By Plane, Bratislava
"Letisko Milana Rastislava Štefánika" (BTS), or shorten "Letisko M. R. Štefánika" is located 10 miles north east of Bratislava. The airport is the largest and the main airport in the Slovak Republic. Bus 61 links the airport to Bratislava’s main train station every 15 minutes. Taxis are located in front of the arrivals hall.
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UPDATE! Sadly - this great airline declared bankruptcy on August 31st, 2009. Please try the equally fantastic Ryanair!
Sky Europe is a plucky little airline that offers dirt cheap flights around Europe and will get you here safely. I am really impressed with them. The air crew are friendly and the flights are short. You don’t get any real service, but you pay very little. Give these folks a fly to here or Vienna! You could stay in a better hotel with the money you save.
....has a spanking new terminal and is really a very pleasant little place. There are coffee shops (with smoking rooms) after security (including one in the non-Schengen-flight waiting zone) and security (at least when I passed through) had very pleasant and helpful people assisting you in placing all the right bits in the right places.
There's a tourist information office within the terminal building, to the right of Arrivals. I was pleased to find that even when it was shut it had a pile of rather good Bratislava streetmaps freely available, as well as various leaflets.
There's a good bus service (number 61) to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica (main station). You can get tickets from the machines by the bus stop ...you'll need coins, because the machines accept neither notes nor cards. There's also a bus service direct to Vienna which runs several times per day.
If you can't fly into Bratislava itself then Vienna airport is easy enough. There are regular trains throughout the day from Vienna to Bratislava. It's probably easiest to take U3 direct to Stimming and get the Bratislava train from there. The trains are just regional trains, so you have no need to book your tickets in advance online. Journey time is around an hour.
In the old days, getting to Bratislava by air meant changing in Prague for a noisy connecting flight on an old Russian turboprop. Nowadays, SkyEurope Airlines flies to more than 25 destinations - including Copenhagen, Warsaw, Athens, Rome, Barcelona, Dublin and London - from its hub in the Slovakian capital. The airline has obviously copied the Ryanair model and has been offering lowcost travel in Boeing 737 aircraft since it first took to the skies in 2002.
Bratislava is about an hour's drive from Vienna. So if you want to see another Central European capital while you're there, you may take a train or a shuttle bus (I am told there is a regular service).
But if you want to fly to Bratislava from other European countries, try the inexpensive Slovakian airline, Sky Europe.
The flight company Sky Europe Airlines is a low airfare company and offers flight tickets to destinations as: Prague, Zürrich, Suttgart, Berlin, London, Paris, Milano...
The best prices from EUR 100,- (return ticket).
The best way to come by low cost carriers as SkyEurope, easyjet and ryanair landing in BTS- Bratislava, Ivanka - Airport of M.R Stefanik.
landing at Vienna's Schwechat Airport, you can either take a coach to Bratislava - Mlynske Nivy - Main Coach station (the tickets are available at the airport and cost app. 100 ATS) or a taxi which would cost you about 2,000 SKK. The airport is about 50 minutes ride from Bratislava.
As an alternative means of flying to Bratislava, Vienna's airport is much better served and is only an hour away across the border. Regular buses run from Vienna Airport to Bratislava. You can take either the Eurolines bus from the departure area, or the Post Bus from the arrivals area. For more information check out the website below.
Vienna has direct connections to North America, Africa, Asia and most of Europe, so it's very accessible.
It's not the busiest airport in the world, but it's growing every year. It's best served by two of the biggest budget airlines in Europe, Ryan Air and Sky Europe, both of which use Bratislava as a hub. Ryan Air flies mostly to the big population centres in the UK, like Birmingham and Bristol, and Sky Europe flies Slovaks to the big resorts and a few major capitals.
Of the bigger airlines, Czech Republic also flies to Prague, and interestingly Aeroflot still flies to and from Moscow. I don't think Slovakia has a national airline, but Air Slovakia does take that name and runs charter flights.
Getting to and from the airport is relatively easy. Just take Bus 61 from the station. It runs about every 15 minutes, and takes about 20 minutes to get to the airport. The airport itself is quite small, so you won't get lost trying to find the departure lounge.
Bratislava is easily accesbile via air transport. Two of Europe’s leading low-cost airlines, Ryanair and SkyEurope, have services to many other euopean cities. Thanks to Bratislava’s proximity to Vienna, the number of destinations served from Bratislava is high - almost every larger city in europe is served by those two airlines. If your city is not among the destinations, also the classic european carriers as well as Air Slovakia have flights to Bratislava.
Bus #61 connects the airport with the main train station which is close to the city center. A trip takes a little more than half an hour and was ridiculously cheap.
Bratislava airport lies to the north of the capital of slovakia, just off the new D1 motorway .
theres parking in front of the terminal with spaces for around 600 cars at around 50sk a hour .
buses serve the terminal with the main bus station in city centre with several buses connecting with vienna .
it is a rather small airport with limited duty free shopping , and just one cafe airside .
A number of budget flight operators fly to Bratislava from many EU cities - e.g. ryanair, skyeurope, jetair. The city center is a 15 minute drive by taxi ( should cost about 200 slovak crowns = ca $7, beware if they try to rip you off, make sure the taxameter is turned on). Or you can take the bus no. 61 straight from the airport to the main railway station.
I would not have visited Bratislava if it had not been for a cheap RyanAir flight... when you find a flight Milan_bratislava for 58 cents plus taxes it's hard to resist. Many other low-cost airlines are flying into Bratislava... most people use it to then visit Vienna, but its Slovak sister is worth a visit, too. It may be less beautiful, but for sure it' less crowded.
the best way how to reach Bratislava is by plain, there is lots of low costs and regular airlines with daily flights with electronic ticket :
I got a roundtrip CSA ticket from Prague for about 120.00USD including taxes. Even got a meal on board. CSA only uses prop planes to Bratislava. Other cheap options include:
Easyjet-London Luton and Berlin Schonefeld. Austrian flies to Brussels, Paris, and London Gatwick.
Sky Europe goes to lots of places and is cheap.
Lufthansa serves maybe Munich with prop planes.
Air Slovakia-fewer flights
Slovak Airlines-Fewer flights