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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed in hostel or mountain hut: €10–20
  • City transport ticket: €0.70
  • Regional museum entrance: €2–5
  • Castle tour: €7–10
  • Canteen meal: €3–6
  • Beer: €1.50
  • Guesthouse stay: €40–90
  • Car rental: €18–30
  • Mud or thermal-water treatment: €10–15
  • One-day ski pass: €30
  • Scenic cable-car ride: €8-27
Top end (more than)
  • Luxury hotel: €120–180
  • High-class two-course meal: €30
  • Guided ski or ice-climbing tour: €180
  • Spa treatment: from €30


Visas are not required for most visitors staying less than 90 days.

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Getting to Slovakia

Bratislava and Košice are the country's main entry and exit points by air, road and rail. Poprad, with bus links to/from Zakopane in Poland and a few international flights, is in distant third place. Entering Slovakia from the EU, indeed from most of Europe, is a breeze. Lengthy custom checks make arriving from Ukraine more tedious.

Bratislava has the largest number of international flights. Adding to the choice, well-connected Vienna International Airport is just 60km away from Bratislava, with frequent direct buses connecting the two.

Direct trains connect Bratislava to Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Russia; from Košice, trains connect to the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Russia. Buses travel to Uzhhorod in Ukraine (three hours) from Košice.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Slovakia

Slovakia's main towns are easy to reach by rail, while bus links (some seasonal, others infrequent) offer routes into smaller villages. There is extensive, cheap public transport in major cities like Bratislava and Košice. Slovakia is also a great country for drivers, thanks to its well-maintained highways, though roads aren't as good for cyclists.

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

Family is the focal point of life in Slovakia, particularly in rural areas. As a result the country is chock-full of child-friendly attractions. Note that in cities, children aren't usually present for evening dining and drinking (as they often are...

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Working and volunteering

EU nationals are free to work in Slovakia; look for vacancies on www.profesia.sk or www.careerjet.sk. Non-speakers of Slovak may also wish to follow the International Jobs Slovakia message board on Facebook (www.facebook.com/International.Jobs.Slovakia), operated by Internationals Bratislava (www.internationals.sk).TEFL (teaching English as...

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