Bratislava

As Vienna and Bratislava are the two closest capital cities in Europe, there are several possibilities to get from one city to another. The distance of approximately 60km is covered by regular direct train, boat and bus services.

Which transport type to choose?

Train? Bus? Boat? It is only up to you, which mean of transport would you prefer, but the table below should help you making a correct decision. 

Where do you want to go?

Decide based on parameters

 

Train

Bus

Boat

Bike

Taxi / Car

Duration

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★★

Comfort

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★★★

Price

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆

Sightseeing

★☆☆☆☆

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆

Variability

★★☆☆☆

★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Frequency

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Luggage transport

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★★

Burning calories

★☆☆☆☆

★☆☆☆☆

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆

ECO-friendliness

★★★★☆

★☆☆☆☆

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆

Duration: Train and bus lasts approximately 1 hour, making it the fastest possibility, while boat takes 30-45 minutes longer. The distance of 60km between the cities can be covered in 2-4 hours depending on pace.

Comfort: Trains and boats are generally more comfortable when it comes to stretching legs, however, the journey itself is pretty short so it probably won't give any additional benefit. First class in trains and buses is available, while there is a whole bar offering food and drinks on the boat. Buses sometimes have WiFi on board.

Price: One-way bus ticket costs around 10€ and is the cheapest solution in this case. Return ticket, however, pays off more on train as it costs around 13-15€. Moreover, for the same cost as you would buy a bus return ticket, you can have a train return ticket which includes free one-day Vienna public transport allowance. Boat ticket is almost 2x more expensive in both cases.

Sightseeing: If you are looking for nice views and an extraordinary experience, boat would be a right choice. The route follows river Danube, passes by the Devin castle and small fishing villages making it a very pleasant and romantic journey.

Variability: There are not many opportunities where to hop on/off the train in Bratislava. Actually, there are only two: on the central station and on the suburb called “Petrzalka”. In Vienna, there are four other suburb stops before the train reaches the main station. Buses, however, have their route designed to cover the most important spots in both cities - from airports, to city centers, to main bus stations. Boat is the least variable - you can only hop on in Bratislava passenger port and hop off in the port of Vienna.

Frequency: Trains shuttle every hour and buses even more frequently. Boats have to adapt their timetables to the season of the year and thus are shuttling only from late March to late October. During the main season from May to September they run on daily basis, otherwise only weekends are covered. There are only two lines per day - departing in the morning from one city and coming back later that evening.

Luggage transport: Oversize luggage is easily transportable in all means of transport - in trains there are overhead shelves, designated places in

 


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  1. Jenny

    Can I buy tickets on the bus? train? is it more expensive than at the bus/train station?

    1. Samuel

      Hi Jenny,
      you can buy bus tickets here https://bratislava-slovakia.eu/buy-bus-tickets , they are a bit cheaper than train tickets.
      Regards

  2. Aya

    hello! what is the easiest way to travel from vienna airport to bratislava (train station)... where can i get the bus from?

    1. Samuel

      Hi Aya,
      see the link for the ticket. You can choose several different bus stops in Bratislava, I would recommend the central bus station Bratislava and from there you can take many (trolley)buses (for example num 210).

      https://bratislava-slovakia.eu/buy-bus-tickets

      Regards

  3. Melinda Taylor

    Hello, I am looking into traveling from Bratislava to Vienna by train. How does the day pass for Vienna public transit work? Do I have to buy the tickets online in advance or is it still a valid offer to buy train tickets at the station in Bratislava? Thanks so much!

    1. Jakub

      Hi Melinda,
      there is actually no possibility to buy online, so you will need to buy a ticket at the station. You just ask to include the Vienna public transport ticket and then it is valid for the same day you travel until midnight.
      Regards

  4. mohit

    Thank you for the valuable info. U gave me previously. I have another question. Can we migrate from Austrian to slovakian university in slovakia if we are studying in Austria on d visa. In short can
    We take our studies in slovakiaSlovakia if we have a visa d in austria

    1. Jakub

      Hi mohit,
      with austrian visa D you will not be probably able to stay in Slovakia longer than 90 days. But please make yourself 100% clear at Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.mzv.sk/en/home
      Regards

  5. mohit

    Hi i have a visa d type in austria so can i visit slovakia in bartislava during weekend on the same visa.

    1. Jakub

      Hi mohit,
      yes you can. These visa are valid for whole Schengen area, including Bratislava.
      Regards