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How do you get to the Punkva caves?

...and everything else you need to know

Punkva Cave tour Czech Republic

The Punkva caves were one of my highlights of the Czech Republic. This blog should tell you everything you need to know to plan your trip independently. How do you get to the Punkva caves? 

 

 

 

What does the cave tour include?

Macocha abyss, Punkva Caves, Czech Republic

The tour covers 1250m distance and takes 1 hour and includes walking, boat trip and very impressive cavern entrance called the Macocha abyss which is a breathtaking 138.4m deep. You will need a fisheye lens or 360 camera to capture it. They offer tours in English. The cave is well lit and you get to see stalactites, stalagmites, pools and an underground river. How do you get to the Punkva caves? 

 

 

 

How long do you need to visit the Punkva caves?

It is possible to do this as a day trip from Prague by train. Would be a long day. You could also do it as a day trip from Brno. There are 5 different cave tours in the area. Similar prices and times (40-70 minutes and 100-180kc). We will focus on the Punkva cave system.

How do you get to the Punkva caves?  

 

 

How do you get to the Punkva caves?

Direct train from Prague central train station to Blansko takes around 2.5 hours and costs around 300kc (GBP30 or USD45). The trains are modern and have WiFi. No food served on board. 1st and 2nd class seats available- but there is very little difference. Train ticket prices don't increase closer to the time. You pay based on the distance of the route but can generally travel on any train on the route. If you are travelling as a group of 2 or more ask about group discount tickets. If you buy a return ticket it may be slightly cheaper.

Train and bus website to check routes and times (page can be translated to English with Google translate)

Click HERE to visit the Czech trains and bus website

 

Krasobus stops outside train station and other places around blansko. You can buy your ticket on the bus. Bus 226 goes up to ticket office for the caves. 10kc (GBP0.3 or USD 0.5) between Blansko and the ticket office. Regularity of buses depends on season.

Kraso bus Blansko Czech republic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxis also available 150-200kc (GBP5.00-7.00 or USD8.00-11.00). There is also parking available by the ticket office. The ticket office and information centre is next to the Skalni Mlyn hotel where you can buy tickets for any of the cave tours. The ticket office is marked on the map below.

 

From ticket office walk around 2km up road (beautiful 20 minute walk) or take small “train” bus. You can purchase tickets at the office with your cave tickets. 90kc (GBP3.00 or USD 4.50) return or 80kc one way. 

 

 Punkva caves ticket office

 

If you plan to walk there is one fork in the road a short distance after the ticket office. You need to go left at this fork. There are lockers for small and big bags by the cave entrance, 10kc coin needed.

Top tip: if you are traveling by bus find out what time the bus returns to Blansko when you buy your ticket for the cave tour. The bus picks passengers up outside the hotel next to the ticket office. It takes about 20min to walk from the cave to the bus stop. You may need to take the mini train to make it in time. How do you get to the Punkva caves? 

 

 

 

How much do tickets cost to enter the cave?

You are not allowed to explore the caves without buying a ticket to go on a guided tour with a group.

Entry to the Punkva cave 180kc (6.00GBP or around 9.00USD)  + 40kc photo fee (photo fee not strictly enforced in the cave). Child ticket 6-15 years old 100kc (around 3.00GBP or 4.50USD). Children under 6 free. Students under 26 years old may be able to get a discount with student ID.

 

 

 

What are the opening times of the Punkva caves?

Punkva caves boats Czech Republic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening times and seasons for the Pukva cave system are as follows:

  • Low season is from start of November- end of March. Open Tuesday - Sunday 8.40am first entry - 2pm last entry and roughly every hour between. Closed on Mondays.
  • End of high season. October: Tuesday - Friday 8.40am first entry - 2pm last entry and roughly every hour between. Saturday - Sunday 8.20am first entry - 4pm last entry and roughly every hour between. Closed on Mondays.
  • High season is from start of April - end of September. Monday 10.00am first entry - 4pm last entry and roughly every hour between. Tuesday - Sunday 8.20am first entry - 4pm last entry and roughly every hour between.
  • Annual closure: Dec 24th-26th and 1st Jan.

Depending on water levels in the cave the boat tour may be cut short or not included and the cost and time may be reduced. How do you get to the Punkva caves? 

 

 

 

Do you need to buy tickets in advance?

We were able to turn up and buy tickets an hour before the tour in mid March without booking in advance. It may be advisable to book in advance in high season, or be willing to wait for a tour. To book in advance: +420 516 413 575 / +420 516 410 024 / +420 602 205 584, info@caves.cz, www.caves.cz There are English speaking staff at the ticket office.

The only place we could see to buy food was the hotel by the ticket office. We would recommend bringing a packed lunch unless you want to eat at the hotel.

 

 

 

What else can you do in the area?

There are several cave systems that you can visit in the area. You can also trek and enjoy the scenery. If you have time you could travel down to Vranov, a beautiful alpine village around 6km south west of Blansko.

 

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