Hello beautiful people! We’re back from Spain and enjoying our last month in Prague! So now it’s time to share our trip from Prague to Brno for the weekend. Bring on spring and warm weather!. A little fun fact for you too… We just celebrated our three year anniversary together!
So we decided to do a fun, spontaneous last minute trip somewhere. With only about 30 days remaining in this fascinating country we call Czech Republic we decided to go somewhere we both hadn’t been to; The city of Brno. We realized how easy it was to get from Prague to Brno because of Czech Republics amazing public transport. After only spending two days in this cool city we really wanted to share our favorite spots and things to do in Brno with you. And also show you how easy it is to get from Prague to Brno and back!
The city of Brno has over 89,000 students attending higher institutions and we believe that this is why the city of Brno has the vibe that it does. With trendy cafes, cute bakeries, and awesome pop-up food stands, Brno is buzzing and lively!
We felt this awesome energy the whole time we were there and it was an absolute treat to just walk around the city and enjoy all the smiling faces and the people who were out and enjoying each others company. This would definitely be an awesome place to live too if we hadn’t already picked Prague!
The city might not have as many monumental buildings and landmarks as Prague but it makes up for it with its fun vibe and openness feel.
Now, let’s check out how to actually get to Brno from Prague by train and also the return back to Prague. Along with 3 awesome areas of Brno you can’t miss and last but not least we’ll share 3 extra hotels and restaurants in town that are worth checking out.
How to get from Prague to Brno
Prague to Brno is going to be a convenient route for most travellers. Since your travels will most likely start in Prague it is super easy for you to travel around and see the rest of the beautiful country.
The easiest way to get to Brno from Prague would be taking a train from (Prague main train station) to (Brno lower station). The lower station in Brno is about 1 km from the city center. It’s a 2.5-hour journey across the Czech countryside by train or bus, and a return trip will cost you roughly $10 USD.
The return trip will almost 100% be the exact same trip. You’ll make your way to (Brno lower station) and it will bring you directly to (Prague main train station). So there is no need to worry about getting on and off and missing connections.
Regiojet runs every hour or so which makes the timetable very flexible and the train should not be full so you don’t really have to buy your ticket in advance! The internet is also great on the train, so if you have to get some work done while you’re traveling back from Brno to Prague then sit back and get some work done and enjoy the views.
We highly recommend using an app called Omio to book your trip from Prague to Brno or vice versa by bus or train. It has all the major companies on there and it will show you the cheapest prices, etc. As a matter of fact for all your travels across Czech Republic the app is very reliable and will give you all the best routes and times to go.
Things to do in Brno
So once you’ve finally made it to the (lower station in Brno) you can either walk or take a bus to the centre of town. It isn’t that long of a walk but if you have bags and stuff it’s worth spending the $1 or $2 to get you there.
Here are the 3 landmarks and things to do in those areas while you’re exploring this vibrant city. We tried to include food and attractions in each area so there’s a little bit of everything. We hope you enjoy touring around Brno as much as we did.
#1 St James Church
If you’re a foodie and like beer, you could easily spend the whole day in a radius of about 200 meters around St James church. For one, you can go inside and explore the church but outside around the church are where the real gems lie!
Vycep Na Stojaka
You may be a little shocked when they pour your beer. It looks like the glass may only be a quarter full with beer and that the last 75% is pure foam. BUT, there’s no need to worry. They weigh every single beer to make sure you’re getting the exact amount you pay for.
It seems like in every city we visit in Czech we find ourself at some great beer place. The Pilsner brewery in Plzen and the local brewery in Prague are just a few of the awesome beer places we’ve been to in the Czech Republic. Now we can add Vycep Na Stojaka to that list =)
Another places just across the street from St James Church is a must go if you have a sweet tooth. You will find authentic Czech desserts that will make your mouth water. They also have a dozen flavors of ice cream if you’re craving that. And they even a Vegan flavor they change weekly, so there are options for absolutely everyone!
Another place to check out if you’re around St James Church is this vegetarian-friendly canteen. You walk into this old building that has been completely redone and has a feel of a fancy retro nightclub with a gigantic chandelier hanging down in the middle and tables surrounding it.
The food is exceptional and the variety is great. You can order veggie burgers, wraps, wok, and pho! It’s a great place to grab a quick bite to eat and recharge all your electronics as most tables have outlets for that.
We could name a few more places but we want you guys to go explore this area around St James Church yourselves and tell us about the other gems you end up finding.
#2 Brno Old Town Square
The old town of Brno is super cozy and fun to explore. Even though it’s small it has so much going for it with it rooftop pubs, markes, and cute cafes! Let us share with you all the spots you have to Czech out! 😉 They’re all Czechmarks in our books! Enough with the puns, haha!
This market is absolutely fantastic! Downtown Brno has a big square where this market is located, there is a lovely vegetable market called Zelňák. The market is filled with fresh produce that is also relatively cheap. All the berries we very juicy and tasty and reasonably priced. Plants, spices, vegetables, fruit – you name it, they have it.
We highly recommend going to the market earlier in the day before lunch since they close around 12 pm.
They tend to lower the price on stuff right before noon to try and sell everything. So if you’re looking for a bargain then go right before it closes. Otherwise, make sure you go early enough to the vegetable market to get all your fresh goods. After that, grab a coffee and find a seat in the square and enjoy your afternoon.
Again, this is an area where you can sit down all day and just enjoy the good food, sights, and do some people watching.
For lunch we highly recommend going to the Bucheck food truck right in between the Vegetable market and Brno market. Make sure to go around 11:30 am (when they open) as they get pretty busy and might sell out.
Unfortunately, we didn’t know about it and we missed out on deliciously looking pulled pork burgers, but we’re making sure you won’t have to. So be there before noon and enjoy a delicious Bucheck burger.
At the bottom of the square there is a unique system of underground passages that you can explore. The cellars and passages date back to the Middle Ages. This is definitely a tour you don’t want to miss if you like history on how food and alcohol were kept there during the times of kings and queens.
After that you should head to the Brno Market (the building) all the way to the top floor and enjoy the stunning views.
What you’ll find here is a cute little rooftop spot overlooking good portions of the city! With the old city hall behind you and Castle Spilberk on the other side, there are not many views in Brno that can beat this one.
On a sunny day this is seriously the best spot in the city.
Grab an ice cream or an IPA from the street food market below and enjoy the afternoon suntanning on the rooftop.
#3 Kníničky Reservoir
The Kninicky reservoir is an absolutely stunning spot on the outskirts of Brno. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon stroll and getting some fresh air after being out in the city. It’s only a short 20-minute tram ride from the city center, and once you’re there you’ll feel like you’re at a little Czech resort village. It may only be a dam but the surroundings are beautiful with a castle also not too far away.
Orea Resort Santon Hotel in Brno
This Hotel is located right next to the dam and is the perfect place to stay while you’re visiting Brno. The rooms are pretty standard but they are exceptionally clean.
The perks that sold it to us was the wellness facility. It has a pool, a dry sauna, and a regular sauna which are all included in your stay. This comes along with a continental breakfast with a view facing the reservoir.
Pristav u Vodu
This restaurant in Brno was fantastic. It tasted like Dom’s grandmas cooking. They have traditional dishes along with pasta and other mains that will give your taste buds a treat. We tried a creamy pasta and a traditional duck with sauerkraut and dumplings.
Prices were very reasonable, it was right next to the hotel, and it had a view over the water to top it all of! And did we mention that they have really good wine? Even though it’s not in the heat of the city it’s a restaurant we’d recommend to everyone! #dontmissout
Now, this is a great trip to do if you’ve got a full day at the reservoir. If you plan on going in the summer then take the ferry across the reservoir to Veveri Castle. The castle was founded in the middle of the 11th century and used as a hunting lodge.
More Hotels and Restaurants in Brno
Being a few hours from Prague, Brno tends to be less traveled to by tourists. We think this is great because it makes for a really authentic experience.
Along with all the information about the city and the three awesome areas to check out we also want to share 5 of the best restaurants and hotels to stay at in Brno.
Restaurants in Brno
- Soul Bistro – Is a great family styled and a little bit trendy restaurant in the centre of Brno. Prices are very reasonable. You will find most meals for under $10 USD and they usually have weekly delicious specials as well. If you’re looking for a variety of good food then Soul Bistro is the place.
- Pegas – It’s a brewery, hotel, and restaurant pub all in one. If you’re really trying to get authentic and try some real delicious Czech food then order “Svíčková na smetaně” or “Vepřový vrabec” and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Most meals will cost you around $10-$15 USD for a meal and about $2-$3 USD for a beer.
- Starobrno Brewery – Is another awesome brewery in Brno that has a restaurant and the food here is exceptional. They have duck, pork, stews, and even some delicious salads for vegans. Prices are a bit more but you can definitely eat for under $15 USD per person and have a yummy meal.
So all three of these restaurants in downtown Brno are unique in their own way and have something different to offer. It totally just depends on what mood you’re in but the pub restaurants are always a good time.
If you’re in Brno for only a day though and want a yummy cozy place to eat then go to Forky’s. The place we mentioned that was next to St James Church!
Hotels in Brno
- Brno Apartments Downtown – So this a a great place to stay downtown Brno if you’re looking for budget friendly hotel. Prices start around $50 USD for a double bed and the hotel itself is quite modern and have a young feel to them. With awesome staff and clean facilities you can’t go wrong for the price and location.
- Hotel Continental – Is a great mid range hotel that is arong $100 USD a night and has a breakfast buffet included. If you’re looking for something clean, comfortable, and stylish Hotel Continental does a good job of that while still being affordable. Right in the thick of downtown makes this hotel convenient for a weekend trip to Brno.
- Barcelo Brno Palace – If you’re looking for a 5* fancy hotel right in the heart of downtown Brno then make your way to the Barcelo Brno. It is centrally located and close to all the touristy spots in Brno. The hotel is gorgeous and worth spending the $125 USD for a beautiful night in the Palace.
All three of the hotels mentioned above are great choices. We broke it down depending on your budget and an option for everyone. Along with the Orea Resort Santon you will be able to find the perfect hotel for your stay.
Also if you try looking on booking.com and hotels.com and they will sometimes have great deals or discounts. Another great tip is to even try calling the hotels and ask if they have any promotions going on at the time you plan to go.
Well we’ve tried to cover everything you need to know for Brno. If you have any questions on how to get from Prague to Brno or more restaurants or hotels we recommend then feel free to email us!
Have you been to Brno before? What was your highlight of the trip?