Bratislava

It is not possible to buy train tickets online. Consider going by bus. It is cheaper, more flexible and takes the same time. Buy bus tickets here!

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€

You can buy tickets from Vienna to Bratislava directly on the Internet using the official Austrian Rail website [ENG]. It is not, however, possible to buy Bratislava to Vienna ticket. Moreover, you will not get the special discount price for return ticket as if you would get when buying at the desk.

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

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Questions & Answers

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  1. Pat

    How easy is it to take bicycles on the train from Bratislava to Vienna?

    1. Samuel

      Hi Pat,
      it's hard to get this info on their website. However they state that you can take bikes on intercity trains, but have to buy a ticket plus a reservation for the bike. I believe it's the same for Bratislava-Vienna train. But to be sure, ask right at the station.
      Regards

  2. Pat

    How easy is it to take bicycles on the train from Bratislava to Vienna?

    1. Samuel

      Hi Pat,
      it's hard to get this info on their website. However they state that you can take bikes on intercity trains, but have to buy a ticket plus a reservation for the bike. I believe it's the same for Bratislava-Vienna train. But to be sure, ask right at the station.
      Regards

  3. stephan

    Hi!
    I'm arriving in Bratislava at 23:05 and want to get to vienna, is there any connection at this time? I've looked but found nothing so far...
    Thanks!

    1. Samuel

      Hi stephan,
      I'm afraid not. The first connection in the morning depart at 4:00 am
      Regards

  4. bardia_j

    Hey!
    I was thinkink to visit Wien in september, and want to take train to Bratislava and was wondring how often train goes to from Wien-Bratislava and Bratislava-Wien?
    In weekends!?

    1. Jakub

      Hi bardia,
      as mentioned in the article, "From Vienna Hauptbahnhof the train departs every hour from 5:20 to 22:21. The very last train to Bratislava goes around 0:40. 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): http://www.slovakrail.sk/en.html
      Regards

  5. Jack

    Hi,

    I'm travelling from London-Bratislava, arriving in Bratislava 23.30pm and therefore staying in a hotel 500 yards from the airport. What would you suggest is the best way to get from Bratislava to Vienna the following morning? Bus or train? Also, is it cheaper to buy train tickets online or on the day at Bratislava train station?

    Many thanks for your time.

    1. Samuel

      Hi Jack,
      personally I would prefer trains, they are more confy. Also there is a direct train from airport to train station, so there should be no problem getting there. As far as tickets are concerned, they might not be available, but it's ok to buy them on spot.
      Regards

      1. Samuel

        Hi Samuel,
        however, just to be clear, buses are great option as well, air conditioned and so on. If you prefer buses, they can be booked online
        https://bratislava-slovakia.eu/travel/vienna-bratislava/vienna-bus
        Regards

        1. Samuel

          That should have been "Hi Jack" of course :)