TRANSPORTATION IN SLOVAKIA
Public Transportation in Slovakia
The public transport system in Slovakia is performed by system of buses, trains, trolleybuses, tramways or taxis. There is no underground, tramways operate in Bratislava and Košice. Trolleybuses operate in Bratislava, Prešov, Košice and Banská Bystrica. City and outskirt train lines and bus lines provide the connection among all cities and villages. Regular rail and bus lines facilitate the transport of passengers beyond the Slovakian borders to Vienna, London, Budapest, Prague, etc. Taxi service is available in every town.
Bus transportation in Slovakia
The public transportation in Slovakia known as MHD performs the city transport services by system of buses, tramways or trolleybuses. This kind of buses is usually red-colored in Slovakia. Bus tickets can be purchased at any newsagent or ticket dispenser located on the bus stop. To purchase the ticket in the ticket dispenser, are necessary 1, 2, 5, 10Sk coins. To avoid a fine, the passenger using a single ticket in public city transport supplied with punches shall punch it immediately after entry into the vehicle. In some cities, the ticket can be purchased only from the bus driver. Ticket fares depend on the city. If you are planning to travel to multiple destinations and want to take advantage of the city's public transport system, you should opt for a Travel card.
Rail transport in Slovakia
International as well as domestic railway lines perform the rail transport of passengers and goods in the Slovak Republic. The transportation to some Slovak villages not connected to the railway network is provided by bus transport. Tickets can be bought from any staffed rail station in Slovakia. If there is no rail station, you should purchase the ticket from the ticket inspector who is in charge of checking tickets. Long-distance routes are operated by express trains. The journey from Bratislava to Poprad – High Tatras by Slovenka or Gerlach express takes about 4 hours. The expresses Zemplín, Liptov, Spišan, Považan, Váh, Kriváň and Cingov get there in 4.45 hours and they also run to Košice. The single ticket fare is 12.00 €.Slovenka and Gerlach get to Kosice in about 5.15 hours. Other expresses get there in at least 6 hours. The travel route of Gerlach express is from Vienna to Kosice. The ticket fare to Kosice is about 17,00 €.The journey from Bratislava to Banska Bystrica by Horehronec or Slatina express takes about 3.5 hours. Long-distance bus lines get there in about the same time. Banska Bystrica is Slatina's last stop and Horehronec continues to Kosice. The ticket fare to Banska Bystrica is about 10,00 € .Trains from Vienna in Austria to Bratislava in Slovakia depart approximately every hour and there are night service trains.
Taxi service in Slovakia
Taxis are part of the public transport system in Slovakia. Taxi cabs are available even in small towns of Slovakia. Usually the taxi rank is located next to the train and the bus station. If you are planning to travel by taxi, and there is no taxi rank nearby, to get information about the taxi service numbers you should call 1181.Taxi tariff is about 0.65-0.10 € per kilometer. It takes about 15 minutes from Bratislava centre to the Bratislava Airport and the taxi fare is 10, 00 €- 15, 00 €. The taxi fare to the Schwechat Airport is 50, 00 - 65,00 €, to the Prague Airport it is 250,00 €.The taxi fare from Bratislava to Trnava is 40,00 € – 55,00 €, to Banská Bystrica it is 150,00 – 200,00 € and to Nitra it is about 65,00 €. The taxi fare from the centre of Košice to the Košice Airport is 7, 00-10, 00 €.