Train station is about 500km from city centre down Lannova Street. The bus station is opposite train station to left on top of shopping centre up escalators. Buses to Ceske Krumlov go from here. Unless you are a train buff, bus is best way to Krumlov. Train arrives along way out in Krumlov, at least 20 mimutes walk down steep hill to the Red Gate where you see the Bus Stops. The bus stop for return to Budejovice is the side with the flower shop, timetables are hard to understand, i just waited till a bus arrived. Fare about 40Kc each way. March 2009.
Well, we figured out the regular bus to get to the Budweis brewery. It's bus 2 and it costs 12 czech coins for 1 adults 1 way, about .50 euro. You need exact change to buy the pass from the machine in front of the bus stop but if you do not have exact change you will not get change back. Not all stops have the machines so purchase tickets from the bus driver. An all day pass is 40 (in Plzen, may be a few coins cheaper here in this town).
You can also get tickets from small stands around the bus stops, book/magazine agents and such.
We found parking right on the main square for both nights, during the day you have to pay but it was free by the time we arrived. On the sidewalk you'll find a box to pay for parking, you have to select an amount of time and then print out a receipt to put on your dashboard. If parking overnight when it's free and you want to leave the car there in the morning after the parking charges start you can get a receipt for the next morning (it was after 8 am for us). Parking was free after 2 pm on Saturday and all day Sunday, the pay box has the time and day restrictions on it so be sure to know the days of the week in Czech or I also believe they were in German, Sunday seems to be free almost everywhere.
It seems to me that the first block of time is cheaper than the 2nd block of time and each time period got more expensive.
Although you will probably not need to get on a bus if you're staying in Ceske Budejovice (except to get to the Budvar brewery and back), the main bus station is across from the train station and you can get anywhere on the bus!
We took the train to Ceske Budejovice from Prague's Nadrazi Holesovice and it took us about 3 hours to get there, but to me that's not long at all because I never get bored adoring the scenery. :) I'll have to update this because currently the idos.cz link is down and I can't tell you exactly how much the tickets were but it was very inexpensive. On our way from Ceske Budejovice to Brno, we met 2 very sweet Czech ladies in our compartment and had a wonderful time trying to converse with them! :)
Distances to Ceské Budejovice from:
- Ceský Krumlov: 25 kms.
- Prague: 154 kms.
- Vienna (Austria): 196 kms.
- München (Germany): 309 kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 2.376 kms.
You can find here the distances together with the driving time and the best route.
When you arrive by motorbike, you will certainly be a fan of these great old bikes in the museum close to the centre of town. I have a pic of the building under "Must see activities" , so you may easily find it
When you arrive by car, there will be good signs for the different parkings in the centre.
Simply make sure, you have enough coins for the machines - and be back in time, as the police will controll the parking-tickets rather strictly - and for foreigners they even charge higher fines !
The pic shows the trainstation from inside - 1908 was a great time of the Austrian empire and Bohemia was a part of it. Budweis is actually the german name for Ceske Budejovice.
Ceske Budejovice is a major trainstation of the trainsystem between Linz-Summerau-Prag.
Simply leave the train and go towards the big bus-station.
Keep walking the same direction and you get directely to the centre of town and the beautiful town-square.
And if you loose your way, simply watch out for the "black tower" that you may see from most places in town.
And if you are a fan of old locomotives - go first to the right to see this old steam-train in front of the station !
We got a train from Prague, which took about 2.5 hours.
There are about 2 or 3 trains between Prague and Ceske B daily. The last train back to Prague is around 18.30.
Outside the train station, you can get a bus directly to the city centre or more importantly, to the Bud Brewery :)
This picture is of Alan & Mary on the train back to Prague.
When you are coming with a plane - take a train to Ceske Budejovice. It´s possible by train from Germany or Austria.
Take a slow-moving (3 hr) train from Prague with a stopover in Tabor. There are connections to countless junctionvilles in Bohemia, but service to Austria was severed after the war.