Photo of the Hrad Špilberk castle, in Brno
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There are several ways to get to Brno: by plane, train, bus and car.

By Plane

Vienna International Airport (VIE, 22 million passengers per year)

  • the biggest airline hub in Central Europe, flights to many destinations all over the world.
  • the easiest way to get from the airport to Brno are Student Agency coaches. The direct coach takes 2 hours. Another option is to take a train to the city center and take an EC train to Brno from there.

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 (“Florenc”).
  • There are shuttle buses between Prague airport and Prague main train station (“Hlavní nádraží”) called “Airport Express (AE)”. A ticket costs 60 CZK and the ride takes about 35 minutes.
  • to get from the Prague airport to Brno takes at least 3.5 hours by public transport.

Bratislava Airport (BTS, 1.5 million)

  • good option for cheap flights within Europe because Bratislava Airport is a hub of Ryanair.
  • 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, 0.5 million)

  • a small international airport near Brno. Just a few regular low-cost flights. A good option if you’re coming from London (Stansted or Luton), Milan, Eindhoven or Moscow. See the scheduled flights here.
  • there is a city bus #76 going from the airport to the city center (30 minutes). You can also take a taxi: approx. 300 CZK/€12.

By Bus

Brno is part of the European bus network and all connections and their prices are similar to trains. Student Agency and Eurolines provide buses from many European cities. Eurolines buses and Student Agency buses arrive at the Grand Hotel on Benešova street which is very close to the Main Train Station (Brno Hlavní nádraží).

By Train

Brno has good train connections to several European cities. Normally all Eurocity (EC) and Euronight (EN) trains arrive and depart at the main station Brno Hlavní nádraží (Brno hl. n.), but due to reconstruction work all EC and EN trains (except for EC 271/270 and EN 477/476) stop at Brno Dolní Nádraží instead, with a bus shuttle service operating between Brno Hlavní nádraží and Brno Dolní Nádraží. Due to this inconvenience, we recommend that you use the bus instead.

Train timetables:

  • Prague – trains between Prague and Brno go hourly, 2.5 hours
  • Vienna – trains between Vienna Meidling and Brno goes every hour, 2 hours
  • Bratislava – from Bratislava Hlavna Stanica hourly, 1.5 hour
  • Budapest – from Budapest-Keleti 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

You can check the exact time schedule by using the journey planner of Czech Railways.

By Car

You can easily get to Brno from neighboring countries by car. To use the Czech highways you have to buy a sticker which you can find on most gas stations. Travel time estimates:

  • 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 Transportation in Brno

Tickets (Czech word: “Jízdenky”) for local public transportation in Brno can be bought at integrated railway stations, outdoor coin-operated vending machines, newsstands, hotels and some shops.

We recommend taking a five days ticket (“Pětidenní jízdenka”) which costs 250CZK. Other options: A ticket valid for 15 minutes costs 20 CZK and a ticket valid for 60 minutes ticket costs 25 CZK. Drivers in all vehicles only sell 90 minute tickets for 35 CZK. See the list of tickets for more options.