Getting Around, Ostrava Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Ostrava, North Moravia, Czech Republic)
The public transport network operating in Ostrava is well supported and consists of buses, trams and trolleybuses. Those wishing to travel by public transport in Ostrava will be able to purchase tickets at newsagents, from the railway station, from the Municipal Information Centre (Mestské Informanci Centrum) and at the orange ticket machine sited at a number of the stops.
Tickets are valid on all of the buses, trams and trolleybuses, and are valid for up to 24 hours. There is also an extensive collection of bicycle pathways all across the city, while for those wishing to sightsee around Moravia and beyond, trains are amongst the fastest way to travel, although more expensive than coaches and long-distance buses.
Leos Janacek Ostrava Airport (OSR) / Arriving by Air
Address: Letiste Ostrava, c.p. 401, 742 51 Mosnov, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 597 471 136
Formerly known as Mosnov Airport, Leos Janacek Ostrava Airport
is actually the Czech Republic's biggest regional air facilities and lies a mere 20 km / 12 miles to the south-west of central Ostrava. Bus transport is amongst the most popular ways to travel to and from Mosnov Airport and the journey into the city centre lasts approximately 25 minutes or thereabouts. Mosnov Airport provides the main way to reach both North Moravia and also the Silesia region of the Czech Republic
, with the main airports including Central Connect Airlines, Czech Airlines and Smart Wings. A new terminal building was recently opened at the end of 2006 and is full of modern amenities.
Although there are few fast roads close to Ostrava, the regional roads offer those who have chosen to hire a car a reasonable way to travel outside of the city. The recently opened D47 Highway now links Ostrava with the Polish border and has been an important arrival. Prague
can also be reached by road, although you should expect a long drive of around five hours or more in bad traffic conditions.
Buses, Coaches, Trolleybuses and Trams
Tel: +420 596 633 751
Long distance buses are only marginally slower and less direct than rail transport, although they are a considerably cheaper way to travel outside of the city, being approximately half the price. Electric trains, trolleybuses and city buses are also on hand to transport visitors around the city centre and its outlying neighbourhoods.
Tel: +420 972 762 555
Train transport in Ostrava has been available for more than 160 years and provides the easiest and fastest way to travel between cities all over the Czech Republic. Many SuperCity Pendolino trains regularly travel to the capital city of Prague (four hours and 30 minutes), along with other trains linking Czech destinations such as Brno
, Olomouc and more. A number of international trains also travel to different countries, such as Austria