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Olomouc: Basic Facts

The city of Olomouc lies on the alluvial plain of the Morava river, in the heart of the so-called Haná region of Moravia, the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Global geographic position of the town centre is 49°45´ N 17°15´ E.

The currency in the Czech Republic is Czech Crown (Kč, CZK, approx. CZK 25/EUR, CZK 19/USD). The Euro is widely accepted in railway stations, hotels, stores, and restaurants, but it is not the official currency of the Czech Republic and vendors are not obliged to accept it.

Travel to Olomouc

You can easily reach Olomouc by train or by car from several nearby international airports, namely Prague Airport and Vienna International Airport.

From Prague Airport to Prague Main Railway Station

When travelling by train, you can get from the airport to the main railway station “Hlavní nádraží” by a direct bus line “Airport Express (AE)” (tickets can be bought from the bus driver for CZK 60). Alternatively, you may use the city public transport (tickets available in marked newspaper kiosks and shops or in ticket dispensers/slot machines at the bus, tram or metro/underground stops, we recommend bus #119 to station “Dejvická”, from there metro/underground route A to station “Muzeum” and change for route C to the main railway station “Hlavní nádraží”).

Other forms of transport from the airport are taxi and outsourced services (CZK 700, about 30 EUR, but may be more expensive depending on the company, ask for a price in advance).

From Prague Main Railway Station to Olomouc Main Railway Station

Olomouc is an important railway intersection in the country, with several connections to other cities and larger towns running daily. It is comfortably accesible from Prague within tree hours, trains run every hour or two. All trains are nice to travel with in the 2nd class (economy class, "2. trida" in Czech). Currently, there are two private companies running trains to Olomouc (RegioJet and LEO Express) and state company Czech Railways. Each of the companies runs direct express trains which arrive to Olomouc in two hours. The express trains have a compulsory seat reservation (each railroad company has its own ticketing counters, the prices for the economy class vary from 150 CZK to 450 CZK). Use IDOS for looking up a connection. The tickets may be purchased at the Prague railways station or ordered online and printed (see Czech Railways, RegioJet, and LEO Express reservation systems).

At the seat reservation ticket for a train, there is written your carriage number and you seat number. We recommend you to ask at the ticket counter so that you know which number is which. With the tickets in hand, you just enter the train (you do not puncture the tickets) and you present the tickets to the conductor when he/she comes.

From Olomouc Main Railway Station to Faculty of Science

Check the Google map how to get from railway station to the Faculty of Science. The Faculty of Science is a new, long five-storey black building, the address is 17. listopadu 12, Olomouc. It is about 15 minutes walking distance from the Olomouc Main Railway Station. You can also get there by tram. There are two possibilities, either leave the tram at the Envelopa stop (tram #1, #7) or, with the other lines, at the Zizkovo namesti stop (tram #2, #4, #6). Our department ("katedra informatiky" in Czech) is at the 5th floor.

Public Transport in Olomouc

Olomouc has quite a good transportation network. The public transport in Olomouc is provided by tram and bus service. Single journey tickets for CZK 14 (40 minutes) or 24 hour tickets for CZK 46 can be bought in marked newspaper kiosks and shops or in ticket dispensers/slot machines at the bus or tram stops (or directly from the driver of the vehicle, however with a surcharge CZK 6). You can also buy 7 days ticket for CZK 126. Map of public transport in Olomouc. You can also use IDOS to look up a connection.

Accommodation

There are many hotels located close to the university and the city center: Pension ANGELUS, Hotel ibis Olomouc Centre, Hotel Arigone, Hotel Alley. More hotels can be found at the city tourism web pages. It is also possible to use one of the university residences.