Since it was founded in the early middle ages Litomyšl has lain right on the ancient trade route between Bohemia and Moravia (the Trstěnice way) and in the 21st century it remains a straightforward place to get to.
Highway #35 between Hradec Králove and Olomouc passes right through Litomyšl; and there’s ample parking by the new Billa Supermarket and the recently refurbished bus station, just across the river Loučna from the historic centre. Train connections to Litomyšl aren’t great, but 10km away is the major rail hub Česká Třebová, with direct connections to Prague, Olomouc, Vienna, Warsaw and Krakow. Buses travel frequently from Česká Třebová train station to Litomyšl.
From Prague, the best option is to take one of the 35 direct trains every day to Česká Třebová, walk through the train station and get on one of the buses to Litomyšl from there. They often seem to leave from stand #1, but this could change at any time. In this way, the 163km trip will take 2hrs 30min to 3 hours. Travelling by train the entire way from Prague to Litomyšl will take the same amount of time and require changing at Choceň and/or Vysoké Mýto.
From Kutná Hora, it’s best to make your way back to Kolín, which is on the main train line from Prague to the east, and follow the directions above
From Olomouc there are direct buses several times each day that cover the 98km in about 90 minutes. It’s also possible to take any train towards Prague as far as Česká Třebová and transfer to a local bus for the last 10minutes of the journey. If the connection between train and bus is good, the trip can take as little as 75 minutes.
From Telč to Litomyšl will involve several changes of bus and or train and take in excess of 4hrs 30mins to cover the 145km. It’s therefore much better to arrange your trip so as not to visit these two towns in succession.
From Karlovy Vary and Český Krumlov it’s best to make your way to Prague and follow the above directions from there.
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