Eurolines (5541 4438; www.eurolines.sk) connects Bratislava by bus with most major European cities, including London (€100, 23 hours, five weekly), Munich (€40, eight hours, three weekly) and Vienna (€6, one hour, hourly).
All foreign drivers’ licences with photo ID are valid in Slovakia. As well as your vehicle’s registration papers, you need a ‘green card’ (which proves drivers travelling through Europe have insurance that complies with the minimum requirements of the places that they drive through). Your vehicle must display a nationality sticker and carry a first-aid kit and warning triangle.
Direct trains connect Bratislava with Prague (4½ hours, six daily), Budapest (three hours, seven daily) and Vienna (one hour, 30 daily). One night train links Bratislavawith Moscow (32½ hours) and one with Warsaw (10½ hours). A daily train to Kiev (21 hours) passes through Košice on its way from Budapest.
Slovak Shipping and Ports (Slovenská plavba a prístavy; 02-5293 2226; www.lod.sk) hydrofoils ply the Danube river. Boats depart from the Hydrofoil Terminal (Fajnorovo nábrežie 2) and head to Vienna and Budapest daily from April to September.
Bratislava’s MR Štefánika Airport (code BTS; www.airportbratislava.sk) receives flights from across Europe. SkyEurope (code NE; 02-4850 4850;www.skyeurope.com) has the most connections (22 cities) and Czech Airlines (code OK; 5296 1042; www.czechairlines.com) flies between Prague and both Bratislavaand Košice. Slovak Airlines (code 6Q; 4870 4870; www.slovakairlines.sk) connects the capital with Brussels and Moscow, albeit infrequently. To get here from beyond the Continent, use Vienna International Airport (code VIE; www.viennaairport.com), 60km from Bratislava, which is connected by hourly buses.
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