Information for incoming students
There is a flight connection directly to Brno international airport from London Stansted, nevertheless it is quite convenient to fly to Prague or Vienna, and from there continue to Brno by train, bus or by mini-buses operated by Czech Airlines or Student Agency. If you travel by air to Vienna, you can then proceed to Brno by train or by bus from the coach station.
The main north-south railway line in Central Europe passes through Brno, which means that it is easily accessible by train from most points on the Continent. The journey from Prague by fast train takes three and half hours; EC trains shorten the journey to only 2 hours 45 minutes.
Brno is situated at the meeting point of motorways D1 (Prague - Brno) and D2 (Brno - Bratislava). Both are part of the trans-European road system, which links France with the Ukraine (E50) and Scandinavia with the Balkans (E65). Other major roads lead northeast to Poland and the Baltic states and south to Austria and Italy.
Public transport in Brno
All the existing transport modes in the big part of the South Moravian Region and City of Brno are connected in the Integrated Public Transport System of the South Moravian Region (abbr. IDS JMK) . Under the same conditions you can travel in local trains, regional busses, public city transport of Brno (trams, busses, trolley-busses) and city transport in the City of Blansko (busses). In all of these lines you can use the same tickets and pay the same prices and the very similar regulations are used. You can find more information about the South Moravian Integrated Public Transport System at http://www.idsjmk.cz/EN/default.aspx. You can not use the IDS JMK tickets in speed trains and in Ex, IC and EC trains as well as in busses which are not marked with the three digits numbers. There is a variable tariff system used to determine IDS JMK fares. The fare is determined by the expected length (time) of your travel and the number of fare zones. As long as you do not travel more than the time and number of zones you have paid for, you can transfer as many times as you like, even from train or trams to buses and back again. You can not transfer with two tickets - the 2 zones / 10 minutes ticket and the four-station ticket.
To use the transport you need a validated ticket (stamped in a yellow machine immediately after getting on the vehicle) or a travel card. To get the student travel card you need 1 photograph and a certificate proving that you are a student of BUT (if you want this travel card, contact your international advisor). Individual PT tickets can be purchased at newsstands and in some shops, if you buy tickets directly from the tram/bus/trolley-bus driver, it will cost you more.
Brno area and the whole republic have a wide network of bus and train links. All bus tickets can be bought at the main Bus Station at Zvonařka. When travelling to Prague, bus tickets are also available against the Grand Hotel nearby the Main Railway Station. The bus to Prague goes every half an hour, a student ticket costs about 150 crowns. You can buy train tickets at the Main Railway Station - both intercity and international - at a reduced price on your International Student Identity Card. Information about bus and train timetables can be found at National timetable information system (in German and English).