Getting Around

By Plane

If you want to fly to Bratislava, you can choose between the city’s own international airport “Letisko M. R. Štefánika” (BTS) and Schwechat airport (VIE) in Vienna, which is about 50 km from Bratislava and connected by regular shuttle buses. Bratislava’s airport is the biggest in Slovakia and one of the fastest expanding in Europe. Regular flights link it to other Slovak cities and with many major European destinations.

Bratislava International Airport (BTS) – Letisko M. R. Štefánika
Airport Bratislava is easily accessible by car. It takes about 15 from the airport to the city centre. The airport is located in the eastern part of the capital city of Bratislava, with a direct link to the D1 motorway by-pass. Bratislava Airport terminal consists of the main terminal building (A) and terminal B designated to serve the non-Schengen arrivals and departures. You can fly to Bratislava directly from many European cities.

Vienna Schwechat Airport (VIE)
Vienna Schwechat Airport is only 50 km from the centre of Bratislava, highway ride from there takes up to 45 minutes. A taxi by a Slovak company from the airport to Bratislava is about 50 €.
Regular buses running to the Bratislava centre and Bratislava airport (BTS) are provided by:
Transport from/to Vienna airport
Vienna airport → Bratislava: 60 EUR
On-line order form can also be found at https://www.airportlimuzin.sk

By Train

You can get to Slovakia by an international train from all its neighbouring countries.
Search for train connection at Slovakrail.sk.
You can get international train tickets at RailEurope.

Poland
From Warsaw to Bratislava there is an express train running 2 times a day (615 km, 7 – 9 hours), from Krakow 1 time a day (410 km, 7 hours 41 minutes). Express trains from Poland to Slovakia run through the Czech Republic. There is only one passenger train you can take between Poland and Slovakia, in Kysuce (Zwardoň – Žilina). Passenger transport on other rail tracks is currently suspended.

Hungary
There is a train running from Budapest to Bratislava 8 times a day (204 km, 2 hours 45 min.).

Austria
Trains between Vienna (Wien Hbf) and Bratislava (Bratislava Main Station and Bratislava Petržalka) are running 2 times an hour (70 km, 1 hour).

Germany
From Berlin to Bratislava there is a direct train 4 times a day (800 km, 9 hours), from Hamburg 1 time a day (1,150 km, 11.5 hours).

Russia, Ukraine
Once a day you can get to Bratislava by a direct train from Moscow (40 hours) and from Kiev (28 hours).

By Bus

Passenger transportation between Slovakia and other European countries is provided by several transport companies or independent transport providers. International coaches providing transport are standardly equipped luxurious vehicles (toilet, air-conditioning, TV, beverages sale).

Very frequent regular lines are especially connecting capitals of neighbouring states (Prague, Vienna), line buses also run to Budapest, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, London, Brussels, Paris, Nice, Zurich, Rotterdam etc. Bus services between Slovakia and many European cities are provided by Eurolines (Slovak Lines) and Student Agency.

Between Vienna and Bratislava run the buses of:

Strama offers a seasonal line (from 15th June to 15th October) from Poprad to Zakopane (Poland).

Travelling and reservation seat tickets need to be bought in advance either on-line, or at the bus station (in bigger cities), in some travelling agencies, eventually it is advised to book them by phone with transport providers. Some international lines are quite often sold out for a next few days, so you should allow yourself some time to book them in advance.

By Car

Slovakia is easily accessible by car due to its location in the Central Europe and advanced road network. Entrance gate to Slovakia from the west is Bratislava, which is directly accessible by highways from the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary.

Approximate distance and travel time from selected European cities to Bratislava
Vienna: 70 km, 1 hour
Budapest: 200 km, 2 hours 15 minutes
Prague: 340 km, 3 hours 30 minutes
Zagreb: 420 km, 4 hours 50 minutes
Krakow: 420 km, 5 hours 30 minutes
Munich: 490 km, 5 hours 30 minutes
Belgrade: 570 km, 6 hours 10 minutes
Berlin: 690 km, 7 hours 30 minutes
Warsaw: 675 km, 7 hours 30 minutes
Rome: 1150 km, 12 hours
Brussels: 1200 km, 12 hours
Paris: 1330 km, 13 hours
Kiev: 1330 km, 18 hours
London: 1560 km, 16 hours

Main road connections you might be interested in:
From the Czech Republic:
to Bratislava: D2 motorway Prague – Brno – Bratislava
to the Central Slovakia: E50 Brno – Uherské Hradište – Trenčín
to the north of Slovakia: E75 Ostrava – Čadca – Žilina

From Austria:
A6 – D4 motorway Vienna – Bratislava

From Hungary:
to Bratislava: E65 Budapest – Győr – Bratislava (D2 motorway)
to the Central Slovakia: E77 Budapest – Šahy – Zvolen (road No. 66)
to the Eastern Slovakia: E71 Miškolc – Košice

From Ukraine:
E50 Užgorod – Michalovce

From Poland:
to the west of Slovakia: S69 Bielsko Biała – Żywiec – Čadca
to the Central Slovakia, to Tatras: E77 Kraków – Ružomberok
to to Eastern Slovakia: E371 Rzeszów – Svidník - Prešov

Bratislava's Taxis

Bratislava's taxis are not unified as for example in Berlin or New York. Bratislava has about 20 separate taxi firms with over 2,000 vehicles and at least one hundred additional drivers who are not signed up with any taxi company.

All taxis must carry a yellow “taxi” sign, name of a taxi service, prices and identification of drivers.

General recommendation is to avoid taxis which do not have short telephone number and the company name written on the door or on the car.

Prices of taxi services may differ significantly. By entering the taxi, you automatically agree with the taxi’s fare.

Taxis waiting at the taxi stand (including taxis waiting at the Railway station, Buss stations, Airport terminals) or hailed at the street are rather expensive (15 euro or more, even for short trips). Significanly cheeper option is to order taxi by phone. Taxi usually appears within 10 min since the call.

The taxi companies on the list below offer convinient prices and reliable services (not a complete list).

LIST OF TAXI COMPANIES

The organisers of the congress do not guarantee for the prices and services of the taxi companies above. For complaints and claims, contact the taxi service provides.
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