Long-haul and regional bus services are an important part of the transport system in the Czech Republic. Buses are often faster, cheaper and more convenient than trains, and are especially handy for accessing areas where train services are poor, such as Karlovy Vary and Český Krumlov.
- Many bus routes have reduced frequency (or none) at weekends. Buses occasionally leave early so get to the station at least 15 minutes before the official departure time.
- Bus stations are usually (but not always) located near train stations to allow for easy transfer between the two. In Prague, the Florenc bus station is the main departure and arrival point, though some buses arrive at and depart from smaller stations along outlying metro lines.
- Check the online timetable at IDOS (http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz) to make sure you have the right station.
- Buy tickets at station ticket windows or directly from the driver. Be sure to have small notes handy, since drivers are rarely able to give change for large denominations.
Regiojet and Flixbus are popular private carriers with extensive national networks to key destinations, including Prague, Brno, Karlovy Vary, Plzeň and Český Krumlov. Buy tickets online or at station ticket windows.