Local buses run between the resorts every 20 minutes and tend to be quicker than the train – they have fewer stops. From Starý Smokovec it takes 10 minutes to Tatranska Lomnica (10Sk) and 30 minutes to Štrbské Pleso (28Sk). Schedules are posted on major bus stops.
Buses from Poprad travel to Starý Smokovec (18Sk, 20 minutes, every half hour), Tatranská Lomnica (25Sk, 35 minutes, hourly) and Štrbské Pleso (45Sk, 50 minutes, every 45 minutes).
The Tatra Electric Train Service (Tatranská elekrická železnica, TEZ) links most of the towns and villages in the Tatras at least hourly (schedules at www.zsr.sk). There are so many stops that it’s likely one is near your lodging. A 20Sk ticket covers a 6km to 14km ride. It’s easier to buy a one-/three-/seven-day pass for 100/200/360Sk. If there’s no ticket window at your stop, buy one from the conductor. Validate it on board.
One line runs from Poprad via Starý Smokovec (30 minutes) to Štrbské Pleso (one hour). Another line connects Starý Smokovec to Tatranská Lomnica (15 minutes), so you have to change to travel from Štrbské Pleso to Tatranská Lomnica. A third route from Tatranská Lomnica through Studený potok (15 minutes) loops round to Poprad (25 minutes).