Slovakia

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Slovakia.

Here you will find information for Slovakia about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 5.5 million

Currency: Euro

Language: Slovakian

Capital: Bratislava

Country Code: +421

Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

Train Companies

​The rail network in Slovakia is operated by Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko (ŽSSK).

International trains are operated by RegioJet and LEO Express between Slovakia and Czech Republic.

Train Tickets

Buy your train tickets for Slovakia online on the Slovakia Rail (ZSSK) official homepage.

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Rail Passes

Interrail / Eurail Pass

Do you want to travel throughout Europe flexibly and comfortably? Then the Interrail Pass is perfect for you. With the Interrail Pass, you can visit 40,000 destinations in 33 countries in Europe. You can travel for up to 3 months by train.

European East Pass

With the European East Pass, you can travel by train through 4 countries. This pass allows you to travel by train in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. You can choose between 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 travel days in 1 month.

TrAIN tYPES

The major rail network in Slovakia is composed of the following trains:

Regional Express (REX) operates as commuter trains, stopping at select stations.

  • 1st and 2nd Class offered, however a range of coaches are used for all REX routes, 8-seat compartments to open plans of 3-4 seats per row.
  • No reservations required

Osobný Vlak (Os) operates as commuter trains, connecting small villages to larger cities.

  • 2nd Class only
  • No reservations required 

Rýchlik (R) and Regionálny Rýchlik (RR) are express trains operating long-distance routes across the country which provide quick connections to large towns and cities.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2), or a 6-seat compartment
  • Trains are equipped with air-conditioning, and most coaches have WiFi and power sockets. On most routes, trains are equipped with a restaurant car offering a range of hot foods and drinks.

InterCity (IC) connects large cities across all of Slovakia.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2), or a 6-seat compartment
  • Reservations required
  • Trains are equipped with electrical plug-ins, free WiFi, and air-conditioning. Trains are equipped with a restaurant car offering a range of hot foods and drinks.

Eurocity (EC) operated by Czech Railways and Hungarian Railways, connects Bratislava to the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • Reservations are not required, but optional; unless traveling to and from Poland, reservations are compulsory.
  • Trains are equipped with electrical plug-ins, free WiFi (on most services, for most of the journey), and air-conditioning. Trains are equipped with a restaurant car offering a range of hot foods and drinks, in addition to in-seat refreshment service.

Eurocity (EC) operated by RegioJet, offers connections from Bratislava and Košice to Prague, Czech Republic.

Several classes available, all of which include free WiFi, a bottle of water, and air-conditioning. In-seat services in all classes except for Low Cost.

  • Low Cost: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • Standard: Compartments of six seats, power-plugs, coffee, juice
  • Astra: Rows of four seats (2+2), power-plugs, coffee, juice
  • Relax: Rows of three seats (2+1); power-plugs, coffee, juice
  • Business: Compartments of four seats, power-plugs, coffee, juice or champagne

EuroNight (EN)

  • Routes:
    • Bratislava – Nové Zámky – Budapest, Hungary
    • Humenné – Košice – Poprad – Prague, Czech Republic
    • Bratislava – Prague, Czech Republic
    • Bratislava – Ostrava – Wroclaw – Berlin, Germany
    • Bratislava – Ostrava – Krakow – Warsaw, Poland
  • Reservations are included in ticket price
  • Sleeping Carriage:
    • Standard cabin includes your own bed, washbasin, and breakfast in the morning
    • Deluxe cabin includes your own bed, shower, toilet, washbasin, and breakfast in the morning
  • Couchette Carriage:
    • 4 and 6 berth couchettes available, denoted as 2nd Class.
    • Toilets are located in the coach carriage
  • Sitting Carriage:
    • 2nd Class offered, no 1st Class
    • Toilets are located in the coach carriage
    • Food cart offering a selected variety of drinks and food pass through the carriages.

Eurocity (EC) operated by RegioJet, offers connections to and from Košice to Prague, Czech Republic.

  • Several classes available, all of which include free WiFi, a bottle of water, and air-conditioning. In-seat services in all classes except for Low Cost.
    • Low Cost: Rows of four seats (2+2)
    • Standard: Compartments of six seats, power-plugs, coffee, juice
    • Relax: Rows of three seats (2+1); power-plugs, coffee, juice
    • Couchette Compartment: Beds for 6, beds fold up to seat 6, bedding, wake up service, juices, coffee, and fresh croissant for breakfast included.
    • Berth Compartment: Beds for 3, seats for 3, bedding, wake up service, juices, coffee, set breakfast, and women-only compartments available.

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Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In Slovakia

National

 
From > To
Duration (h) Changes Transport
Bratislava to Kosice 5:50 Direct Train
Bratislava to Presov 6:23 1 Train
Bratislava to Nitra 2:26 1 Train
Kosice to Presov 0:45 Direct Train

 

International

 
From > To
Duration (h) Changes Transport
Bratislava to Vienna, Austria 1:07 Direct Train
Bratislava to Budapest, Hungary 2:23 Direct Train
Bratislava to Brno, Czech Republic 1:27 Direct Train
Bratislava to Warsaw, Poland 7:58 1 Train
Bratislava to Munich, Germany 6:08 1 Train

 

Slovakia travel routes

Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest

Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest

Main Train Stations

  • Bratislava
  • Kosice
  • Presov
  • Nitra

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Slovakia

We recommend traveling year-round to Slovakia. In the winter it will be a snowy wonderland for ski buffs, ice skaters, and enjoyers of mulled wine. In the spring, summer, and fall explore cute Slovak villages, big cities, go hiking in the Tatras, sip on wine from one of the many wineries, participate in water sport, or take a river cruise down the Danube. Whether you’re in Slovakia for adventurous activities or to explore an old castle, there is something for everyone here!

Notable festivals and events in Slovakia are the Sled Dog World Championships Sprint, Junifest, Bratislava May Festival, Pohoda Fest, Christmas and Easter markets, Bratislava Music Festival,

  • High Season: June – August
  • Low Season: October – March

 

Accommodation In Slovakia

Booking

 

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Hostelworld

If you are looking for a low budget accommodation, then go on www.hostelworld.com. They have the best choice of cheap hostels for backpackers and low budget travelers. > BOOK HERE

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Guidebooks For Slovakia

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Travel Insurance

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