Those who arrive in Brno by air can take a taxi from the Brno Airport to the city center (or their hotel). The cost is approximately 300 CZK. You can also take bus number 76 which goes to the Main Train Station. The Main Train Station is the final stop of this bus line, which takes about 20 minutes. In case of a late night arrival (23:00 to 5:00) the night bus number 89 could be used. For one ride you will need a 2-zone ticket valid for 60 minutes. It costs 25 CZK for adults and 12 CZK for children under 6 years.
By train or bus
All trains coming from Prague, Vienna, Bratislava or Ostrava stop at the Main Train Station (Hlavní nádraží). Buses stop either at the Main Bus Station Zvonařka (Autobusové nádraží Zvonařka) or at a smaller bus station near the Grand Hotel (where the Student Agency and Eurolines bus companies arrive and depart from). All these stations – train and bus – are located in the city center.
How to get to the Faculty of Social Studies
By public transportation
Most of you will probably arrive in Brno at the Main Train Station (Hlavní nádraží), at the Zvonařka Bus Station (autobusové nádraží Zvonařka) or at the smaller bus station near Grand Hotel (where Student Agency and Eurolines arrive and depart from; near the Main Train Station).
From the Zvonařka bus station you can take the tram 12 to the Česká stop (it takes about 15 minutes and the tram stop is near the Faculty of Social Studies). From the Main Train Station (or similarly Grand Hotel bus station) you can take tram 12 or 13 to the Česká stop; or tram 4 which takes you directly in front of the Faculty of Social Studies (a stop called Komenského náměstí). It takes about 10 min.
From the Česká stop you will pass the Constitutional Court, which is a large brownish-pink building, towards the Red Church on your right, and next to the church there is the Faculty of Social Studies building (slightly green in colour) – on Joštova street.
The transport tickets are possible to be bought at a number of locations - such as transport hubs, bus or tram stops, newsagents, train stations, and from the drivers.
There are several types of tickets for public transport (for both buses and trams):
- 15 minute single non-transfer tickets cost 20 CZK
- 60 minute single transfer tickets cost 25 CZK
- 90 minute single transfer tickets cost 27 CZK (for 3 zones in the center)
- 120 minute single non-transfer tickets cost 30 CZK
- One day open tickets cost 80 CZK (for 2 zones in the center)
- One day open tickets cost 90 CZK
- Five day open tickets cost 250 CZK
The 60 minute ticket will likely be sufficient for most trips, but for your own convenience it might be a good idea to just buy the three day ticket (depending on the length of your stay).
Before each journey you have to purchase and validate your ticket (this means to stamp it in the ticket machine inside of the tram or bus). You should then keep the ticket with you for the length of your journey. If you buy a long term ticket, you need to stamp it only once (when you begin your first journey) and then keep it in your wallet for the entire period of its validity.
You could be checked by the ticket inspector during your journey to determine whether your ticket is valid (and validated) and you could be fined if you do not have a proper one.
By foot to the Faculty of Social Studies
The Faculty of Social Studies is within walking distance from the Main Train Station and the Grand Hotel Bus Station. You take Masarykova Street (the pedestrian area with trams) towards Náměstí svobody (Freedom Square). You cross Freedom Square towards Česká street, a tiny and pedestrian only (no trams) street, which is to your left as you enter Freedom Square. Česká Street will take you towards the Constitutional Court, which is a large brownish-pink building at the end of Česká Street, across a wide boulevard with trams again. This is Joštova Street where the Faculty building is located. Cross the boulevard towards the Constitutional Court building, turn left, pass the Red Church on your right, and you are here. This walk should take no more than 20 minutes.
How to get to the Continental Hotel
From the Main Train Station
The Continental Hotel is also in the center and is within walking distance from the Main Train Station or Grand Hotel Bus Station. You take Masarykova Street (pedestrian area + trams) towards Náměstí svobody (Freedom Square). You cross Freedom Square towards Česká street, a tiny and pedestrian only (no trams) street, which is to your left as you enter Freedom Square. At the place where the trams are crossing the road you take a right turn and pass some tall buildings on your left. On the corner where the Pub “Potrefená Husa” is located, turn left and continue along Kounicova Street. After 100 m you will cross an intersection and continue on the right side of the road, passing a parking garage on your right, and the Continental Hotel is next to it. This walk takes around 15 -20 minutes.
From Faculty of Social Studies
The Continental Hotel is close to the Faculty of Social Studies – it takes around 5 min by foot. To get there, you exit the FSS building, turn left and continue around the building, keeping it on the left side (passing the Red Church on your right). At the end of the building turn right along the Žerotínovo náměstí until you cross the road next to the park (Moravského náměstí park) where you turn left (crossing an intersection), on the right side pass the parking garage and the Continental Hotel is next to it.
Taxi in Brno
Brno also has convenient and cheap taxi services, which might be useful for getting to your hotel once you arrive. You should be able to easily find a taxi at the bus or train stations or at the Brno Airport, as well as at major sites and intersections in the city center. Two of the main taxi companies are City Taxi Brno (tel. +420 542 321 321) and Lido Taxi (tel. +420 542 214 221). They both charge about 40 CZK to enter a taxi, and about 30 CZK per kilometer. The Brno taxi services are less likely than the Prague companies to cheat foreigners.