Bratislava public transportation
How to use public transportation inside Bratislava
Bratislava’s network of public transportation is extensive and efficiently on time. It provides the most inexpensive means of getting around. Red-posted stops with the route number attached, often with a glass-framed waiting area, mark where you can get on all forms of public transport.
You must buy tickets before getting on, and the easiest place to buy them is from newsstands or coin-operated machines at some (but not all) bus stops. The same tickets are used interchangeably on buses, streetcar-trams and electric trolley-buses.
Buy your tickets based on how long you expect your trip to take. For example:
- a trip from the main train station to Old Town requires less than ten minutes by tram and so a fifteen-minute ticket is enough. Fifteen minute tickets are valid for one way by one vehicle (no tranfer)
- the trip from Old Town to the airport will take less than sixty minutes but more than thirty minutes (including a transfer), especially in rush hour traffic, and therefore it’s best to buy a sixty-minute ticket
Children up to 6 are free, and children from 6 to 16 use special half-price tickets. Senior citizens from outside Slovakia have no discount without written permission.
It's also available to buy a ticket by sending a SMS to the number 1100 (or +421 1100). The ticket costs 80 eurocents and is valid for 70 minutes.
For the cost of less than 3 euros per day, you can buy an unlimited ticket for 24 hours, or for 2 days, 3 days or 7 days. These are available at public transportation sales booths (not at news stands) at the main train station and other locations around town. You can also buy them from most coin-operated machines that return change.
Immediately after you get on, punch your ticket in the red time-stamp machines located near each door. If you’re not sure how to do this the first time, don’t ask the driver, as he is not allowed to talk to passengers, but rather look around for a helpful face among your fellow passengers. Be prepared to show the stamped ticket at any time during the ride to a ticket inspector.
Within the time period of your ticket, you may transfer as much as you like between any of the buses, streetcar-trams and electric trolley-buses.
You can plan getting around the city by public transport as well as find information about prices and routes on www.imhd.sk/ba/