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Bratislava to Vienna by train

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Posted by Jakub Zilincan  August 25, 2016  Rating 97.00%  Leave a comment

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  1. Tickets and prices
  2. Timetable
  3. Transport from the station
  4. Vocabulary

It is not possible to buy train tickets online. Alternatives:

There is a direct connection between both cities. It takes approximately 1 hour to get from one central station to another. Bratislava's central station is called Bratislava - Hlavná stanica, often shortened to Bratislava- Hl. st., in some occasions. In Vienna you will get to the newly built Wien Hauptbahnhof central station.

New Central Railway Station in Vienna, including the new BahnhofCity mall, was opened on 10 October 2014. Construction works to replace the old Südbahnhof with a new Central Railway Station and to build a new residential area will last until 2015. Bratislava is still waiting for the reconstruction, so do not get surprised by the extreme difference between both stations.

Tickets and prices

TicketNormal tariffReduced tariff for children and dogs
Return ticket "Vienna Ticket" 13€ 6,50€
Return ticket valid for city transport within Vienna "Vienna Ticket + Z 100" 17,50€ 8,50€
Ticket valid 1 week 34€ 20€
Ticket valid 1 month 103€ 65€

It is not possible to buy Bratislava to Vienna ticket online. You can buy only over the counter where you will be offered the special discount fares mentioned above.

As soon as you have bought the ticket, you have 3 days to make your journey. For example if today is October 28th and you buy you ticket for the November 10th, you can realize your journey either on November 10th, 11th or 12th. Then you have 16 more days to use your ticket for the return journey. If you buy a ticket valid also for the city transport within Vienna Zone 100, it is valid only till midnight of the day you marked it in the train. You do not have to mark it again inside of the Vienna public city transport. Visit official Slovak Rail webpage for more information (SK).

Tickets valid one week or one month give you the opportunity to travel there and back multiple times within this time period.

Timetable

From Vienna Hauptbahnhof the train departs every hour from 5:20 to 22:21. The very last train to Bratislava goes around 0:40 but does not arrive to the Bratislava central station, but Bratislava - Petržalka train station. From here you would have to take a bus number 80 to get to the Bratislava city center, or 93 to get to the central train station.

From Bratislava to Vienna there is also departure every hour beginning at 4:24 with the last departure at 22:42.

For more specific times of departure visit the Slovak Rail Timetables (EN) and follow the truck number 100 "Bratislava - Marchegg - (Gänserndorf ) - Wien a späť".

Transport from the station

The public transport stop is called "Hlavná stanica" and is one of the most important stops in whole city. Visit the Official city transport web site with departures from Central train station for more information. The basic directions and routes from station:

  • to city center - you take any bus or trolleybus directing to Račianske mýto and then take a tram to the city center; you can just walk following the signs "Centrum"
  • to bus station - take the direct bus number 210 towards "Autobusová stanica" and take off at the last stop.
  • to the airport - take the direct bus number 21 toward "Letisko M.R. Štefánika" and take off at the last stop.

Vocabulary

As many documents are written in Slovak even English declared, here is the most important vocabulary, which will make everything easier for you to read:

  • vlak - train
  • zo stanice - from station
  • do stanice - to station
  • zastávka - bus/tram/train stop
  • Bratislava hl.st. - Bratislava central station
  • Wien Sudbf/Hauptbf.- Vienna central station
  • a späť - and back
  • Obyčajné cestovné spiatočné - Normal return ticket
  • Polovičné cestovné spiatočné - Reduced return ticket
  • Wien Hauptbahnhof
  • Wien Hauptbahnhof - Central Train Station in Vienna
  • Train Vienna - Bratislava
  • Bus stops in front of the Bratislava central train station
  • Bratislava Central Train Station - ticket desks
  • Bratislava Central Train Station - inside hall
  • Bratislava Central Train Station (Hlavna stanica)
  • Bratislava - Vienna by bus
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Graham Bold on Nov 12, 2012

Many thanks for a clear and easily understood site. This site solved my transport problems to and from Vienna Florisdorf and Bratislav Airport.

Regards Graham

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Jakub on Nov 12, 2012

Glad to help you Graham. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us :)

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valentina on Nov 24, 2012

My daughter bought the tickets for us in berlin.Is there a specialoffice on the Hl.St. to which she can send these tickets where we can get them(poste restante to be called for).Yours sincerely Valentina,Ukraine

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Jakub on Nov 24, 2012

Hello Valentina,

I am not sure if I understand your situation. Why do you need to send the tickets to the Bratislava Main station? You can reply me directly to info@bratislava-slovakia.eu so that you do not have to write it publicly here :)

Hope I will be able to help.

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denisa on Dec 21, 2012

From. Wien airport is direct connection to hlavna stanica.is that correct?

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Jakub on Dec 21, 2012

Hello Denisa,

I am sorry, but there is no direct train or bus connection between Wien airport and Bratislava train station.

However, there is a bus departing from Wien Airport and arriving to Bratislava main bus station (Bratislava, AS). From here you take a bus number 21 or trolleybus number 210. They depart every 10 minutes and the journey takes 15 minutes. Do not forget to buy a 15-minute ticket for 0,70€ and mark it in a bus.

Have safe trip :)

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