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. Rita Aoun

    Hello,i'm planing to go this summer from vienna to bratislava , if i would like to go by boat and to return by train will you give me please all the informations and details?
    About from where in vienna i will get the boat . and from where in bratislava i will return by train , how to get the tikest , if i arrived by boat how i will reach the center city , the old city??
    Thank's in advance

  2. Singh Kuldeep

    Hello! I am planning to go from Vienna to Bratislava next week. I have found a ticket EURegio Slovakia that looks rather interesting, however, I would like to ask you if you know whether the return journey is possible the same day with this ticket ? Or there are any restrictions ? Thanks in advance.
    Singh Kuldeep

    1. Samuel

      Hi Singh Kuldeep,

      yes it is :) If it's an intercity train, don't forget to reserve a seat.

      Regards

  3. Nathalie

    Hello!
    I am planning to go from Vienna to Bratislava next week. I have found a ticket EURegio Slovakia that looks rather interesting, however, I would like to ask you if you know whether the return journey is possible the same day with this ticket ? Or there are any restrictions ? Thanks in advance.

    1. Jakub

      Hi Nathalie ,
      it is valid for sure.
      Have a nice trip

      1. Nathalie

        Hi Jakub,
        Thank you for your reply. I've just come back from Bratislava, EURegio ticket was a really good plan :)
        Regards

        1. Jakub

          Hi Nathalie ,
          glad to hear that. Hope you enjoyed Bratislava :)
          Regards

  4. Shubhada Bopegmage

    Which and howmany stations exist between Bratislava-Petrazalka and Wien Meidling?

    1. Lucia

      Hi Shubhada Bopegmage,

      here is the list of the stations:
      1. Bratislava - Petrzalka
      2. Kittsee
      3. Pama
      4. Gattendorf
      5. Neudorf b.Parndorf
      6. Parndorf
      7. Parndorf Ort
      8. Bruck/Leitha
      9. Gramatneusiedl
      10. Wien Hbf
      11. Wien Meidling

      Regards

    2. Shubhada Bopegmage

      Thank you for the information it helps me a lot.
      I have another question - I travel further from Wien Meidling to Regensberg.
      1. I do not know if it is the Central station or how the station where I arrive is called.
      2. Is is possible to know in the the Wien Meidling to Regensberg train is 1st class towards the end of the train or towards the engine?

      Do you think I can get help?

      1. Jakub

        Hi Shubhada Bopegmage,
        central station in Vienna is called Wien Hbf (one stop before Meidling).
        First class is usually towards the engine, but make sure to check before.
        Regards

  5. shaun

    iam staying bratislavia from 7 may for 5 nights I will got to Vienna for 1 day ,but I was thinking to go to prauge as well, is it viable to travel to Prague and back to Bratislava in 1 day or would you spend 1 night in prauge because off travelling times

    1. Jakub

      Hi shaun,
      it is possible to go to Prague for one day, however it is not ideal nor advised. The trip takes 4 hours, so you would spend only 8 hours by traveling. I would recommend you to stay (at least) one night in Prague. It is worth visiting for sure!
      Regards