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České Budějovice is a historical city in the South Bohemian Region as well as its political and commercial capital, the seat of the University of South Bohemia, and the Academy of Sciences. It is located in the center of South Bohemia, a landscape cultivated for centuries by a people in harmony with their land. The region is rich in historical towns, majestic Gothic churches, dreamlike Renaissance castles, monasteries and a wealth of perplexing aquaculture systems. The absence of large industry in South Bohemia gives the landscape a particularly valuable character, attested to by the large number of registered protected landscapes.

An excursion to historical towns close to České Budějovice will give you an impression of the typical medieval life style in Central Europe.

Map of the Czech Republic

How to get to České Budějovice?

From the airport in Prague, take the bus "airport express" that goes directly to railway station (last stop). The bus leaves from the airport every 30minutes. Bus station is just in front of the arrival hall. You will buy the ticket at the driver for 60 CZK. At the railway station, follow blue information tables where information in English are. Train ticket to České Budějovice should cost ca 165 CZK. It is also possible to pay by card, but it is necessary to say it in advance.

You can use the Studentagency bus to travel from Prague to Ceske Budejovice. Just follow the reservation system. The direct bus departures from "Na Knizeci" bus station, which is located at the yellow line (B) of Prague Metro. You can find the connection using Google maps.

You can also fly to Vienna airport. From Vienna you can take the train to České Budějovice or use the shuttle.

You can check for the best bus and train connections HERE. There you can find the public transport connections for Ceske Budejovice as well.

Connection from the city centre of České Budějovice to conference venue

1/ Bus: line 3 - bus stop “Jihočeská univerzita” going from railway/bus station (bus stop is called “Hlavní nádraží” through city centre; you can buy a ticket at the ticket machine (13 CZK – you need coins for that) or by a driver (20 CZK). There is a big shopping centre just next to the station. From the bus stop to the lecture room there will be signs with navigation. For public transport in České Budějovice you can use the web application at: http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/ceskebudejovice/zjr/.

2/ Taxi: the cars are standing in front of the train/bus station. The price should not be higher than ca 200 CZK).

3/ By foot: It takes about 15-20 minutes by foot from the city centre, 40-45 minutes from the train/bus station.

For navigation we recommend to use: http://mapy.cz/ where you can find location of bus stops together with link to the schedule as well.

Conference venue

Lecture room in „Building C“ of the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Branišovská 31d, 370 05 České Budějovice (N 48°58.62182', E 14°26.77268')

See Map of the Campus


For accommodation, there are several available hotels in the historical centre not far from the University (http://en.inbudejovice.cz/accommodation/hotels-motels/) and also in the vicinity of the university campus in the student residence halls (http://kam.jcu.cz/).