Any advice on best door to door way to get to Hotel Hastel from Prague airport? Going on Best of Eastern Europe 5/25-6/9..
The Tour Department should have sent your first and last hotel information to you as well as directions from the airport. I would just grab a cab as it's affordable from the airport if you want a door to door connection. Here are your options from that document they sent:
Arriving in Prague and getting to the Hotel Hastal
Prague's main airport is Ruzyne Airport, which is located about 12 miles from the city center. The Hotel Hastal is located in Prague's Old Town district, just three blocks from Republic Square (Námestí Republiky). We have listed a few options to get to your hotel from the airport or the train station. While at the airport, it's a good idea to pick up some Czech Korunas from one of the ATMs located in the terminal.
From Ruzyne Airport
Option 1: Shuttle Bus ~ The least expensive way of getting to the hotel is by CEDAZ shuttle bus between Prague Ruzyne Airport and the city center (V Celnici Street). The shuttle bus leaves daily every half hour from 7:30 until 19:00. To purchase a ticket, go to the Cedaz/AAA Radiotaxi information kiosk. You will find a kiosk in the arrivals hall in both Terminals 1 and 2. They are located just before Exit E in both halls. A one-way ticket costs about 120czk per person and can be purchased at the kiosk or directly from the driver.
The ride to Námestí Republiky Square takes about 30 minutes, and from there it’s about a 10 minute walk to the hotel.
~ Walk from Námestí Republiky Square to the Hotel Hastal ~
The shuttle bus will drop you off on V Celnici Street, about 50 meters from Námestí Republiky Square. Walk to the square with the Marriott and Renaissance hotels behind you. Turn right on the square and follow Revolucní street for about 2 blocks. Turn left onto Dlouhá street and take the second right onto Rybná street. Follow Rybná to the end, then turn left onto Haštalská. The Hotel Hastal is on the corner on your left at #16.
Option 2: Taxi ~ You can catch a taxi directly in front of the arrivals hall. The ride should be a fixed rate of 600–700czk (equates to about $23-28) with no meter. Confirm the full price before getting in the taxi. The ride from the airport takes about 30 minutes.
I just googled hotel Hastal and among their services is transportation from the Prague Airport. Book the transportation with the hotel. They will need your name, airline, flight #, date and time of arrival and driver will be waiting for you with a piece of paper with your name on it. When you get from the baggage claim to the main hall there will be a lot of people standing there, most of them holding some paper with a name. Find yours.
Our family of three did this tour in 2013 and as Casey has pointed out we took the shuttle bus that is suggested in the RS directions. It couldn't have been easier. The path we took out of the airport took us right to the shuttle bus ticket area and the pick up spot was just outside the door after getting our tickets. We also met another pair taking the tour and we all made our way to the hotel together. We also found the hotel to be terrific and in a great location.
I also used the shuttle bus mentioned when I took the tour several years ago. It is very easy and affordable.
Thank you all for your tips and advice. One more question - regarding currency- considering we will be visiting several different countries with their own currency: is there a need to get some currency from each county prior to arrival or is there easy access to ATMs ?
...is there a need to get some currency from each county prior to arrival or is there easy access to ATMs ?
Don’t buy foreign currency in advance. Some tourists just have to have euros or pounds in their pockets when they step off the airplane, but smart travelers don’t bother and know better than to get lousy stateside exchange rates. Wait until you arrive at your destination; I’ve never been to an airport in Europe that didn’t have plenty of ATMs.
We took this trip last summer, (It was great by the way!) anyways, we did get money before we left, but that is mainly because we travel on budget, and it keeps us on a budget. At every new city your guide will tell you where the nearest atm is! don't worry too much about the currency, it wasn't that hard once people got used to it!