Summer Esperanto Study 2020

Kroměříž, Czech Republic, July 18th to 26th, 2020

Getting there

For timetables of all trains and inter-city buses within Czechia as well as between Czechia and its neighboring countries, use this excellent website: idos.cz. Available in Czech, English and German (you can change the language in the lower side of the page) the website gives you precise information about the connections. If you have a student ID, show it when buying tickets and you will often receive a discount.

How to change the language of the website idos.cz

By train

You can buy Czech train tickets from the website idos.cz or from the website of the Czech railway service .

Trains are free of charge for children up to 6 years of age (but you must book a ticket). A 75% discount is automatically applied to minors from 6 to 18 years old, and to seniors over 65. The same discount is available to students from 18 to 26 years old, but only on presentation of an ISIC card. More details about discounts are available from the website of the Czech railway.

By bus

The companies RegioJet, FlixBus and Eurolines offer international connections to Prague and Brno. RegioJet and Flixbus even have buses to Kroměříž, usually with a change in Brno.

By plane

The nearest international airports are in Brno (Letiště Brno-Tuřany, BRQ) and Ostrava (Letiště Leoše Janáčka Ostrava, OSR) but there are not many flights to these destinations. A more practical option is to fly to Prague (Letiště Václava Havla Praha, PRG), but also Bratislava (Letisko M. R. Štefánika, BTS) and Vienna (Flughafen Wien-Schwechat, VIE) are well served by budget airlines (Ryanair, Wizz Air, Transavia, Volotea) and with easy reach of Kroměříž, via Brno.

Useful websites where you can find flights and compare prices of various airlines are Kiwi.com and Skyscanner.

From specific towns

From Prague

There are plenty of connections from Prague to Kroměříž throughout the day, although always with at least one change en route. You can use buses, trains or both, but the trains are most frequent. The journey typically takes 3 to 4 hours. At idos.cz search for connections from "Praha" to "Kroměříž".

From Vienna

Connections from Vienna to Kroměříž are frequent throughout the day, by bus (e.g. Flixbus and by train, although always with a change in Brno. At idos.cz search for connections from "Wien" to "Kroměříž".

From Bratislava

From Bratislava you can travel to Kroměříž via Brno, by train or by bus (e.g. Flixbus. There are express trains towards Brno, but the journey will usually involve several changes. The slow trains to Brno usually take longer overall, but provide a direct service. At idos.cz search for connections from "Bratislava" to "Kroměříž".

Public transport in Bratislava

Vending machine in Bratislava

You can use the city transport (buses, trams, trolleybuses) in the capital. Definitely buy a ticket before getting on a vehicle and keep in mind that you have to validate it (there are special machines for this in every public transport passenger vehicle, very easy to spot). You can buy them at ticket vending machines at stations, or at the several news-stands right next to the main train station.

You can buy tickets for the public transport in Bratislava in orange vending machines at the bus stops and tram stops. You need to have euro coins for that. A basic 15-minute ticket costs 0,70 €, a 30-minute one costs 0,90 €, and a 60-minute one - 1,20 €. Children under 15, student under 25 and people over 62 have a 50% discount (see the detailed fees). A ticket lets you change a vehicle anytime you want.

In Kroměříž

Information coming soon.

The Czech language

Top Tip: learn a few basic phrases in Czech before you arrive. E@I co-created a website for learning Czech, and you might find these phrases useful: https://mluvtecesky.net/useful_phrases.