Shuttles Cheaper and Faster Than Train
Cesky Krumlov's small size and location make it difficult to get to get to by public transportation from other parts of Europe.
Thank goodness for services like CK Shuttle. The service based in Cesky Krumlov provides reasonably inexpensive shuttle services from major cities such as Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and others to town. They operate a fleet of vans that on the average carry eight passengers. We took the van from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov and from Cesky to Vienna.
They pick up passengers either at their hotel or a major rail station, the latter option being less expensive. They deliver passengers to their hotels or to a major railway station in the town of final destination. We found both of the drivers to be reliable and courteous. On the longer drive from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna the driver stops for a short break so that passengers can use the restroom and stretch their legs. Speaking of which leg room is surprisingly good for a van even for someone like me who is 6' 3".
When making reservations passengers are asked for a 25% deposit in advance of the trip payable by credit or debit card. This was not a problem and the process worked seemlessly.
Sample one way fares were;
Cesky Krumlov to Vienna 900 CZK or 37 USD as of 7-1-15
Cesky Krumlov to Salzburg 900 CZK
Cesky Krumlov to Linz 700 CZK
Bus or train drives you there
Cesky Krumlov is some 45mins by bus (direct) from Ceske Budejovice, so if you plan to travel to Cesky Krumlov from Brno, it is good to travel by bus (takes almost 4 hours, directl to Ceske Budejovice from Brno) or train (takes 4 hours and 30 mins., approximately, direct train) from Brno to Ceske Budejovice.
If you travel to Cesky Krumlov from Prague, it takes less than 4 hours by bus and there is not direct train to Krumlov from Prague. But if you prefer travelling by train, you can travel to Ceske Budejovice by train from Prague, it takes less then 3 hours. Then you have to take a bus to get to Cesky Krumlov.
Once you have arrived in Cesky Krumlov, you have to get off at "Na Knizeci" station, cross the street and you will see an old bridge. You have to go there. You will also see the entry gate to the old town, it is yellow (see the downloaded picture of the gate).
It is very close to the old town from the bus station so it is not necessary to get a taxi to get there. The gate is less than 5 mins from the bus station.
It is very easy to travel by bus to the surroundings of the town. You can find the tourist information office in the centre of the town (http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/cz/kpr2.xml), they are ready to help you. Or you can rent a car, it is cheap. There are more opportunities to rent a car in Ceske Budejovice though.
Here's a link to search for transport within the Czech Republic:
How to get from Austria to Cesky Krumlov
ShuttleCeskyKrumlov.com, Ckshuttle.cz and shuttlebus.cz operate comfortable daily bus service between Cesky Krumlov and the following cities:
- Salzburg (3 hours, 950 CZK)
- Vienna (3 hours, 950 CZK),
- Linz (1.5 hours, 370 CZK)
- Melk (2.5 hours, 800 CZK)
- Hallstatt (2.5 hours, 1100 CZK)
- Budget Travel
Cesky Krumlov old town, is a CAR FREE ZONE, so this means, you have to park your car somwhere, and walk.
We didn't find this a problem here, as we found a large car park below the Castle.
There was shade for the car and a kiosk.
It was a "park n' pay park, and in July, wasn't very full.
I found it easy to reach the Old Town, just followed the path from the car-park and I was there!
- Hiking and Walking
arriving by train?
Don't think of walking from the train station to the centre. It's not really near. If you happen to arrive during working hours, might as well go to the Information at the other end of the train station to ask for a taxi or schedule of the bus.
By the way, if you need Czech money, they exchange money at the train station 7 days a week. You will need to pay the bus driver in Czech crowns, you see. I did not get any map so I showed the address to the bus driver and he confirmed that I got on the right bus. He told me to get off at the right station and a passenger even signalled which direction to go (the pension is a few meters away from the station, you see).
If the temperature is low, you might as well take the taxi because it is quite affordable in Cesky Krumlov. The Information Centre at the train station might even call the taxi for you or provide the number or tell you where the taxi stand is. I am not very sure about this but the town is small and people talk to each other, I observed and it is a very safe town (if you'll ask me).
Shuttle bus to CK from Linz and back vs. train
While travelling to or from Cesky Krumlov, Linz is very favourite destination for many reasons.
There are few direct trains every day from Linz to Ceske Budejovice and back. The journey takes from 2.5 to 3 hours. From Ceske Budejovice you can easily take a bus to Cesky Krumlov as the main bus station and train station are just over the main road. The bus station is on the top of the roof of the shopping center Mercury so it might take you about 5minutes. The buses from Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov go pretty often. The rain timetable as well as the bus schedules you can check at: http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusy/spojeni/
The price for the train is about 450CZK, bus from CK to CB is 32-40CZK.
The price for the shutle bus can be from 400CZK and takes about 1.5hour.
If you prefer shuttle bus, it is necessesary to book them in advance. There are few companies offering the transport from Linz to CK:
- Budget Travel
Shuttle bus Expedicion
We went from Cesky Krumlov by shuttle bus Expedicion and payed around 370 CZK each. There were 3 other tourists in a big van, so no problem. They even offered us free drinks :) Driver was entertaining. We used their transportation services to get to sporting places around Cesky Krumlov too.
- Family Travel
- School Holidays
Getting to Cesky Krumlov from Prague
It took me three minutes to walk from the Ceske Budejovice train station to platform #1 at the bus station. It is not really a problem if you miss your bus to Krumlov. Another will leave in about an hour, and you can easily walk to the fascinating Bud. city square. Buy a Budvar beer (best in the world) brewed just down the street, and enjoy the view.
Option 2: Take the express bus from the Florenc station in Prague to Bud. city (much better and cheaper than the clunky train). True that the bus to Krumlov doesn't stop in the "center of town", but the bus stop immediately across the street from old town is close enough for old hund here (you can even see the castle from the bus stop - how nice is that my friend?). The train station (ugly thing that it is) may be close enough to old town for you my friend, but I would rather ride the bus and spare the shoe leather.
Option 3: Consider spending the night in Krumlov, after taking in some excellent Roma (gypsy) live music and dancing in old town. Stay with my good friends who own the Penzion Panorama, which costs a small fraction of what a hotel in Prague will run you. Czech out my VT Krumlov page for a virtual tour of the penzion and booking link.
Student Agency - best choice
Route to the Cesky Krumlov has only one additional stop.
Bus leaves from terminal "Na Knizeci" (next to Metro stop ANDEL) - not from Florenc terminal!
You can use stop "Cesky Krumlov - Spicak" which is closer to the Castle, no need to go to the end stop in Bus terminal.
Driving and parking
We had a rental car for the 1st few days of the trip so we drove to Cesky Krumlov from Ceske Budejovice and found a parking lot not too far from the castle. The parking meters only take coins so be sure to bring some along if you need to park, it seems to me that the longer you park, the more each increment of time costs ie the 1st hour is cheaper than the 2nd hour and so on so we fed the meter for a couple of hours to go visit the castle and then came back and fed the meter again for a couple more hours so we could have lunch.
Parking here was pay and display, you put in enough money to cover the amount of time you want to stay and then you put the receipt on your dashboard.
Bus to Cesky Krumlov
From prague you can take the direct bus to cesky krumlov or you can change at ceske budejovice. My suggestion is to reserve the seats. It can be very confusing at the prague bus station. Not everyone speaks english. check with the information counter in the bus station. There are buses run by "student agency" or something like that. They are very comfortable. There may be 3-4 direct bus a day.
If you need to buy tickets from krumlov, check with the infocentrum in krumlov. otherwise in the tourist season, you may end up standing all the way to prague (like I did).
from prague by train
from prague you can go to cesky krumlov by train. the three and a half hour trip requires a connection at cesky budejovice. once at the station you have a 2 km walk to the center. the walk is all down hill but i would suggest a taxi for your return. there is a tourist office at the station which makes it a good place to start your visit of cesky krumlov.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Getting to Cesky Krumlov
Not the easiest place in the world to reach but wherever you are in Europe you can usually get a train to Linz and there is a shuttle bus runs from the station there to Cesky Krumlov.
You need to book the shuttle bus in advance (via the site below) so you may want to find your train first, which you can do via the excellent ELVIRA - Railways of Hungary website (also below)
- Road Trip
Do NOT take the bus!!!
We took the bus to Cesky Krumlov, BIG MISTAKE!!! Besides the fact that the bus was crammed full of people, not all the people had seats, so some had to stand for 3 and a half hours. It was a nightmare. There's no direct train to Cesky Krumlov which may seem like a nuisance, but compared to the conditions on the bus, it is not. Not only was packed full of people, it was VERY hot. Also, the bus was late in picking up the people from Cesky Krumlov to go back to Prague. The stop in Prague is quite far from the center of Prague, so be sure to take coins with you if you go, as you have to take the metro. The reason for this is because the ticket people are not there after a certain time and if you do not have change and cannot get any, good luck getting home. Moral of the story, take the train, it's far less of a hassle than the bus.
- Study Abroad
- Budget Travel
Getting to Austria from Cesky Krumlov
You can take a shuttle bus from CK to Linz (Austria) and hop on a train to Salzburg, Vienna, etc from there.
It will be more expensive vs CK ->Cesky Budejovice ->Linz rout, but way faster.
We paid for the Sebastian Tours shuttle bus 778 CZK (~30 euro) for two people. It took us 1.5 hours to get to Linz.
Shuttle bus leaves at 9am, 11am, 2pm. They pick you up infront of your hotel. We traveled in the late October and were the only people on the bus. It was comfortable and entertaining. Sit in the front if you can - the scenery is amazing and you`ll enjoy it much more this way!
To buy tickets, you can just go to the Tourist Information office which is located on the main square. They`ll do the phone call for you and reserve it.
It is probably a good idea to buy tickets at least 1 day in advance during high season.