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. If you have a Czech phone number, you can buy tickets by sending a text message or using a mobile app. You can also pay contactless in the vehicles.
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.
Parking system of Brno
For visitors, the system is simply divided in three Visitor zones (A, B and C):
In the Zone A (historic city centre), no entry is possible for visitors without a permit (except for the Veselá area which is possible to drive through, but with no parking allowed).
The Zone B is a ring around the historic city centre where free parking is permitted for 60 minutes a day, then for the price of CZK 30 for each additional hour. The regulation is valid around the clock on business days.
In Zone C, 60 minutes of free parking a day are possible, then for the price of CZK 20 for each additional hour. The regulation only applies from 5 PM to 6 AM on week days. To get more information (including map), please visit https://www.parkovanivbrne.cz/en.
Parking meters (in Zone B; coins and payment cards are accepted)
MPLA online parking meter
ParkSimply mobile app (Android, iOS)
There are also other parking options, for example in parking buildings, please see the list here https://www.bkom.cz/parking. Some of them are paid every day, some of them are for free during weekends or free for a short time.
As was remarked above, you can also park you car at a shopping centre and then continue by public transport. They are in most cases also free.
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. You can also rent shared bikes from Nextbike and Rekola.
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 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, Berlin and Ostrava, from where your travels can continue. On weekdays, it is also possible to travel by direct night train to Košice.
Regular buses leave from the Zvonařka and by the hotel Grand stations and connect Brno with a number of cities across Europe.