Transport to Bratislava
Bratislava Airport (BTS)
The airport is conveniently located near the centre of Bratislava. Air operators from several European and worldwide destinations, including low-cost airlines, fly here. A taxi to the city centre costs an average of €15. A cheaper option is to book a taxi by phone or via a mobile app – the most widely used application is called Hopin. Bus 61 regularly runs to Bratislava Central Railway Station (Bratislava hlavná stanica), from where you can get to the city centre on foot (about 15 minutes) or take buses 93 or X13 (2–3 bus stops). Bus tickets can be bought at ticket vending machines or at newsstands. They need to be validated in the vehicle. Link: www.bts.aero
Vienna International Airport (VIE)
Thanks to the proximity of the VIE to Bratislava (40 km), good transport connections and a wide variety of air operators from European as well as worldwide destinations, visitors to Bratislava often use this airport. Transport between Bratislava and VIE is provided by the coaches of the Slovak Lines, Blaguss and RegioJet carriers, which run approximately once an hour. The journey to Bratislava takes about an hour. Tickets can be bought from the driver on the bus, in the offices of carriers at the airport, or online on the carriers' websites. A one-way ticket costs €4 or more. Alternatively, you can take a taxi which costs at least €36. Link: www.viennaairport.com
The city has two main railway stations – the Central Station (Hlavná stanica) and the Petržalka Station (Stanica Petržalka). The Central Station is well connected to the whole city by public transport. The city centre can also be reached on foot in about 15 minutes. To get to the city centre from Petržalka Station, you can take buses 80, 91, 93 or 94. Link: www.slovakrail.sk
Bratislava has good bus connections to many cities in Europe and to the other Slovak regions. The buses arrive at Mlynské nivy Bus Station. The buses operating between Bratislava and Vienna run every hour. Links: www.slovaklines.sk, www.flixbus.com, www.studentagency.sk
Bratislava lies at a motorway junction. Prague is 330 km, Budapest is 200 km and Vienna is 65 km away from Bratislava. On the motorways, Slovakia requires the use of electronic vignettes. These can be bought at self-service machines at the border crossings or at petrol stations. You may also buy a vignette online or via a mobile app. The cheapest vignette costs €10 and is valid for 10 days. Link: www.eznamka.sk
Transport in the City
Buses, trams and trolleybuses
The public transport network in Bratislava is dense. Although the city has no subway, it has buses, trams and trolleybuses, with the latter operating in hillier areas. When travelling, allowance should be made for possible delays, especially at peak times. Night buses run every hour. Tickets are purchased from ticket vending machines at bus stops or news-stands and are valid for a specific period of time. It is necessary to validate them in the vehicle. These through-tickets are valid for all types of public transport in the city. The shortest period tickets are valid for 15 minutes and cost 70 cents. For more information about schedules, journey planners, maps and routes see www.imhd.sk
Car and parking
Given that Bratislava is a relatively small city, transport by car is usually not the most convenient option. The rush hour is mostly between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. and between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Parking in the city centre is possible in underground garages or paid parking lots. In the streets, the designated parking zones can be used by purchasing parking tickets from self-service machines, vendors in yellow vests or news-stands.
Several taxi companies offer their services in the city. A cheaper option is to book a taxi by phone or via a mobile app – the most widely used application is called Hopin. Taxis standing at taxi ranks are traditionally more expensive. Link: www.hopin.sk
Due to the short distances, walking is often the most convenient option in much of the city centre. The Old Town is a single large pedestrian zone, so the majority of attractions in the city can be visited on foot.
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is a political, commercial and educational centre. It has a population of about 400,000. Bratislava hosted the coronation of eighteen Hungarian rulers, including Maria Theresa. In those times, it was known as Prešporok (Pressburg in German and Pozsony in Hungarian). Given its convenient location on the banks of the Danube, at the centre of Europe, Bratislava was almost bound to become an important crossroads of trade routes and a cultural meeting point. In historic Bratislava, the German, Hungarian and Slovak cultures and languages blended and existed side by side. Nowadays, Bratislava is experiencing an unprecedented development of construction, trade, services and tourism. Link: www.visitbratislava.com
Journalists will book and pay for their accommodation by themselves. Given the large number of visits to Bratislava during the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council, we recommend that you book accommodation well in advance. If you are interested, a list of partner hotels which you can book during the Slovak Presidency is enclosed in the Annex at the end of this text.
Bratislava has a temperate continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The maximum daily temperatures in the summer rise to 38 °C (21 °C on average), whereas the minimum daily temperatures in the winter decrease to –20 °C (–1 °C on average). The highest precipitation levels are in July and in September, whilst the lowest are in May and October. The best time to visit Bratislava is from mid-April to mid-October and before Christmas.
Holidays during the Presidency
5 July: Saints Cyril and Methodius' Day
29 August: Slovak National Uprising Anniversary
1 September: Day of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic
15 September: Our Lady of Sorrows Day
1 November: All Saints' Day
17 November: Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
24 December: Christmas Eve
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Boxing Day
The official language spoken in Slovakia is Slovak. In Bratislava, most people (especially youth) speak English or German.
Central European Time (GMT + 1); daylight saving time is applied from March to November (GMT + 2).
The currency used in Slovakia is the Euro (€). Money can be exchanged in most banks and exchange offices in the city centre.
For more information see: www.visitbratislava.com
PHOTO: Bratislava Tourist Board (Vrlák)