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Slovakia

Getting around

Bus & tram

Bus

Read timetables carefully; fewer buses operate on weekends and holidays.

Cestovné poriadky (cp.atlas.sk) Up-to-date bus and train schedules on line.

Slovenská autobusová doprava (SAD; www.sad.sk) Comprehensive national bus network; most useful in the mountains.

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Car & motorcycle

Licences Foreign driving licences with photo ID are valid in Slovakia.

Motorway stickers (nálepka) Toll stickers are required on all green-signed motorways. Fines for not having them can be hefty. Buy at petrol stations (rental cars usually have them).

Parking City streetside parking restrictions are eagerly enforced. Always buy a ticket from a machine, attendant or newsagent in Old Town centres.

Rental Car hire is available in Bratislava and Košice primarily.

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Train

Train is the way to travel in Slovakia; most places listed in this chapter are off the main BratislavaKošice line. No online reservations.

Cestovné poriadky (cp.atlas.sk) Up-to-date bus and train schedules online.

Slovak Republic Railways (ŽSR; 18 188; www.slovakrail.sk) Far-reaching, efficient national rail service.

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Local transport

Towns all have good bus systems; villages have infrequent service. Bratislava and Košice additionally have trams.

Hours Public transport generally operates from 4.30am to 11.30pm daily.

Tickets City transport tickets are good for all local buses, trams and trolleybuses. Buy at newsstands and validate on board or risk serious fines (this is not a scam).

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Bicycle

Roads are often narrow and potholed, and in towns cobblestones and tram tracks can prove dangerous for bike riders. Bike rental is uncommon outside mountain resorts. The cost of transporting a bike by rail is usually 10% of the train ticket.

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