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Thinking of visiting Slovakia on your next holiday? Whether it’s just for a weekend away in Bratislava, or a longer vacation touring around the stunning sights throughout Slovakia, you’re certainly in for a treat. Slovakia shares land borders with the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, and Poland, so it’s an easy matter to take a bus, train, or car into the country, but for those coming from further afield, there are many other options as Slovakia is linked with many European and international airports, with numerous companies offering direct flights right into Bratislava.

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair, for instance, has opted to make Bratislava airport its base for both Bratislava and Vienna, owing to the close proximity of the two capitals. The Bratislava-Vienna airport deals with Ryanair flights from London Stansted, Edinburgh, Dublin, Barcelona, Stockholm, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Milan, Pisa, and Rome, just to mention a handful. A popular option is the Bratislava/Paris route, with the Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport operating as the hub for Ryanair’s Paris operations. Despite the airport being located some 85km north of Paris, near Beauvais, a commune of the Oise département, frequent shuttle buses run between a selection of Paris hotels and the airport terminal, making it an economic way to visit either Bratislava from Paris, or Paris from Bratislava.

Bratislava, office of Slovak goverment, Archepiscopal Summer Palace

Slovakian regional and charter airline company DanubeWings offers a range of destinations, including Manchester, Milan, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Bologna, Brussels, Kosice, and Warsaw.

For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, Eurolines offers a comprehensive bus service linking Slovakia with Continental Europe and North Africa. By train, it’s also possible to link with a variety of destinations throughout Europe, with the most frequently taken routes including the nearby Budapest (2¾ hours), Prague (4½ hours), and Moscow (33 hours).

Another interesting option is the hydrofoils that ply the Danube linking Bratislava with Budapest and Vienna. The route operates daily from April to September, and tickets can be arranged through hotels in Budapest , Bratislava, or Vienna, however an easier way is to just make your reservation directly at the hydrofoil terminal (2 Fajnorovo nábrežie), in the Altadis office.

Bratislava castle and city walls