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General Assembly Meeting, Brno - 10-11 Feb 2011

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This meeting will be a major joint meeting, held between WPs1, WP2, and WP5. In advance the expert group will review the work to date of the WP's, and they will present their work to date to a consortium and then to a larger audience of stakeholders.

 
 

The primary objectives of this meeting are, a networking opportunity to market the platform as developed to this point, to review progress to date, and solicit comments on the draft reports of WPs 1 & 2, which provide foundations for the next WPs.

HOW TO GET TO BRNO

(note Word version below)

Remember that the General Assembly is a meeting comprising 2 full days – Thurs 10th and Friday 11th February. 

IT HAS NOW BEEN DECIDED THAT THE MEETING WILL START AT 9 AM ON THURSDAY AND FINISH AT 4 PM ON FRIDAY.  Note it is planned that the Expert Panel section will take place on Friday afternoon. 

Most people will need to travel to Brno on Wednesday 9th and leave on the evening of Friday 11th or on Saturday 12th.   

Note also the Czech currency is the Czech Republic Koruny (CRK).  At the moment, 100 CRK = approximately 4 euro  http://www.xe.com/

A note from Ales Bourek in the Czech Republic

Hello All,

The safest way to get to Brno from Prague airport or Vienna Intl. Airport is booking and online paying for a bus ticket for buses operated by Student Agency. The link is http://www.studentagency.eu/ (in English). In my experience, leave at least 1 hour slot between the scheduled arrival of a plane and bus departure. It is usually impossible to upgrade the ticket of a missed bus to a ticket for a later bus. One would have to buy a new one (price is about 10 Euro from both airports to Brno central bus station). There are several other bus operators having busses from both airports to Brno, but booking is not so straightforward. The only other option is to fly into Brno by planes operated by the Czech Airlines form Prague airport to Brno airport. To my knowledge there are no plane connections to Brno straight from Vienna Intl. airport. There are also several daily train connections from Prague main train station and Vienna train stations to Brno (to be used if some ones plane has a delay and people miss the booked busses – one would have to get information at the airport).

If someone finds a convenient flight to Bratislava airport (Slovak Republic), then getting to Brno via either bus or train should not be a problem (see the section “From Bratislava airport to Brno by coach“ provided by Treasa.

A helpful site for searching train connections is also http://www.deutschebahn.com/site/bahn/en/start.html (server of the German Rail company)

If you search by means of the Czech, IDOS“ server (Czech Railways),

http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusy/spojeni/

click on the English flag to get an English version or German flag to get a German version.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS KINDLY PROVIDED BY TREASA and has been checked by Ales

Ø      􀂾 BY AIR

There are four ways to get to Brno by plane.

1.  Brno Turany airport (BRQ) is a minor airport about 7.5 km outside Brno. See all flights in and out:  http://www.airport-brno.cz/index.php?id=15&lang=en).

RyanAir (www.ryanair.com) operate direct daily flights between Brno and Stansted (London) and three times a week between Brno andBergamo (Italy). Wizz air (http://wizzair.com/) operates Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to and from London (Luton) .  Czech Airlines with Central Connect Airlines operate a 12 noon flight, Prague/Praha to Brno, returning 15.40 Mon-Friday only (book via www.csa.cz – prices quoted in Czech koruny CRK)

From Brno airport to central Brno.

Brno airport is about 7.5 km outside Brno.  There is no rail service but there is a bus service (no 76) that departs every half hour from outside the main terminal building to central Brno bus and train station,   You can buy a ticket beforehand in the information centre or the ticket machine in the airport or after exchanging your money into Czech Crowns, you can buy a ticket directly from the bus driver at approx. 30 CZK.http://www.idsjmk.cz/jrady/076.pdf  LETIŠTĚ TUŘANY is the airport.  HLAVNÍ NÁDRAŽÍ is main station. There is always an option of getting a taxi (the trip to the hotels that we plan to have you accommodated in should be around 500 CZK (about 20 Euro)

3. Prague Ruzyně airport (PRG) –The Czech Republic’s international airport is about 230 km (3 hours drive) from Brno.  For a list of destinations connecting to this airport please see the “Airlines and Destinations” section of this Wikipedia articlehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague_Ruzyn%C4%9B_Airport 

From Prague airport to Brno by air.

Czech Airlines with Central Connect Airlines operate a 12 noon flight, Prague/Praha to Brno, returning 15.40 Mon-Friday only (book viawww.csa.cz – prices quoted in Czech koruny CRK)

From Prague airport to Brno by train.

Prague airport is about 30 minutes away from the centre of Prague.  There is no direct train or metro connecting the two, but an express bus and other bus lines serve to connect to Prague’s metro system.  http://www.pragueairport.co.uk/public-transport.htm

http://www.pragueairport.co.uk/airport-public-transport.pdf

Trains to Brno leave from Prague’s main station “Praha Hlavni nadrazi” http://www.pragueexperience.com/places.asp?PlaceID=1005 but also pass through Nadrazi Holesovice http://www.pragueexperience.com/places.asp?PlaceID=1150 about 15 minutes beforehand.  Both train stations are on Prague’s “C” line, the red line on the pdf above.

To see ALL trains from Praha to Brno use this Czech travel site http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni/  chosing the first Praha and Brno choices in the pull down menus and remembering that main stations are shown as as hl.n (for hlavni nadrazi).  Note that you can see an English or a German version by clicking on the flags at the bottom right of the page.  (“Následující“ is Czech for later, “předchozí“ for earlier.  February is Únor)  To see combined bus and train journeys use http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusy/spojeni/

The websites http://www.raileurope-world.com/ or http://www.raileurope.co.uk/) seem to show only selected (bookable online?) train journeysfrom the Praha main train station (hlavni nadrazi) which are at 13.39, 15.39, 17.39 and 19.39 on Wednesday 9th Feb 2011 at about 42 euro one way, with a journey time of about 3 hours.   According to those websites Friday evening journeys back are at 14.35, 16.35, 18.35, and 20.35, and Saturday times are 7.30 am, 13.35, 14.35 and 16.35. 

From Prague city centre to Brno by coach

Student Agency, which anyone can book, operates a bus connection from the main bus station in Prague  “ÚAN Florenc”which is near the metro station Florenc (intersection of lines B/C)  http://czech-transport.com/index.php?id=2103.  There are 9 connections a day to Brno from 5.30 am to 16.30, journey time 2.5 hour, cost 8 eur which you can book online.   There are return journeys on the evening of Friday 11th at 18.00, 19.00 and 21.00 and on Sat 12th at 8 am, 12 noon, 14.00, 18.00, 21.00.  To book, on http://jizdenky.studentagency.cz/ use the “bus tickets” tab, and the “from” menu scroll down through the Czech Republic Praha selections, ensuring you chose Praha, ÚAN Florenc” as your starting point.  You can use the English version of the site, http://www.studentagency.eu/, using the “online ticket reservation” section on the right hand side but, unlike the Czech site, the countries and destinations are listed in Czech! To see all coach journeys between Praha and Brno, including LATER Student Agency buses not listed on their own site above and journeys run by other bus companies see http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/autobusy/spojeni/

Apparently there are also mini-coaches operated by Czech Airlines from Prague Airport to Brno, that are reasonably priced only if you fly in and out with CSA (Czech Airlines). If someone is flying with CSA, he should ask about the mini-coaches and pay for them when he pays for his plane ticket. Then it is considered as "one trip" and if for some reason the return coach (due to snow problems on the highway etc.) misses his CSA plane, he is automatically rebooked to the following flight to his destination.

3. Vienna airport (VIE) is Austria’s biggest international airport (www.viennaairport.com) and 130 km from Brno.  For a list of destinations connecting to this airport please see the “Airlines and Destinations” section of this Wikipedia article.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_International_Airport

There are no flights between Vienna airport and Brno airport.

From Vienna to Brno by train.

Apparently, there is a fast transport link (S-Bahn) from the airport to the centre of Vienna calling at the railway station that serves Brno. 

To see ALL trains from Vienna; Rakousko to Brno use this Czech site (vlaky is trains only) choosing the first Vienna; Rakousko and Brno choices in the pull down menus http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni/ remembering that main stations are shown as as hl.n (for hlavni nadrazi).  You can see an English or a German version by clicking on the flags at the bottom right of the page. To see combined bus and train journeys usehttp://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusy/spojeni/

The websites http://www.raileurope-world.com/ and http://www.raileurope.co.uk/ may show only select trains that can be booked online.Choosing “from” Vienna and to “Brno” for 9/2/2011, there seem to be trains every 2 hours or so, taking 2 hours, and costing 36.80 euro.   Note that these websites show the only train on Friday and Saturday as 16.24 PM; however the Czech website http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni/shows many train connections, including another direct train at 17.24 and later journeys involving change of train.

From Vienna airport by coach.

Student Agency operate a direct bus connection, that anyone can book, from Vienna airport) to Brno. Journey time is about 2hours 30 mins and 16 euro each way.  Connections are at 9.15, 11.15 15.00 18.15 20.00.   However the last coach back to Vienna airport each evening is 15.15 pm (or 3.15 am).  Times are 03.15, 06.15, 10.15, 13.15, 15.15.

To book, http://jizdenky.studentagency.cz/ use the “bus tickets” tab, scroll down to the middle of the “from” choices to Austria and select “Wien, SchwechatAirport, Bbf, nast. 9”.  (You can use the English version of the site, http://www.studentagency.eu/, using the “online ticket reservation” section on the right hand side but, unlike the Czech site, the countries and destinations are listed in Czech! You need Rakousko, Viden, Letiste etc for Vienna airport). To see all coach connections use http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/autobusy/spojeni/ selecting Vienna or Vienna international bus terminal.

4. Bratislava airport (http://www.letiskobratislava.sk/35.html ) is Slovakia’s international airport and is approx 100 km from Brno. A list of destinations served can be seen in the link above but are primarily Ryanair destinations including Stockholm, London, Edinburgh, Rome, Milan , Paris). There is likely to be only one flight a day and it may not run every day.  There are no flights between Bratislava airport and Brno airport.

From Bratislava airport by train to Brno.

There is a bus line (no. 61) every 20 minutes, and taking about 30 minutes, from the airport to Bratislava’s central train station that serves Brno.

http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni/ shows at least 5 direct connections on Wednesday 9th Feb.  To see an English or a German version, clicking on the flags at the bottom right of the page.  

The websites http://www.raileurope-world.com/ and http://www.raileurope.co.uk/ which may show only select trains that can be booked online, show only two trains to Brno, which are at 8.09 am and 12.09 and trains back on Friday 11th and Sat 12th at 14.24 and 18.24.  Journey time is 1hr 30 mins and the cost is 28 euro one way.

From Bratislava airport to Brno by coach.

(There is an airport shuttle bus every half hour to Bratislava’s main bus station.

http://www.letiskobratislava.sk/51/32.html.  This shuttle seems to have disappeared from the website in the last few days). 

However you can get bus 61 as shown on the website above and transfer at the main train station, onto trolley bus 210 to the main bus station Mlynske Nivy which is the final stop, about 10 minutes away.  (I have presumed this is where the Student Agency coach leaves from – not specified on their site).  You could also get a taxi but they are much cheaper pre-booked than picked up just outside the airport (likely 20 euro to city centre)

 http://www.airport-desk.com/airports/europe/slovakia/bratislava-milan-rastislav-stefanik-airport.html   http://www.bratislavahotels.com/bratislava-airport-guide

Note that this Czech website shows a number of bus journeys with different bus companies to Brno but they do not appear to be bookable online.http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/autobusy/spojeni/

On Student Agency’s own website in which coach journeys can be booked online http://jizdenky.studentagency.cz/ (orhttp://www.studentagency.eu/ ) only two bus connections each day at 12:15 p.m and 19:15 p.m are shown.  Return Brno->Bratislava 9 a.m., 17.30 p.m. Friday 11th.  No service Saturday or Sunday, although a number of services, including a Student Agency bus are shown onhttp://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/autobusy/spojeni/

Transport by bus takes about 2 hours. Price of transport: 10 euro

Ø      BY RAIL

Brno is one of the most important Central European rail junctions, as it is situated on the international Balkan-Budapest-Prague-Berlin-Scandinavia rail route. Euro City trains on the Vienna-Prague route have stopped at Brno since1991.  Train timetables on this Czech sitehttp://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni/ - to see an English or a German version, clicking on the flags at the bottom right of the page - . show more connections than I have been able to find on (http://www.raileurope-world.com/ or http://www.raileurope.co.uk/),  but there is no translate button.  See under “Prague airport to Brno by train for tips on using the Czech site.  To see combined bus and train journeys usehttp://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusy/spojeni/)

Ø      BY ROAD

Brno is situated at the intersection of the D1 (Prague - Brno) and D2 (Brno - Bratislava) motorways. Both these motorways form part of the trans-European highways East-West (France - Ukraine: E50) and North-South (Scandinavia- the Balkans: E55, E65).

Brno is about 120 minutes drive from Vienna or 150 minutes drive from Prague.

Online coach booking http://jizdenky.studentagency.cz/.  Full coach timetables http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/autobusy/spojeni/  Bus and train journeyswww.idos.cz

 http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusy/spojeni/)

Here are 2 Czech language sites:

Bus company - CSAD (www.csad.cz), Brno public transport company - DPMB (www.dpmb.cz)

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