Getting to Zlín
A “pick up service” might be organized for all incoming students. Students who wish to be picked up at the Zlín train or bus station in Zlín, or who would like to get help with accommodation, need to register online on the website of Buddy System Zlín at least 5 days before their arrival to Zlín. Participants shall receive a more detailed information by email.
Zlín does not have its own airport. The air gate to the Czech Republic is the Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) which has daily connections from/to major European cities. There are reliable and frequent connections from Prague airport to the city centre by public transport and special airport buses. There is also a possibility to buy tickets, including from/to airport transport and tickets for connecting buses/trains to Zlín. More information about flight timetables and transport connections from/to the airport is available on the website of Václav Havel Airport Prague at: www.prg.aero.
Another possibility is to fly to Vienna (Austria) – 220km from Zlín or Bratislava (Slovakia) – 200km from Zlín. There are train and bus connections to Zlín from both these cities.
The Czech Republic has an extensive railway network, operated by three major railway companies: České dráhy, a.s. (ČD, Czech Railways), RegioJet and LEO Express. In all cases, be sure to check the information on their websites.
Travelling by České dráhy, a.s.
Tickets are sold at every train station and it is not necessary to book your tickets online. The company provides first and second class travel. All their trains stop at Otrokovice (10km from the centre of Zlín) where you have to change to a shuttle train going in the direction of Vizovice.
Travelling by RegioJet
RegioJet provides service on the arterial train lines. In combination with their bus, it is possible to get to Zlín from major Czech cities. If you decide to travel with RegioJet, we highly recommended you buy your tickets online. From Prague, you will take their yellow train from the main Prague train station to Otrokovice (and then change to the regional shutle train) or to Olomouc (direction of Havířov) where you will change to a connecting RegioJet bus. RegioJet provides discounts for people under 26.
Travelling by LEO Express
LEO Express trains go from Prague main train station to Otrokovice or Přerov, where you will change to a bus or a train to Zlín.
If you do not like travelling by train, you can use a large network of coach lines instead. Usually coaches tend to be faster, more frequent and cheaper than trains. The Czech Republic has connections from/to major European cities several times a week. Most international buses arrive in Prague (Florenc) or in Brno (Zvonařka). There are several buses running to Zlín from Prague or Brno each day. There are direct RegioJet buses connecting Vienna International Airport and Zlín. Further information on train and bus connections within the Czech Republic is available at: www.idos.cz
Zlín is connected to the Czech motorway network. You can easily reach the country’s major cities from here.