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Arriving to Bratislava
From BRATISLAVA AIRPORT (BTS)
Official website: www.bts.aero
There are direct flights to a number of destinations in Europe and a number of airlines operate their direct routes to Bratislava – RYANAIR, Pobeda, Flydubai, Cyprus Airways, Smartwings, Air Cairo, Wizz Air. Bratislava city center is 15-20 minutes away from the airport.
To get to the city center you can take a taxi – do not forget to ask the price in advance before you enter the taxi – or take the bus no. 61 to the main train station. Bus tickets can be purchased from ticket machines at bus stops or kiosks and cost around €1 – do not forget to validate your ticket once you are in the bus. Once you reach the main station, you can walk to the city Centre in 15 minutes or take bus no 93 (exit Hodžovo námestie) or tram no 1 (exit Námestie SNP).
From VIENNA AIRPORT (VIE)
Official website: viennaairport.com
Vienna airport (Vienna-Schwechat) is situated 40 kilometers west of Bratislava and it is one of the main gateways to Slovakia. Buses to Bratislava from Vienna airport depart with 30 to 60-minute intervals. Tickets can be purchased directly in the bus or prior to your trip online via the following websites: eurolines.sk, regiojet.com, flixbus.com
Official website: zssk.sk
Bratislava connects Prague, Budapest, Vienna and various regions in Slovakia. There are two railway stations – the Main Station and Petržalka. The Main Station is well connected to the rest of the city via trams, buses or trolleybuses. From the train station in Petržalka, the no. 80, 91, 93 buses take you directly to the city Centre.
Official website: slovaklines.sk
Bratislava is also connected with many European cities via a network of bus lines. It has frequent services to the surrounding areas and other regions in Slovakia. Buses arrive and depart from Mlynské Nivy bus station. Coaches between Bratislava and Vienna run at one-hour intervals.
Bratislava is located at the intersection of several important motorways. The distance to Prague is 330 km, Budapest 200 km and Vienna 65 km. If you are bringing your own car, you need to display a valid motorway tax sticker (known as ‘dialnicka znamka’), available at borders or petrol stations. The minimum validity period is ten days (costs around EUR 10).
CROSSING THE BORDER
From 2004, Slovakia has been a member of the EU therefore visitors to Slovakia travelling from other EU countries, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland can travel using either a passport or a valid ID card. In 2007, Slovakia became part of the Schengen group of countries without border controls. A list of the countries whose citizens will not require a visa to enter Slovakia can be seen in the following link: www.slovakia.com
Public Transport around Slovakia
Tickets for public transport are valid for a certain period of time and are available from ticket-machines or kiosks. Tickets are valid for all means of public transport in the city and remain valid when changing from one means of transport to another; however the ticket should always be validated once inside the tram/bus. The minimum validity of a ticket is 15 minutes and the longest 7 days. For schedules, journey planners, routes and tickets please visit the following link: imhd.sk.
Trams are the most popular and fastest form of public transport in the city. They are reliable and on time and run from 5 a.m to 11:30 p.m.
Buses also play a substantial role in the public transport system of Bratislava. Limited- stop services run on the longer routes through the city and after midnight. Night buses operate in Bratislava with roughly one-hour intervals.
Trolley buses in addition are operating in the city center, mainly in its hilly parts. They have a long tradition in Bratislava and have been operating here for more than 100 years.
It is less expensive to order a taxi over the phone than to hire a taxi from a taxi stand or stop a taxi on the street. The minimum charge for a short-distance trip is around € 5. We recommend checking the price with the driver prior to getting in the vehicle. Every taxi must have a price list displayed in a visible location, and a fare meter must be used. Taxi drivers are obliged to issue receipts on request.
It is also convenient and useful to order a taxi via UBER, HOPIN or BOLT application.
Tourist information centres
Address: Klobučnícka 2, 811 01 Bratislava
April ‒ October: Mon ‒ Sun 9:00 ‒ 19:00
November ‒ March: Mon ‒ Sun 9:00 ‒ 18.00
+421 2 16 186, +421 2 5441 9410 (Mon ‒ Fri 9:00 ‒ 16:30)
+421 2 5935 6651 (Mon ‒ Fri after 16:30, at weekends and holidays)
email@example.com (Mon ‒ Fri 8:00 ‒ 16:30)
HLAVNÁ STANICA CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION
Address: Námestie Franza Liszta 1, 811 04 Bratislava
Opening hours: Mon ‒ Sun 9:00 ‒ 17:00 (lunch break 13:00 – 13:30)
Bratislava has a temperate continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The average daily temperature in summer (July, August) reaches 21 °C (maximum 38 °C), the average daily temperature in winter (December, January) –1 °C (minimum – 20 °C). The months with the highest rainfall are July and September; on the other hand May and October are relatively dry. The best times to visit Bratislava are from mid-April to mid-October and just before Christmas.
Slovaks are proud of their identity and language. Only a few foreigners are aware that the former Czechoslovakia was a federation of two republics – Czech and Slovak – and that, historically, two official languages always existed side by side: the Czech and the Slovak languages, also that Czechs and Slovaks are two separate nationalities, despite being close.
Tips are usually rounded up; with higher expenses there is a rule of a 10% tip but the actual tip depends on your satisfaction. In ordinary restaurants the waiter will usually bring your bill, tell you the sum and wait until you pay. As a rule, the total sum including a tip is paid or you indicate by a gesture that they may keep the change.
TRAVELING WITHOUT A TICKET
In comparison with other cities, traveling without a ticket on the various forms of urban transport is treated quite severely in Bratislava. Checks are frequent therefore in order to avoid an unpleasant situation, remember that the tickets must be validated on board. Please note that tickets are not sold on board the urban transport and can only be purchased at a ticket machine or from a kiosk.
The country code for Slovakia is 00421, Bratislava 02 (just 2 if calling from abroad); local telephone numbers have 8 digits.