The ‘Steel Heart of the Republic’, Ostrava is an industrial city near the Polish border which is famous for its coal production. The city has plenty to offer leisure travellers as well as business travellers, and narrowly missed out on the title of European Capital of Culture 2015.
Ostrava boasts great theatres, plays host to music festivals, and also has some fantastic museums and historical sites. The Lower Area of Vítkovice, a former mining area, is included on the list of European Cultural Heritage. The nightlife in Ostrava is also excellent. The city is home to Stodolni Street: the longest stretch of bars in the Czech Republic. There’s also a huge range of restaurants, covering local and international cuisines, and plenty of excellent shops and markets.
Airports in Ostrava
Leoš Janáček Airport Ostrava (OSR) serves the city of Ostrava. Since 2003 the airport has played host to the annual NATO Air Days in Ostrava military air show. The airport was expanded in 2006, with the addition of a new terminal.
Airlines that fly to Ostrava
Ryanair fly direct to Ostrava from the UK. Other airlines that fly to Ostrava are Czech Airlines, Eurolot, SmartWings, and Travel Service.
Getting into Ostrava
Public buses run frequently between the airport and the city centre. One way tickets cost around 38* CZK (about £1)* but prices do vary depending on how far you’re travelling. You can buy tickets direct from the driver.
There’s a taxi rank outside the airport: the journey should cost 650-750* CZK (about £17.25-£19.90). Ask your driver for an estimate before setting off. If you prefer to have your own mode of transportation, you can hire a car at the airport from Avis, Hertz, Budget or Europcar.
*Prices subject to change
When to fly to Ostrava
Ostrava has warm summers and cold winters, with the best weather occurring from May until October. If you love music, July is the best time to visit as this is when the Colours of Ostrava world music festival takes place. Every second year the city also hosts the Ostrava Days of New Music festival, which celebrates modern classical music. The festival only takes place during years which end with an odd number: so 2015, 2017, 2019 etc.
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