Litomyšl is located in East Bohemia within traveling distance of Prague, Brno, and Ostrava. It’s accessible by all means of transportation, and it’s up to you which one you use.

How to get to us

by bus

Litomyšl is a stop on many long-distance routes crisscrossing the country, so it’s relatively convenient to use bus services.

The bus station is 1 km from the castle grounds, but right next to the castle, there is a bus stop called U ZAMKU, which is a used by buses from Česká Třebová and local buses in the Litomyšl public transportation systems (bus timetable).

by train and free shuttle service

Very often summertime means road repairs, detours, and the resulting traffic. A trip by train can be faster and more comfortable than by car. What’s more, cheaper!

Even though it’s possible to get to Litomyšl directly by train, the city’s station only serves as an end station for a regional route from Choceň, which takes 45 minutes to cover 24 km. Moreover, even though Choceň is on a main route, not all “fast trains” (rychlík) stop here. Therefore, we recommend that your end station be Česká Třebová, which is an important railway hub and is only 13 km from Litomyšl.

There tends to be a bus connection to Litomyšl from here; if the connection doesn’t work for you, it’s possible to use a taxi or book free transportation with the festival organizers in vehicles from our sponsor, Škoda.

by train and free shuttle service

Very often summertime means road repairs, detours, and the resulting traffic. A trip by train can be faster and more comfortable than by car.

Even though it’s possible to get to Litomyšl directly by train, the city’s station only serves as an end station for a regional route from Choceň, which takes 45 minutes to cover 24 km. Moreover, even though Choceň is on a main route, not all “fast trains” (rychlík) stop here. Therefore, we recommend that your end station be Česká Třebová, which is an important railway hub and is only 13 km from Litomyšl.

There tends to be a bus connection to Litomyšl from here; if the connection doesn’t work for you, it’s possible to use a taxi or book free transportation with the festival organizers in vehicles from our sponsor, Škoda.

by car

Naturally, the most common way to travel is by car; unfortunately, however, there are still no highways leading to Litomyšl. Highway D11 will get you from Prague to Hradec Králové, but from here you need to take crowded Class 1 roads via Holice or Pardubice. There are roads with similarly heavy traffic from Brno and Mohelnice, making it very difficult to estimate trip time, so be sure you add a large time margin before the start of your festival performance.

on foot

The streets in Litomyšl are equipped with an information system that will lead you reliably to the performance venues. Most of these occur inside the castle grounds, where the advisory center is also located. The Piarist Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross (Baroque, two towers), is directly next to the castle, and the Monastery/Festival Gardens are between this and the capitular Church of the Elevation of the Holy Cross (Gothic, one tower). You can get to Smetana House by starting at the statue of Bedřich Smetana on the main square and going across the river to the left.

City plan

by taxi

Litomyšl is a small city, and it’s possible to walk everywhere on foot. However, walking in high heels on historical cobblestone is impractical, so a taxi could come in handy.

Taxi services in Litomyšl

Parking

parking in Litomyšl

Even though Litomyšl tends to be filled with cars during the day, parking spots tend to be empty during evening hours, when most of the “big” performances take place. And there’s no fee at this time! It’s most advantageous to park on Smetanovo Náměstí Square; from here, the distance to all venues is 100 m or less.

Overview of permanent parking spaces in Litomyšl.

special festival parking

In addition to regular parking places, there is a free parking lot on the streets of Zámecká and Jiráskova, which has limited public traffic and exists for the duration of performances inside the castle grounds. Here, priority is given to parking spaces reserved for VIP card holders. Right next to the castle, there is a parking area set aside for people in wheelchairs.

Traffic Restrictions in Litomyšl

In order to create quiet zones, the streets directly next to the castle are closed to traffic during festival performances. Always ninety minutes before the start of a performance in the castle courtyard, the street of Zámecká is closed, starting at its intersection with the street of Lidická. Jiráskova Ulice Street is also closed between Smetanovo Náměstí Square and Ulice M. Kuděje Street. The closed streets are converted into parking for festival guests, and traffic resumes an hour after the performance has ended. Bus lines are allowed through as well as emergency vehicles; entry is not limited for residents. The detour route runs along the streets of Lidická and P. Bezruče.

We’re happy to answer all of your questions. Please ask Markéta:

Markéta Kutová

festival centre
+420 461 612 575
recepce@smetanovalitomysl.cz

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