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
|Ticket||Normal tariff||Reduced 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.
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.
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.
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