Getting Around

The logistics… airports, buses, trains, boats. This could just be the most useful information you read on Slovakia today! Below, as in every section of this site, related articles are posted in order of publication date, but here we are also in the process of creating a Contents Page (hover over “Getting Around Slovakia” and it’s on the drop-down menu) which sets out, in the most common-sensical way possible, by major city and then by means of transport used to either arrive in the country from abroad or to travel around within it (flight, train, boat, car, tour) everything you need to know about travelling to (and within) Slovakia.

In this section we cover:

Flights: where we’ll endeavour to keep you updated on the best flight connections to/from/within Slovakia… sometimes it’s a bit of a merry-go-round but we’ll try! (remember if you’re caught short there’s always Vienna International Airport, only one hour away, and Budapest Ferenc Liszt two hours away).

Train: where we’ll give you the nitty-gritty on train travel within Slovakia (compared with the majority of countries in Europe, very good value), as well as a few random, fun international train journeys you can take from Slovakia. For reaching Slovakia from foreign parts – or indeed getting to them from Slovakia, there’s the very good Man in Seat 61 (although even he doesn’t cover everything about international train journeys to/from Slovakia so there will still be some info here in this regard).

Boat: where you can find out all about getting around and about by boat! The Grand Danube is a great way to enter or exit Slovakia, plus within the country there are other significantly sized rivers navigable by boat (the Morava, the Váh). We’re focussing more on boat journeys that get you from A to B here, not just pedal-boating around an ornamental lake (for example). 

Getting Around Bratislava: where we’ll post stuff on just that subject! Even though it’s quite small and navigable, there are a few useful things in terms of transport within the city that it’s a good idea to know…

Tours: where you can discover how to get around Slovakia whilst having everything arranged for you. Not everything’s covered here, of course – only the cool/wacky/Englishmaninslovakia checked stuff…

 


Posts in Getting Around

  • A moving encounter between long-lost relatives bought together through the Slovakia genealogy tours. ©adventouraTours: Ancestry Trips Through Slovakia

    Slovakia’s turbulent history – with stints under the control of several different empires – means tracing your roots can be tough. Nevertheless, many of those with Slovak ancestry do want to take up the challenge, and it’s here that one of the country’s newest tour operators comes in handy. Based in the High Tatras, Ancestry and ...

  • Image ©didier descouensGetting Around Bratislava: The Cognac Express

    Yes, that image depicts a brandy glass. Commonplace enough in a bar or even on a website run by someone who likes his drink. But how about in a taxi in Slovakia at 4:30am? I don’t, generally, get enthusiastic about getting from A to B in style (read: luxury cruise, first-class train, business-class flight). If it does ...

  • Europe by Train...Trains: From the UK to Slovakia on the Rails – Why Do It?

    People gave me incredulous looks when I told them I’d be taking the train from the UK to Slovakia the next time I needed to do the journey. People often give you incredulous looks, I’ve found, when you attempt to do something that is not done in the most efficient or obvious way. So of ...

  • Image by Felix OGetting Around Bratislava: the Main Bus, Tram and Trolleybus Routes

    The main Bratislava public transport website is imhd.sk – here, if you know your journey’s beginning and end point, you can plan any trip on tram, bus or trolleybus within the greater Bratislava public transport network (which extends to include Marianka in the north, Hainburg, Austria in the west, outermost Petržalka in the south and ...

  • Getting Around Bratislava: Petržalka’s New Tram Link

    Ah, the good old days. Bratislava’s Starý Most, or “old bridge” – seen in the foreground in the feature image back in the days when it still existed – personified them for me insofar as the city centre stretch of the Danube went. Did. It’s quite a shock, when you’re going for a stroll around ...

  • Bratislava by night...Getting Around Bratislava: How to Get to the Main Hotels

    Imagine this. It’s late. The Ryanair flight’s just landed. To cap a long journey, you’ve had to deal with officially the most ridiculous airport bus transfer in the world (yes Bratislava really is a record-breaker in this respect). You just want to get to your hotel. But actually, it’s not always as simple as that. ...

  • Image ©Yusuke KawasakiGetting Around Bratislava: the Definitive Guide to its Transport Hubs

    Here’s how to find how Bratislava’s main transport links… because we know you’ll want to… 1 – Air: Bratislava’s M. R. Štefánik Airport lies to the east of Ružinov 8km outside the city centre. All flights to Bratislava come here (click here for a post on Slovakia’s air connections). It’s a modern place, although don’t get here too ...

  • Boat: Getting to Bratislava by River

    Everyone knows about those grand old Central European trains, right? Kicking back in the dining car with a frothy beer and a plate of fried cheese (well fried cheese is unquestionably the dish all Central European trains do best) as you cruise between nations is undeniably one of the continent’s very best experiences. And of ...

  • Wizz Air Take-off!Flights: Poprad to London Route Now Established Air Link to Slovakia

    A few years ago, the now-defunct SkyEurope airline offered the incredibly useful connection between London and the High Tatras of Slovakia which are one of the country’s main tourist attractions. Now, thanks to Wizz Air, that flight is not only back – but booming. Which is particularly great news in a world of flight routes ...

  • Trains: Want Fried Cheese With That View? (A Welcome to Riding the Rails in Slovakia)

    Friday afternoon; I have my ticket from the sour-faced woman in Bratislava’s Vinohrady station; I’m waiting on the broken platform with a view of vineyards in spring bloom; there’s a moan and a clank and a sound a bit like what I imagine a minotaur sounds like when it despairs because it got lost in ...

  • Trains: Regiojet – Too Good to be True?

    Until recently, ZSSK, the state-owned Slovak train company, ran all train routes in Slovakia. This was not a wholly bad thing, because as monopolies go, this was a pretty fair one, with reasonable prices for train travel nationwide, and several notable efforts of recent years to step up quality (the introduction of smart new two-tier ...

  • Getting Around Bratislava: From the Airport to the City Centre

    After the confusion I have had myself over the years, I thought a few notes on Bratislava’s actually very good but initially flummoxing public transport system might come in handy. There is very little thorough info in English on the web so: voila. This post is about getting from Bratislava Airport, aka M. R. Štefánik ...

  • How to Get Between Poprad, Ždiar and Zakopane in Poland

    It’s a topic that’s thrashed out on travel forums again and again, because the online info is always conspicuously lacking in some of the necessary detail: how to take the beguilingly scenic trip across the east of the High Tatras between Poprad (Slovakia) and Zakopane (Poland), the two big mountain supply towns on either side? I was the same, back ...

  • Poprad to the Mountains: Tatras Electric Railway

    The electric trains that run between Poprad and the High Tatras mountain resorts are more than a means of getting about: they are an experience in themselves. I, being quite passionate about public transport, am a huge fan of a transport network that not only gets you from A to B but also does so via beautiful ...

  • Tours: Tatras Adventure Trips with Adventoura

    Adventoura runs some of the coolest organised tours of the Slovakian Tatras around. It’s based out of Poprad. Here www.englishmaninslovakia.co.uk talks to the founder to give you an idea of what you can see and do with the company…  Question One: What inspired you to set up Adventoura? And why in Poprad? At the time Adventoura went on market ...

  • Credit: Authentic SlovakiaTours: Authentic Slovakia, the Country’s Wackiest Tour Agency

    Englishman in Slovakia caught up recently with one half of Authentic Slovakia, owned by two brothers, one of Bratislava’s newest and coolest tour agencies, to find out a little bit more about them and the kind of experiences tourists can have with them. Slovakia’s tourism industry has been keen in the past to brush over ...

  • 800px-Kosice_airportFlights: Košice’s Connections – The Latest (2016 Update)

    When Košice got a new flight connection from London Luton, you heard it here first: almost a year before it happened! It seemed when that route began operating in autumn 2013 that Slovakia’s second city was really making moves to turn its airport into a serious international airport – fitting, as it was in 2013 that ...

  • ryanair-imageFlights: Flying to Slovakia WITHOUT Ryanair

    It’s about 1am in the draughty terminal at Luton Airport. They call it London Luton even though it’s over an hour away via a dirty train journey, of which the best thing that can be said of it is that it at least circumnavigates central Luton. Luton Airport might, indeed, be purgatory (and seems to be ...