The main rail station is called Hlavna Stanica , the other large station is Petrzacka. If you arrive at Petrzacka and need to go to Main station take bus 80 to near river then bus 93. Buy ticket before boarding , about 90 cents. Trains from Hlavana Stanica go to Vienna ,Brno, Prague ,Budapest, Trnava, Piestany, Trencin, Poprad,Kosice etc. If you are a senior citizen,show your passport at ticket office to get reduced fares, very low prices, for travel in Slovakia There is a very good information office window tucked away in a corner of the station, train timetables are not very easy to understand.
The Main Railway Station sits ~1km north of the Old Town. It is well served by buses and trams. You find a link to the network maps further down.
At the time of my trip getting to and from Bratislava by train was a slight pain in the butt. The main station in Vienna that services Bratislava was closed, so I had to use a secondary station that was further from the center. When I arrived at that station in Vienna there were a number of trains departing for Bratislava, including one with the name "Bratislava-Petržalka" that was leaving in less than two minutes. I wondered about the name but asked a few locals, "Bratislava main station? Bratislava central station?" and everyone said, "Yes, yes!" Needless to say, after two hours on a painfully slow regional train I arrived at Bratislava-Petržalka Station, on the opposite side of the river from where I wanted to be and a two-bus connection from my hostel. Next time I'll trust my gut on that one. If you do happen to end up at Bratislava-Petržalka station you can take the #93 bus to the main train station and easily find your way from there.
My trip out of Bratislava (to Krakow) was equally grump-inducing. As my train became further and further delayed I began chatting with people around me. Some of them had been waiting in Bratislava for days because apparently the train was constantly being cancelled at the very last minute. The women working at the station claimed it was untrue, and that the train had left every night, but there I was, surrounded by other backpackers who'd given up at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, after waiting for hours and hours, and had to find a place to sleep. Me? I toughed it out and my train ended up coming only about two and a half hours later than scheduled. I enjoyed those hours spent sitting on the station floor, hoping I wouldn't get robbed, unable to buy food or drinks as everything was closed. Those are the times I feel like a true backpacker!
I'm not going to pretend that Bratislava's Main Station (Hlavna Stanica) is a pretty introduction to the city. I'm afraid it isn't.
The station, and the bus station which lies at its entrance, are really not very attractive, despite the rather lovely rows of trees which lead you down to the very busy Sancova.
But even if the station isn't pretty, I found buying tickets and using the Slovak railway system pretty easy. I saw no ticket machines anywhere (maybe I just didn't look in the right place) but the staff at the ticket offices all seemed to have at least basic English and I had no problems buying return tickets to Pies'tany, Trnava and Vienna (all very reasonably-priced indeed). Just make sure you allow enough time to buy your ticket: there were queues at all the ticket 'windows' each time I visited, although I only waited for 5 minutes or so.
There is a large electronic departure board in the main foyer, listing departures, intermediate stops and platform numbers. Platforms also have electronic signage. So there is no need to worry that you will get on the wrong train: just make sure you check the signs.
The station has some basic take-away food, drink, cigarette and newspaper vendors, both inside the foyer and outside in the bus station area. There were, of course, always taxis waiting.
So...not pretty, but effective. And effective is, after all, more important than pretty! :-)
Since I was staying in Vienna, VT mate Michael arranged a day trip to Bratislava. The round trip fare, including local bus/tram service all day in Bratislava was only 14 euro. Quite a deal. Trip takes about an hour one way. Trams from the local train station whisk you away to downdown Brat. Almost every tram stop has a detailed map of the local area so you could figure out where you were. Assuming you wanted to know that.
If you travel to Bratislava from Vienna by train, your ticket allows you free use of public transport within Bratislava on your day of arrival. Tram 13 from the station takes you to the old town. If you buy your tram ticket from a machine make sure validate it on the tram before the ticket inspector gets you.
There are trains from Bratislava Petrzalka (south of the Danube) and from Bratislava Hl. (north of Bratislava old town), both arrive in Vienna Suedbahnhof Ost (at the moment under construction).
From both stations in Bratislava € 11 return 14 days valid, if you buy in Vienna ist € 14 return 4 days valid and includes tram and bus in Bratislava for the same day.
Buses from Mlynské Nivy busstation (walking distance from the center) by Slovak Lines
arrive in Vienna Suedtirolerplatz, € 7,70.
Buses from Novy Most (next to the Most Lafranconi Bridge and old town) b y Eurolines-Blaguss to the Vienna Erdbergerstr. 200a bus terminal, € 6,60.
Return ticket should be 11€, but you can combine it with Vienna's public transport ticket and then get a ticket for 14€. Here is more about traveling by train from Bratislava to Vienna http://bratislava-slovakia.eu/travel-to-bratislava/vienna-bratislava/vienna-bratislava-by-train :)
There is lots of advice about traveling to Bratislava. However, ignore them all and stay in beautiful Vienna or anywhere else apart from this slum of a city. The central old town is a veneer of tourist friendly ambience but is still tatty around the edges. The rest of this god forsaken place is not worth a visit. Pot holes, tramps, English drunks on stag parties, hopeless transport arrangements, unfriendly, arrogant locals who refuse to help, £17 for 1 mile taxi rides to wrong train station (we asked for the correct station).
God knows why some people say it's great. I've travelled the world and can't think of a more bankrupt, ugly uninviting city.
I went to Bratislava by train from Vienna. Bratislava has two important stations. The main station "Hlavna Stanica" is located about 2 km north of the Old Town, whereas the other station is situated in the suburb Petrzalka.
Trains from Vienna South Station (Sudbahnhof) to Petrzalka go via Kittsee and trains to the main station go via Marchegg (14 Euro, 2005). Depending on the train the trip takes between 60 and 90 minutes. Since December 2005 the return ticket from Vienna also includes free use of the public transporation in Bratislava.
Website ÖBB: http://www.oebb.at
Website ZSR: http://www.zsr.sk/
We visited Bratislava on a day trip from Vienna. To get there we travelled on the U bahn to Praterstern then changed to the S-bahn to the Sudbahnhof. Exited the station, went left, crossed the road and entered the station. We bought tickets from the red ticket machines for 14 Euros return. Trains left at 20 past the hour and took 1 hour 10 minutes to Bratislava making it an easy day trip.
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I've had a lot of experience riding the train in countries where I don't speak the language. Usually, a clearly written arrow diagram showing where I want to go and when I want to go there with dates, combined with a bit of hand waving or a few words of whatever language I and the sales agent both happen to know a bit of suffices to buy the needed ticket. All that's required is a little cooperation and patience on both sides. In the Bratislava train station, however, cooperativeness and patience seemed to be very scarce commodities. I was rebuffed by agent after agent, each of whom simply refused to even try to work with me to complete the transaction. None could or would try to communicate in another language, not even German (Austria in only an hour away) . With persistence and the help of a person in the vacation office down the hall who spoke a bit of English, I did eventually obtain a ticket, but an hour was wasted trying to accomplish what should have taken five minutes. My advice: bring a friend who speaks Slovakian or take a dose of antacid before you go.
After we had decided that we DID in fact need passports to go to Bratislava we bought our tickets from the ticket office in Wien Suedbahnhoff for just 14E return.
En route the train stopped just outside Bratislava for police to board and check passports - and to tell P to take her feet off the seats! They also boarded on the return journey too.
On the way back, at around 11.30pm we just wanted to sleep but there was a very spoilt child of about 5 years old with a plastic sword and a very loud and annoying voice being doted on by 3 adult relatives who could see we were trying to sleep but made no attempt to shut the horrid child up. I guessed they didn't understand English because me and P were discussing what should be done with the little monster!
Bratislava has two main stations. The Central Railway Station (Hlavná Stanica) is about a kilometer north of the old town. This is the main station, serving all the international destinations, like Vienna, Budapest and Prague. But there is another station, south of the Danube, which has regular connections to Vienna also. Make sure you know which one your train leaves from.
There are several trains from Vienna to Bratislava. Most of the trains leave at Wien Südbahnhof and arrive in Bratislava hl.st. In the morning there are trains leaving at 8.37am, 9.28am, 10.28am and many more. It is about 1 hour. There is a ticket for 14€ which is valid for both ways and at the same time for all buses in Bratislava. The ticket is availiable at the vending machine at Vienna South railway station (Wien Südbahnhof). When you arrive in Bratislava try to find the tourist information which is inside the main building around a corner. Ask for a map and a guide called "Bratislava and surrounding guide" which is for free. In front of the station leaves bus number 93. Get off at the second station which is next to Grassalkovich Place. The place is the perfect point for starting a city walking tour. All sights are gettable on foot, most of them not by car!