Review: KLM Cityhopper Embraer E195-E2 Economy (PRG-AMS)

After three days in Prague we had three flights between us and Tromsø, Norway. First up, we had a KLM Cityhopper flight on their new E195-E2 between Prague and Amsterdam in Economy.


When we first started looking at this trip, we were trying to fly from Istanbul to Tromsø. After many changes, some fairly last minute, we found ourselves needing to get from Prague to Tromsø. I turned to Google Flights and found that there weren’t any good options whatsoever. The cheapest flights had multiple stops and the one stop routings were astronomically expensive, especially for Intra-Europe Economy.

After pouring over all of the equally terrible options, I ended up booking the lesser of all evils which was PRG-AMS-BGO-TOS in a combination of KLM and Widerøe Economy. I ended up paying $350 per person for our tickets. This included our seat selections towards the front of the aircraft.


We left the Andaz Prague bright and early and were dropped off curbside by our Uber at 7:15a.

Uber Airport in Prague

Once inside, we followed the signage towards departures and found the shared Air France/KLM check-in counters 260 and 261.

a large airport with signs and people walking
people walking in an airport terminal

There were a few passengers ahead of us in the Sky Priority lane and it took about 5 minutes for us to get our boarding passes and drop our bags. The agent issued our boarding passes all the way through to Tromsø but informed us that we would need to collect and recheck our bags in Bergen.

Air France/KLM Sky Priority Check-In Lane at Prague Airport

With boarding passes in hand we headed for security where I had one of the strangest interactions in all my years of flying around the world. We went through the priority lane which was virtually empty. Something alarmed while I was going through the metal detector which led to a circus of re-scans, pat downs, unpacking, repacking, and rescanning of luggage all before being given the green light after 15 minutes. From there, we headed off to the lounge.

Prague Vaclav Havel Airport Terminal 2 Security Checkpoint


There are two airport lounges at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport. The Mastercard Lounge in Terminal 1 and the Erste Premier Lounge in Terminal 2. Access to both lounges is available to premium passengers for a variety of airlines as well as Priority Pass members. The full review of our lounge experience can be found here.

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people in a restaurant
a room with a counter and shelves with drinks
a group of people sitting at a bar


Our flight to Amsterdam was scheduled to depart at 8:55a. We left the lounge at 8:15a to start our walk over to gate C4.

Prague Airport Terminal 2 Interior

It only took a couple of minutes for us to make our way over to our departure gate. We arrived just as our Embraer E195-E2 was arriving from Amsterdam.

KLM Cityhopper Embraer E195-E2 (PH-NXE) at Prague Airport

Though our inbound flight was slightly delayed, we still managed to board on time with Groups 1 and 2 being invited to board first. Our boarding passes were scanned and we headed down the jet bridge only to be stopped at a secondary door as they weren’t ready for us on board yet. After a 5 minute wait, we were able to continue onto the plane.

KLM Cityhopper
KL 1352
PRG-AMS (Prague Vaclav Havel – Amsterdam Schiphol)
Seat: 11D (Economy)
EMB-195 (PH-NXE)
Scheduled: 8:55a-10:35a
Actual: 8:58a-10:31a

people sitting in a waiting area
a group of people in a hallway


The KLM Cityhopper EMB-195 is laid out in the standard 2-2 layout throughout the plane. Business Class on Cityhopper flights don’t have a blocked seat which means, aside from the catering and service, you’ll get the exact same experience in the Economy cabin.

KLM Cityhopper Embraer E195 E2 Interior

I assigned us seats 11D and 11F, a pair of standard seats on the right side of the aircraft a couple of rows ahead of the emergency exit.

a seat belts on a seat
a seat belts on a plane

Legroom was on the tighter side but considering this is essentially a regional jet, I was just happy my knees weren’t touching the seat in front of me.

KLM Cityhopper Embraer E195 E2 Legroom

The tray table was located in the seatback and was barely large enough to hold my Surface Pro tablet. The keyboard hung over the edge of the tray table.

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a laptop with a screen on

Fixed to the seatback was a cupholder which could be folded down.

a close up of a seat
a seat belt in a seat

USB-A power ports were located under the seats in front and a reading light and individual air nozzle was located above each seat.

a close up of a device
a close up of a device


Due to our delayed boarding, we ended up pushing back a few minutes late. Prior to the aircraft door closing, a couple decided to self upgrade from Row 28 to Row 10 at which point the cabin crew sent them straight back to their seats. After pushing back, we sat on the tarmac for a few minutes before starting our taxi out to the runway.

an airplane parked in a terminal
an airplane wing and wing of an airplane at an airport

It was a short taxi out to Runway 24, due in part to the fact that we departed from the middle of the runway. With nobody in front of us, we were wheels up by 9:10a.

an airplane wing on a runway
an airplane wing and a runway


We were still pretty low in our climb when the Captain turned the seatbelt sign off.

View Departing Prague from a KLM Cityhopper E195

With the seatbelt sign off, I headed to the rear of the aircraft to check out the lavatory. I always find the lavatories on regional jets to be tight and this one was no different. The lavatory was sparse but kept clean throughout the flight.

a toilet and sink in a plane
a black sink with a bottle of hand soap

On the way back to my seat, I noticed that the Embraer E195 E2 is one long airplane. The thing seemed to go on forever.

KLM Cityhopper Embraer E195 E2 Interior

Back at my seat, it was time for the snack and beverage service. The cabin crew came through the aisle offering a sandwich and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages only 15 minutes after departure. The sandwich was actually pretty good and I accompanied it with some sparkling water and coffee.

a tray with food and a cup of coffee on it
a hand holding a piece of bread with tomatoes on it

I passed the remainder of the flight working and after another hour of flying, we started our descent into Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

an airplane wing and a body of water
an airplane wing and a river


Every trip to Amsterdam that I can remember we’ve arrived on the remote Polderbaan runway and today was no different. We touched down at 10:22a and began our long taxi over to the terminal.

KLM Cityhopper Embraer E195 Taxiing at Amsterdam Airport

After a 15 minute taxi we arrived at our arrival stand where a bus was waiting to take us to the terminal. We blocked in a few minutes ahead of schedule and deplaned via airstairs.

a blue airplane with white text on it
a blue and white airplane on a runway

A five minute bus ride later and we were deposited at the terminal to head towards our connecting flight to Bergen.

Amsterdam Schiphol Transfer Signage


With its 2-2 seating and complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, the KLM Cityhopper Embraer E195 E2 is a great ride in Economy. The legroom wasn’t fantastic but it was manageable and the lack of a middle seat is great for couples traveling together. We find ourselves on KLM quite often thanks to their Austin to Amsterdam route and will likely find ourselves on another of their E195’s soon.

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