There are trains from Bratislava Petrzalka (south of the Danube) and from Bratislava Hl. (north of Bratislava old town), both arrive in Vienna Hauptbahnhof Ost and both lines run hourly.
From both stations in Bratislava € 14 return 14 days valid, if you buy in Vienna ist € 10,10 to Bratislava hl. and €16,40 to Bratislava Petrzalka .
It is very easy to get to Bratislava from neighbouring Vienna.The train journey is direct,and takes around 1 hour 15 mins.There is a special ticket available called the Euregio,it costs 16 euros for return train ticket and public transport in Bratislava on the day of issue.Return journey must be made within 4 days.
The train from Vienna to Bratislava Slovakia takes one hour 10 minutes, ideal for a day trip. There is a regular service.There are two rail stations in Bratislava.The main station is called Hlavna Stanica, a few minutes from city , the other station is Petrzalka some distance away.
My trip was taking me from Prague down to Budapest and then back again. On the way south, I opted to go via Vienna. On the way back north, I thought I’d stretch my legs in Bratislava.
When I looked at going direct to Prague, the discount fair was reasonable (50EUR), but the ticket with allowed stop in Bratislava was high (88EUR). Instead I decided to buy a ticket from Budapest to Bratislava, then with fingers crossed, would buy Bratislava to Prague. This actually wound up being the cheapest of the three options (17EUR + 27EUR).
15 Euros is the EUREGIO-Ticket from Vienna to Bratislava and back to Vienna within 4 days !
The local transport INSIDE Bratislava is included as well, BUT only on the day of your arrival untill 01.00am at night !
(that is all buses and trams including the bus #29 that takes you to DEVIN-castle) .
The Buses from the Station Bratislava hl. st. (=main Station) to the citycentre are:
•Bus 93 and Bus X13
You can buy these tickets in the machines of HAUPTBAHNHOF in Vienna !
NO NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE NO NEED TO RESERVE A SEAT !!!
Buy the ticket before you enter the Train, that is the best !
The ride takes about 60 minutes and includes a passport-control INside the train, during the journey. Slovakia is part of the SCHENGEN-area now as well and they even got the EURO since 2009 !!!
This ticket is available the whole year, the ticket can be bought at the machines or at any counter, and will have the date indicated for the ride TO Bratislava. the return must be within 4 days !!
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.
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.
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.