Getting to Olomouc from other popular places:
We recommend checking the following websites to assist with your planning:
This is a really user friendly site (available in English, too), which is great for finding all train and bus connections from or to anywhere in the Czech Republic from or to anywhere else in Europe. Don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want any further tips or information!
Not just for students! They offer an ever expanding network of trains and buses which is efficient, friendly and great value. It is particularly good if travelling to and from places like Prague, Český Krumlov, Kraków, Vienna, Bratislava and even Berlin. The website is easy to use and available in English.
Leo Express also offers great trains and buses, too. They have a service to and from Krakówvia Ostrava or Bohumin that does the entire trip in less than 4 hours.
How to find the hostel once you reach Olomouc:
From the main bus station (Autobusove Nadrazi):
1. Walk through the pedestrian underpass (do NOT attempt to cross the main road – always use the underpass) and cross the little road to the tram stop just beyond.
2. Buy a 14 CZK ticket from the yellow vending machine and catch a number 4 tram towards the train station. Then change to a number 7 tram. If you are facing the bus station (where you just walked from), the tram goes to the right. Make sure you validate your ticket as you get on the tram! Follow the directions below.
From the main train station (Hlavni Nadrazi):
1. With your back to the station entrance, trams towards the centre go to the right. Buy a 14 CZK ticket from the yellow vending machine or Tabak shop.
2. Catch number 7 tram. Get off at Namesti Hrdinu (the 5th stop).
NB: Student Agency busses usually stop at bus stand “M” about 200 metres from the train station. You can catch a tram from there towards the train station but there is no vending machine. You can buy a tram ticket from the driver (exactly 20 CZK), or just walk to the station.
FINDING THE HOSTEL FROM NAMESTI HRDINU:
Walk AWAY from the red brick church with the single steeple and small white clock and walk TOWARDS the other church with a GREEN dome roof a few hundred metres away. On the way, walk past the big brick building (SPEA medical centre). On the next corner, you will see “Charley” second hand store. We are next to it on the right (Sokolska 1).
Buzz the intercom for ‘Hostel’. If the front door of the building is already open, walk up to the 4th floor. Sorry, there is no elevator!
If you are coming by car, please note that there is a 2 hour limit for street parking (and it costs 20 CZK per hour) on our street (Sokolska) between 9 am and 6pm Monday to Friday. At other times, parking is free and unlimited. There is free and unrestricted street parking available every day on a street called ‘U Husova Sboru’, which is just a couple of minutes walk away. There is also room for a motorbike in the back courtyard. Ask the staff to assist you with doors, etc. upon arrival. If you need more information regarding parking, please contact us.
Bicycle travellers? Yes, we can safely store your bike! We can also recommend several good bike stores for repairs or supplies.
** If you get a bit lost, ask a friendly local how to find Sokolska Street. If they don’t speak English, say ‘ Prosim vas kde je Ulice Sokolska’ (pronounced “Proseem vas, G’Day yeah Oolitseh Sokolska?”), which means ‘Excuse me, where is Sokolska Street?’
If you are too tired for navigation and just want to get here, you can catch a taxi from the bus or train station. The taxis are usually yellow cars. It is likely the drivers won’t speak much English, so politely say: “Sokolska Yedna proseem” (which means “#1 Sokolska Street, please”). Expect to pay around 100 CZK to 120 CZK.