Hello, All! My husband found out that he will be going to Brno for a four day business meeting, Sept. 17-21. His hotel arrangements are set by the company. Now I want to help him get to, and from, Brno successfully as well as tack on a few days for him to enjoy the trip overall. My husband has not seen Prague or Vienna. I thought he might fly into one and out of the other. The train travel from either Prague or Vienna to Brno looks straight forward. Is it? Can I assume the travel from Brno to either of those cities is just as straight forward? If he needs to fly RT, rather than open jaw, I'm thinking round trip Prague to Brno would be preferable, right? He will probably only have 1-2 nights to spare on each end of his business trip so I realize his experience in either Prague or Vienna will be limited. He'll have to return some day and take me. :-) Still, my hope is for him to make the most of this rare opportunity. I would appreciate your input on the logistics. Many thanks! Sincerely, mcalico
Yep, he could do either one or both, trains are easy. Whether one prefers Prague or Vienna is just that: a preference. Ask me and yes, I'd prefer Prague, though it's also really super touristy and crowded nowadays.
Brno is on the main train line between Prague and Vienna - roughly in the middle, Vienna slightly closer.
I find it easier and cheaper to fly into Vienna. I love both cities; Vienna is better for romantics than Paris as far as I'm concerned. In September most of the tourists will be gone, so it's fun to walk around town and visiting museums is excellent when the crowds are past. I've had whole floors to myself in some places. Prague is one of my favorite cities just to walk around, especially at night. The only problem is the number of tourists (often from Great Britain) who use the city (like Amsterdam) as a place to drink and act stupid. I've never seen that in Vienna.
Flying from Seattle is usually easier (slightly shorter) and cheaper to Prague than to Vienna. I fly to Czech Republic often and the place where I go (Brno) is similar distance from Prague as from Vienna so I always compare time and price. I agree I also see fewer drunkards in Vienna than in Prague. I suspect that it has something to do with the price of beer in both cities, one being much cheaper (and allegedly better) than the other.
Czech Railways (CD) offers a shuttle bus service from Prague Airport direct to Prague main train station (Praha Hlavni Nadrazi), where you can connect onwards for the train to Brno. You book a ticket from the airport to Brno, using the Czech Railways website.
The bus has a sign AE (Aero Express). Only one stop on the way. It cost 60 crowns. If you continue by train somewhere you can buy it as Marcus says.