Currency

Euro (€)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than €100

  • 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

Midrange: €100–200

  • 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 €200

  • Luxury hotel: €120–180
  • High-class two-course meal: €30
  • Guided ski or ice-climbing tour: €180
  • Spa treatment: from €30

Bargaining

Respectful bartering is common in markets, but fixed-price goods are the norm in most places in Slovakia. Gentle haggling might be appropriate when agreeing to a fare for long taxi rides (or where the journey involves the driver waiting while you visit something), negotiating a lower rate for a long-term guesthouse stay, or large purchases (such as furniture) from a family-run business. Otherwise, the advertised price is usually gospel.

Money

Slovakia's currency became the euro in January 2009. ATMs are available in most tourist destinations. Credit cards accepted in major hotels; with guesthouses, ask ahead.

ATMs

ATMs accepting international cards are widely available in cities and common in smaller towns. Small villages rarely have them.

Cash

Guesthouses and apartments outside major cities often accept payment in cash only. It's wise to carry some cash for small purchases such as museum tickets, public transport, market produce and souvenir stalls, all of which are less likely to accept cards.

Credit Cards

Visa and MasterCard are accepted at almost all hotels and restaurants in well-touristed places like Bratislava, Košice and the High Tatras resorts. Businesses in mid-sized towns usually accept cards or forewarn customers with a 'cash only' sign.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1€0.64
CanadaC$1€0.67
Japan¥100€0.77
New ZealandNZ$1€0.59
PolandPLN1€0.23
RussiaRUB100€1.33
SwitzerlandSfr1€0.88
UKUK£1€1.15
USUS$1€0.88

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Tipping

Slovaks don't tip consistently, but rounding up bills to the nearest euro is common practice.

  • Restaurants Leaving 10% is increasingly common (and may be expected of foreign tourists). Higher percentages may result in waitstaff assuming you've made an error and following you to return your change.
  • Taxis Round up the bill by an extra one or two euros.
  • Pubs and bars Not expected except for table service and elaborate cocktails.