Travel To Brno

By Plane

Vienna International Airport (VIE, in the neighbouring country of Austria, 22 million passengers a year)

  • the fastest way to get to Brno if you fly!
  • the biggest airline hub in Central Europe, flights to many destinations all over the world.
  • KLM fly here from Amsterdam
  • the easiest way to get from the airport to Brno is by Student Agency bus (online booking possible). The buses go directly from the Vienna airport to Brno and take 2 hours. Tickets are cheaper than train tickets. Another option is to take a train or bus to the city center and take an EuroCity (EC) train to Brno from there. The EC train stops at several stations in Vienna. You can check the times on the website of the Austrian train services

Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG, 11 million)

  • the second busiest airport in the region.
  • there are no direct coaches between the airport and Brno, but it's possible to book the journey as one ticket with Student Agency with a connection at the Prague main bus station. Czech Railways provides shuttle buses between the airport and the Prague main train station.
  • to get from the Prague airport to Brno takes at least 3.5 hours by public transport, which is why we recommend you fly to Vienna.

Bratislava Airport (BTS, in the neighbouring country of Slovakia, 1.4 million)

  • good option for cheap flights within Europe because Bratislava Airport is a hub of Ryanair. Otherwise not very recommended for traveling to Brno.
  • there is no direct transport connection between the airport and Brno. You have to take a city bus to the center and take a coach or train to Brno from there. It takes at least three hours.

Brno Airport (BRQ, 0.6 million)

  • a small international airport near Brno. Just a few regular low-cost flights. A good option if you're coming from London (Stansted - Ryanair, Luton - Wizzair), Eindhoven (Wizzair), or Moscow.
  • City bus #76 goes from the airport to the city center (30 minutes). You can also take a taxi: approx. 300 CZK/€11. (1 Czech Republic Koruna is about .037€; 1€=~27.36 CZK).

There are also two small international airports in Ostrava (flights to Paris and London) and Pardubice (flights to Saint Petersburg and Moscow). Both have good train and bus connections to Brno.

Airport distances

By Train

Brno has good train connections to several European cities. Train is the fastest and most convenient means of transportation between big cities in the region. All intercity trains arrive and depart at the main station Brno hl. n., which is a hub of public transport in the city.

Train timetables:

  • Prague - trains between Prague and Brno go hourly, 2.5 hours
  • Vienna - trains between Vienna Meidling and Brno go every hour, 2 hours
  • Bratislava - from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica hourly, 1.5 hour
  • Budapest - from Budapest-Keleti pu several trains every day, 5 hours
  • Warsaw - from Warszawa Centralna several times every day (usually one connection), 7 hours
  • Berlin - from Berlin Hauptbahnhof several trains every day, 7.5 hours

When travelling from Prague with Czech railways in group, you can get group rebate, which is calculated as follows:

  • 1st traveler pays the whole price
  • 2nd traveler pays 75% of what the first one paid
  • 3rd and any other pays 50% of what the first paid

So for example if Prague - Brno costs 210 CZK for one, it will be 368 CZK for two, 473 CZK for three, etc.

To get timetables for trains as well as local public transport in Prague and Brno (and other cities in Czech republic), visit Idos.cz.

By Bus

Brno is part of the European bus network; all connections and prices are similar to trains. Student Agency and Eurolines provide buses to many European cities. Most buses of Eurolines arrive at Brno-Zvonarka. Student Agency buses arrive at Grand Hotel which is on the same street as the main train station.

By Car

Brno is well-connected to other cities by highway. You can easily get to neighboring countries by car. To use Czech highways you have to pay a toll (price 350 CZK/13 € for a 10-day sticker, you can get them at any gas station). Travel time examples:

  • Prague - 210 km, 2 hours
  • Bratislava - 130 km, 1.3 hour
  • Vienna - 143 km, 1.8 hour
  • Budapest - 326 km, 3 hours
  • Munich - 587 km, 5.3 hours
  • Berlin - 555 km, 5.2 hours

Local Transport

The public transport in Brno is provided by DPMB which maintains 13 tram lines, 13 trolley-bus lines and 37 bus lines. During the night the public transport is maintained by 11 night bus lines. If you want to use public transport, buy tickets only for 100+101 zones! If you're staying in Brno for several days, consider buying a 5-day ticket which costs CZK 250. There are several places where you can buy it, but the best one for you is probably the main railway station, where you can buy it at any counter (look for the international ones because they are more likely to speak English).

SMS tickets: DPMB also offers sms tickets. You just need to send the message to a phone number 90206. The code for a 75-minute ticket (CZK 29) is BRNO, BRNOD for an all-day ticket (CZK 99), and BRNO20 for 20-minute ticket (CZK 20). After sending the message, you'll receive a ticket via sms within a few minutes. The service only works for Czech SIM cards. If you don't have one, you can use a mobile app Sejf which is available in AppStore and Google Play.