Tickets for public transport are valid for a certain period of time and are available from ticket-machines or kiosks. They must be validated once inside the tram/bus. Tickets are valid for all means of public transport in the city and remain valid when changing from one means of transport to another. Tickets have a minimum validity of 15 minutes and the longest is 7 days. Find schedules, journey planners, routes and tickets at imhd.sk.
If you plan to stay in the city for one, two or three days, there is nothing quite as practical and advantageous as the Bratislava CARD. It entitles you to free of charge urban transport, a guided tour in the Old Town, discounts on admission fees to museums, galleries, as well as taxi and car-hire up to 50%. The card can be purchased from any of the tourist information centres.
Trams are the most popular and fastest form of public transport in the city. They are reliable and on time and generally run from 5 a.m 11:30 p.m. Find schedules, journey planners, routes and tickets at imhd.sk.
Buses also play a substantial role in the public transport system. Limited- stop services run on the longer routes through the city. After midnight, night buses operate in Bratislava at roughly one hour intervals. Find schedules, journey planners, routes and tickets at imhd.sk.
Some routes in the city centre, mainly in its hilly parts, are electrified and serviced by trolley- buses. They have a long tradition in Bratislava and have been operating here for more than 100 years. Find schedules, journey planners, routes and tickets at imhd.sk.
Excursion boats run on the Danube in Bratislava from April to October. They depart from the passenger port on the Danube bank ( 2 DB 31). From the boat you can see how dynamically the city is developing and the role the Danube plays in it. A round trip takes about 45 minutes, the trip to Devín Castle 1 ½ hours. lod.sk
Driving in the city has become more and more difficult. Although there has been an increase in the number of motorways and bridges, there has also been an increase in the number of cars. The worst periods are between 8:00 and 9:00 and 16:30 to 17:30. The speed limit in the city is 50 km per hour unless indicated otherwise.
Bratislava has branches of international car-hire firms such as Hertz, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, etc. They have offices in the big hotels and at the airport. However, there are local car-hire firms offering comparable quality at competitive prices. abrix.sk, autodanubius.sk, rai.sk
The main roads in the city are provided with digital information displays showing the current number of vacant places in underground garages or in car parks. Street-parking in the city centre is a paid service. Parking can be paid by purchasing a parking ticket in a machine. The obligation of payment is on weekdays from 8:00 am to 4 pm.
It is less expensive to order a taxi over the phone than to hire a taxi from a taxi stand or stop a taxi on the street. The minimum charge for a short-distance trip is around € 5. We recommend checking the price with the driver prior to getting in the vehicle. Every taxi must have a price list displayed in a visible location, and a fare meter must be used.
It is also convenient and useful to order a taxi via the HOPIN application, which you can download to your mobile phone:
- Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sk.hopin.taxiapp&hl=en
- App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/hopintaxi/id733348334?mt=8
By your own
The local people are great cycling enthusiasts but mostly for sport or relaxation. It is rare to see people riding bikes to work as is quite usual in other European cities. Cycle-paths generally run along the Danube or in the suburban areas of the city and they are not yet inter-connected. cyklotrasy.sk
The Bikesharing project brings up to 550 bikes to the streets of the capital. Find out how you can rent one of the yellow bikes.
You can park your car or caravan on the favorite and at the same time the only car-camp in the Zlaté Piesky area. Car-camping can also be found near the capital city at Slnečné jazerá in Senec, in the Veľké Leváre camping, Plavecký Štvrtok or Kuchyňa. These places are equipped with basic infrastructure, and other places are not recommended.
A great advantage of Bratislava is the compactness of its centre and the whole of the Old Town is a pedestrian zone. The Old Town, Castle and most of the attractions are easily reached on foot.