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    Car hire in Brno, Czech Republic at the lowest prices

    The city of Brno is a real grower and a great alternative to busy Prague. Ever since it was immortalised in the popular Czech film, ‘Bored in Brno’, the city has carried a reputation among locals as being a place with not much going on beyond its beautiful architecture. However this is very much an outdated point of view and couldn’t be further from the truth. These days Brno is a buzzing city, with a young demographic and strong student population who keep the city’s nightlife thriving. The experimental architecture, particularly functionalist, provides enough points of interest to rival Prague, with the promise of less competition and queues at attractions. Brno remains very much a Czech city and can fulfill any desires of ‘authentic’ travel well in this regard. The city is more or less equidistant from Prague and Vienna, providing the perfect alternative to what can be a very tourist-heavy experience in both cities.

    Unsurprisingly, history lies under every stone. The Capuchin Monastery houses mummified monks in the crypt that can be viewed by the public at their discretion, while Europe’s second biggest ossuary resides at the Church of St James, which now acts as a unique but sobering attraction for visitors and place in which to pay respects. Fans of Hollywood cinema will want to travel to nearby Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO world heritage city where large parts of Eli Roth’s controversial 2005 horror movie, ‘Hostel’, were filmed, although visitors are unlikely to recognize much from the movie, which parodied American perceptions of the Easter Bloc countries. Brno’s surrounding countryside also has much to offer, including a recently booming wine trade of significant quality – although you don’t have to travel out of the city to taste the fruits of the countryside; there are plenty of great bars within the city limits that stock or specialise in local wines. Moravian Karst is a nearby mountain range that contains a network of caves with Neanderthal artwork in a stunning setting.

    Some of Czech Republic’s best contemporary cultural events take place within the city. The Moravian Autumn Festival and New Music Exposition happen every October, with concerts from esteemed pan-European orchestras providing a fresh take on the traditional classical repertoire. For those who like to party on their travels, the city has a wealth of lively bars and clubs, some of which stay open nearly around the clock. One writer for the New York Times proclaimed in 2017, ‘in Brno, drinks for morning, noon and night’ and the city truly does have a top-class approach to fine drinking. In fact, Alex Kratena, whose London bar has won the World’s 50 Best Bars several times, is a Brno native.

    It is the capital of the Moravia region, which carries a slightly different feel to Czech Republic’s Bohemia municipality, and is possibly closer to Vienna than Prague in cultural mindset. The Moravia region is beautiful to explore and this makes car hire in Brno a great choice. Here at Auto Europe, we’ve been in the car rental business since 1954. This means that we have great relationships with all of the most reputable suppliers of car hire and can promise to bring our customers the lowest prices on the market. Start booking your car hire with Auto Europe now to take your trip to Czech Republic to the next level! Please visit our Brno car hire reviews page to see the ratings and read the reviews posted by some of our previous customers in the city.

    Traffic and Parking

    Much of Brno’s town centre is out of bounds for cars and vans, however the road system for the rest of the city is comprehensive and manageable. Brno’s connection by road to the rest of Czech Republic is excellent, with motorways leading from the city in every direction. Within the city limits, these motorways can often become congested, especially at rush hour, so it is best to plan your journey accordingly if taking a car rental in Brno. As driving in the centre is not allowed, there are accordingly very few parking spaces except in private lots car parks. Rozmaryn has quite reasonable parking, with the possibility of leaving your car overnight, although you may have to get up early to top up the meter.

    Geographical Information

    Brno is situated in the south-east of Czech Republic and is the capital of the Moravia province, which has had a host of allegiances over the past thousand years to the Roman, Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. Geographically speaking, Brno is closer to Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland than it is to Prague.

    Brno Airport

    Brno Airport is around 5 miles south-east of Brno city centre and is the second busiest airport in the country. In 2017 it catered to nearly half a million passengers, which was a record year, although this shows no sign of slowing down. It is located right next to the Austerlitz battlefield, where Napoleon's famous victory at the Battle of the Three Emperors took place in 1805, against the Russian and Austrian armies. Nowadays, you might occasionally have to battle traffic at rush hour to reach the airport, via the southbound E50 and Route 52. The airport itself has one terminal comprised of two concourses. Several airlines regularly operate at Brno Airport including BMI Regional, Ryanair, SmartWings and Tunisair, who fly to pan-European destinations like Munich, London, Faro, Rhodes and Corfu.

    Brno-Turany Airport (BRQ)
    Address: Letiště Brno-Tuřany 904/1, 627 00 Brno, Czech Republic
    Telephone: +420 545 521 310

    If returning a car hire to Brno that requires a specific fuel level, you will be pleased to know that there are plenty of petrol stations surrounding the airport, like OMV, Roibin Oil and MAKRO.

    Public Transportation

    Public transport in Brno consists of buses, trolleybuses and trams, with slowly improving cycle lanes for the more active visitor. All services are provided by the same company, the South Moravian Integrated Public Transport System (brevity is not necessarily aimed for in the Czech language), which means that you can handily use the same ticket for different modes of transport. Ticket prices are based on how long you are travelling and by zone, although a ticket for zones 100 and 101 should be enough to cover most tourists' needs. It is cheaper to purchase these tickets from information desks, stations, shops and ticket machines across the city than directly from the driver, although that is possible too. The airport is easily reached via the 76 bus, which regularly departs from the main train station. Trains are also a great way to reach nearby European cities, although many prefer car hire due to the freedom to stop wherever takes your fancy.

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