Unfortunately public transportation from the airport to the city centre is limited to local bus #23 which serves the route less than once per hour. So you are more or less forced to take a taxi.
The company VIP Taxi is the contracted partner of the airport and you find their taxis in front of the terminal.
On display is a price of 27 SKK/km which is above average, as most other companies charge less. We took one of their taxis and the driver charged us 273 SKK , which was probably a tourist rip-off
I must admit that I didn't use public transportation in Kosice. Nevertheless, the tram lines seem to be especially useful to get from the train station to the city centre as they stop directly in front of the station.
Kosice has about 16 tram lines which together with buses and trolleybuses form the public transportation system run by DPMK (Dopravny Podnik Mesta Kosice).
A single ticket cost 12 SKK (2007) and can be bought from machines and special kiosks. When changing the vehicle a new ticket must be validated.
I flew to Kosice with Czech Airlines from Dusseldorf (D), but via Prague (CZ). Kosice is Slovakia's second largest international airport. It is located about 6 km south of the city centre.
The cheapest way to get to town is the local bus #23, but unfortunately it goes less than once per hour, therefore the only possibility is to take a taxi.
Please read my "From the airport to the city centre by taxi" tip for more details.
From Kosice we used trains to get to Poprad (High Tatry) and to get to Lviv (Ukraine).
Kosice's train station is an important transport hub in the East of Europe. There are regular services to Bratislava, Poprad and many other local destinations. International trains go to Vienna (A), Budapest (H), Moscow (RUS) or Kiev (UA).
Train fares in Slovakia depend on the type of train, which means that regional trains are cheaper than Intercity trains.
In general train tickets are rather cheap. For example the trip Kosice to Poprad (101 km) on a fast Intercity train cost about 214 SKK (about 6,25 Euro, 2007).
Kosice's train station is located about 15 minutes on foot east of the city centre.
There are very infrequent public buses at the airport. They run about every 2 hours. So both times I came here I took a taxi. This time the taxi driver was a very stiff guy not saying one word. There were only taxis by the company "VIP taxi". They seem to hold the monopoly and quite pricey by Slovakian standards. The 6 km to the railway station cost 273 SKK. We weren't quite sure whether the meter was manipulated.
You can take a plane to Kosice from either Prague or Bratislava. Both times I arrived here by CSA from Prague. The Kosice airport has changed a lot and it became modern. There is a Kosice map on the hall in the arrival hall but unfortunately, I didn't see any tourist information office.
I came from Prague to Kosice by train and arrived in the eve arouind 21hrs.
At the station i asked for a bus but they didnt go that time of the evening to Uzhgorod.
So i went to some cab in front of the station (where there are many) and askefor the price in advance.
It cost me 50 $. Otherwise i had to stay overnight at a hotel which cost as much but i preferred the trip from about 1,5 hour by cab so i would be with my family and friends before midnight:-)
Ask the price in advance. 50 dollar is a lot but safe:-)
We spent most of what little time we had in Kosice around the main square/street, or just wandering very centrally by foot. However, the city has a good transportation network as you'd expect.
The journey to Kosice from other parts of Slovakia can take quite a few hours as buses and trains wind their way through the Tatra Mountain range for example.
The bus station is right next to the train station. If you're travelling a shorter journey from or to Kosice it's likely that you'll be using buses rather than the train.
Note also that Kosice train station has a left luggage room.
There's a left luggage office in the Train Station, opened 24 hours (maybe closed for a 15 to 30 minutes break, lunch hours).Kosice is a hub for trains to/from Poland & Hungary.
Some good infos :
Prague, 11 hours, 708 km
Brno, 9 hours, 493 km
Bratislava, 6 hours, 445 kmThe daily Cracovia between Krakow & Budapest pass through Kosice.
Kosice is the main hub for bus & train lines for destinations around the Eastern Slovakia regions & also to/from Poland & Hungary.
There are frequent buses & trains to the destinations around these regions but please check with the Train & Bus schedules.
Bus & tram tickets cost 8 Sk & available at the tobacconists & newstands in Kosice.
The main bus station is right next to the train station. When I was there, there was extensive refurbishment taking place in the booking hall, but there appeared to be connections to many destinations in eastern Slovakia.
The train staion is about 10 minutes walk from the centre -- come out of the station and walk through the park area, across the overpass then straight along Mlynska, that takes you to the main square, Hlavne nam.
International trains to Krakow, Budapest, Prague.
The bus station is right next to the train station.
There's a very good exchange office in the station - rates are fair and no commission.
Kosice has a little airport on the outskirts of town, served daily from Bratislava for around $100 US. Otherwise, trains from Bratislva take about 4 hours, Budapest 3 Hours, Vienna 6 Hours.
fast and frequent metro service runs all day, but finishes early. Loads of cabs, really cheap.
By plane - check out Kosice Airport Schedule (with excellent English Pages) for the current timetable. Flights to and from Prague (90mins), Vienna (55mins) and Bratislava (55mins).
Bus no. 23 goes to and from the centrum or a taxi is @220sK (3 pounds). Guests of the Hotel Bankov (with reservation) can use the hotel shuttle.
There are some jazzy trams in Kosice ....
You can get tickets from machines near stops and cancel on board.