October 8, 2016

TRAVEL

About Brno

Welcome to Brno – in the capital of the South Moravia, in the city of Leoš Janáček, and Johann Gregor Mendel. The city that blends rich history with modernity and innovation. The Moravian capital is a city of universities, a business hub and a great place to live, not just to visit. It’s a city of galleries, museums, cafés, clubs and festivals. See for yourself that Brno is a lively and creative place to discover.

Quick facts:

  • Brno is the capital of the South Moravian Region which has almost 1.1 million inhabitants.
  • Dominant sights of the city include Špilberk castle and fortress and St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral on Petrov Hill.
  • Brno is the second-largest city in the Czech Republic, with a population of almost 400,000. Another 150,000 commute regularly to Brno for work, school, or entertainment.
  • Strategically located in Central Europe, Brno has excellent accessibility, including an international airport.
  • Brno is at the crossroads between four capital cities –Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest.
  • The seat of Czech justice is located in Brno.
  • Brno is a traditional centre of industry and trade. The city is home to many Czech and international business companies.
  • Thanks to its ideal position in the centre of Europe and a large number of accommodation facilities, Brno is a sought-after destination for trade fair and congress tourism as well as business events.
  • Brno has a large exhibition centre hosting many local and international shows and other activities every year.
  • Brno is a dynamically developing centre of industry, trade, science, information technology, research, and innovation, with business incubators and scientific centres of excellence.
  • Brno is a university city with more than 86,000 students at 14 universities containing 34 faculties and three university campuses.
  • Brno is an important cultural and social centre with numerous unique events that help to increase the attractiveness of this destination for international tourism.
  • Brno is the seat of two important state institutions, the oldest museums in the Czech Republic: Moravian Regional Museum and Moravian Gallery.
  • Brno is the city of Leoš Janáček and Gregor Johann Mendel.
  • One of the most famous Functionalist residential villas in the world is located in Brno: Tugendhat Villa (inscribed on the list of UNESCO heritage sites since 2001).
  • Another six UNESCO sites are situated within 100km of Brno.
  • Brno features a vast range of sport and leisure activities.
  • Brno is proud to have one of the best-equipped observatories in the world.
  • Brno offers year-round tours of an extensive and unique network of underground passages: the Labyrinth under the Cabbage Market, the Mintmaster’s Cellar, and the Ossuary under St. James Church.
  • Brno has a remarkable clock that shows the time in a unusual configuration; every day at 11 a.m. one lucky person can catch a glass marble that drops from it.
  • If you are in Brno at night, you will find that it is easy to get around.

How to Get to Brno

By plane

To Brno: The Brno-Tuřany International Airport (IATA: BRQ) is located 7.5 km southeast of the city center. The airport terminal is approximately 2 km from the D1 highway, near Exit 201 Brno-Slatina. The express city bus line number 76 stops at the terminal (Letiště Tuřany – terminál stop) and travels to one of the main bus stations at the Grand Hotel in the city centre with a total journey time of approximately 20 minutes. Taxis are also available to in front of the terminal. There are regular flights operated on a daily basis between Brno and Munich, a large hub for European as well as overseas flights. Several low-cost airlines operate their flights at the Brno airport – Ryanair and Wizz Air. Ryanair connects Brno to London (Stansted) daily. Wizz Air competes on this route and flies to London Luton airport. In addition, flights are available to Eindhoven, where it is possible to connect to other destinations for a low cost. (Contacts: Brno-Tuřany Airport (IATA: BRQ, ICAO: LKTB) – http://www.brno-airport.cz/).

To Prague: The Václav Havel Airport Prague (IATA: PRG) is the international airport of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. It is located 10 kilometres (6 mi) west of the city centre and serves as a hub for Czech Airlines as well as a base for Travel Service Airlines including its subsidiary SmartWings and is also a base for low-cost carrier Wizz Air. From the airport the Student Agency company offers 18 daily coach buses (Praha, Letiště Václava Havla bus stop) to Brno. Note that a change of the bus at Praha, ÚAN Florenc station in the city center is necessary. The Student Agency boarding places in accordance with the departure bus stop of your journey can be found here. (Contacts: Václav Havel Airport Prague (IATA: PRG, ICAO: LKPR) – http://www.prg.aero/).

To Vienna: The Vienna International Airport (IATA: VIE) is the international airport of Vienna, the capital of Austria, located in Schwechat, 18 km (11 mi) southeast of central Vienna. It is the country’s biggest airport and serves as the hub for Austrian Airlines and Niki. It is capable of handling wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and features a dense network of European destinations and long-haul flights to Asia, North America and Africa. From the Vienna International Airport, the Student Agency company offers 9 daily direct buses to Brno. Further, there is a convenient direct train connection between Vienna Central Station (Wien Hauptbahnhof) and Brno. (Contacts: Vienna International Airport (IATA: VIE, ICAO: LOWW) – http://www.viennaairport.com/).

Flight duration from selected European metropolises to Prague or Vienna:

 PragueVienna
Amsterdam1:30 h1:50 h
Brussels1:30 h1:50 h
Budapest1:05 h0:50 h
Copenhagen1:15 h1:45 h
Dusseldorf1:15 h1:35 h
Frankfurt1:05 h1:25 h
Hanover1:30 h1:45 h
London2:05 h2:10 h
Moscow2:30 h2:35 h
Oslo2:00 h2:35 h
Paris1:40 h2:00 h
Stuttgart1:20 h1:30 h
Warsaw1:10 h1:20 h
Zrrich1:10 h1:20 h

By car

Brno can be easily reached from all major cities in the Czech Republic and nearby countries through a large network of highways and motorways. For travel on highways in the Czech Republic, a vignette sticker is necessary. Vignettes can be purchased at all Czech Post branches, fuel stations, border crossings and other places providing services for motorists.

By bus

Excellent bus connections between Brno and the rest of Europe are provided by several bus operators. Brno is also the starting point and final destination of many national bus lines. The Zvonařka central bus terminal is operated by Tourbus and provides international and domestic transportation. Another important bus station is the Brno Grand Hotel station located on Benešova street (by Grand Hotel Brno). This station is used by many long distance domestic and international operators such as Student Agency, Tourbus, and Eurolines. The South Moravian region also offers a sophisticated Integrated transportation system (public city transportation, buses and trains): http://www.idsjmk.cz/. (Contacts: Brno Central Bus Terminal – Zvonařka – http://www.tourbus.cz/; Student Agency – http://www.studentagency.cz/).

By train

Brno is also an important railway junction. The main railway station is located directly in the city centre and transportation is provided by České dráhy (Czech Railways). Comfortable transport by rail in the Czech Republic and abroad is provided by several above-standard trains (category SC, EC, IC, RJ) and standard quality trains also (category Sp, Os, R, Ex). Tickets for main train connections can be purchased on-line. (Contacts: Czech Railways Information Centre – http://www.cd.cz/).

Local transportation

By public transportation

Using public transport in Brno is easy and convenient. Before your ride you will have to buy a ticket for which there are several options:

  • at newsstands
  • at Brno Tourist Information Centre
  • at Brno Public Transport Company information centres
  • in some hotels
  • in vending machines situated at some stops
  • via sms / Sejf application (application can downloaded at Google Play)
  • from the driver (the price is higher)

The ticket can be used for all means of transport: trams, buses, and trolleybuses. When entering the vehicle the ticket must be marked in the punching box. If unable to show a valid ticket, you can be charged a fine of up to CZK 1500 (ca. EUR 60)!

Basic tickets for your journey:

  • Transfer ticket for 20 minutes: 20 CZK
  • Transfer ticket 60 minutes: 25 CZK
  • 24-hours ticket: 90 CZK (This ticket can be used as the Family Ticket at the weekends. Maximally two people above 15 and three children under 15 can travel with only one 24-hour ticket. At the weekdays only one person can use this ticket.)

During the night, from 22:30 to 6:00 the public transport is replaced with night buses nos. N89 – N99. You will find more details at the web site of the Public Transport Company at DPMB a.s..

Getting to venue by public transportation

From: Brno Grand Hotel bus terminal (Student Agency station) via Brno railway station (“Hlavní nádraží” station)
To: Technicka 3082/12, 616 00 Brno (“Podnikatelská” station)
Plan your journey: IDOS

  • Walk about 290 m from Brno Grand Hotel bus terminal to Brno railway station
  • Get the tram no. 12 to terminal station “Technologický park”
  • From the crossroads walk straight up towards “Kolejní” street about 500 m by passing SANMINA and ZEBRA companies or get on the bus no. 53 to “Podnikatelská” station (2nd stop – request stop)

Travel time: Approx. 32 minutes

By taxi

Try to avoid getting taxi on the street (public transportation is always the better option in Brno) and if you have to, try to negotiate the price in advance. If you take taxi on the street, you should know that maximum price set by the city council per kilometre is 30 Kč/km (approx €1.15). It’s advisable to call one of the major Brno taxi services City Taxi.

Main source: GOtoBRNO