Bratislava travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bratislava

Bratislava has come into its own as the vibrant capital of Slovakia following the breakup of Czechoslovakia. It has a beautiful medieval center, complete with narrow, winding streets and a striking hilltop castle looking down on the Danube. The city has a long and proud history, from being the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Hungary to the fall of the Soviet era in the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bratislava

1. The architecture

From Bratislava Castle and Bratislava Klarisky Convent to the modernist SNP Bridge and the vast communist-era housing schemes, Bratislava has some of the most striking architecture in Central Europe.

2. The historic center

Bratislava has a compact city center based around two pretty squares: Hlavne namestie and Hviezdoslavovo namestie. The area has been extensively but tastefully renovated and is a wonderful place to walk or sit in the cafes and watch the world go by.

3. The culture

Bratislava is home to the renowned Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, who perform often in the beautiful Reduta Building. You can also take in ballet, opera and drama at the National Theatre.

4. Meet the People

Slovaks love to learn languages and hold lots of nightly informal events - such as the Bratislava Language Exchange Meeting and Bratislava Expat Meetup - in local bars. Turn up and get to know the locals.

5. Sport

Ice hockey is the national sport of Slovakia and you can catch a game featuring local favorites HC Slovan Bratislava at the Slovnaft Arena.

Where to Eat in Bratislava

Zylinder cafe & restaurant on Hviezdoslavovo square has traditional dishes with a modern twist, with mains from EUR10. Praná bata on Zámočnícka has excellent local fare with a fixed price daily menu from EUR5.50.

When to visit Bratislava

Bratislava in June
Estimated hotel price
£36
1 night at 3-star hotel
Bratislava in June
Estimated hotel price
£36
1 night at 3-star hotel

Bratislava has a temperate continental climate, with dry, warm summers. June-August is an ideal time to visit.

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How to Get to Bratislava

Plane

The City is served by Bratislava Milan Rastislav tefánik Airport, which has extensive international connections across Europe. The number 61 bus will take you into the city for EUR1.20 but you need to buy tickets at one of the vending machines in the arrivals hall before boarding. A taxi into town will cost around EUR20.

Train

The main train station is Bratislava hlavná stanica, which has good international connections. A return from Vienna costs EUR16.

Car

Bratislava is close to the borders of Austria and the Czech Republic, and it has excellent road connections. You need to buy a 'vignette' to use the motorways, which costs just EUR10 for 10 days.

Bus

There are frequent bus services from most Slovak destinations and international services from as far away as London and Paris. A single journey from Vienna costs EUR9.

Airports near Bratislava

Airlines serving Bratislava

Ryanair
Good (18,731 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (2,079 reviews)
Wizz Air
Good (1,670 reviews)
Wizz Air UK
Good (26 reviews)
Smartwings
Okay (486 reviews)
Air Cairo
Excellent (3 reviews)

Where to stay in Bratislava

The Patio Hostel on pitálska is a good budget option, with rooms from EUR11. Devín on Riečna is a lovely four-star traditional hotel right in the city center, with rooms from EUR100.

Popular neighbourhoods in Bratislava

Stare Mesto - is the old town of Bratislava and is home to the well-preserved medieval center, Bratislava Castle, the two main city squares and a beautiful riverbank promenade.

Nové Mesto - is the new town to the northeast of Stare Mesto. It is home to the Kamzik TV Tower and Bratislava Forest Park.

Devin - is a former independent village at the joining of the Morava and Danube rivers. It has some important archaeological sites, including the ruins of Devin Castle.

Most popular hotel in Bratislava by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Bratislava

Most booked hotels in Bratislava

Loft Hotel Bratislava
Excellent (9.3, Excellent reviews)
£75+
Marrol's Boutique Hotel
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£86+
Park Inn by Radisson Danube Bratislava
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
£60+
Apollo Hotel Bratislava
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£55+
Ibis Bratislava Centrum
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£37+
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How to Get Around Bratislava

Public Transportation

Bratislava is served by a good network of trams and trolley buses, with fares from EUR0.70.

Taxi

The starting fare for a taxi in Bratislava is EUR3.33 and you will then pay around EUR1.00 per mile.

Car

Bratislava is easy to drive in, with good roads and extensive parking. Car rental is from EUR20 per day.

Car hire agencies in Bratislava

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The Cost of Living in Bratislava

Shopping Streets

Bratislava has a number of good shopping malls, such as Aupark, Eurovea and Central, with the usual mix of fashion and department stores. Stare Mesto is better for souvenirs.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Bratislava will cost around EUR0.70 and a dozen eggs are EUR1.71.

Cheap meal
£3.98
A pair of jeans
£35.83
Single public transport ticket
£0.40
Cappuccino
£1.24