Public transport in Brno and the rest of the South Moravian Region is provided by Integrovaný dopravní systém Jihomoravského kraje IDS – JMK (the South Moravian Integrated Public Transport System). Tickets are valid for any form of public transport, so you only need to pay attention to how long you are traveling (tickets are valid for specific amounts of time) and which zones you are travelling through. If you’re travelling through the city, a ticket for zones 100 and 101 is probably all you’ll need. You can buy tickets from any of the yellow ticket vending machines located at various stops throughout the city, or you can purchase them at information centres, stations, and newsagents. You can even buy your ticket directly from the driver at a slightly higher price, though we strongly recommend you have exact change. If you have a Czech phone number, you can buy tickets by sending a text message or using a mobile app.
The entire transport system is connected with several apps, including Google Maps and Mapy.cz, so feel free to use these to plan your trip.
Brno by car
The motorways of Brno are its Achilles’ heel. If you really need to drive somewhere, it’s best to avoid rush hours (7 to 8 am and 3 to 5 pm).
There are several paid car parks and parking structures in the centre, and there is an official park-and-ride facility at the outskirts of Brno not far from the Ústřední hřbitov (Central Cemetery) tram stop. Another popular option is parking the car at a supermarket and walking to the nearest bus, trolleybus, or tram stop nearby.
Brno by bike
Brno might not be the most bicycle-friendly city, but it is catching up with the times. Recently, bicycles have been allowed to enter pedestrian zones in the city centre, some one-way streets now have bicycle lanes, and a network of new bike paths lets you cycle around the city quite comfortably. Make sure to avoid the main roads, though, as legally you have to share the streets with some pretty heavy traffic.
Longer bike trips are also an option. If you’re feeling bold, it’s even possible to cycle all the way to Vienna!
Travel to and from Brno is easy by plane, train, or bus. There are regular flights to London and Milan from the Brno Tuřany Airport, which you reach using bus No. 76, which leaves from Hlavní nádraží (the Main Station).
Trains departing from the Main Station (Hlavní nádraží) connect Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and Ostrava, from where your travels can continue. Attention! As of December 9, 2018, there has been a long-term train closure which affects around three quarters of the passengers – and quite likely you as well. Most regional and long-distance trains no longer go to the Main Station; they are diverted to the Lower Station (Dolní nádraží) or to Královo Pole through Židenice.
Line 61 connects the Lower and Main stations, while Židenice and Královo Pole are serviced by regular public transport lines.
Regular buses leave from the Zvonařka and by the hotel Grand stations and connect Brno with a number of cities across Europe.