Getting there & away
The main bus station (autobusová stanica, AS; reservations 5556 7349; www.eurolines.sk) is 1.5km east of the old town. Locals call it Mlynské Nivy, after the street it’s on. Buses leaving from here head to towns across Slovakia, including Žilina (203Sk, three hours, seven daily), Poprad (345Sk, seven hours, four daily), Košice (441Sk, eight hours, nine daily) and Bardejov (491Sk, nine to 11 hours, three daily).
For schedules, check out cp.zoznam.sk/ConnForm.asp; click on the British flag for the English-language version.
Numerous international-chain rental agencies have offices at the airport. The local Ali-mex (5564 1641; www.alimex.sk) charges from 699Sk per day (if you’re willing to drive with advertising on your car). Avis (5341 6111; www.avis.sk; Rybné nám 1) has a desk in the Hotel Danube, but prices are high (from 1200Sk per day).
Two 24-hour border crossings to Austria are at Petržalka and Jarovce.
The main train station (Hlavná stanica; www.zsr.sk) is about 1km north of the centre. At least 11 express trains per day connect Bratislava to Košice (518Sk, 6½ hours), most via Trenčín (180Sk, two hours), Žilina (268Sk, three hours) and Poprad (420Sk, five hours). Intercity (IC) trains (four daily) are slightly faster and require seat reservations.
Bratislava’s MR Štefánika Airport (BTS; 3303 3353; www.airportbratislava.sk) is 7km northeast of the centre. Sky Europe (4850 4850; www.skyeurope.com) has two to three daily flights to Košice (50 minutes, three daily) for as little as 190Sk (plus 300Sk in taxes) if you book ahead. Czech Airlines (ČSA; 5296 1042; www.czechairlines.com) flies to Prague three times per day.