accompanies the observation deck, with great photographs, maps, documentaries, and historic information on aviation in the Czech Republic.

6. Go sightseeing

ShoppingIf you have a long layover, why not trade the airport for one of Europe’s most compact, charming cities? Prague is easy to access thanks to public transit and taxis, but you’ll still want at least 7 hours between flights to make the most of your time out of the airport.

The Airport Express shuttle bus is the most direct route from the airport to Prague’s main train station, taking 35 minutes. Taxis are also available outside the main terminal, which will save you about 10 minutes in commute time. Other buses are also available, linking to the city’s underground Metro system.

Once in city center, head into Old Town on foot. Wander the twisting alleys and cobblestone streets. Watch the ornate Astronomical Clock strike, then pop into Tyn Church just across Old Town Square. Walk across the Charles Bridge, spanning the Vltava River, and explore the cafes, bars, and shops of Mala Strana. Up the hill, visit Prague Castle, a sprawling complex that dates back centuries and today serves as the seat of the Czech government. St. Vytus Cathedral is the crown jewel. Sample a traditional Czech goulash with a locally-made pilsner beer for a meal.

Leave plenty of time to travel back to the airport, clear Security, and make that next flight!

7. WiFi

Spend your layover attached to your device thanks to free, unlimited WiFi.

8. Sleep

Airport SleeperJust want to sleep? You’ll find plenty of seating, but most have armrests. Terminal 2’s Rest Area has a few seats with footrests, and the area tends to be rather quiet. You may be able to get away with sleeping on the floor, too, but extra layers, a blanket, and eyeshades will help you combat cold temperatures and bright lighting. Rather ante up for a hotel room? A transit hotel in Terminal 1, called the Rest and Fun Center, rents 9 rooms – day rooms don’t need reservations, but overnight stays do. Otherwise, a few more hotels are located just across from the terminals. See our Prague Airport Guide for details and locations.

These are just a few things to do on a layover at Prague Airport. Visit our Prague Airport Guide for more information about more services and facilities available, such as food, WiFi, mobile charging, luggage storage, nearby airport hotels, and much more.