Public Transport in Bratislava
A word of warning: Ticket inspectors in Bratislava public transport can be ruthless towards tourists. They carry out random spotchecks around the clock. Make sure that you:
1. Learn how to purchase tickets.
2. Mark your ticket in the marking machine IMMEDIATELY upon entry into the bus, tram or trolleybus.
3. Purchase the 60 minutes transfer ticket for EUR 0.90 for any journey with scheduled duration over 15 minutes (the scheduled duration is posted at the bus and tram stop for each line), only purchase the 15 minute EUR 0.70 ticket if you are absolutely positive that the journey is under 15 minutes. The 20 cents saved could cost you the hefty EUR 50 fine.
4. Ask your fellow passengers for help if you are being treated rudely by the ticket inspector.
Do not let the public transport ruin your experience in Bratislava!
Bratislava's public transport network is divided into two zones. The first zone lines are the usual choice for tourists, since they cover downtown and most of the city.
Bus lines cover most of the city, however it's better to take the tram downtown. Trams are generally faster during the day, since the buses are often stuck in traffic jams. Trolleybuses service some parts of the city, too, especially the area above the castle hill. Night lines cover all parts of the city, however they run only 3 times per night.
Today's public transport services in Bratislava are of decent quality in terms of coverage and frequency by the standards of many Western visitors. They consist of tram lines, trolleybus lines and bus lines.
There are still some old buses and trams in service, but they are slowly being replaced with new ones. Many buses now run on natural gas. Americans may find our public transport system quite comprehensive and impressive, but some westerners may be used to a higher standard.
Tickets are available in the ticket machines at the public transport stops and in some of the newspaper stands. Ticket machines accept coins of value 5 cents to EUR 2 only.
Immediately after entering the public transport vehicle you have to mark your ticket in marking machine - the machines lock automatically 30 seconds after departure from the stop.
Ticket inspectors from the Bratislava Transport Company spot-check tickets occasionally. They enter the bus or tram on a random stop and check all passengers' tickets. A passenger without a valid ticket or season pass can be charged a fine of the valid fare multiplied by 100 (i.e. usually EUR 70). There have been reports of ticket inspectors inappropriately fining tourists. If you have the correct ticket marked in the marking machine upon entry, refuse to pay any fines on the spot. You are entitled to give the inspector your personal information (show them your passport) and pay the fine later (needless to say this is an unlikely outcome in case of foreigners).
The Bratislava City Card on offer from the official Bratislava Tourist Service includes free travel on the city's public transport system.
15 minute one-journey ticket costs EUR 0.70 (no transfer possible)
60 minute transfer ticket costs EUR 0.90
Children up to 6 years of age ride for free.
Children between 6 and 15 years of age ride with a 50% discount.
60 minute transfer ticket is valid for 90 minutes during weekends and holidays.
The ticket duration corresponds to scheduled trip duration (i.e., in case of traffic delays, the 15 minute ticket is sufficient for a scheduled 15 minute ride even if the ride takes longer).
1 day transfer ticket costs EUR 4.50
2 day transfer ticket costs EUR 8.30
3 day transfer ticket costs EUR 10
1 week transfer ticket costs EUR 15
X13 - get off at Hodzovo nam.
From Main train station to downtown/city centre:
From Main train station to Petrzalka train station (connections to Vienna):
From Main train station to Bus station:
From Main train station to the Bratislava Airport:
Bus stops are located outside of the train station to the right, trams through an underpass to the left.
Timetables and more information at iMHD Bratislava website.
Comments from our visitors:
kay wrote on 02.09.2012 at 16:45:04:
whats the best bus/tram to get from airport to marrolls hotel
Chris Fisher wrote on 14.08.2012 at 20:45:43:
How do i get from Airport to Park Inn Danube Hotel on public transport.
ADMIN: 61 to Trnavske myto, then change to tram 4, 8 or 9 and get off at Novy most.
Carl Stamp wrote on 15.03.2011 at 16:34:40:
Ensure you read the warning documented at the top of this page. I traveled to Bratislava last week (09.03.11 - 12.03.11) and was not aware that we had to time mark our tickets when using public transport. The ticket inspector boarded bus 61 on our way to the airport and fined us £40 euros each. He took our passports off us and refused to give them back until we had paid the fine. He was also incredibly rude, shouting at my partner in Slovak while she was in floods of tears. If I trusted the police in Slovakia I would've called them myself but they don't have the best of reputations. Be warned, stamp your ticket and under no circumstances let them talk you into looking at your passport.
asiral wrote on 24.10.2010 at 22:12:32:
How can I get from Bratislava to Oradea on the 21st of December?
Desislava Petrova wrote on 14.09.2010 at 08:31:15:
I would like to know how and what are the schedules and price of the trip from Bratislava to Vienna and be back, and from Bratislava to Praha and be back.
Have a nice day!
J van der Putten wrote on 09.02.2010 at 12:51:38:
Ik ben tramhobbyist en wil binnen 1 dag het hele tramnet (alle eindpunten!)van Bratislava afrijden.Welk kaartje kan ik dan het beste kopen ?
ADMIN: You should buy 24-hour ticket, which is valid for all network zones and lines.
Minea Mara Nanette wrote on 16.12.2009 at 11:23:37:
hi, how do I get from Bratislava to Budapest and from Budapest to Oradea, Romania
joseph whelan wrote on 31.07.2009 at 18:12:00:
Hi. what is best way to get from Bratislava airport to
Mosonmagyarovar in Hungary
Marco wrote on 22.07.2009 at 13:17:36:
Hi, how would we travel from bratislava to budapest by train? Are there any cheap trains that you know?
Thanks in advance
L.S. wrote on 27.08.2008 at 20:12:38:
Who can tell me how to get from PETRZALKA to Dolinského?
I need it really bad! Thank you!
mvermeulen wrote on 22.07.2008 at 10:43:51:
I would like to know how and what are the schedules of the trip from Bratislava to Vienna.
G. Pasternak wrote on 11.05.2008 at 19:01:53:
In June 2008, where in Vienna Schwechat airport do I find the bus to central Bratislava, what times do they run aft 6:00 PM, what is the one way ticket cost and where at the Schwechat airport do I buy this ticket. Thank you.
Maria wrote on 01.04.2008 at 19:53:47:
Do you know the best way How can I get from Bratislava Airport to Wien city centre after 20 h p.m.? Thank you in advance.
micahel caraballo wrote on 26.07.2007 at 11:19:58:
the only way to get from the airport is the Bus 61 ? I can use this bus to go to Mlada Garda studen doorm?
YoonKyung Kwak wrote on 30.06.2007 at 00:37:27:
I would like to know how do I go to the from bratislava to vienna? I really want to know which transportation is the best way to get there.
Shauna Cullen wrote on 28.08.2006 at 15:12:07:
Could you please give me information on the trains from bratislava to vienna and bratislava to budapest.
D Whitmore wrote on 18.03.2006 at 14:51:35:
Hi, How would we travel from the airport to zlate piesky? Is this area safe for young children?
D. Johnston wrote on 09.01.2006 at 03:45:29:
Are there services that help the disabled move around in this city?
Greg Marshall wrote on 01.01.2006 at 17:51:02:
Excellent site. Very helpful & easy to use.