About the conference Venue
The town of Olomouc with its cultural, military and ecclesiastical tradition is now mainly a town of education. The twenty thousand university students, the large body of teachers and research workers, and hundreds of secondary school pupils in relation to the population of one hundred thousand make Olomouc a town of intellectual inspiration.
The historical centre of Olomouc is the second largest urban preservation area in the Czech Republic. The most important historical landmark is the Holy Trinity Column in Upper Square, since 2000 on the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage. Other colourful features in town are the early-Baroque Archbishop’s Palace, where in 1848 Franz Joseph became Austrian Emperor, the Hradisko Monastery, and the six Baroque fountains, to which in this century a modern seventh fountain on the ancient Arion theme was added.
This unique atmosphere attracts foreign students to Olomouc. They study full-time or attend special courses at the university. Olomouc is an ideal venue for international academic conferences; foreign visitors have already called the town a “Moravian Oxford”.
Travelling to the conference
Olomouc has no international airport. However, it is easily accessible from all of the following airports by train, bus or car.
Prague: Vaclav Havel Airport, Czech Republic (270km)
Brno: Turany Airport, Czech Republic (80 km)
Ostrava: Leos Janacek Airport, Czech Republic (80 km)
Bratislava – M.R. Stefanik Airport, Slovakia (210 km)
Vienna: Vienna International Airport, Austria (260 km)
Katowice: Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport, Poland (210 km)
Krakow: Kraków-Balice Airport, Poland (265 km)
The most frequent (and direct) train/bus connection is mainly between Olomouc and Prague/Brno/Ostrava. In Prague and Brno, there are frequent buses (30 min intervals between 05:30 and 21:00) connecting airport with the main train station. You can look at train/bus travelling possibilities (also in English and German).
How to get to from the Vaclav Havel Airport
to Main Train Station Prague
There is a good network of buses operating to and from the airport including the Airport Express Bus (AE).
Airport Express (AE): Terminal 1 or 2 to Main Railway Station (Hlavní nádraží) – approx. 30min
Operates every day from 5:30 am – 10:00 pm timetable (CZ)
Departure from Wilsonova street
Tickets available from the driver – 60 CZK
Bus line 119: The bus will take you from Prague Airport to Nádraží Veleslavín station (Metro line A) – 15 min – 32 CZK, timetable (CZ), then you continue by Metro to Hlavní nádraží station (Metro line C). Remeber that you have to change for line C in Muzeum Metro station. The ticket for bus applies to Metro as well. Prague Metro has 3 lines: A (green), B (yellow), and C (red). The detailed map of Metro lines is here. For further detailed information see this page.
How to get to from the Airport Brno-Turany
to Main Train Station Brno and Olomouc
There is a busline no. 76 coming regularly in 20 min intervals from the airport to Brno Hlavní nádraží Railway Station. The bus stop in the airport is situated in front of departure terminal. The bus stop in Brno is situated in front of Grand Hotel close to Brno Main Station. The bus ticket can be obtained directly from the bus driver at 25 Kč or ca 1 EUR (you can also use contactless cards for payment). From Brno you can continue by train. For further detailed information, please refer to the company website (available in English).
Olomouc is also conveniently accessible by car from Prague (approx. 3h), Vienna (approx. 2h 35min), Poland and Slovakia. When driving on the motorway you will need to pay road tax. For more information please visit this website.
Olomouc is also easy accessible by train, with access to some high-speed trains. There are three railways companies operating in the Czech Republic: The Czech Rail Company, Leo Express and Reggio Jet. When selecting the train, you have to notice the company and then buy the ticket from it. These companies use trains which provide a fast and convenient connection to Olomouc. Note that some trains request advanced compulsory seat reservation (e.g., Czech Rail Company’s Pendolino express). The selling places for tickets of the three companies are situated close to each other in Prague railway station. For further detailed information, please refer to idos.cz or jizdenky.studentagency.cz or Leo Express website (all available in English).
Prague – approx. 2h 30min
Brno – approx. 1h 30min
Ostrava – approx. 1h
Warsaw – approx. 5h 30min
Katowice – approx. 3h
Krakow – The only direct train is a night train.
Travelling by bus is in most cases cheaper than by train, on some occasion also faster. For information about domestic and international timetables, please refer to idos.cz or jizdenky.studentagency.cz (both available in English).