How To Get from Vienna to Bratislava


Vienna is certainly a gorgeous city and you can never have enough of it. But, if you're looking to get out of the city for a little, you should try hoping over to Slovakia! This is what I love about Europe. Countries are so close to each other. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, sits just 1 hour away by train from Vienna. 

Why visit Bratislava? 

Bratislava holds a lot of history. Things to see there include the historical old city walls, Hrad (Bratislava Castle), and Old Town. There you really feel like you took a step back in time. 

How to get there...

By car

Getting to Bratislava from Vienna is extremely easy! If you're going by car just follow the highway signs. You can drive along the Danube on the A4 and B9 or through the countryside on the A4 and A6. 

By Train

Going by train is the easiest and most efficient way to get from Vienna to Bratislava. This route also only takes about 1 hour. First you'll have to get yourself to the Wien Hauptbahnhof (Vienna Central Train Station). Once you're there you can purchase a ticket on any ÖBB ticketing machine. All you have to do is select "International Ticket" then select "Wien to Bratislava". The ticket is just 16 Euros roundtrip! That's a steal of international travel. The ticket are not for specific times so a one day roundtrip ticket has to be used within 3 days of purchase. You definitely don't need to book a ticket in advance. There's always plenty of seats on the train. And a side note: warning the trains are not air conditioned, so dress accordingly. Easy breezy during the summer and comfortable and cozy during the winter! 

Also when I took the train they didn't check our Passports or IDs but definitely have yours on hand in case there is a check. You don't want to be denied entry or stranded in Slovakia! Better safe than sorry.  

Your stop in Slovakia is "Bratislava hlavná stanica". From this stop it's about a 30 min walk to Old Town. 

By Bus

Lastly, you can take the bus there too. Flixbus offers this route. Going by bus will take you the longest. About 1.5 hours one way. But it's also the most cost efficient way to travel. A ticket on the bus will cost you only 5 to 7.50 Euros one way. You can take the bus from the Vienna Airport or the Vienna Central Train station as well. 

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