Integrated Public Transport System of the South Moravian Region

About IDS JMK

Basic information

An Integrated transport system is a way of providing means of public transit in larger areas. These systems combine several transport modes together (buses, trams, trains) and create a single system with unified tariff, conditions of carriage and a good route frequency.

Launch of IDS JMK

The Integrated transport system of the South Moravian region, i.e. IDS JMK, was launched in multiple stages. The 1st stage of IDS JMK was launched on January 1, 2004. After the inital 112 municipalities being integrated in the 1st phase, 49 more towns were integrated in the 2A stage in the Tišnov area on January 1, 2005, and on September 1, 2005, another 24 municipalities were integrated in the 2B stage near Sokolnice and Zbraslav. On December 11, 2005, the 3A stage of IDS JMK was launched in the Slavkov, Bučovice and Vyškov area with another 22 villages. The several city transit routes in Vyškov were also integrated. Since July 1st, 2006, the first part of 3B stage near Ivančice has been launched and 21 new municipalities were added to IDS JMK. On September 1, 2006, the second half of 3B stage near Židlochovice included another 29 villages. On March 4, 2007 the E4 stage in the area near Boskovice was launched; E4B stage included more of the Vyškov area in mid-2008. Another extension of IDS JMK took place from 14.12.2008, total of 124 new villages around Hodonín and Břeclav were integrated. On July 1st, 2010, the last part of IDS JMK was launched in Znojmo and its surrounding villages, where the last 163 municipalities were integrated.

Thanks to IDS JMK, all routes within the South Moravian region now operate as a whole — transit is now much simpler to use. All routes were numbered 1 to 999 (except for trains; those use 'S' or 'R' prefixes) and timetables were designed from scratch.

Further extensions after 2010

After integrating all of the South Moravian region, cross-region and cross-border connections followed: Since March 1, 2014, IDS JMK operates international trains to Myjava, Slovakia; bus 816 was extended to Drosendorf, Austria on May 1, 2014; IDS JMK also integrated trains to the Vysočina region going all the way to Rovné-Divišov on July 1, 2014. January 1, 2015, was the first day of operation of route 370 in Bystřice nad Pernštejnem; since July 1, 2015, the Touristbus service operates between Mikulov and Poysdorf, Austria. As of December 12, 2019, IDS JMK tickets are accepted on trains between Znojmo and Retz, Austria, as well as on the entirety of route 334 to Bystřice nad Pernštejnem. On January 1, 2020, IDS JMK was extended to Staré Město, Kunovice and Uherské Hradiště.

What's in it for me?

The transit system before the conception of IDS JMK was defunct, ineffective and expensive — many people just decided to use the car instead. That's both bad for the environment and bad for the price of tickets — they were much more expensive than today.

With IDS JMK, these trends halted. The introduction of IDS JMK resulted in more passengers using mass transit and we hope this number will continue to rise. We believe that the future of transit is bright, with many new opportunities to improve, including car/bikesharing and Park&Ride car parks.

IDS JMK in numbers

Number of IDS JMK routes (total) 322
Number of train lines 24
Number of tram lines in Brno (no. 1-12) 11
Number of trolleybus routes in Brno (no. 25-40) 13
Number of bus routes in Brno (nr. 40-99) 47
Number of city routes in Adamov 1
Number of city routes in Blansko 4
Number of city routes in Břeclav 9
Number of city routes in Bystřice n/P 1
Number of city routes in Hodonín 4
Number of city routes in Kyjov 3
Number of city routes in Vyškov 4
Number of city routes in Znojmo 7
Number of regional bus routes 194
Number of tariff zones 161

Benefits of IDS JMK

One ticket

In IDS JMK, one ticket is enough to travel on trams, both city and regional buses, all regional trains and integrated inter-regional trains. You simply buy (or stamp) your ticket and within a certain time limit, you're free to use any means of transport.

Unified fares

Use any means of transport for your journey — it won't affect your fares.

Season tickets

If using public transit often, you should look into the possibility of getting a season ticket. Not only you don't have to bother with buying tickets for every journey, but you'll save a lot of money.

Service frequency

Instead of having many uncoordinated bus routes that only make a journey once or twice per day, IDS JMK relies on a network of routes that have a minimum frequency of 3 buses each way on weekdays and 3 on weekends. Most routes, however, have a 1 or 2 hour frequency.

Transfers

IDS JMK timetables are coordinated, meaning the lines connect to each other as much as possible, allowing passenger to change in many places. In the timetables, you can often see marked connections, where drivers have to wait for each other and let passengers change between these services. IDS JMK relies on a system of transfers with frequent routes, rather than less frequent direct connections.

Transport carriers

IDS JMK uses many different bus carriers for their routes, however, all carriers have to follow the same quality guidelines.

Better information

IDS JMK phone numbers are in service in English, too; use them for any of your inquiries, comments and complaints.

BASIC INFO ABOUT IDS JMK

IDS JMK network

IDS JMK operates within the entire South Moravian region and parts of Vysočina, Zlín, Pardubice and Olomouc regions bordering with the South Moravian region, as well as in parts of Slovakia and Austria. In IDS JMK, passengers can travel with one ticket under the same conditions of carriage on trams, trolleybuses, buses, all regional trains and integrated inter-regional trains.

Tariff zones

The area of IDS JMK is divided into many tariff zones. The core of the zone system consists of zones 100 and 101, covering the city of Brno. A single tariff zone consists of several villages or a single larger town. The zone system simplifies travelling, because passengers know exactly how much they need to pay for fares.

Route numbering

All routes have a unique number. Numbers 1-99 operate within Brno and its close suburbs. Routes 100-200 are interregional buses, operating on longer routes. Routes 200 and above are local regional buses. Train lines are prefixed with either "S" (local and regional trains) or "R" (inter-regional and express trains).

Vehicles in IDSJMK

All carriers have to follow same quality standards, determining how vehicles should be labeled (a dot-led sign showing the route number and destination, tariff and terms and conditions information, etc.). We also care about the comfort inside vehicles with AC and low entry buses and trains.

TICKETS IN IDS JMK

The main advantage of IDS JMK are unified fares; choose the ticket that suits the length of your journey the best.

Single tickets

Single tickets are for purchase in most newsstands, kiosks, at most major train stations, ticket machines within Brno, from drivers/ticket inspectors on trains or via the Poseidon app. A ticket starts being valid after it gets stamped at any validator (at train stations and train stops or on vehicles other than trains).

Season tickets

Season tickets are sold for longer time periods (month/quarter/year). A season ticket consists of two parts - your ticket ID (the top part with your name and photo ID) and the coupon. A standard ID photo of 3.5 × 4.5 cm format is required to get a ticket ID. The biggest advantage of season tickets is the price — with one payment, you travel within any of the purchased zones with unlimited journeys. A range of all-day and multi-day tickets is also available, great for shorter stays within Brno.

Universal tickets

A universal ticket can replace most single-use tickets. It is intended primarily for passengers who use IDS JMK for irregular journeys or travel through a larger number of zones. A universal ticket consists of a total of 24 fields. At the start of the journey, the passenger needs to know how many zones he will travel through and then stamps the adequate field according to the instructions on the back of the ticket.

Ticket sale

Tickets are sold at most major train stations, DPMB pre-sale places, major bus stations, post offices outside Brno, news stands, in ticket machines within Brno, ticket inspectors on trains and drivers. Ticket purchase is also possible via the Poseidon app or via SMS (SMS tickets are valid in 100 + 101 zones on routes 1-99 only).

Electronic ticketing

In IDS JMK, EOC (Electronic ticketing) is now being gradually launched. Use the Poseidon app to buy single-use tickets. E-shops for multi-day and season tickets are also in service. Single-use tickets are sold at most major train stations, by ticket inspectors on trains and drivers, and can be paid for by card.

BENEFITS FOR PASSENGERS

Benefits for travelling within Brno

With the launch of IDS JMK, people of Brno didn't feel any big changes — the prices of both single and season tickets stayed the same. The biggest change was the possibility to travel with these tickets beyond the borders of Brno — these journeys became cheaper.

Benefits for travelling outside Brno

After IDS JMK was launched, the number of services in the region was increased. Thanks to a better service frequency and good thought-out transfers, passengers can now travel to more destinations than before. The number of services continues to rise, with additional night and weekend buses being introduced every year. Timetables for IDS JMK were designed from scratch and all of them have a unified look so they're easy to read. Frequent travellers and commuters appreciate the option of season tickets that didn't exist before.

Getting on vehicles

Getting on through all doors:
  • trains
  • trams and trolleybuses
  • routes 1-99 in Brno
  • routes 100 and above if in zones 100 + 101 and terminating in Brno
First door only boarding:
  • any bus routes outside Brno
  • bus routes 100 and above within zones 100 + 101 heading outside of Brno

On January 1, 2020, "regulated boarding" was introduced on S2 and S3 train lines. Passengers without tickets are obligated to board a carriage with a green stripe painted on and buy a ticket from train crew.

Ticket inspection

Ticket inspectors in all transit services have to show their badge (labeled "REVIZOR") when asking for tickets. In trains, the train crew is authorized to inspect tickets. The penalty fare for travelling without a valid ticket or violating the IDS JMK Terms and conditions is 1500 Kč (~ 50€). With the early payment incentive (when paying immediately or within 5 business days), the penalty fare is reduced to 800 CZK. To both penalty fares, 25 CZK is added as a flat fare substitute for a ticket.

If you forget your seasonal ticket, you have 5 days to prove that you had a ticket at time of violation. Then you avoid paying fine, instead you pay only 50Kč manipulation fee.

Carriers in IDS JMK

A total of 24 carriers now operate within IDS JMK:

Train carriers:

  • České dráhy, a.s.
  • Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko, a.s.
  • Regiojet a.s.
  • Arriva vlaky, s.r.o.
  • ÖBB
Transit in Brno is operated by:
  • Dopravní podnik města Brna, a.s.
Other bus carriers:
  • ADOSA a.s.
  • ARRIVA MORAVA a.s.
  • DOPAZ s.r.o.
  • BDS-BUS
  • BORS Břeclav a.s.
  • BORS BUS s.r.o.
  • ČAD Blansko a.s.
  • ČSAD Brno holding, a.s.
  • ČSAD Hodonín a.s.
  • ČSAD Kyjov Bus a.s.
  • ČSAD Tišnov, spol. s r.o.
  • FTL - First Transport Lines
  • ICOM transport a.s.
  • SEBUS s.r.o.
  • Tourbus, a.s.
  • TRADO-BUS, s.r.o.
  • VYDOS BUS a.s.
  • ZDAR, a.s.
  • Zlatovánek spol. s.r.o.
  • Znojemská dopravní společnost - PSOTA, s.r.o.