Getting to Brno
How to get to Brno
Although Brno has its own airport called Brno-Tuřany, most visitors to the city fly to Prague, Vienna or Bratislava and travel the rest of the way by train or bus. If you can choose, it is recommended to fly to Vienna. Brno is the closest from here and the transport accessibility is also good.
How to get from Prague to Brno
If you fly to Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague, RegioJet coach lines will get you to Brno comfortably. The buses stop directly in front of Terminal 1 and take you to the central bus station called Florenc, where you need to transfer. In total, the journey to Brno should not take more than 4 hours including waiting time at Florenc. Buses leave from the airport every hour. Tickets cost approx. 10 EUR each way and can be bought either via their website or in the Arrival Hall of Terminal 2. Buying tickets in advance is recommended as the buses may be fully booked.
If you wish to go by train, Prague Airport is connected to the Prague Main Railway Station by the Airport Express (AE) shuttle bus service. The journey takes 45 minutes and the bus drops you off directly in front of the station. You can board this bus at the bus stop in front of Terminal 1. This service is provided by Czech Railways. For more information and tickets, please check the webpage. There you can also search for your connection to Brno. Trains leave twice an hour and you can use Eurocity or Railjet train. The journey to Brno takes 2 hours and 30 minutes according to schedule.
How to get from Vienna to Brno
You can reach Brno from Vienna International Airport by bus or by train. Each option costs appx. 15 EUR each way (if bought in advance).
If you wish to go by train, take ÖBB Railjet train to Vienna central station (Wien Hauptbahnhof). The train leaves each 30 minutes and the travel time is 15 minutes. Avoid CAT and S-Bahn trains that go to Wien-Mitte station. Tickets are available at www.oebb.at, at the ÖBB ticket counter at the airport or at ÖBB ticket machines. You will need to change at Wien Hauptbahnhof and board a Railjet train to Brno, which leaves every 2 hours. Both ÖBB and Czech Railways sell tickets for the whole trip. The journey takes 1 hour and 25 minutes. Check the schedule and buy Railjet tickets here.
As for the bus connection, there is a bus operated by FlixBus going directly from Vienna Airport to Brno in 2 hours and 30 minutes. The FlixBus bus stop is situated in the bus terminal at the airport and leaves 3-4 times per day. We recommend finding your connection and buying the tickets in advance here.
How to get from Bratislava to Brno
If you fly to Bratislava Airport you can reach Brno by bus or by train. Each option cost appx. 10 EUR each way (if bought in advance).
If you wish to go by train, take the bus line no. 61 in direction to Bratislava Main Station. Travel time is around 25 minutes. Then take a RegioJet train (it leaves 3 times a day) or EuroCity train of the Railway Company Slovakia which leaves every 2 hours. Travel time from Bratislava to Brno is around 1 hour and 30 minutes. Tickets are available on RegioJet or Railway Company Slovakia websites.
For travelling by bus is the best way taking the bus line no. 61 in direction to Bajkalská and change to the bus line 205 in direction to the Bus Main Station. From there take a RegioJet bus to Brno. The bus leaves 2-3 times a day and tickets are available here. Time travel is around 1 hour and 45 minutes.
How to get from Warsaw to Brno
If you fly to Warsaw you can reach Brno by train via Ostrava Hlavni Nadrazi and Ostrava Central Train Station in around 7 hours and 12 minutes. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Warszawa, Dworzec Zachodni to Brno twice daily.
How to get from Brno Main Station to the venue
From the Main Station (what is the main hub located next to trains and buses) you can continue 15 minutes by tram No. 9 in the direction of Lesná and get off at stop called Bieblova. From there you should cross the main street Generála Píky. Then you can walk to the venue site (address – Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies MENDELU, street Generála Píky 2005/7, 613 00 Brno)
Before each journey, you must purchase a ticket. If you don’t have a valid ticket when checked by an inspector, you’ll get fined. To buy individual tickets you can use contactless cards (Visa or Mastercard), or smartphones and smartwatches in the trams/buses. Just get on and tap your card against the yellow reader inside. You’ll be charged for a basic transferable 60-minute ticket (25 CZK). You can take multiple journeys within the allocated time. If you travel longer than 60-minutes, or several times in one day, you’ll be charged for another ticket, but never more than 90 CZK per day. If your journey’s under 15 minutes, you can check out (by tapping your card against the reader when finishing leaving the vehicle), so you only get charged for a short-time ticket (20 CZK).
The yellow readers have a menu in English. You can also buy tickets for your co-riders if necessary. Read more on the official English-friendly webpage pipniajed.cz.
If a card payment isn’t possible, you can buy a ticket through vending machines at some stops (not all of them have one, though); or you can buy a ticket in advance at the main train station. The ticket is then valid for the time specified on the ticket from the moment you stamp it in the machine on the vehicle (yellow machines by the door). All tickets are transferable.