There are direct connections between these two capital cities. It is not that far away - only 65 kilometer road down by the river Danube. There is a big competition between all the transport companies, that is why the prices are relatively low for all the types of transport.

How to travel to Vienna?

Once choosing Vienna as your destination to visit from Bratislava there are several options how to travel, but which one is the best? Train? Bus? Or boat?

Do you want to enjoy your journey and have a nice experience?

Take a boat trip!

In the summer we definitely suggest you a boat trip! It is a beautiful trip including a time to spend one day in Austria’s capital. Boat transport starts to operate in April till October.

Read more about boat transportation from Bratislava to Vienna here: Bratislava to Vienna by boat

Do you want to travel from Bratislava to Vienna Airport Schwechat?

Take a bus!

The buses are very reliable and on time, comparing to the trains, which usually connect more cities than these two cities. So it is likely you might get stuck at Bratislava train station or straight in the train. Moreover, there are bus lines connecting directly Bratislava and Vienna Airport Schwechat while there is not a railway connecting Bratislava with the Vienna's airport.

Read more about buses from Bratislava to Vienna here: Bratislava to Vienna by bus

Do you want to travel from Bratislava to Vienna city center?

Take a train!

Enjoy pleasant journey while using train from Bratislava train station to Vienna and in one hour you can get off in the center of Vienna. Regarding the tickets: no online reservation is possible, but you can buy the train ticket before your deparure in the Bratislava train station - "Bratislava Hlavna stanica". Be there at least 15 minutes before your train leaves, it happens there are too many people waiting in a line to purchase a ticket.

Read more about trains from Bratislava to Vienna here: Bratislava to Vienna by train

What is cheaper? Bus or train?

There is not a significant difference between the price of bus and train tickets. If you purchase the ticket in advance you have no problem with them being sold out. There is also a big advantage with the bus transport - you can buy tickets online and this is not possible for trains. Buy ticket online here.

Free luggage, oversize luggage, a lot of luggage?

Take a train!

There is neither size nor quantity limit of luggage you want to transport. So take all the luggage you want with a train! But keep in mind that you have to pay for carrying a bicycle.

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Questions & Answers

  1. 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:

  2. 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.

  3. Lawrence F Jindra, MD

    Dear Sir,
    I would like to take the train from Vienna Airport to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 my flight arrives at 08:40 What are my options? Also for my return trip on Thursday, December 12, 2013 I need to be at the Airport in Vienna to make a 0:936 flight what are my options ? Can these tickets be purchased online? Please advise. Thank you.

  4. Martha

    Where do you get the bus from Vienna to Bratislava.

    1. Jakub

      Hello Martha,
      the bus stops either on Vienna Airport or on "Sudtiroler platz" in close city center.

  5. Silvia Astudillo

    I would like to know when is the last train from Vienna to Bratislava on Sunday 29th of September.

    Kind regards,


    1. Jakub

      Hi Silvia,
      it should be around 22:20. Please see for more information about train travel.