How to Get Around Brno
The public transport system consists of trams, city buses and trolleybuses. Buses operate 24 hours a day. At night there are special night buses. Night buses leave every 30–60 minutes depending on the line. The main railway station (“Hlavní nádraží”) is the central interchange point of all night trams and buses.
The interval between most buses is 7–15 min from Monday to Friday during rush hours. Weekend intervals are 10–30 minutes. The average interval between most trams is approximately 8 minutes during rush hour on working days; otherwise every 10–15 minutes.
Important meeting points and junctions in Brno
- Náměstí Svobody – the main square of the city centre, between the Česká meeting point and the Hlavní nádraží meeting point
- Masarykova – together with Česká the most important street in the centre, leading you from Náměstí Svobody to Hlavní nádraží.
- Česká – one of the main junctions, also a meeting point (we say “by the clock” – there is a clock at the corner)
- Hlavní nádraží (the Main Railway Station) – also one of the main meeting places and main junction
For times, schedules and routes, see the search engine: https://idos.idnes.cz/en/brno/spojeni/ (possible to switch it to German, too).
It is also available as the mobile application Czech Public Transport IDOS with an English version. For schedules in Brno, GPS location of vehicles and information about transport irregularities you can try the DPMBinfo application.
FROM/TO Vinařská, you can get by:
- Tram 1 – tram stop “Výstaviště – hlavní vstup”
- Trolley buses 25, 26, 37 and 52 – bus stop “Výstaviště – hlavní vstup”
- Night bus N97 stop “Výstaviště – hlavní vstup”
- Trolley bus 38 – bus stop “Pavlíkova”
- Bus 68 – bus stop “Pavlíkova”
- Night bus 95 – bus stop “Pavlíkova”
FROM/TO Komárov, you can get by:
- Bus 40, 48, 49, 50, 63, 67 – bust stop “Komárov”
- Night bus N94 – bus stop “Komárov”
FROM/TO Kounicova, you can get by:
- Trams 12 – tram stop “Klusáčkova”
- Trolley bus 34 and 36 – bus stop “Klusáčkova”
- Buses 68, 81 - bus stop “Klusáčkova”
- Night bus N93 and N99 – bus stop “Klusáčkova”
Tickets and Transport Pass
For occasional travel around Brno, you can buy a single-use ticket. Its validity is time and zone limited (zones 100 and 101 will suffice). Tickets are sold through yellow vending machines at some stops, DPMB shops, kiosks and railway stations. You can also buy a ticket for a higher price in the bus or tram, just ask the driver and be sure to have the exact amount of money. The ticket is valid from the moment it has been validated for the period specified on it and only in those tariff zones marked on the ticket. The ticket must be validated immediately after boarding the vehicle (look for a yellow machine by the door). Aside from special tickets valid outside of zones 100 and 101, you can change vehicles with all kinds of tickets within the time limit. The ticket does not have to be validated again during transfers.
Overview of basic tickets:
|15 minutes/45 minutes outside of zones 100 and 101||20 CZK|
|60 minutes (2 zones)||25 CZK|
|90 minutes (3 zones)||27 CZK|
You can also buy an SMS ticket by sending a text to number 90206, but it is only possible with a Czech SIM card (make sure the “Premium SMS” service is activated with your mobile provider). You have to wait for the confirmation SMS (approximately 2 minutes) before you board the vehicle.
|BRNO20||20 minutes||20 CZK|
|BRNO||75 minutes||29 CZK|
|BRNOD||24 hours||99 CZK|
In trams (and in trams only!) you can also buy a ticket with valid contactless bank card (a debit card, or a credit card) (in trams only!) All you have to do is attach the card to the validator after boarding. The system automatically calculates an hourly ticket for CZK 25. Only if the passenger is interested in a ticket for 15 minutes, he will beep at the exit. At the end of the day, the system evaluates and selects the most advantageous variant for the passenger. It is possible to select another ticket via the display on the marker. The sale of paper tickets remains the same.
Brno city transport pass
For regular travel around Brno we recommend you purchase a monthly or quarterly pass.
If you are a student under 26, you are entitled to a reduced student-rate pass for two zones (100 and 101) which is the most practical (cost: 275 CZK per month and 685 CZK quarterly). If you are 26 or over, you will need a regular pass (550 CZK per month, 1370 CZK quarterly.
In order to obtain Brno City Transport Pass, you need to buy it online as it is the only possibility to do so. For more information see below.
Electronic transport pass
Since 2017 it has been possible to buy an electronic transport pass online. All you need is a contactless bank card (it will be your ticket carrier) and a card with authorised online international payments to pay for the ticket. After your arrival in Brno, you only have to go to one of the DPMB shops once to verify your Brno ID account and then you can conveniently buy your monthly/quarterly tickets online.
There also exists a new internet-based possibility that enables you to purchase the transport pass even before you come to Brno. You need to have the following items for managing all the steps online:
- Possession of valid contactless bank card (a debit card, or a credit card) that will be your ticket carrier (you need to take the card with you to Brno ☺)
- Internet access for registration in the Brno ID system
- Your own photograph to create your profile in the Brno ID system (it should resemble a passport photograph – a close-up photo of your face)
- Your passport ID page and a document confirming an address of stay in the Czech Republic (such as accommodation contract)
- Bank card with online international payments access to pay for your electronic transportation ticket online
Steps to take before you come to Brno (or after you come to Brno):
- Go to https://www.brnoid.cz/en/ to create a Brno ID account
- Enter your personal details such as first name, last name (as written in your passport or ID), date of birth and address of your residence in the Czech Republic (you can prove with a document you will upload later)
- You also need to upload your personal photograph file - see an example at https://goo.gl/images/CuHHzf, upload passport ID page and a document confirming the residence address in the Czech Republic (such as an accommodation contract). Save it.
Then, DPMB takes time to verify your profile and once verified (up to 24 hours) you can purchase an online ticket with 50% discount for the given period. For that, you will need a contactless bank card (a debit card, or a credit card) to be your ticket carrier.
Ticket inspections and fines
Ticket inspectors in Brno do not wear uniforms - they will show you their official badges. If you do not have a valid ticket/transport pass, you will be fined. If you pay an 800 CZK fine on the spot (in cash or by card) you do not have to show any ID. You can also pay 800 CZK within 5 working days at the main DPMB office (Novobranská 18) or 1500 CZK later. In this case, you will have to show your ID to the inspector. If you do not want to show it or if you do not have your ID with you, the inspectors will call the police.
If you do have a valid transport pass and you just forgot it, you will have to bring it to the main DPMB office (Novobranská 18) within 5 working days to prove it and you will pay a 50 CZK fine.
The Transport Company of Brno City
(DPMB — Dopravní podnik města Brna, www.dpmb.cz)
Main office: Novobranská 18
Opening hours: Mon–Fri: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
For more information about fares and connections in Brno see DPMB website.