The Bratislava Airport, named after General Milan Rastislav Stefanik, is a 15 minutes drive to the west from the city center. The D1 motorway connects the airport with Bratislava. The airport is the main hub of SkyEurope Airlines linking Bratislava with numerous European destinations. The Bratislava airport is also served by Ryanair, Czech Airlines and other carriers.
You can reach the city center of Bratislava easily by taxi or by bus # 61 of the Bratislava Transportation Company, which operates between the airport and the Bratislava main station. When taking the bus, you must purchase the ticket in advance and stamp it after boarding the vehicle. Another option is arranging a transfer by a private limousine to your hotel.
The Vienna Airport in Schwechat is 40 minutes drive westwards from Bratislava city center. The airport is a port of entry for the two closest national capitals in Europe, Vienna and Bratislava, and is served by international airlines. After landing at the airport, you can easily reach Bratislava by a regular bus line operated by EUROLINES. Another option is arranging a transfer by a private limousine to your hotel.
There is an excellent coach transportation network maintained by Eurolines Company, which also covers Bratislava, so if you enjoy traveling by coach, you can reach Bratislava easily. The connection is convenient, when traveling from Vienna and Prague, or from Vienna Airport.
Bratislava has two major railway stations, the Main Station (in Slovak - Hlavna stanica, abbreviated as Bratislava – hl.st.) and Petrzalka. The latter serves especially as a terminal for trains to Vienna, but there is genuinely good connection to Vienna from the Main Station as well. The trains for Budapest, Prague and heartland Slovakia leave from the Bratislava Main Station.
The trains are comfortable, and especially IC and EC trains provide good quality travel service. Vienna is a one hour ride, Budapest 2-1/2 hours and Prague 4-1/4 hours journey from Bratislava. Check the Slovak Railroad Company for their special offers. For example, when making a daytrip to Vienna, you can buy a round trip ticket, which also includes a day travel card for the public transport in Vienna. Also when, taking a train to Budapest, the round trip ticked is cheaper than one ticket, when purchased in Bratislava...
You can comfortably reach Bratislava by car from all surrounding countries taking following motorways:
From heartland Slovakia – motorway D1
From Prague – motorway D1 to Brno and then D2 to Bratislava
From Budapest – motorway M1 (direction Vienna) and then its branch M15 to Bratislava
From Vienna – motorway A4 (direction Budapest) and then its branch A 6 to Bratislava
Please note that in Hungary Bratislava is often referred to on road signs as POZSONY and in Austria as PRESSBURG ...reminding on the Austro-Hungarian traditions.
One of the most spectacular ways to travel between Bratislava and Vienna is to use the comfortable service of the Twin City Liner, a modern catamaran passenger ship that commutes on the Danube between the Slovak and Austrian capitals. After 75 minutes of a comfortable journey leaving from the Bratislava center, the guests embark at Schwedenplatz in the heart of Vienna. Operating several times a day, during a journey the guests enjoy the meditative landscape of Danube forests and dramatic castle ruins of Devin and Hainburg.